Fonzie’s Motorcycle and Jacket from “Happy Days” are in exhibit.
This motorcycle is one of three used in the filming of the TV series of Happy Days. Famous bike builder and stuntman Bud Ekins built the motorcycle. The show aired from 1974 to 1984 and was one of the most successful series of the 1970’s. The show was set in the late 1950’s and centered on the Cunningham family. Members of this famous TV family included: Howard (Tom Bosley), wife Marion (Marion Ross), daughter Joanie (Erin Moran), son Richie (Ron Howard) and family friend, Arthur Fonzerelli, “The Fonz” or “ Fonzie” (Henry Winkler). The Fonz was a “greaser” and “the king of cool” who lived in an apartment above the Cunningham garage. Fonzie had a magical touch when it came to technology and could get things to work with a snap of his fingers or a touch of his hand, making juke boxes play his song or soda dispensers work without coins. A much beloved ladies’ man who was usually seen in his trademark leather jacket, the Fonz was often telling people to “sit on it” or react to a comment or situations by saying “Aaaaaaaay.” Fonzie became a cultural icon and is still famous today.