RADIO MOMENT OF THE WEEK
Dunne plays it cool
On Tuesday, as Tom Dunne stands in for Sean Moncrieff (Newstalk, weekdays), he notes that it’s a much-loved TV star’s birthday. “On this day in 1945, the Fonz was born,” says Dunne, referring to the leather-jacketed character in 1970s sitcom Happy Days. “In every show he’s been in, he has a surname that’s very hard to pronounce,” Dunne adds, citing subsequent roles such as Saperstein and Mittleman.
Underlining the point, Dunne mispronounces the name of the iconic Happy Days character as “Arthur ‘Fonzie’ Fonzerella”. (As any child of the era knows, it was Fonzerelli.) More pertinently, Dunne neglects to pronounce or even mention the name of the actor who played all these parts, Henry Winkler. But Dunne gets away with it: like the Fonz, he stays cool.