The Huffington Post
October 11, 2011
By, Lucy Sherriff
Henry Winkler, known to many as ‘The Fonz’ from sitcom Happy Days, is packing his suitcase to embark on his fourth tour of the UK to raise awareness of dyslexia.
The actor has been writing books about the learning disability since 2003, after collaborating with his partner Lin Oliver to create the character Hank Zipzer – a young dyslexic boy who struggles at school. Winkler has published 17 books in total about the boy he calls “the world’s greatest underachiever”.
Three years ago Winkler joined forces with First News, a weekly newspaper aimed at young children, on a reading tour of schools in Britain and hasn’t looked back since.
In an interview with the Huffington Post UK, Winkler explained how his own difficulties as a child at school inspired him to help other children who struggled with the disability.
“Everyone used to always tell me I would never amount to anything. As a child, I found school incredibly difficult. I just didn’t understand why the information wouldn’t stay in my head. The only thing I was good at was lunch.
“I had real trouble spelling. In fact, I still do”, he admits.