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Live webchat with Henry Winkler on Monday 6th July at 9pm (GMT)

(466 Posts)
RachelMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 01-Jul-09 09:59:09

We're delighted to welcome Mr Henry Winkler (aka The Fonz) to Mumsnet for a live webchat from his home in LA. Henry has transformed his own experiences of struggling through school with unidentified dyslexia into a great series of books for kids; 'Hank Ziper: The World's Greatest Underachiever'. As well as telling us about his books, Henry will be chatting about his own experiences with dsylexia, his recent tour of UK schools and of course dancing around the juke box at Arnold's Restaurant. If you can't join us on the day, post your advance questions here.

policywonk Wed 01-Jul-09 10:00:14


MrsMills Wed 01-Jul-09 10:06:36


Jux Wed 01-Jul-09 10:11:38

Oh cool!

Are we supposed to be asking him about child-rearing?

oh the Fonz - cool he's fantastic. My friend worked with him in Panto last year in Milton Keynes.

yappybluedog Wed 01-Jul-09 10:16:21

no way!

morningpaper Wed 01-Jul-09 10:17:49


can't think of any appropriate questions

schneebly Wed 01-Jul-09 10:46:26

Ooh how fantastic! No probing questions but I just want to say to Henry that my mum loved him. She passed away 7 1/2 years ago now but when I see him it always makes me smile when I think of how she used to love the Fonz. smile

LeninGrad Wed 01-Jul-09 10:48:16

Lol pw!

midnightexpress Wed 01-Jul-09 10:48:30


DP thinks (mistakenly) that he looks like the Fonz.

But I can't think of any questions. So perhaps I'll just <<wave>>.

AitchTwoOh Wed 01-Jul-09 10:48:54

aaaaaaaaay! <thumbs up>

OliviaMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 01-Jul-09 11:22:18

<<Feels so right, it can't be wrong.
Rockin' and rollin' all week long.>>

Hello Henry

(Great name btw, my little boy is called Henry grin)

A coupla questions for you to get the ball rolling!

Do you ever get annoyed when people say "aaaay!" when you walk into a room?

Do you share any of Fonzie's characteristics?

Also, you seem to spend a lot of time in the UK, how come? Is it just cos you love panto season?!


Chattox Wed 01-Jul-09 11:23:18

shock and grin

The actual Fonz!

<goes all starstruck and giddy>

Will try to think of non Fonz related questions though..

Jux Wed 01-Jul-09 11:38:17

OK, silly me, it helps if you read the op doesn't it?grin

Henry, many many people have grown up thinking that they must be stupid when actually they are dyslexic. A lucky few find out what their real problem is, but have spent so many years thinking that they are stupid that it is very very hard for them to change their self-image. Do you have any suggestions as to what might be done to help these people or advice for them?

(My bf has just gained a degree, in her 50s - yay, or is it hey! - having spent most of her life 'being' the stupid one. Even though she's just graduated and therefore can't be stupid she hasn't quite adjusted her self-image yet.)

TheFool Wed 01-Jul-09 12:47:43

The word "stupid" is banned in our house (and in Psychomum's) due to us both having dyslexic husbands who heard it so much and were hurt by it as children.

I have no specific questions, but needed to come on the thread and

PMSL at Olivia being sensible and asking questions whilst the rest of MN swoons! (Lenin excepted, possibly/I imagine!)

Could this be a first for MN? A live chat where none of us can chat because we're dribbling so much?

LeninGrad Wed 01-Jul-09 13:18:20

No swooning BIWI, you're right there, but I wanted to be the Fonz, as any self-respecting baby-dyke would; all those girls cooing, the clothes, the bike (did he have a motorbike or am I imaging it?), the Mums fawning. Bliss!

ohhhh I lovvvvvvvvvvvveeeeeeeeeeee him!! I used to wake up at 6am in the morning cos happy days was on C4 at 6.30am when I was about 13shock

Did anyone else see the title and go "ohh the Fonz, wait a minute why would MN invite the Fonz, it must be someone else" and then open it to find it's actually the Fonz.

No questions just bookmarking to read later.

Saw him in pantomime a couple of years ago at Wimbledon and he was brilliant.

thell Thu 02-Jul-09 01:05:49


bubblerock Thu 02-Jul-09 08:07:37

Libra - I did exactly the same lol grin

southeastastra Thu 02-Jul-09 08:11:52

dear arthur wink
how were you at mathematics?

Pan Thu 02-Jul-09 08:42:08

Goodbye grey sky
Hello blue.

EccentricaGallumbits Thu 02-Jul-09 08:48:22

Happy Days! This is so cool (overused word but appropriate here!)

DD1 is dyslexic. I do worry that she will be judged by her writing and spelling forever more. She really doesn't care that she can't spell for toffee but I do. Hadn't heard about te Hank Zipper book so am heading over to amazon to have a looksy. Will also try to think of an interesting question. grin and grin again!

Pan Thu 02-Jul-09 08:48:51

OK - a serious question - how did you get involved in pantomime, given that it's a uniquely British tradition? (I think I'm right in saying this?)

I assume that it was, as much as anything, for the money (!), but was it a tradition that you were aware of/knew anything about?

And is there anything similar in the theatre in the US?

Interesting article in Wikipedia which suggests pantomime might exist in other countries, although not quite as we know it to be:


OMG is this for real? the real actual Fonz?! Sorry, that must be really irritating for the poor man, after all these years, but you have to know your character is a huge sex icon for women of a certain age.

Gosh need to think of a question quick so I can say I once corresponded with the Fonz....

ummm....I loved your look on Happy Days, do you ever wear a black leather jacket and if so, how old do you think a man should be when he hangs up his leather jacket for good? (dh stopped wearing his years ago and I would like to get him back into it - well, a new one actually).

Also, are you still in contact with any of the old Happy Days cast members and has knowing Ron Howard brought you any jobs? grin

slyandgobbo Thu 02-Jul-09 14:36:19

Fonz life webchat, Biscuit-threads, 'tis midsummer madness at HQ

coppertop Thu 02-Jul-09 14:37:43

Can I ask in advance:

Do you have any plans to write more books for children? If so, will you be continuing with the Hank stories or do you have a new character in mind?


<thumps the Jukebox and Suzi Quattro Leather Tuscadero blares out>

Oh dear I have come over all unecessary now and can't think of a suitable proper question blush

OK here's one, will there ever be a Happy Days reunion special?

<fluffs hair, chews gum, swishes poodle skirt>

MrsMerryHenry Thu 02-Jul-09 15:37:52

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How utterly brilliant. I loved The Fonz as a kid.

Hi, Henry! What's the most ridiculous thing you've ever done?

gringringringringringringringringringringringringringringrin[ grin]gringringringringringringringringringringringrin

MrsMerryHenry Thu 02-Jul-09 15:39:03

Oh dear. I think my grins have heatstroke.

MrsMerryHenry Thu 02-Jul-09 15:39:33

Thanks Pan - your link put a grin on my face!

BCNS Thu 02-Jul-09 17:37:12

yay the fonz!! very very cool!

okay first question.. are your new books going to be available on CD or downloadable MP3 ?.. we're a dyslexic family we love books and this would make it so much more accessible (sp)

BTW it is very very cool to be able to tell DS's that the fonz is dyslexic to!!

secondly, did you have a scribe, or voice recognition programme to write the books.. or have you worked through your issues and found ways round it or just tackled it all a bit head on? ( I remember the patterns of the words on the keyboard )

when did you eventually get diagnosed and with that how did you feel?

( my experience of this was that I had spent so long being the best I could in more artist areas, sidelined that fact that I struggle with the written word. so when I was diagnosed much later on 20/21 years old.. it was all a bit ohhh ahhh so how do we fix it then.. and of course that doesn't actually happen as such.. it has really taken me until recently that, actually if I hadn't been awful at english.. I wouldn't be doing the best job in the world now!.. but it took a while to get my head round.)

