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Old 09-17-2002, 04:09 PM   #27
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General Memories:
I remember joining the Happy Days baseball team but I never did get to play. I have a Happy Days baseball shirt with my name on it in my closet. I remember Happy days played Star Trek out on some small baseball field in Burbank. No huge crowd of press or fans were there. Just friends and the casts. It was pretty amazing seeing Captain Kirk and Sulu up to bat. I think Marion Ross pitched. I can remember going to Baseball practice at North Hollywood Park and I hung out with Donny Most. Out of all the Happy Days cast he was the one (in my opinion) that was not at all like his character. He was very serious.
Did you know Gary & Penny Marshall have a sister who was a producer on Happy Days? Her name is Ronnie Hallin. She looks just like Penny Marshall.
Did you know Suzi Quatro has a birth mark right under her left eye that makes her look like she has a shiner?
I remember getting a Christmas Card from Ron Howard that year.
Is that a nice guy or what?
Did you know I sold a story to Happy Days that never got filmed?
It was called, " Fonzie's Jacket". Someone stole his jacket and for his birthday Richie decided to get him a new one but they needed his exact measurements because Fonzie was so fussy about it, so they had to sneak into his apartment and try to get his measurements while he was sleeping. The producers liked it, they bought it and it never saw the light of day.
My first joke that got in was a sight gag on the Tornado show where someone says, "Grab Something Heavy" and Ralph grabs proffessor Himmel. Also when Richie says, "Ah". That was mine. I did it once. Ron Howard liked it and he kept doing it.
Did you know Jerry Paris was Jerry the dentist on the Dick Van Dyke show? Dick Van Dyke's neighbor?
Did you know Walter Kempley was a writer on The Dick Van Dyke Show and if I am not mistaken so was Gary Marshall.
Walter Kempley had moved to Paris, France. They called him back to work on Happy Days. He looked like a German/French guy. Tall, gray hair, glasses. I remember he smoked Dunhill cigarettes with a cigarette holder at the table. I could picture him in a smoking jacket like Hugh Heffner. Bob Brunner was the opposite. He wore jeans and a blue t-shirt. He was on a liquid diet. I never saw him eat. Bob Brunner reminded me of Fonzie. Those two sat together at the head of the table. Holly White was Bob's secretary and sometimes she sat in with us. She was very funny and attractive. Blonde hair. Built. She had a nice laugh that made everyone else laugh. She later went on to write quite a few episodes.
I sat between to Brian and Ron and across from Fred Fox Jr. and Michael Loman. Fred also did the warm up act with the studio audience on Friday nights. He was really funny. Quick witted. Brian Levant was amazing too. He could come in late to a meeting and know exactly what page and what line we were on and not only did he know that, he would have a joke or a change to put in. He had the scripts memorized within an hour. We worked on three scripts a week. Brian always brought toys and gadgets to the table. Fred had a nerf ball basketball set up in his office and we played a lot of nerf basketball while Ron Howard was out back playing real basketball. Just out the door and down the back stairs.
Henry Winkler only came in on Fridays to work. During the week they had a stand in. He learned the scripts at home. Paramount Studios had a cottage that they used for an exercise room. This was before personal trainers and high tech gyms. All they had in there was a weight bench with weights and some mats. I used to walk through there at lunch. Sometimes Scot Baio was in there, most of the time no one was in there. I remember one day I couldn't get in because Cindy Williams was meditating. And yes Henry wore a black t-shirt to appear slimmer. He also zipped his jacket up. That was an issue for him that year. I can remember Anson Williams telling him to work out in his car while driving by leaning side to side. Henry just looked at me with an expression like, "Yeah right". A few years later I was living at my brother's guest house and all the show business people were hooked on Body By Jake. It was Jake, Andy & Pete. They were brothers and they all looked alike. They had routes. They came right to the house and worked out. Andy did Jerry Mathers, My brother's wife and then Henry Winkler. So I guess Henry got a grip and was able to get back into the white t-shirt. They filmed my show on January 26th, 1979.
It was bitter sweet for me. I went to the filming but I had been laid off at Christmas. Laid off by Gary Marshall himself. There I was at my Hollywood writing & film debut and I was collecting unemployment. It was still a great experience. I still got it, even on unemployment. Ah, yep yep yep.

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