I spent a few days in Milwaukee, WI, courtesy of the Travel Wisconsin, in conjunction with Geiger and Associates Public Relations, for Global Traveler magazine. I was joined by a group of travel writers and we were hosted by many Milwaukee area businesses.
We spent one morning traveling around Milwaukee with the Milwaukee Food Tours One of the stops on the tour was the Fonzie statue, aka the Bronze Fonz.
Located on the Riverwalk, the Bronze Fonz was created by artist Gerald P. Sawyer. The statue was unveiled in 2008 and is one of the most popular destination stops in Milwaukee.
There are only a handful of television characters immortalized in statue form in the country. The Fonz joined Mary Richards (in Minneapolis, MN) and Ralph Kramden (in Manhattan, NY) as the most popular character statues.
I will be writing more about my Milwaukee travels in the near future for Global Traveler magazine, but thought Johngy's Beat would be a great place to lead off that coverage, by featuring the Fonz. When I was growing up, nobody was cooler than the Fonz. When I had the pleasure to meet Henry Winkler just a few years ago, I was happy to learn that he was just as cool and so very nice. It was a real thrill meeting Winkler and it was awesome to see his likeness in the form of the Bronze Fonz. #TravelWI!!!
A group of writers, me and the Fonz in Milwaukee, WI-July 2015.