YeahBut Thu 02-Jul-09 17:46:21

gringringrin grin

OK, now I've got that out of the way, a serious question...
Do you have any suggestions for keeping a child with dyslexia motivated at school?

BCNS Thu 02-Jul-09 18:05:41

questions from my ds's.


did you get picket on at school becouse you found it harder than others to spell?

(ds1 wrote that and now for ds2 and I'm letting him type his question as well .. he's 10 )

ds2 :

what is it like being famous but disliksik?

<preen with pride at my boys!!>

BCNS Thu 02-Jul-09 18:06:30

ooops ds1 is 14..

littlelamb Thu 02-Jul-09 18:10:16

MNHQ, you have surpassed yourselves grin

I want to know if he liked this music video

ANd if he ever gets fed up of being the Fonz

FrannyandZooey Thu 02-Jul-09 18:25:00


the fonz



FrannyandZooey Thu 02-Jul-09 18:25:25


i'll be back with a proper question when i have stopped palpitating

squeaver Thu 02-Jul-09 18:29:50

Hope you don't mind lots of Happy Days questions.

Are you still friends with Ron Howard and/or anyone else from the Happy Days days?

Littlelamb, if the answer to your last question is yes, I think most of us are already in trouble!

FrannyandZooey Thu 02-Jul-09 18:32:13

ok i can't think of anything sensible or non-fonz-related
but i would love to know:

what were the other actors in Happy Days like to work with? Can you share some gossip please? For instance I would love to know if Tom Bosley was actually a grumpy old sod, or if Marion Ross had a drink problem

(i bet you are going to say they were ALL lovely)

FrannyandZooey Thu 02-Jul-09 18:34:51

Ok i am embarrassed at my own shallowness now and want to ask something else as well

(if you have time)

when and how did you discover you had dyslexia? and how did it feel to find out what had been causing your problems at school?

littlelamb Thu 02-Jul-09 18:35:05

Ooo yy, I would love it if Marion Ross was actually an old crone taking swigs from a hip flask inbetween takes.
I wonder if they knew Ron Howard would go onto greater things?

FrannyandZooey Thu 02-Jul-09 18:37:59

"greater things"??
than Happy Days? shock
surely some mistake

Lulumama Thu 02-Jul-09 18:53:01




DS has dyslexia.... we shall be watching with interest. and buy his books

Ds says he has 'lysdexia, so he can't spell very well.'
proper question for henry
I would like to know if Henry had other quirky pronounciations when he was a child, and if he developed confidence and showmanship and went into acting because of or despite his dyslexia?

DS is v v confident and dramatic and funny, and I do wonder if he would have been less so if he had not been trying to cover up how hard he was struggling to do his school work.. he had to really play on his strengths, IFYSWIM, to cover up his weaknesses..

littlelamb Thu 02-Jul-09 18:54:45

Allow me to rephrase
'greater' things
such as, you know, all those oscars. Just for example wink


I luuuurve Henry Winkler!

FrannyandZooey Thu 02-Jul-09 18:56:05

did Happy Days not win oscars then? are you sure about that?

littlelamb Thu 02-Jul-09 19:00:55

well, when googling for you Franny, I found this
Now that is one episode I would have loved to see

<tries to calm down>
shock shock shock

When I was a tiny girl, we lived in America, and one of my absolute first memories (we even have it on that old cine-film) is me pretending that my dad is The Fonz and I am some Super Cool Chick (aged about 3 )....Do you think my naming our son Henry was some sort of throwback to my very first crush???? blush

Ok, but seriously, a question about dyslexia:
my sister was diagnosed as dyslexic quite late (she was still at school, but it was just before her GSCEs). She did get some help, and managed to do well in her exames.
However, her daughter, who is 6, is left-handed and looks like she is having similar problems to my sister, especially when it comes to reading and writing. The school is being extremely unhelpful, to the point where a TA was actually trying to make her write with her right hand. My sister can only help so much herself. What would you adise is the best way to proceed with the school to ensure that her dd gets the help and assistance that she needs?

<Cannot believe I have just written a question that is going to be read by Henry Winkler! Am too old to be feeling so teenagery!>

midnightexpress Thu 02-Jul-09 20:45:10

Whatever happened to Chachi (sp?)?

cornsilk Thu 02-Jul-09 20:51:01

Were you cool as a child? What was your self-image like when you were at school?
Do you think that your strengths are enhanced by your dyslexia? If so, in what way? (Does that makes sense-it's very hot!)

MrsMerryHenry Thu 02-Jul-09 20:55:11

D'oh! Can't believe it's taken me this long to realise that HW and I share a name.

From one Henry to another: Hi, Henners! D'you think we're related? grin

BeccyCat Thu 02-Jul-09 22:49:07

Midnight Express - Did Charles in Charge pass you by? I loved that as a teen

MNHQ, you are seriously spoiling us
<clears diary>

thell Thu 02-Jul-09 23:14:33

Here you go, Midnight Express; here's what happened to Scott Baio

When at home with morning sickness I watched him in endless episodes of Diagnosis Murder.

FrannyandZooey Fri 03-Jul-09 08:38:51

OMG Charles in Charge
can we have Chachi on as well???

LoveBeingAMummy Fri 03-Jul-09 08:43:14


[hits juke box with fist]

Wanna go to lookout point? grin

no seroiusly thats my question..ok no its not but if you don't ask you don't get!

Whats your view about the range of dsylexia? Do you think we know enough about it and the extent to which it affects people? For example at school i was tested and confirmed as not having dsylexia, although certainly not getting a perfect score, was told just not quite bad enough.....sooo am I stupid, in the way that people with get called stupid and then find out they have dsylexia, if I don't have it, am I just thick??? blush


this is so cool!!!!!!!!!

HuwEdwards Fri 03-Jul-09 09:02:19

The Foooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooonz!!

I love you, do you know that?

If I hadn't had them already, I would want YOU to father my babies.

I love you, do you know that?

Oh, despite the name, I'm a girl by the way grin

(Hangs head in shame at calling oneself a 'girl' at age 46......)

LynetteScavo Fri 03-Jul-09 09:31:45

O - M - G!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I've just seen this!

I love, love, luuuuuuuuurve The Fonz!

Now do I take the monday off work, or do I try to chat with him secretly while in the office? hmm

stoppinattwo Fri 03-Jul-09 17:24:07

You know that mn will crash!!!

You have been warned grin

<<rains on parade>>

I would like to know how you got your Tee shirts soooooooooooo white??

stoppinattwo Fri 03-Jul-09 17:26:07

Lynette i can see it now

<<boss wanders over..."what are you doing??"

<<scavo - "erm erm ok im talking to the fonz on a parenting website!!">>

<<"ok scavo you can go home youve had too much sun!!">> grin

stoppinattwo Fri 03-Jul-09 17:27:52

He will click his fingers and Justine and carrie will be on each arm in their pink hot pants grin

Rindercella Fri 03-Jul-09 17:30:13

Just got to say...

OMFG! The Fonz is coming on MN. How utterly fab is that?!

<goes away to think of a question to ask him>

Lulumama Fri 03-Jul-09 17:30:13

are MNHQ going to edit out the questions from all the screaming/fainting/ general hysteria??

semi Fri 03-Jul-09 21:35:22

Fonz - when I was younger I wanted to be one of Fonz's girls when you clicked your fingers, but they never looked like me - was that a conscious decision by the writers? Or did I miss an episode? I am both jamaican and nigerian.

I've been lurking on this for 2 days now, and I still can't think of a proper question.

So - improper question - are you just a little bit proud to be the original shark-jumper of 'jumping the shark'? Cos I would be grin.

