January 30, 2012
By, Barbara Vey
SURPRISE! Lin Oliver took the stage again before we were released from the ballroom to head for our Saturday workshops. She had teased us earlier that a special “surprise” guest was stopping by. Not a soul moved from their seat as Lin introduced her co-writer on a new middle-school series – Henry Winkler. The room went wild as he strolled up to the stage, beaming a big grin that we all know and love so well. Henry told us how he came to write with Lin. Many remember him as the amazing Fonzi from Happy Days and even later as a producer, but that doesn’t tell you about the genuine and gracious man who is now a children’s book writer. More than a celebrity author, Henry Winkler has a deep appreciation for what it takes to be a writer and a great affection for his collaborative partner, Lin Oliver, on their Hank Zipzer series.