Henry Winkler rises above dyslexia to write children’s books and a memoir: ‘There is always a way’

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Henry Winkler has written more than a dozen children’s books and is now out with a memoir, a feat that surprises him because he’s battled severe dyslexia all his life.

In “Being Henry: The Fonz… and Beyond,” Winkler writes about an unhappy childhood, growing up with parents who called him dummer hund, the German term for dumb dog, because he didn’t do well in school.  His parents left Germany in 1939.

His father told his mother they were going on a business trip to the United States. They never returned. The rest of their family was killed in World War II by Nazis, Winkler says.

Winkler also writes about landing the role of Arthur Fonzarelli, the Fonz, on TV’s “Happy Days” in a 1973 audition. The role made him an overnight star.

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