(When I was 8 my most treasured piece of clothing was my navy jumpsuit with a 'Fonz' patch on the front)

(Am grinning inanely here)

bellissima Sat 04-Jul-09 08:40:22

Okay, a weird one. Did you ever babysit in Hamden, Ct (just outside New Haven) in 1969-70? My mother claims that 'the Fonz' babysat for us. I tell her that she is fantasising.

busygrammy Sat 04-Jul-09 14:11:53

I saw this website in an article and looked it up to check it out. I have a grandchild who is extremely dyslexic. Her mother is also dyslexic. After fighting with the schools about my daughter for years before she was diagnosed I knew better than to even talk to them when Marissa had trouble learning to read in first grade. We took her straight to a specialist to have her tested and it has made all the difference in the world. She got help right away in second grade but not from the school!! I found that the Masons don't just run the Shriners Hospital for Burns they also have learning centers set up where you can get free tutoring for reading disabled children until they are at grade level. [I should mention that I live in the U.S. in New Hampshire]Marissa is an extremely talented artist. She has won awards for her work. She says she is glad she is dyslexic as she feels she would not be able to draw if she was not. I do not recommend getting your child tested at school as they don't really use good tests, at least here they don't. The schools also want to wait until third grade to test and by then the child is so far behind it is sad. Marissa's tutor use Orton-Gillingham to teach her,the results were amazing. You can buy this program online and use it yourself. Barbara Wilson is another program that works well. The schools in New Hampshire offer almost no help for dyslexic children. I think it is a disgrace. If we had not gone out on our own for testing and tutoring she would not able to read enough to do anything. OK now a question, when did you find out you were dyslexic? Were you still in school and did you get any help from the school? I am a fan of the Fonz but never realized you were dyslexic. I am going to check out your books. My other 2 grandchild do not seem to have any issues with reading although only one is old enough at 7 [Jonathan] to tell. Olivia is only just turned 3 but we are keeping an eye on her. I am very proud of Marissa,she works hard, does well in school despite being a very social 15 year old now. She has never used the dyslexia as an excuse for anything. Thinking of Happy Days and the Fonz makes want to go and see if I still have my poodle skirt tucked away someplace.

busygrammy Sat 04-Jul-09 14:17:49


foxinsocks Sat 04-Jul-09 14:20:50

hi Fonz!

Listened to you win the Who's Calling Christian game on Virgin Radio and loved the fact that you gave the money to the Teachers Awards Projects. Thought you sounded inspirational (and still as funny as ever)!

Do you have a special connection to teachers here in the UK?

PeachyTheRiverParrettHarlot Sat 04-Jul-09 20:37:07

<<looks at all the fonz mentions>>

<<wears big T Shirt saying I Am Not With These People>> wink

A question please.

My son has dyslexia amongst a pile of other things that get addressed more immediately- behavioural problems stemming from Aspergers etc. If you could say just one thing thats most omportant for kkids with dyslexia etc what would you suggest? therapy, downtime, morale bosoting, extra calsses?

Thank you

FrannyandZooey Sat 04-Jul-09 22:43:36

omg the foooooooooooooooooooooooooooooonz <runs up and down shrieking>

(just in case he gets the idea from peachy's post that we are serious or intelligent or something wink)

wotzy Sun 05-Jul-09 00:32:03

Mi Henry, sorry we didn't catch up in the Trafford centre, the day you did your book signing, but there was a big queue and the kids were driving me mad. Hope it went well. Stay in touch, from wotz!

b d
<thumbs up Fonz sign> cool

PeachyTheRiverParrettHarlot Sun 05-Jul-09 10:03:44

<<throws a wnaky basket at Franny>>

<<gets badge saying Official Oldie wink>>

FrannyandZooey Sun 05-Jul-09 10:15:30

lol at peachy and at thumbs up sign

Starbear Sun 05-Jul-09 11:07:07

Oh! I missed him!. Can you get him again. I know he'll be back for panto season he was great. Love him. Brought back lovely memories of meeting American kids in Spain, on a beach and his programme was a talking point for all the kids Spanish, Austrian included. smileJust reminds me of a great summer's day

Pan Sun 05-Jul-09 12:11:30

in this Fonz-fest frenzy, hasn't anyone noticed he will be gracing us with his presence at 9pm British Summer Time, not Greenwich Mean Time. this considered something entirely unnecessary to point out??

RumourOfAHurricane Sun 05-Jul-09 12:33:32

Message withdrawn

Starbear Sun 05-Jul-09 12:35:46

Must look at my calender before I post blush!

CheeseCheese Sun 05-Jul-09 12:36:33

please let the webchat not be rude

RumourOfAHurricane Sun 05-Jul-09 12:36:58

Message withdrawn

Cadelaide Sun 05-Jul-09 22:37:56

Hi Henry, my 16yo nephew Jake thinks you're fab and had a big picture of you on his birthday cake this year! smile

So, please say "Hi" to Jake and give him some tips about what to do/wear/say to achieve the heights of coolness. (He's pretty cool already, of course!)

Should he buy a cardigan, as he has threatened? (His Mother's bemused by that, I must say!)

Starbear Sun 05-Jul-09 23:14:42

I'm back. Do you think sometimes diagnosing dyslexia too early can allow a child to think that he shouldn't try as he has an excuse?
When should children be tested for dyslexia?
Sometimes I wonder if I was tested earlier I might have coped better at work OR would I have not bothered apply?
P.S I have not had the test as I'm a little afraid. What of? I'm not sure opinion of work collegues & bosses?

dawntigga Mon 06-Jul-09 09:18:29

Met him once, he's modest and smart, yup I may have fallen for him a tiny bit

Wonder what he thought about the move to make a world wide Fonz/Henry Winkler day in the manner of the talk like a pirate day?

He rocked in Holes

StarstruckTigga xx

Bumping up my active conv for later grin

popsycal Mon 06-Jul-09 10:32:54

oh my god =- no WAY



He was my childhood first crsh when I was around four!!!


when is it?

popsycal Mon 06-Jul-09 10:36:54

OMG I will have to stay awake...

racking my brain trying ot think of a sensible question.....

popsycal Mon 06-Jul-09 10:41:25

ok Mr The Fonz

I am a teacher and have had several puils in my classes over the past 12 years with dyslexia. Who was your favourite teacher and why? And what helped you at school to come to terms with dyslexia?

And my next question, could you please do that thing from the Happy Days opening credits where you look in the mirror to comb your hair and then shrug and smile at how mighty fine you look? I will just imagine it..... grin

Oooooh off to hunt out my The Fonz t shirt inpreparation for 9pm (or 8pm - MN you need to specifiy whether you mean BST or GMT

popsycal Mon 06-Jul-09 10:48:40

I would just like to add, too, that on the back of the cupborad door of my walk-in cupboard at work, there is a large poster of you.....

do I win saddest thirty-something fan????

BitOfFun Mon 06-Jul-09 11:18:10

This is so exciting! I am looking forward to seeing you later even though I have lost several kitchen appliances by bashing them like a jukebox - why has that never worked for me? grin

I can't think of anything else. Just that I love you smile

Grumpyoldcaaaaaaaa Mon 06-Jul-09 11:40:44


Please can we have a Fonz 'Heeeeeeeeeyyyyyyyyy' emoticon for the webchat?

popsycal Mon 06-Jul-09 12:30:57

i sghould be looking after my childrne but instead am watching fonzie on youtube

OMG the fonz !

heeeeeeeeyyyyyyyyyy !

the fonz is a legend and totally hot

of course i am most impressed to find out about your work with dyslexia

but i dont have a question - im too busy swooning

CyradisTheSeer Mon 06-Jul-09 15:47:10

So nice of someone like "The Fonz" to take time out to come and talk to us lot!

