Friday, December 18, 2009

Did you know The Fonz co-authored 9 children's books about Dyslexia?

To his great surprise, veteran actor Henry Winkler has carved out a new career for himself as a children's author. Having struggled - and suffered - throughout his school years with unidentified dyslexia, it's still hard for him to imagine his name even appearing in the same sentence with the words "author" or "book." But, Winkler and his co-author, Lin Oliver, have completed nine novels in their series, Hank Zipzer: The World's Greatest Underachiever, which recounts the hilarious adventures of a resourceful, wisecracking fourth-grader - who also happens to have dyslexia.

Winkler, who recently turned 60, graduated from the Yale University School of Drama and has achieved a successful 30-year career as an actor, director, and producer. Although he's received many honors for his work, he's probably still best known and loved for his role as the definitively cool Arthur "The Fonz" Fonzarelli in the 1974-84 television comedy series Happy Days, co-starring well-known director Ron Howard.

On Happy Days, The Fonz played an auto mechanic teacher. Here's an actual car mechanic with dyslexia who became a teacher...
“TEACHING has changed so much over the years,” are the opening words from Paul Reid, a 39 year old from Perry Barr, when you ask him what he thinks of his new career. “I really struggled when I was at school. It was differrent (sic) back then and admitting you had a problem understanding something wasn’t easy.’”
Paul was a car mechanic for 15 years before suffering from arthiritis and decided to change career.“I loved mechanics so much that I decided that I wanted to teach others how to do it,” he explained.

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