HOLLYWOOD actor and education campaigner Henry Winkler visited the Isle of Wight today

Fans turn out for Fonz

By Thomas Seal

Friday, September 26, 2014

 

Fans turn out for Fonz

Henry Winkler, aka The Fonz, signing an autograph for Charlie Sandford, 11, left, and Tyler Peters, 12, centre.

 

HOLLYWOOD actor and education campaigner Henry Winkler visited the Isle of Wight today to speak to hundreds of pupils, staff and parents.
 
The 68-year-old American actor, producer, director and author — best known for his role as the Fonz in the hit US television series Happy Days — visited Medina College to speak to pupils from Medina and Carisbrooke Colleges and other schools as part of the 'My Way!' tour, in partnership with national education charity Achievement For All (AFA).

 

 

The star, who received an OBE for his education work, was welcomed to the school by the sound of the Medina College Ukulele Orchestra playing the Happy Days theme tune.
 
He said: "I've never been to the Isle of Wight before, but my son has been here for the music festival.
"But that ukulele orchestra must have been better than anyone at the festival."
 
He told students his life story, including the challenges he faced overcoming dyslexia, bullying, and discouragement from his parents.
 
He told students to follow their dreams and not to listen to negativity, and stayed for over two hours to speak with them, and to sign hundreds of copies of his 'Hank Zipzer' series of books, which is now also a CBBC show.
 
Medina College deputy head William Doyle said: "AFA contacted us as a possible host because we have the space, and the perfect sort of venue, so I just jumped at the chance."

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