My Question - What was it like trying to learn your scripts, did you have to get help or did you have a method of your own you came with to help?

Lulumama Mon 06-Jul-09 15:50:16

MNHQ i asked a proper question, plllllleeeeeeeease make sure Saint Henry of the Fonz sees it


popsycal Mon 06-Jul-09 16:22:43

so did i.... grin

HenryWinkler Mon 06-Jul-09 17:16:10


BitOfFun Mon 06-Jul-09 17:53:50

Squeeeeeeee! < waves frantically at Mr Winkler in a rather uncool way > grin

squeaver Mon 06-Jul-09 18:13:41




He is among us!!!

SuperBunny Mon 06-Jul-09 18:31:03

Wow, a webchat that us stateside folk can be part of, hooray! And with the Fonz too... wow.

Henry, I would like to know what made you agree to do a webchat on Mumsnet. And why you spend so much time in the UK. I am sure your work would be appreciated just as much in the US (speaking as someone who lives in an area with some of the worst schools in the US sad). Do you have a special connection with the UK?

popsycal Mon 06-Jul-09 18:33:43

was that him>????

dawntigga Mon 06-Jul-09 18:51:06

The Daily Mail is going to have a field day with us lot. Not only are we middle class lactifists we are all hot under the collar for The Fonz


RumourOfAHurricane Mon 06-Jul-09 18:54:19

Message withdrawn

BitOfFun Mon 06-Jul-09 19:35:41

So what time is the Fonz coming? Is it 9pm GMT? Or BST? And what's the difference? I don't want to miss him.

popsycal Mon 06-Jul-09 19:38:36

I thjink they mean 9pm ou time as opposed to LA time (but they need to get their BST and GMT right )

slyandgobbo Mon 06-Jul-09 19:57:16

Did you fancy Joanie Cunningham just a bit?
But she was too young?
And then going out with your cousin, chachi?
Was he your cousin?
How old were you supposed to be?

BarrelOfMonkeys Mon 06-Jul-09 20:03:23

I would like to know when/how you discovered you were dyslexic, and how did you feel when you were first diagnosed?

Also do you read much for pleasure as an adult or did your experiences at school put you off? (If you do read for pleasure, what book are you reading at the moment and would you recommend it?)

Sorry if there are too many questions in there!!

Noooooooooooooooo make him name change. He needs to be TheFONZ......

Oh and one thing i hate about these webchats is that all the questions get scattered in amongst the idol chitchat, bitchfests or (in this case) swooning before hand.

Could someone go through at 8:45 and make a bullet pointed list of all teh proper questions that have been asked?

There are some great questions BTW. The one from Popsy about what made it easier at school for you. and probably the best is "what made you agree to do a MN webchat?" second best has to be why did you turn down Olivia's cakes and decide to join remotely (that's my question BTW grin)?

How does one get invited for a web-chat? DOes Justine go through her special address book and if so how does one find your telephone number?

BarrelOfMonkeys Mon 06-Jul-09 20:07:00

(Okay, BCNS beat me to the first question there. Sort of lost that among all the 'OMG!' other posts grin)

Do you think DP will believe me if I tell him I am talking to The FOnz....he doens't believe that anyone else on this site is real.....

cornsilk Mon 06-Jul-09 20:18:29

What are you wearing Henry?

popsycal Mon 06-Jul-09 20:21:31

Just remembered after talking to my dad on the phone. He used to have a leather jacket he called his 'jerkin' (pmsl) and do impressions of The Fonz for me when I was little.

I have another proper question. What would be your advice to children who have dyslexia or struggle at school for a specific reason?

Oh, and can you do that mirror thing again please?

Come on! DS3 is bound to wake up bang on 9pm!

popsycal Mon 06-Jul-09 20:22:06

shall I summarise the real questions?

popsycal Mon 06-Jul-09 20:23:27

no - i will leave it. I am bound to start a ruck into what constitues a 'real' question.

I will just go and get into my The Fonz t shirt and polka dot pyjama bottms blush

OliviaMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 06-Jul-09 20:24:46

<Finishes icing virtual cake for The Fonz> grin

You could make a list of the actual in things that have a question mark as opposed to teh <eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeks> and <thuds>

popsycal Mon 06-Jul-09 20:27:31

<pushes Olivia out of the way and proffers cupcakes>

popsycal Mon 06-Jul-09 20:29:09

oooh I have a question which I will preface with the fact that I am a 30-smething year old teacher of small children......

If I were to add a speech bubble to the poster of you on the back of my cupboard door at work, what shoudl it say???


NorkyButNice Mon 06-Jul-09 20:36:45

Is this going to be the most popular webchat MN has ever hosted?

I'm foreseeing hordes of hormonal women simultaneously logging on at 8.55 virtually elbowing each other to baggsie the front seats grin

popsycal Mon 06-Jul-09 20:38:51

22 mins

Pan Mon 06-Jul-09 20:43:06

it's bit like bidding on ebay isn't it? Scrummaging around the final bid timegrin. Cept here it's for a human being!!

NorkyButNice Mon 06-Jul-09 20:47:35

popsy - is this the poster you've got?


popsycal Mon 06-Jul-09 20:53:24


more like this

popsycal Mon 06-Jul-09 20:54:33

hahaha I also have a retro bag that ds1 'bought' for me for his first Christmas....

I am a fonzie geek

popsycal Mon 06-Jul-09 20:56:28
FrannyandZooey Mon 06-Jul-09 20:56:49

dp has the hump with me
i have shoved him off the computer when strictly speaking it was his turn, saying "BUT IT'S THE FONZ"

Lulumama Mon 06-Jul-09 20:57:20

I'm ready !!

popsycal Mon 06-Jul-09 20:58:41

dhis luckily having his monthly 'go to sleep when the boys go to sleep' night.

I have wine, my fpnz t shirt .....and am waiting...

MaureenMLove Mon 06-Jul-09 20:58:48

Shove up Lulu! <<tucks in next to Lulu on the sofa.>>

RumourOfAHurricane Mon 06-Jul-09 20:59:04

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RachelMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 06-Jul-09 20:59:05

The time has come...Henry will be attempting to answer as many as your questions as poss within the hour but judging by the response to this thread we are in for a lively night so please don't be too disappointed if he doesn't get round to answering your question. May we warmly welcome to mumsnet, Mr Henry Winkler...

popsycal Mon 06-Jul-09 20:59:06

sunday monday happy days.....

Lulumama Mon 06-Jul-09 20:59:33

<<pats chair>> come and sit with the us popsy !!

sooooooooo exciting.

popsycal Mon 06-Jul-09 20:59:53

<refresh, refresh, refresh.....>

SuperBunny Mon 06-Jul-09 21:00:10

I'm here!

Henry, why are you on mumsnet of all places?

Lulumama Mon 06-Jul-09 21:00:28

<<swishes poodle skirt and unbuttons top button of tight sweater>>

popsycal Mon 06-Jul-09 21:01:04

argh I can hear ds3 grunting...sleep vibes please....

MaureenMLove Mon 06-Jul-09 21:01:14

Gosh, I have no exciting questions to ask, other than is the bike on Happy Days really the bike that Steve McQueen rode in The Great Escape, because I keep using that as my useless facts you know! grin

HenryWinkler Mon 06-Jul-09 21:01:23

First of all, thank you so much staying up.

For me, it is one oclock in the afternoon on Monday, the sun is shining, and as i look out my window, five men are cutting down our gigantic pepper tree that has just decided to die right before our daughter's wedding.

FrannyandZooey Mon 06-Jul-09 21:01:23

<puts coin in jukebox>

CMOTdibbler Mon 06-Jul-09 21:01:29

Fonz ! <faints dramatically>

popsycal Mon 06-Jul-09 21:01:30

(gosh and someone outside is wheeling out a very very full recycling bin....)

