Leopard Lodge

“Milwaukee based social group on the 1950s sitcom HAPPY DAYS/ABC/1974-84. The Leopard Lodge (No. 462) members included hardware store owner Howard Cunningham (Tom Bosley) who began as Leopard first class and eventually attained the rank of Grand Puba. The lodge hat was a leopard covered Fez with a red top and dangling black tassle. Neophytes were called Leopard Cubs. They started off with a plain beige fez beret and then had to earn their spots. The lodge held an annual event called the Poopa, Dooda Dance. Once Howard’s son Richie asked Al Delvecchio (Al Molinaro), the owner of the local high school hangout, if he was going to the lodge dance? “No, I’m not allowed. I don’t have enough spots yet. But someday, I’ll be a Poopa, a Dooda, or even a Poopa, Dooda. I know its a dream,” he sighed.”

I’m still searching for a photo of the fez described above.

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Thanks to David Brazeal (#4) for tracking down a photo and some info.

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