On this day in 1974, “Happy Days,” a television sitcom set in the 1950s and 1960s, aired for the first time. It ran for 11 seasons, leaving television in July of 1984.
| Henry Winkler as Arthur Fonzarelli, or Fonzie, from the hit show “Happy Days.”
The show, set in Milwaukee, primarily followed the Cunningham family — including Richie Cunningham, a red-headed teenager played by now Hollywood director Ron Howard, and his younger sister, Joanie. The most memorable character from the show was high school dropout Arthur Fonzarelli, affectionately known as “The Fonz” or “Fonzie,” played by Henry Winkler. Once “Happy Days” ended, there were several spin-offs: “Laverne & Shirley,” “Mork & Mindy” and “Joanie Loves Chachi.”
“Happy Days” was popular because it depicted a nostalgic and joyful version of the ’50s. It may be depressing to watch all those good times when we are living in some pretty stressful, financially difficult times. But just remember, the ’50s weren’t perfect, either — we just like to think so when we look back!
To learn more about debt, credit and personal finance smarts, read these posts from some of the best bloggers in the past week. I’m sure you’ll find them swell.
1. A guest post at The Digerati Life offers advice on how to gain a financial education in your 20s, such as learning how to build credit.
2. My Dollar Plan lists 35 of her readers’ favorite books about personal finance, along with their reasons for loving them.
3. If we fall for a good deal every time we saw one, we would all be in some pretty serious credit card debt. Enemy of Debt explains how you need to redefine what a deal really is if you want to succeed financially.
4. My Two Dollars features a guest post that offers tips on teaching your children lessons about money at various stages of life.
5. Clever Dude reveals how much he made in credit card rewards in 2009 (it’s pretty impressive) and offers some insight as to how he did it.
6. Rich Credit Debt Loan explains why financial illiteracy is dangerous and what personal finance basics you should know in order to be literate.
7. Ask Mr. Credit Card helps readers understand credit card merchant fees and discusses some of the controversy that surrounds them.
8. Mrs. Micah gives a primer on Bill Me Later, a new payment option that is similar to a credit card but more like a mini-loan.
9. Stacy at Wisebread says it is vital to set a goal if you plan to conquer your debt and offers tips for getting started.