Pan Mon 06-Jul-09 21:01:44

You have all scared him off.......

FrannyandZooey Mon 06-Jul-09 21:02:03


RumourOfAHurricane Mon 06-Jul-09 21:02:11

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SuperBunny Mon 06-Jul-09 21:02:13


Hello Henry!
I'll just repeat my earlier question before MN crashes due to hysterical FonzFans logging on

my sister was diagnosed as dyslexic quite late (she was still at school, but it was just before her GSCEs). She did get some help, and managed to do well in her exames.
However, her daughter, who is 6, is left-handed and looks like she is having similar problems to my sister, especially when it comes to reading and writing. The school is being extremely unhelpful, to the point where a TA was actually trying to make her write with her right hand. My sister can only help so much herself. What would you adise is the best way to proceed with the school to ensure that her dd gets the help and assistance that she needs?

LovelyRitaMeterMaid Mon 06-Jul-09 21:02:32

Hello smile

popsycal Mon 06-Jul-09 21:02:43

(you don't need coins for the jukebox with fonzy around)

welcome henry grin
sorry to hear abotu your pepper tree!
tell us about your duatgther's wedding

purplefraggle Mon 06-Jul-09 21:02:48

Hi Henry!

HenryWinkler Mon 06-Jul-09 21:02:50

Superbunny, I'm here because I thought it would be a lot of fun and interesting for us to chat together.

wotzy Mon 06-Jul-09 21:02:58

(opens popcorn and puts feet up)

where do you like to spend time with your family?

Do you have an iPhone and do use Twitter or facebook?

AitchTwoOh Mon 06-Jul-09 21:03:13

ooooooh, have a LOVELY wedding, henrywinkler. i'm sure it'll all be gorgeous, even with a stump.

popsycal Mon 06-Jul-09 21:03:49

have you perused the question already posted or should we repost

Lulumama Mon 06-Jul-09 21:03:50

henry, i hope you saw my question .. i posted it days ago , before too much hysteria took over !

(has everyone else noticed that MN is refreshing very slowly all of a sudden? wink )

Lulumama Mon 06-Jul-09 21:04:33

here it is again, just in case wink
Ds says he has 'lysdexia, so he can't spell very well.'
proper question for henry
I would like to know if Henry had other quirky pronounciations when he was a child, and if he developed confidence and showmanship and went into acting because of or despite his dyslexia?

DS is v v confident and dramatic and funny, and I do wonder if he would have been less so if he had not been trying to cover up how hard he was struggling to do his school work.. he had to really play on his strengths, IFYSWIM, to cover up his weaknesses..

SuperBunny Mon 06-Jul-09 21:05:40

Henry, we are very happy to have you here (in case you hadn't noticed). I work with children with SEN I am especially glad that you chose to do this.

Have a very lovely wedding!

OliviaMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 06-Jul-09 21:05:44

Hi Henry
Welcome to Mumsnet grin

popsycal Mon 06-Jul-09 21:05:59

my real questions:

I am a teacher and have had several puils in my classes over the past 12 years with dyslexia. Who was your favourite teacher and why? And what helped you at school to come to terms with dyslexia?

And my next question, could you please do that thing from the Happy Days opening credits where you look in the mirror to comb your hair and then shrug and smile at how mighty fine you look? I will just imagine it.....

FrannyandZooey Mon 06-Jul-09 21:06:01

"I thought it would be a lot of fun and interesting for us to chat together."

he loves us
he loves us

coppertop Mon 06-Jul-09 21:06:30

<shamelessly re-posts question in case it's been missed>

Do you have any plans to write more books for children? If so, will you be continuing with the Hank stories or do you have a new character in mind?

HenryWinkler Mon 06-Jul-09 21:06:49

First of all, Hopes for the best and plans for the worst, I am right handed and I think learning challenges do not discriminate.

I have found the most important thing for a parent is to be your child's advocate.

No matter how good a school system is, a child that requires extra time will somehow fall through the cracks.

You must be a relentless, positive voice.

The other thing that is most important is support.

You can never mention enough, with sencerity, how great and powerful your child is.

I tell every child I meet, without exception, that they have a special gift inside them.

Their job is to figure out what it is and give it to the world.

popsycal Mon 06-Jul-09 21:06:58


What would be your advice to children who have dyslexia or struggle at school for a specific reason?

Lulumama Mon 06-Jul-09 21:07:04

<<throws cold water on franny>>

southeastastra Mon 06-Jul-09 21:07:13

ooh a pepper tree, never thought about them growing on trees

popsycal Mon 06-Jul-09 21:07:47

oops crossed posts

FrannyandZooey Mon 06-Jul-09 21:07:54

did anyone notice that i posted at EXACTLY the same time as the fonz earlier?

it's fate

popsycal Mon 06-Jul-09 21:08:49

you are destined, franny
if you can shove me out of the way grin

and back to the questions

That sounds like very good advice. Thank you!

And I agree with is to tell your child how "great and powerful" they are - that is a lovely way of putting it.

HenryWinkler Mon 06-Jul-09 21:09:45

Lulumama, I was the class clown.

I did cover up a lot with my humor.

I was disruptive.

We don't mean to be.

We want so badly to get school right.

We don't fail on purpose, but sometimes the embarrasment is so overwhelming it forces us to react.

Or overact, as the case may be.

I am in the bottom 3% in America academically.

Lulumama Mon 06-Jul-09 21:09:53

super advice thus far....

popsycal Mon 06-Jul-09 21:10:07

my other very important question, which may have got lost in the hysteria:

have a question which I will preface with the fact that I am a 30-smething year old teacher of small children......

If I were to add a speech bubble to the poster of you on the back of my cupboard door at work, what shoudl it say???

AitchTwoOh Mon 06-Jul-09 21:10:08

<blubs> aaaaaay. that is lovely, i will remind my child of her power tomorrow. mind you she's three and a half and pretty much omnipotent but i think as she grows up it will be a lovelier and lovelier thing to say.

SuperBunny Mon 06-Jul-09 21:10:39

Do you do work with schools in the US too? Do you ever come to Chicago?

popsycal Mon 06-Jul-09 21:11:24

Hnery - does the school system in USA really tell you what % you are in? (guessing it must if you know that statistic)

What do you think of sharing such statistics with children in schools?

littlelamb Mon 06-Jul-09 21:11:24

ooo I want to know [shallow] is it crazy busy in LA gearing up for MJs funeral?

AitchTwoOh Mon 06-Jul-09 21:12:19

oh oh OH i actually have something to say other than 'ooooooh it's henry winkler'. it's not about dyslexia though, it's just that i LOVED you in arrested development and think it's one of the finest comedies ever made.

Lulumama Mon 06-Jul-09 21:12:46

<<weeps with joy at being answered first>>

thank you henry... that has described my DH at school.. severely dyslexic, never diagnosed...

was told he would not amount to anythign ,so gave up but has done exceptionally well in his chosen field.

we will ensure DS does not endure the same at school

thank you smile

So how did the books come about? Was it your idea or from someone else? And is it easier or harder to be taken seriously with a different project when you're such a huge icon?

<<faints a little>>

popsycal Mon 06-Jul-09 21:12:59

Which regions of the UK did you visit in your tour of schools? Will you come to mine? grin

RumourOfAHurricane Mon 06-Jul-09 21:13:22

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littlelamb Mon 06-Jul-09 21:13:49

<joins fawning over AD with Aitch> Genius

hunkermunker Mon 06-Jul-09 21:13:50

Oh, good LORD, you lot!


Hi, Henry.

We, like, share an initial.

