'An evening with Henry Winkler' set for Oct. 24

Actor, director, and author Henry Winkler, better known by most people as “The Fonz” for his 10 years on the popular television show “Happy Days,” will speak at Penn State York’s Pullo Family Performing Arts Center (The Pullo Center) at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 24.  Winkler will share his experiences dealing with the learning disability dyslexia and talk about his series of children’s novels, “Hank Zipper:  The World’s Most Amazing Underachiever,” inspired by his real life experiences.

Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at The Pullo Center box office, charge by phone at 717-505-8900, or online at www.pullocenter.yk.psu.edu. Tickets can be purchased in advance or the night of the show.

Since 2003, Winkler has collaborated with Lin Oliver on a series of children’s books about a fourth-grade boy, Hank Zipper, who is dyslexic.  Winkler wasn’t diagnosed with dyslexia until he was 31-years-old when his stepson Jed was tested for the learning disability.

Winkler has published 17 books about his hero, "Zipper: the world’s greatest unachiever.”  His books have appeared on the best seller lists of the “New York Times” and the “Los Angeles Times.”  He will have books for sale at the York event and do a signing as time permits.

In July 2008 Winkler joined First News on their annual reading tour of schools where he read excerpts from his Hank Zipper books. This has since become an annual tour for him. Winkler was also recently made an honorary Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to children with special educational needs and dyslexia in the United Kingdom.

Winkler was brought to the area by the master of education in Teaching and Curriculum at the campus which offers a Summer Institute for educators each year. He was originally scheduled to take part in that program in July but had to postpone his visit. In addition to the public attending the program, many area educators who took part in that program will attend. For more information on this graduate program visit http://yk.psu.edu/Admissions/gradstudent.htm.

Earlier in the evening, Penn State York will hold a scholarship dessert reception where students who have received scholarships will meet and talk with their donors and other philanthropists. Following the 6 p.m. reception, the group will attend Winkler’s presentation.

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Last Updated March 28, 2012