What makes a story worth your time?
I’m a little embarrassed to admit it, but I can remember looking forward to “Happy Days” installments when the show first began running in 1974. That would have been around 8th grade for me, and it might have had something to do with thinking high school would hold moments of gorgeous mystery — a girl who looked like Linda Evans saying yes to the prom, the Beach Boys showing up for your birthday party, dad presenting you with a chrome-heavy convertible red Corvette.
My own high school era, the late 1970s, just seemed shaggy and disco and bleh. I guess “Happy Days” felt like a more distinctly American mythology. Classy. Romantic. Bigger than life.
I can’t say I was that much into the story. Do I remember a single show premise? No. Trying hard here. No, I don’t. I remember Fonzie’s bra-plucking skills. I remember the pretty girls and Richie’s comic, lovelorn adoration.
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