Cool, eh?

wotzy Mon 06-Jul-09 21:14:08

I watched Holes (film) recently and love you in that..great film

<<still swooning>>

HenryWinkler Mon 06-Jul-09 21:14:11

I will answer a few questions all at once.

Happy Days: standing in front of the mirror, I was about to comb my hair and stopped.

I made that up on the spot.

I didn't want to comb my hair in the scene because every actor who played a Fonz like character before me, did.


I brought the comb up and realized

my hair was perfect.

New Subject:

Reading was very difficult for me and still is.

Every novel I finish is like a triumph.

When I first started as an actor, it was like my worst nightmare.

Reading was at the center of everything.

But what I found was that if you really want something, you put out that extra effort to accomplish it.

I had to rehearse longer than other actors in the same show.

I didn't care.

Lulumama Mon 06-Jul-09 21:15:00

DH and I are chortling away with glee.... we love you henry !!! grin grin

can we buy your books on Amazon?

Hi Henry, I don't really have a question but I couldn't not say anything... so just hello!

popsycal Mon 06-Jul-09 21:15:20


FrannyandZooey Mon 06-Jul-09 21:15:36

has anyone else got the funny feeling HW is actually expat in drag

Nope Franny - just you wink

BitOfFun Mon 06-Jul-09 21:16:09

Henry, I am currently assembling flatpack furniture, and it is very arduous. Do you recommend I ignore the instructions from now on and just bash it together very hard < remembers jukebox fondly >?


I won't blame you if it goes wrong...

HenryWinkler Mon 06-Jul-09 21:16:13

Holes was fun because most of my part as the father was not written.

The director let me make a lot of it up.

There is a scene when the police come to our house to interview my son and I ask if I can smell his shoe.

All made up.

TheUnstrungHarp Mon 06-Jul-09 21:16:24

Henry, I enjoyed your performance in Arrested Development more than I can say. What was it like working on the show, and why do you think it has not been more widely recognised as the best US comedy of the last 10 years? Which it surely was.

littlelamb Mon 06-Jul-09 21:17:24

O yy, and are they really ever going to get round to making an AD movie?? Please please please

hunkermunker Mon 06-Jul-09 21:17:34
Pan Mon 06-Jul-09 21:17:40

Henry - if Happy Days was re-done, who would play your part? As if....

FrannyandZooey Mon 06-Jul-09 21:17:47

but but he types like her

<is pulled off stage left with big hook>

littlelamb Mon 06-Jul-09 21:18:21

franny, that would be the stealth reveal to end them all grin

AitchTwoOh Mon 06-Jul-09 21:18:33

<rofls at memory of Gob> i love arrested dev.
henry how much money will you get when i buy the box set that your presence has just reminded me dh NEEDS for his next birthday?

expatinscotland Mon 06-Jul-09 21:19:08


My question is: were you close enough to Ron Howard to tell him he was naming his kids ker-azee names?

FrannyandZooey Mon 06-Jul-09 21:19:55

can i please draw your attention to the question about happy days gossip, Henry?
Esp Marion. We need to know about Marion

AitchTwoOh Mon 06-Jul-09 21:20:00

lol at expat/hw confusion. i see it, frank, i do.

gosh this is exciting. if we get brian cant on now i'll die happy.

EachPeachPearMum Mon 06-Jul-09 21:20:07

franny- I was just about to say- yes- he spaces out his lines just like she does grin
You are v naughty!

popsycal Mon 06-Jul-09 21:20:25

oh bugger ds3 is here too now

henry - did any of your children Not Sleep?

HenryWinkler Mon 06-Jul-09 21:20:49

Several answers:

One of my favorite things to do here in America or in the UK is to visit schools and talk directly to the kids.

I am very honest about my journey.

And they are very warm with their interest and with sharing their stories.

It touches me deep in my heart.

We are all the same.

I am 63 and sometimes when the children are asking me questions, it is so evident that we share the same experience.

mummyplonk Mon 06-Jul-09 21:20:57

Hi Henry, have you enjoyed performing in theatre more or less than you did filming on tv?

p.s did you keep all of the leather jackets and do you still wear them?

wotzy Mon 06-Jul-09 21:21:05

Fantastic, at the scene all being made up. It YOU were excellent.

FrannyandZooey Mon 06-Jul-09 21:21:15

brian CANT
what are you DOING to my pulse rate ladies

morningpaper Mon 06-Jul-09 21:21:24

Henry: What has been your proudest moment as a dad?

popsycal Mon 06-Jul-09 21:21:37

<gulps at henry being a year older than my dad....>

EachPeachPearMum Mon 06-Jul-09 21:22:19

Aitch- shock Brian Cant is my hero!

popsycal Mon 06-Jul-09 21:22:29

(aside to franny....and jonny ball???)

SuperBunny Mon 06-Jul-09 21:22:49

63? Never shock

hunkermunker Mon 06-Jul-09 21:23:37

They say Brian Cant.

I say he can.

expatinscotland Mon 06-Jul-09 21:23:39

Get outta town, you're 63?! OMG. And here I was shocked to find out my other crush, Alan Rickman is also in his 60s.

And to think, I almost shut down my laptop to go dye all the grey out of my hair.

HenryWinkler Mon 06-Jul-09 21:25:11

Ron Howard:

He named his children after the places they were concieved.

He asked Stacey and I to be the godparents of all of them if God forbid anything happened to Ron or Cheryl.

They both said we could Bar Mitzvah them if we wanted to. Just take them.

And they're not Jewish.


Truly one of the great women of the 21st century.

Smart. Warm. Intuitive. Feisty. Lusty. And Funny.

I had lunch with her two Mondays ago.

On the set of Happy Days, if I needed wisdom, I went directly to her.

FiveGoMadInDorset Mon 06-Jul-09 21:25:15

When you learn your lines do you have a specific learning strategy to help? Did anyone help you or did you just get on with it yourself?

Sorry 3rd and last qeustion, I have worked a lot with dyslexic children and one had the coloured glasses which helped but I also found that she learnt in a different way to the rest of the class and was very frustrated when the teacher told her she had to do it his way even though she struggled but we found a way that she could understand. Basically what I am saying is how can teachers help dyslexics better?

ReallyReally Mon 06-Jul-09 21:25:41


oh good grief

you have the king of cool here and you start wittering on about Brian Cant

RumourOfAHurricane Mon 06-Jul-09 21:27:11

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modrin Mon 06-Jul-09 21:27:49

hi henry do you ever read any of the mumsnet threads

OliviaMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 06-Jul-09 21:28:05
BCNS Mon 06-Jul-09 21:28:18

Hi Henry :0 :0

okay first question.. are your new books going to be available on CD or downloadable MP3 ?.. we're a dyslexic family we love books and this would make it so much more accessible (sp)

BTW it is very very cool to be able to tell DS's that the fonz is dyslexic to!!

secondly, did you have a scribe, or voice recognition programme to write the books.. or have you worked through your issues and found ways round it or just tackled it all a bit head on? ( I remember the patterns of the words on the keyboard )

when did you eventually get diagnosed and with that how did you feel?

( my experience of this was that I had spent so long being the best I could in more artist areas, sidelined that fact that I struggle with the written word. so when I was diagnosed much later on 20/21 years old.. it was all a bit ohhh ahhh so how do we fix it then.. and of course that doesn't actually happen as such.. it has really taken me until recently that, actually if I hadn't been awful at english.. I wouldn't be doing the best job in the world now!.. but it took a while to get my head round.)

questions from my ds's.


did you get picket on at school becouse you found it harder than others to spell?

(ds1 wrote that and now for ds2 and I'm letting him type his question as well .. he's 10 )

ds2 :

what is it like being famous but disliksik?

<preen with pride at my boys!!>
By BCNS Thu 02-Jul-09 18:06:30 Add a message | Report post | Contact poster

ooops ds1 is 14..

sorry just incase Igot missed

largeginandtonic Mon 06-Jul-09 21:28:20

<< swoon >>

Nothing but that.

