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January 26, 2008



I hope he’s posed with his thumbs up and that the statue has a motion sensor so that when visitors walk past he’ll say, “Aaay.”


I think bronzing the Fonz downtown is fun, interesting and well, cool.

I completely agree with the sentiment that Milwaukee is stereotyped through the image of Laverne & Shirley and Happy Days but whatever. This statue does not, in my opinion, truly reinforce that image. We can't completely run away from our past and I think it's healthy to embrace it in ways like this.

Think of all the people that will take their picture with Fonzie. I personally can't wait to be one of those people. It's just one of those stupid fun things... a conversation starter, a point of interest. People walk past, take a picture, talk about it and smile. That's the whole point, right?

Tommy Boy

I think the statue of the Fonz is a good thing for the city. I beleive most people see the Fonz as a fun guy and Happy Days as fun times. The statue will immortalize the relationship the city had with the good old days. It will be obvious to anyone walking the city to see in the backdrop of the Fonz statue that we aren't stuck in the Laverne and Shirley days.


I think it's kind of stupid.

I guess I just don't understand why the city would invest in a statue of a fictional character that wasn't that impressive. The Fonz? Is he really worthy of such a tribute? I completely understand that “Happy Days” and the Fonz commemorate part of Milwaukee's history and iconography, but it's all from a TV show. Fiction.

I just don't understand.


I'm with Mark. I want to get my picture taken with the Fonz. :)

I think it's possible to move forward and change Milwaukee's image to be more arts and culture focused, but we can still have fun with our past and our blue-collar heritage.

To the local artist who is closing his studio in protest, I say GOOD RIDDANCE.


The statue is a harmless addition to the city's landscape. From what I've read it seems like most residents are embracing it. Many see it as a way to preserve our past and realize that it won't hinder Milwaukee’s progression. Oppostition definitely isn't a good reason to close a business or move from the city. It's just a statue.

Here’s an article that mentions the local artist.,2933,325553,00.html
He calls the statue a publicity stunt. So, what's wrong with that? It’s also going to be a great photo opp, like Erin and Mark suggested. Is that a *bad* thing?

Oh. Amanda, I read that the creator of the statue was chewing on the idea of placing Fonzie next to a jukebox. I think that’s suitable.


I don't think the statue is a bad idea, but I also don't think it's as big of a deal as it's being made out to be. There are probably things all over every city that commemorate the history of the cities that residents may or may not want to remember. And I think Milwaukee would be hard pressed with or without the statue to let go of their sometimes kitschy history. People seem to have a love-hate relationship with what makes the city endearing. It's all part of growing up, into a bigger, more cosmopolitan city!


I think that is funny. Whether or not I think it should be in MKE is another thing. I guess overall I don't see what the harm really would be. People not from MKE are going to form their own opinions about what they think living here is like. I think the statue adds a little bit of something to our city. It puts us on the map as one of the cities picked to have these works of art. Also where can I get one of those T-shirts?


Melanie, you can buy the T-shirts here:
They are sweeeeet!

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