Wednesday, October 30, 2013

QotD: "Within days three out of the Big Four Networks had ceased broadcasting operations, and ABC had to fall back on old ‘Happy Days’ marathons"

2012; ALA; Anaheim
"Within days three out of the Big Four Networks had ceased broadcasting operations, and ABC had to fall back on old ‘Happy Days’ marathons of such relentless duration that bomb threats began to be received both by the Network and by poor old Henry Winkler, now hairless and sugar-addicted in La Honda CA and seriously considering giving that lurid-looking but hope-provoking LipoVac procedure a try…." - David Foster Wallace, Infinite Jest (1996).
I'll be saving some further commentary on Infinite Jest for later, but for now, I felt the need, on Henry Winkler's birthday (born 1945), to pull this quote. The photo above is of Winkler at the 2012 American Library Association meeting where he was plugging his latest book (because, in case you didn't know, Fonzie is an author!).

The Fonz was beyond friendly and more than happy to pose for pictures and make idle chatter with all comers. Looking fit, he didn't need Wallace's fictional LipoVac. Ay!

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