As you were.


southeastastra Mon 06-Jul-09 21:28:24

what's your favourite band henry? or musician, i imagine you're a bit of a hippy rather than a rocker

squeaver Mon 06-Jul-09 21:28:42

Hurrah!!! for Marion/Ron goss.

expatinscotland Mon 06-Jul-09 21:29:12

Who is Brian Cant? Was he the British version of Mr Rogers (I can never look at him without thinking of the Eddie Murphy SNL version )?

wotzy Mon 06-Jul-09 21:29:19

For goodness sake get MN to put a link to your book.

Can you sign one and we can do a MN auction for a charity for it?

dooneygirl Mon 06-Jul-09 21:29:20

Oh, wow. I've been away for the 4th, and look you guys have THE FONZ. I don't really have a question, just wanted to say how much I enjoyed the Funny or Die spot you guys did for Barack Obama. And I just wanted to brag that I'm in the same time zone as he is. Neener-neener.

(Ok, seriously, I don't get that giddy about famous people, but he's one of my first crushes, and you always hear what a great guy he is, never anything bad about him.)

FiveGoMadInDorset Mon 06-Jul-09 21:29:32

Also how did being dyslexic affect your relatinship with your children regarding encouraging them to read, bed time stories etc.

ReallyReally Mon 06-Jul-09 21:29:44

I think you've done some charity work for cerebral palsy

is there a personal connection with someone with cerebral palsy?

AitchTwoOh Mon 06-Jul-09 21:29:49

lusty, i KNEW it. please send her the love of an imaginary person off the internet next time you see her, henry. och, all that happy days cast were great, weren't they?

and please tell will arnett that i wish to marry him. he's legitimately on my okayed list with dh. all he has to do is sort it out his end with that talented beautiful wife of his and we're away. grin

teeeeeeeeelllll me about arrested development. what did it feel like when the moron execs told you it was canned? (ladies, if you take nothing away from this webchat, please buy the box set, you will thank me).

OliviaMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 06-Jul-09 21:29:52
squeaver Mon 06-Jul-09 21:30:14

Henry: is this the SWOONIEST chat/interview you've ever done??

4andnotout Mon 06-Jul-09 21:30:19

I don't have anything witty to say blush

So will sit and <<swoon>>

FrannyandZooey Mon 06-Jul-09 21:31:07

"Smart. Warm. Intuitive. Feisty. Lusty. And Funny."
oh god that is great
i love her too
can we have her on next

Lulumama Mon 06-Jul-09 21:31:08

good idea , wotzy!

cornsilk Mon 06-Jul-09 21:31:08

What would you say to people who insist that dyslexia does not exist?

wotzy Mon 06-Jul-09 21:31:36
LucilleAustero Mon 06-Jul-09 21:31:55

Yes, please tell us about Arrested Development. Is it possible that we will see Barry Zuckerkorn on the screen again?

HenryWinkler Mon 06-Jul-09 21:32:15

Children sleeping:

We had an earthquake here in LA in 93 or 94.

Our son Max was about 11.

It frightened him so, he slept at the end of our bed on the floor on uncomfortable cusions...

For two years.

My leather jacket is in the Smithsonian Museam in Washington, D.C.

They made 5 because the first one was stolen from the costume department at Paramount.

The one I used to jump the shark had the lining ripped out of to make it easier for me to water-ski.

My proudest moment, outside my children, are the funny children's novels I write with my partner Lin Oliver.


We make the kids laugh first.

The message...

it does not matter how you learn.


My parner Lin and I are writting the 17th novel right now.

We are on chapter 14.

A speech bubble:

On a teacher's poster board -

"Children, you have greatness inside you."

AitchTwoOh Mon 06-Jul-09 21:33:22

genius buy this.

popsycal Mon 06-Jul-09 21:34:40

I will post the speech bubble on thursday whrn i am back at work grin

wotzy Mon 06-Jul-09 21:35:33

thanks lulu, I should work in promotions and marketing
(oh, silly me I do already) grin

popsycal Mon 06-Jul-09 21:35:39

aitch - jason bateman...another crush odm mine - tho more of a 13 year old one

BitOfFun Mon 06-Jul-09 21:35:53

Great idea for the speech bubble- I love it!

Hi Henry, thanks for coming to talk with us

Are there any plans for a Happy Days reunion film/TV show?

Mwah x

claireybee Mon 06-Jul-09 21:35:59

Did playing a cool character like the fonz help with your own self image? Did you become more like him?

morningpaper Mon 06-Jul-09 21:36:18

Excellent Popsycal, I hope you will say "It's funny but the other day I was actually talking to Henry Winkler ..." grin

Lulumama Mon 06-Jul-09 21:36:25

grin thanks for your email wotz. we do need anotehr meet up in the park, don't we ? smile

AitchTwoOh Mon 06-Jul-09 21:36:48

oh henry i bet you're a lovely dad. and it's true, you never hear a bad word said about you.

lol at lucille austero, my GOD she was magnificent in that, wasn't she? what's liza like, henry? lusty? wink

wotzy Mon 06-Jul-09 21:37:25

I think the MN team are having far too much fun (we want pictures later you know).

STOP chatting to him, his ours for the hour, after that do what you will......

HenryWinkler Mon 06-Jul-09 21:38:01


Yes, I was picked on. Because I went to an all boys private high school.

The other kids were pretty smart.

It was so hard for me to keep up.


Where are they now?

And here I am. Really enjoying myself, talking to you.

Remember, and I can't say this often enough, do not focus on what you can't do. Just remember school is the law. And when you are done, you will soar like and eagle.

Being famous:

Being famous is really a myth.

Because at the bottom of it all, we are all the same.

You cannot, CANNOT, get carried away, because some people think you are famous.

I have seen it destroy lots of actors and actresses.

Being famous is a result, NOT THE GOAL.

AND YES, one of the hardest things I've ever done in my life is read the first four books of Hank Zipzer on tape.

They are published in the UK by Walker Books.

First News, the newspaper for kids, was the very first publication to see Hank's value.

AitchTwoOh Mon 06-Jul-09 21:38:14

oh my GOD Henry can you get Liza on for a webchat? we would worship her also, and i think she'd enjoy it. she could be our agony aunt and you can be our agony uncle.

frecklyspeckly Mon 06-Jul-09 21:38:17

Henry, my question is were your own teenage years as much fun as the ones you acted out on Happy Days, and did the squealing girls get a bit much all of the time as the show progressed?

Pan Mon 06-Jul-09 21:38:22

<< hands out the dribble buckets..>>

popsycal Mon 06-Jul-09 21:38:31

morningpaper - i am already trying to construct a cover story in my head as to how it came about...[lush]

popsycal Mon 06-Jul-09 21:39:17

oh god that was meant to be blush not [lush] though perhaps the secoond is more appropriate....

ReallyReally Mon 06-Jul-09 21:39:26

I went to a playscheme once when I was a kid and we were split up into two teams; one had a really fun leader, and they were called Fonzies Favourites, and I was in the group led by a weird woman with starey eyes and we were called something to do with Kermit fgs

I told my mum in no uncertain terms at the end of the first day that I was NOT GOING BACK

that's my Fonz memory right there

BitOfFun Mon 06-Jul-09 21:39:38

Henry, if you could put a tune on the jukebox right now, what would it be?

Lulumama Mon 06-Jul-09 21:39:49

henry, you are really very erudite. am going to note down all these phrases and let DS read them, I';m sure he will be encouraged hugely.

