Kevin Arnold’s “The Wonder Years” Jacket Is Calling The Smithsonian Home Now, So The Iconic New York Jets Topper Is Officially An Artifact
I know today's Wednesday, but the throwback's coming a little early this week. Fred Savage, AKA Kevin Arnold, donated the iconic New York Jets bomber jacket he wore throughout the first season of The Wonder Years to the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History. Even though I'd like to picture Savage squeezed into the several-sizes-too-small jacket while watching reruns of the show, I guess the Smithsonian can have it.
The show, which ran from 1988 to 1993 but was based in the '60s and '70s, has come back to the forefront of pop culture since it was announced that all six seasons will be released on DVD. Also donated was an outfit worn by Kevin's mom in the opening credits, his sister's wedding dress, and a script that Josh Saviano, who played Kevin's best friend Paul Pfeiffer, saved. The artifacts will join items from shows including Captain Kangaroo and Happy Days in the museum's entertainment collection.
Suggestion: how 'bout a 90s collection too, Smithsonian? Maybe you can include some items from Fred's little brother Ben's show Boy Meets World, along with some popcorn shirts and a Furby that Never. Shuts. Off.
Just a thought. Here's the jacket, in case you need a reminder: