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Old 09-11-2002, 12:06 PM   #1
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Hello, I'm David Reo. I wrote the Potise Quits School episode. I also worked on about 20 Happy Days episodes as an apprentice writer in the 1978 season. I did not get credit for writing because I was a non union apprentice at the time however, I was there every week on the writing staff that year. My reward for writing under the Paramount Pictures apprentice program was to get a writing credit which in turn allowed me to get a union card. If you have any Happy Days questions for that 1978 season feel free to ask. I can't promise that I know everything. I just know I was there.

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Oh wow!! Thats soo cool! Hmm...I cant really think of any questions though. Hey- did you ever hear the Laverne & Shirley cast screaming? I know they argued a lot! I already know the Happy Days cast was pretty close, so I dont really know what to ask! What did they do during breaks? I read in my TVGUIDE Ron said he played basketball, but what other things did they do? If I can think of anything else, Ill ask!!

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Cool! Hi I Can't Think Of Any Questions Right Now, But I Will Soon I Sure, Well Welcome To The HD Board!

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Hello, I never heard the Laverne and Shirley set brawling or anything. The writers and producers were in different buildings from the actors. The actors were on stage 19 about a block away. The Happy Days writers were next to the Laverne and Shirley writers and I know they were doing a lot of re-writing and putting in long hours. Yes, there was a basketball court behind the writers building and Ron Howard was usually there on his break. I can remember seeing Erin Moran riding around on her bicyle. Usually on breaks I was at the commisary eating lunch next to Vulcans and the Little House On The Praire cast. During breaks sometimes I would go onto the Happy Days set and there seemed to be a lot of card games going on with the film crew. Once in a while Penny Marshall would stop by the Happy Days office and hang. I remember watching the world series with her and a bunch of the office staff when Regie Jackson was hitting the homers. She didn't really know me or anything. Most of the time you would see people walking on the lot and just say hi.
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Here's a question: In the Hollywood episode3 Fonzie wears his leather jacket while jumping the shark, determined not to come home a double loser. Why was the jacket used here? It just seemed out of place at a warm beach in Southern California. By the way which beach was used in the filming?

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I Don't know. I didn't work on that episode. I only worked on the 1978 shows. The only location show that I worked on was where they went to a dude ranch. I think that was filmed up in Malibu Canyon. I didn't get to go. I was back at the office working. I think only Bob Brunner and Brian Levant went to the location. The rest of the writers were working on The kissing bandit episode. They are usually two scripts ahead. I would imagine that the writers thought it would be funny to have Fonzie wearing his leather jacket at the beach. To keep him in character. Whoa.
Most beach scenes that I know of in sit com location scenes are done at Will Rogers State Beach in Santa Monica, Malibu beach or Zuma Beach. Due to the area. Los Angeles.
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Hello, I'm David Reo. I wrote the Potise Quits School episode. I also worked on about 20 Happy Days episodes as an apprentice writer in the 1978 season. I did not get credit for writing because I was a non union apprentice at the time however, I was there every week on the writing staff that year. My reward for writing under the Paramount Pictures apprentice program was to get a writing credit which in turn allowed me to get union card. If you have any Happy Days questions for that 1978 season feel free to ask. I can't promise that I know everything. I just know I was there.
I heard on the Mork episode, most of the Happy Days cast members were really trying hard tokeep a straight face because Robin Willams was so funny. Is that true?
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I didn't work on the Mork episode. I only worked on Season 6.
Mork and Mindy was already in production by the time I was there. I heard stories that Robin Williams was incredible.
I saw Robin Williams prior to his Happy Days debut at the Comedy Store in Westwood, CA. in 1977. He was amazing.
I never worked with him.
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Hi David77, this is so cool that you are posting. Did you work on the Westward Ho episodes? I heard Henry was pretty good at riding horses. That episode looked liked everyone had a lot of fun. It must have been a great experience working on HD.
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I worked on the Westward Ho scripts. That was the first assignment that I had at Happy Days. I didn't get to go to the actual location where it was filmed. By the time those episodes were being filmed the staff was working on other episodes.
The thing I remember most about Westward Ho was when the cast and writers and producers all got together to read it. The actors were all back from Hiatus. The writers had been working about a month before on Westward Ho. All the major players were there including Gary Marshall and Miller, Milkus, Boyett. I remember how excited the cast was to all see eachother again for the new sixth season. They were all hugging eachother. This was the first time I actually met the actors so for me it was like, "Wow am I really here?" I was only twenty years old and fresh from Rhode Island. Just being in Los Angeles was amazing let alone to be working with the likes of Ron Howard and Henry Winkler. It was really exciting. Lots of fresh fruit on the snack table too.
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I didn't work on the Mork episode. I only worked on Season 6.
Mork and Mindy was already in production by the time I was there. I heard stories that Robin Williams was incredible.
I saw Robin Williams prior to his Happy Days debut at the Comedy Store in Westwood, CA. in 1977. He was amazing.
I never worked with him.
But Mork did make another appearance on Happy Days in March of 1979 and that was season 6?????
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Wow! I Bet It Was Cool To Work On REAL Happy Days Episodes!
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It could have been the end of season six. I didn't work on all twenty six episodes that year. I never did work with Robin Willaims. I worked on about twenty episodes. From July through December. It goes like this..
Around Christmas time 1978, Bob Brunner the head producer at the time, adapted the movie, The Bad News Bears for television. He left Happy Days at that time and took Brian Levant and Ron Leavit to work with him. They were on a low budget and they couldn't hire any more writers. A new producer came in to Happy Days named Gary Menteer. They then brought in new writers Ketchem & DiMarco. They also did away with the apprentice writers for 1979. Which meant me. So by Christmas 1978 my time at Happy Days was over. I did get the Potise Quit School credit which got me in the union and I worked on other television shows later in my life. We're talking twenty four years ago so yeah, Life went on.

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David77, can you give us HD fans some idea what it was like working on HD and what the cast and Garry Marshall and Jerry Paris were like? Are you still writing? Thanks!
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