A melancholy happy trails to producer-director-writer Garry Marshall who died yesterday at the age of 81.
Marshall is perhaps best noted for creating the 1970's television sitcom, "Happy Days", which beget spin offs "Laverne and Shirley" and "Mork and Mindy". His imprint was also seen on such shows as "The Odd Couple" and numerous others. He went on to direct many feature films, the most notable of which was the huge hit, "Pretty Woman" in 1990.
Much of what dominated our popular culture in recent decades (who among us never went "Aaaayyyyyy" and gave a thumbs up gesture like The Fonz always did?) can be traced to Garry Marshall. In his obituary in Variety he even takes credit, perhaps reluctantly, for the Happy Days episode where The Fonz donned water skies, thus introducing the phrase "jumping the shark" into or vocabularies.
RIP Garry Marshall.