October 2010

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?