Tuesday, October 19, 2010


As I collect the names of those with connections to Toobworld who have passed away each year, the connections between them are sometimes eerie. For instance, the year when Jack Wild and Lennie Weinrib, both of 'H.R. Pufnstuf', passed away. Or when Richard Widmark and Abby Mann, both attached to the movie "Judgement at Nuremberg", died a day apart.

Today we lost actor Tom Bosley. Of all his roles in television, movies, and the stage, he is best known for playing Howard Cunningham in 'Happy Days'. Mr. C was the patriarch of a Milwaukee family in the 1950's, but Bosley wasn't the first to play the role.

On 'Love, American Style', Harold Gould played the father of Richie Cunningham in a segment called "Love And The Happy Days", which served as a backdoor pilot for the series. (Because of the nature of that show, that version of Howard Cunningham exists in the TV dimension Skitlandia.)

A month ago, Harold Gould passed away. So in just over thirty days we've lost both men who played Howard Cunningham.

Good night and may God bless, gentlemen.....

I'll have more on Tom Bosley over the next few days.


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