This story originally ran in 2016, but continues to be every bit as true today!
One of my new-found favorite ways to burn time is to sit on the Riverwalk and watch people photograph themselves with the Bronze Fonz. Particularly on a sunny afternoon, it’s pretty incredible how many folks stop for a selfie or to snap a shot of their pal with America’s favorite shark jumper.
I have made a few mental notes about all of these Bronze Fonz photo takers and posers.
Many of the people who stop for a Fonzie pic spontaneously do so, but others travel to his side with great intention. Also, while being photographed with the Fonz, many people feel compelled to put their thumbs up in Fonzarelli solidarity, whereas others throw their arm around him like he’s an old college bro or stand awkwardly next to him like they might with an in-the-flesh celeb.
Me? I once tried to interview him, but it was a really boring interview so I stopped. And then there’s my friend Monica who has a salacious photo of herself and the statue, but that’s more of an only-with-cocktails conversation.
Anyway, here are six of my most recent photos of people taking photos of the Bronze Fonz.
1. A proud mom-and-dad moment
2. A self-arelli
3. The Fonz: still a chick magnet
4. The Fonz holds hands (thumbs) with Batman
5. Oh, happy days
6. Fonz hasn't seen this much action since he snuck Pinky Tuscadero into "his office"
Molly Snyder grew up on Milwaukee's East Side and today, she lives in the Walker's Point neighborhood with her partner and two sons.
As a full time senior writer, editorial manager and self-described experience junkie, Molly has written thousands of articles about Milwaukee (and a few about New Orleans, Detroit, Indianapolis, Boston and various vacation spots in Wisconsin) that range in subject from where to get the best cup of coffee to an in-depth profile on the survivors of the iconic Norman apartment building that burned down in the '90s.
She also once got a colonic just to report on it, but that's enough on that.
Always told she had a "radio voice," Molly found herself as a regular contributor on FM102, 97WMYX and 1130WISN with her childhood radio favorite, Gene Mueller.
Molly's poetry, essays and articles appeared in many publications including USA Today, The Writer, The Sun Magazine and more. She has a collection of poetry, "Topless," and is slowly writing a memoir.
In 2009, Molly won a Milwaukee Press Club Award. She served as the Narrator / writer-in-residence at the Pfister Hotel from 2013-2014. She is also a story slam-winning storyteller who has performed with The Moth, Ex Fabula and Risk!
When she's not writing, interviewing or mom-ing, Molly teaches tarot card classes, gardens, sits in bars drinking Miller products and dreams of being in a punk band again.