From the Happy Days Files, here is the definitive work about the Fonz. Happy Days was a family favorite back when I was a teenager. I am sure if you are my age or older you probably did invoke the phrase “sit on it” at some point (teachers and parents being the preferred target). I always have been a fan of Henry Winkler, as an actor, the author of Hank Zipzer book series for kids and as one of my junior high crushes. I would have loved this book if it had been available in 1974, but by the late 70s and the infamous “jump the shark” episode in 1977, Happy Days was quickly starting to fade as a cool show.
Sit on it, everyone,
Submitter: Look, I love Carol Burnett. I really do. My parents wouldn’t spring for cable when I was growing up so I actually grew up watching The Carol Burnett Show. I follow Tim Conway on Facebook! But a 40 year old biography?! Aimed at kids?! STILL ON A LIBRARY SHELF?! OY VEY! I spotted this one shelf reading. The spine label had been torn off so I pulled it to see about getting it relabed – but when I saw the cover I instantly knew this book was just way too old. A peek inside showed I was right. Just the publishing year alone let me know that. Black and white pictures. Still shows her as married to Joe Hamilton (they divorced in 1984 and he died in 1991). The topper is when we showed it to our teen volunteer and she didn’t even know who Carol Burnett is. I think this YouTube video sums up my feelings for this book.
Holly: That about covers it! Just because you don’t have an equal title to replace with does not mean you shouldn’t weed something. It is easy to fall victim to sentimentality over books – especially youth biographies about people we admired when we were kids 40 years ago. I’m sorry not sorry to say that sometimes weeding is hard and sometimes you’ll just have to get over it. #ToughLove
Submitter: Here is a trip back to 1984. This book offers a small bio in the front, followed by another section on the total beauty and exercise regimen by Raquel. It must be working because she still looks great today. What we loved most about this book was a the large section of glamor shots of 1984 Raquel that make up most of this book.
Holly: Raquel who? Ok, I do know who Raquel Welch is, but she’s currently 75 years old and doesn’t quite look like this anymore (although she does look fantastic!). This book is so awesome-80’s I can hardly stand it. She was quite…flexible…wasn’t she?!