Muckety this! Dick Cheney to The Fonz and to ‘Friends’

By John Decker

July 10, 2008 at 7:35am

How is Vice President Dick Cheney connected to both the TV show Friends and Arthur “Fonzie” Fonzerelli, the macho character in the TV show Happy Days?

Dick Cheney’s daughter, Mary Cheney, is a vice president at the governmental relations and strategic communications firm DC Navigators.

DC Navigators founding principal Mike Murphy has been in the news lately after New York Times columnist William Kristol suggested that Murphy would join Steve Schmidt in the newly revamped McCain campaign team. Murphy ran McCain’s 2000 election campaign and still consults with McCain on strategy.

DC Navigators, works with a handful of strategic partners, one of which is a company called VonHart Communications.

One of the partners at VonHart is Walter von Huene, a former speech coach for California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. (Mike Murphy was also involved with Schwarzenegger’s 2003 recall campaign, as were Navigator principals Todd Harris and Rob Stutzman. Stutzman later became Schwarzenegger’s communications director.)

Earlier in his career Walter von Huene happened to be the dialogue coach for ABC’s hit TV show Happy Days. Happy Days ran for a decade from 1974 to 1984 with a total of 255 episodes according to the website IMDB.

Actor Henry Winkler played Arthur “Fonzie” Fonzerelli, also known as The Fonz, on Happy Days.

Jumping to the TV show Friends is pretty easy from here. Henry Winkler was an actor in the movie Scream, which also starred Courteney Cox Arquette, a star of the hit TV show Friends.

Dick Cheney has six degrees of separation from The Fonz and nine degrees of separation from Friends - Muckety that!

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