Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


May 8, 2008

Dyslexia and the children's book: Henry Winkler's hero finds unique solutions to school problems


Studies show that individuals with dyslexia process information in a different area of the brain than do non-dyslexics.

Many people who are dyslexic are of average to above average intelligence.

— Source: the International Dyslexia Association,

Winkler's visit sold out

Winkler's talk and book signing, hosted by the Andover Bookstore, will be held at Old Town Hal, 20 Main St., on May 11.

Tickets for Winkler's Andover appearance went on sale Monday, April 7, and the bookstore sold out in 10 days. Only 200 tickets were sold for the event due to space constraints at Old Town Hall, also known as the Town House, said John Hugo, manager at Andover Bookstore.

On Mother's Day, Winkler will speak for approximately 15 minutes about his book series, and will be available for autographs and photos afterward, Hugo said. Tickets were $8, which included a copy of "The Life of Me," the 14th book in Winkler's children's book series, released May 1.

Henry Winkler, aka "the Fonz"

r Diagnosed at age 31 as dyslexic

r Undergraduate degree from Emerson College in Boston, Master of Fine Arts from Yale School of Drama

r Lives in Los Angeles with his wife

r Has three grown children

r Besides his turn as the motorcycle-riding, shark-jumping Fonzarelli, Winkler's more famous acting roles include turns as a college football coach in the Adam Sandler movie "The Waterboy," and as the Bluth family's lawyer on the TV series "Arrested Development."

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