Staying true to his nice-guy persona, “Happy Days” star Henry Winkler is once again responding to random strangers on Twitter. This time, he reacted to a tweet from a tweep who recalled the episode of “Happy Days” in which Hank Aaron guest-starred.
In the episode, “The Hucksters,” Richie (Ron Howard) puts together an amateur commercial to try to drum up more business for his dad’s hardware store. When that doesn’t fly, the family winds up hiring a slick advertising expert whose hidden agenda clashes with Howard’s (Tom Bosley) sense of ethics. (Aaron played himself in the episode, endorsing the Cunninghams’ hardware store in a television spot.)
“Imagine being a kid when you get to see Hank Aaron and @hwinkler4real on TV,” the Twitter user posted. “Some of us are lucky. I can’t think of two better people to rep Milwaukee… and humanity.”
“That was a great experience,” Winkler responded to the image of himself and Aaron sharing the screen together.
‘Happy Days’ Star Is Selling Fonzie’s Leather Jacket
Winkler has many happy memories of “Happy Days” stored up from over the years, including that one. So what does he need with mementos?
While sentimental “Happy Days” fans might find his decision hard to fathom, Winkler is opting to sell Fonzie’s trademark dark brown leather jacket. The jacket is one of only a handful in existence; another one wound up at the Smithsonian, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The jacket will be auctioned at Bonhams Los Angeles on Dec. 8. It is selling as one piece of an entire Fonzie outfit, complete with blue jeans, a T-shirt, and biker boots, that is valued at $50,000 to $70,000.
Winkler Had the Urge to Do Some ‘Spring Cleaning’
But that’s not all Winkler is selling.
“During the pandemic, I had the urge for spring cleaning except that it lasted for a year and a half,” Winkler told THR of why he’s selling off his mementos now. “I found 27 boxes, and those boxes were filled with memorabilia from ‘Happy Days’ to ‘The Waterboy’ to ‘Scream.’”
Among the boxes’ contents were the book that Winkler clutched on the sidelines in “The Waterboy” and used to make plays; two masks from “Scream” that Winkler cut onscreen and Winkler’s T-shirt and hat collections.
Winkler is not just hanging onto the proceeds from the sale of his memorabilia. He’s donating at least part of them to the nonprofit This Is About Humanity, cofounded by his daughter Zoe, which seeks to raise awareness about separated families at the U.S.-Mexico border.
The items’ estimated worth runs into the tens of thousands of dollars each, meaning the 26-lot Henry Winkler collection will likely fetch the actor hundreds of millions of dollars from people who can afford to shell out for a piece of Hollywood history.
But never fear, “Happy Days” fans – there’s another Fonzie jacket. And that one Winkler is holding onto.