Shazbot! Who is MINDY without her MORK?

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Mork & Mindy Story coverThe Mork and Mindy Story
Herz
1979

Who didn’t love Mork when he made an appearance on Happy Days and stole the show? I snatched this copy up at a book sale thinking surely no one will still have this in juvenile collection.  Well I was wrong! A few school libraries and a handful of public still show holdings on this paperback.  I gleefully paid for this late 70s gem and started to get a few scans going. The horror! I noticed that the pages seemed odd.  Turns out this book starts on page 37 and then ends on page 75 in the middle of the book and once again, page 37-75 start all over again.  I was robbed!  No Robin Williams info just Mindy and her dad.  My whole Mork and Mindy flashback is now tainted by bad book binding.  That’s 2 dollars I will never see again. The horror! Mindy and her dad without MORK? That’s just WRONG!

Mary

Mork and Mindy Story back cover

Mork and Mindy show

Pam Dawber

Conrad Janis

16 comments

  1. Ohmigosh, I remember reading that book when I was a kid! (Our library’s copy wasn’t misbound, though).

    Will admit to being really disillusioned a few years later after learning that a goodly part of Williams’ “Creativity” on the show was apparently because of coke…

  2. I adored that show – my then three year old got Mork suspenders at Penney’s and I did, too – but my figure just wasn’t cut out for them and I returned them. I still love Robin Williams though. 🙂

  3. While I loved Happy Days, Mork and Mindy was never a favorite, though my mother loved it. I actually watched a couple of episodes as an adult on TV a year or so ago. To me, it is unfunny and unwatchable.

  4. While I loved Happy Days, Mork and Mindy was never a favorite, though my mother loved it. I actually watched a couple of episodes as an adult on TV a year or so ago. To me, it is unfunny and unwatchable.

  5. I once bought my brother a book about George Lucas from a series about film directors.

    The ENTIRE inside of the book was about Stanley Kubrick. They’d bound the wrong book inside the cover.

    I often wonder if some poor Stanley Kubrick fans out there opened their book to find nothing but George Lucas. Talk about a shock.

  6. At the end of that ‘Happy Days’ episode with Mork in it you see an M&M epilogue with him reporting back to Planet Dork or whatever it was called. There is a toe-curling moment when he says: ‘Yes, those were happy days. But they had bad things too, like McCarthyism…’ This was obviously an interpolation by Williams himself. I was only about 13 when I saw that, but I knew it was BAD.

    Then there was the similar show with Balkie, not an alien, just a funny human foreigner, in it… Presumably all evidence has been deleted by now. Can’t remember what it was called, but it made ‘Diff’rent Strokes’ looks like a speech by Nelson Mandela it was so un-PC.

  7. I remember this book! Never loved the show, but my brother did, so I watched it. Pam Dawber’s face always annoyed me for some reason. All long and toothy.

  8. Also Ralph, the planet was called Ork. He was Mork from Ork.

    Remember when he got pregnant and ended up laying an egg from his previously non-existent belly button? And the cartoon version?

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