The Falcons - The toughest street gang
in Milwaukee mentioned on the situation comedy HAPPY DAYS/ABC/1974-84. Arthur "Fonzie"
Fonzarelli (Henry Winkler), an ultra-cool garage mechanic was a former
member of this street gang in his formative years. When Fonzie's
younger cousin Chachi Arcola (Scott Baio) considered joining a street
gang called the Lords, Richie Cunningham (Ron Howard) told him how
Fonzie terminated his gang association.
In a flashback sequence, Fonzie and a bunch of Falcon gang members dressed in black leather
jackets entered a cafeteria where Richie and his friends, Ralph (Donny
Most) and Potsie (Anson Williams) were sitting at a table.
One of the
Falcons said "Hey, there's three nerds sitting in your booth, Fonz!"
The Falcons then pointed to a message carved into the table top that
read: "This is Falcon Turf."
When Richie raised an objection about
moving from the booth, he was challenged to rumble with Fonzie in the
alley on Saturday night and told to BYOB (Bring Your Own Band-Aid).
Richie met the Fonz but after talking, they became friends. The Fonz
soon realized that he didn't need to wear a gang jacket to be cool.
The story convinced Chachi to turn down his invitation to became a
TRIVIA NOTE: The Falcons was the name of the street gang to which
Garry Marshall, the series creator belonged to while growing up in the
Bronx in New York City. On the series The Red Devils gang were the
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