Henry Winkler

Henry Winkler

The Fonz is coming to Rosenberg. Henry Winkler will be the featured author at the Literacy Council’s 8th Annual Reading Between the Wines fundraising event on March 27.

The event will be held at Safari Texas Ranch and individual tickets are $125 a piece. The Literacy Council is offering discounted tickets to book clubs, according to the Literacy Council’s announcement.

Tickets will include live music, wine, a “restaurant stroll” featuring tastes from local chefs and restaurants, the opportunity to bid on auction items and the chance to win a cash raffle.

Although the Fred & Mabel R. Parks Foundation is underwriting the event, there are still sponsorship opportunities available. Sponsorships range from $500 to $15,000. Sponsor benefits include reserved and premier seating.

Winkler is, perhaps, most famous for playing the role of Arthur “Fonzie” Fonzarelli on the TV series Happy Days, which ran from 1974 to 1984.

Over the show’s 10 year-run, and its 35 years in syndication, Winkler and his character became an American icon ingrained popular culture in a way few things are.

The character’s catchphrases, mannerisms and even style of dress have become such a part of the global consciousness that Fonzie’s original leather jacket was enshrined in the Smithsonian Museum.

In addition to an extensive acting career, which includes an Emmy winning turn on the ongoing HBO comedy Barry, Winkler is also a prodigious writer. To date, he and his co-writer, Lin Oliver, have published 34 children’s novels.

Winkler’s children books have been translated into seven languages and have sold more than 4 million copies. His first children’s book “Niagara Falls, Or Does It?” introduced the character of Hank Zipzer: The World’s Greatest Underachiever.

“Niagara Falls, Or Does It?” went on to become a New York Times bestseller, it launched an 18 book series and led to a Hank Zipzer TV show in 2014.

One of the things that set Zipzer apart from other children’s and young adult literature protagonists is the character’s struggles with dyslexia. Winkler, who is also dyslexic, drew heavily from his own experiences when he created the Hank Zipzer character.

At one point in Winkler’s career, his dyslexia was so pronounced that he couldn’t read his scripts, he said in a 2011 New York Times interview.

Instead of remaining mute on set, Winkler improvised a versatile, monosyllabic response: “aaay.” The rest, as they say, is history.

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