Henry Winkler Visits with Jackson County Students About Growing Up Dyslexic

Oct 16, 2014

The actor whose most famous part came as “The Fonz” on Happy Days just made a trip to West Virginia to talk to school children about growing up with dyslexia.

Credit Clark Davis / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Henry Winkler was in Jackson County Thursday to discuss what he dealt with as a child with dyslexia and the books he now writes based on his life. The children’s novels are titled, “Hank Zipzer: The World’s Greatest Under-Achiever.” The novels provide a comedic way of illustrating to kids to not stop trying.

Winkler along with writer Lin Oliver wrote and published 16 different books in the Hank Zipzer series. Winkler also wrote one book for adults, about one of his favorite hobbies, fly fishing.

The Jackson County Community Foundation brought Winkler to Jackson County to talk to students in both Ripley and Ravenwood.

Winkler has continued to play roles on TV in shows Arrested Development and Royal Pains. And is working on season two of Hank Zipzer for the BBC.