By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (January 15, 2024) – Today’s edition of Fun with Maps recalls some happy days on television.


In show business luck and being in the right place at the right time are paramount.

As an example, let’s look at a 1972 unsold pilot, Love and the Television Set.  It aired as a one-off on ABC’s Love, American Style.  Based on the pilot though, George Lucas did cast one of the actors in American Graffiti.  The actor is Ron Howard and George subsequently went far further to another galaxy with the Star Wars series.

Back to the TV pilot – ABC had a renewed interest in it after seeing Ron Howard being snatched up for the movie role, so they began to audition for other roles in the show.  Henry Winkler arrived in Los Angeles two weeks prior to auditioning for the role of Arthur Fonzarelli.   He was called back for a second audition, read six lines in Fonz voice and in leather jacket, threw the script up in the air and walked out, which apparently impressed the director and producers.  

ABC renamed the show Happy Days and the first episode aired 50 years ago today.

Happy Days is set in Milwaukee, so we are presenting an early, 1844, map of Wisconsin by Tanner.  The map shows how the population growth came from the south.

Wisconsin 1844 (Credit Steve Kovacs)

Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.

Visit his antique map boutique world-on-paper online. Watch for his daily feature Steve Kovacs: Fun with Maps here on Loveland Beacon.