Tom Bosley, R.I.P.

Tom Bosley, R.I.P.

When I first heard the title of the series, Happy Days -- before it debuted -- I thought of the old 1930s song, that became popular with FDR and the New Deal,Happy Days Are Here Again, and I thought: 'Okay, here it comes. Something to cheer us up and to get people from thinking of how bad things are. Simple entertainment for the masses, something to do to waste thirty minutes.' Those were my thoughts.

The TV classic sit-com Happy Days debuted in 1974, during the White House years of Gerald Ford, following the drama of Nixon, and during an economic recession. I remember the spin around the series. A 1950ish kind of show for the 70s set, wanting happier times. Happier times?

What the show is was / is (in re-runs) fun to watch.

The show had zany characters and it had Henry Winkler, as the Fonzi, and it had the actor Tom Bosley, as the dad that only Richie Cunningham could have and America wanted. "TV Guide ranked Bosley's Happy Days character, Howard Cunningham, at No. 9 on its list of the "50 Greatest TV Dads of All Time" in 2004."

Mr. Bosley died today, Tuesday. He was 83. He had a long career. He was an accomplished stage actor, won a Tony. He appeared in many Tv shows. He made a few movies. But what he is most remembered as is Richie Cunningham.'s dad in the 1970s comedy series Happy Days.

Ron Howard, who played Richie Cunningham. on the series said in a statement to the press, "Tom's insight, talent, strength of character and comic timing made him a vital central figure in the 'Happy Days' experience. A great father and husband, and a wonderful artist, Tom led by example, and made us all laugh while he was doing it.,"

Tom Bosley, for so many hours of entertainment, R.I.P.