RumourOfAHurricane Mon 06-Jul-09 21:39:57

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AitchTwoOh Mon 06-Jul-09 21:40:06

gosh, henry, you are solid gold.

bubblerock Mon 06-Jul-09 21:40:37

ahhh, I was watching the waterboy last night and you looked so little amongst the American Football players grin

AitchTwoOh Mon 06-Jul-09 21:40:44

i LOVE 'school is the law', lulu.

HenryWinkler Mon 06-Jul-09 21:40:45

Three more answers:

Are you having fun?

I'm loving this.


wotzy Mon 06-Jul-09 21:41:05

Tomorrow I'm telling everyone I chatted to Henry Winkler about the film Holes, and his scene in the apartment which he made up!

<<goes round room silently screaming and pulling a face like a happy trout>> Yes we must lulu, catch up.

popsycal Mon 06-Jul-09 21:41:14

henry your advice is s o sincere

Pan Mon 06-Jul-09 21:41:26

staffing the crush ( so appt )barriers, shiney!!smile

expatinscotland Mon 06-Jul-09 21:41:47

Bubble, except for perhaps the running backs, most American professional football players are HUGE.

BitOfFun Mon 06-Jul-09 21:42:02

I hope you did find a way to cope with squealing girlies...there are enough of them here! grin

BCNS Mon 06-Jul-09 21:42:17

thanks Henry, And for answering my son's questions

great stuff that the books are on tape

<heads off to order them. >

Thank you!

aarghhelp Mon 06-Jul-09 21:42:51


I really loved Happy Days! And I thought your character was fab, so cool but with a great heart!

Can I ask, given the leather jacket etc., did you really like motor bikes yourself? (my husband loves them grin is why I ask)

Were you a really cool kid at school?

How much of yourself went into The Fonz? I felt you played that character with a little smile inside, was that because you felt he was really very like you or really very unlike you?


expatinscotland Mon 06-Jul-09 21:42:58

and the punter.

RumourOfAHurricane Mon 06-Jul-09 21:43:27

Message withdrawn

Boco Mon 06-Jul-09 21:43:55

Am loving all the positive advice, my dd will LOVE all the stuff about soaring and greatness grin

bubblerock Mon 06-Jul-09 21:44:27

I guess the shoulder pads don't help expat! wink How big tall are you Henry?

flibertygibet Mon 06-Jul-09 21:44:47

Oh, I've just found this and barged in.

I SOOOO wanted to be Pinky Tuscadero when I was a kid.

HW, you're great.

Lulumama Mon 06-Jul-09 21:45:38

can i just say THANK YOU MNHQ, for this webchat.

<<hopes other participants daisygoodwin are watching and learning !>>

morningpaper Mon 06-Jul-09 21:45:51

Can we have an update on the men tackling the pepper tree

HenryWinkler Mon 06-Jul-09 21:46:07

Playing the Fonz:

The response to the character when the show was first on the air was overwhelming.

But this is what I learned:

I didn't get any smarter, I was still short,
and I wasn't sure why all of a sudden girls who would pay no attention were available all of a sudden.

In time, it became very clear, that playing the Fonz was my job, not my transformation.

I really enjoyed him.

He introduced me to the world.

To this day, people invite me into their homes for dinner, whereever I am in the world.


I have never been, one day of my life, as cool as he is.

My 25 year old son Max, however, IS.

Hopefully, he will direct his first film that he wrote, this summer.

And no,

he did not cast me in it.

My parents were very, very, very, very, very short Germans. They escaped Nazi Germany.

They believed in education and did not have a clue that my doing poorly in school had nothing to do with me being lazy.

I made a promise to myself that I would never be that kind of parent.

That I would listen to my children.

And if they made sense, I would literally change policy in the way we did things in the Winkler household.

hunkermunker Mon 06-Jul-09 21:46:13

Henry, are you aware of this dyslexia charity?


popsycal Mon 06-Jul-09 21:46:35

ooh yes the pepper tree
and the lowdown on your daughter's forthcoming wedding

littlelamb Mon 06-Jul-09 21:47:16

So Henry, about your son Max....wink

hunkermunker Mon 06-Jul-09 21:47:30

Mr Winkler, you rock. What lucky children you have. I hope they appreciate you [stern]

BitOfFun Mon 06-Jul-09 21:47:58

Henry, you are seriously cool- really grin

popsycal Mon 06-Jul-09 21:47:58

Hnery - you sound like a lovely dad grin

popsycal Mon 06-Jul-09 21:48:28

littlelamb - i was thinking the very same thing but daren't type

<<Waves at Flibberty>>

Henry - how did you get on with your parents in later life? Were they around for your dyslexia diagnosis, and what did they make of it?

expatinscotland Mon 06-Jul-09 21:48:46

Wow. Thank you so much for sharing your journey with us, Mr Winkler!

FrannyandZooey Mon 06-Jul-09 21:49:12

blimey <gulp>
this webchat is not the run of the mill is it

morningpaper Mon 06-Jul-09 21:49:50

The Fonz jumping the shark for anyone interested in Henry in a small pair of trunks the historical side of things

Lulumama Mon 06-Jul-09 21:49:50

henry, you are a guru.


am going to read all this again and make copious notes.


dooneygirl Mon 06-Jul-09 21:50:25

Amen to that F+Z. I thought I was on a different website when I first started reading this.

squeaver Mon 06-Jul-09 21:51:22

here's young Max

Swoon away ladies!!

bubblerock Mon 06-Jul-09 21:51:36

So, are you going to become a Mumsnet member under a pseudonym now that you have met us all? smile

popsycal Mon 06-Jul-09 21:51:38

we need t shirt with henry speech bubbles on with his excellent advice

AitchTwoOh Mon 06-Jul-09 21:51:45

i cannot believe how cool you are, mr winkler. thank you for doing this.

SuperBunny Mon 06-Jul-09 21:51:45

Henry, do you still waterski?

NorkyButNice Mon 06-Jul-09 21:51:55

I think you may be the most sensible and well rounded guest that MN has ever hosted Henry grin

Some incredibly wise words here, so thank you very much.

littlelamb Mon 06-Jul-09 21:52:14

Ahem, I believe I had first dibs squeaver wink

squeaver Mon 06-Jul-09 21:52:21

Its old Tech in disguise (he went stateside didn't he grin)

That's a nice looking Max but mine is even cuter

Lulumama Mon 06-Jul-09 21:53:01

thanks a million henry. you are a star smile

BitOfFun Mon 06-Jul-09 21:53:14

Wow, doesn't Max look the spitting image of his dad? < respectful swoon >

Boco Mon 06-Jul-09 21:53:17

Gosh, you'd never think that a leather jacket and trunks would be a good look, but, somehow..

wotzy Mon 06-Jul-09 21:54:00

Henry, thanks for coming here to chat with us.
Your words are wise and very motivating.
Sorry if some are star stuck, but I they don't get out much. wink

FrannyandZooey Mon 06-Jul-09 21:54:26

i can see a long line of swoonworthy winkler boys stretching away into the future <happy sigh>

Just time for another <<swoon>>? grin

SuperBunny Mon 06-Jul-09 21:54:51

I was about to dispose of my leather jacket but I might just have to keep it now grin

popsycal Mon 06-Jul-09 21:55:18

It was truely great of you to come on here. Brilliant advice. I will be watching out for future tours of UK schools.....

If you could posta tip of the day for Mumsnet (the box on the right) what would it be?

*please8 answer *before8 8you go*

aarghhelp Mon 06-Jul-09 21:55:38

My dear husband was interested to discover me participating in the webchat with Mr. Winkler. He just pointed out that the Fonz was not originally the star of Happy Days but became so, as it were, by force of character.

morningpaper Mon 06-Jul-09 21:56:13

<tut> that Max boy looks about 10

He might be good for mowing the lawn I suppose

MamaG Mon 06-Jul-09 21:56:15


expatinscotland Mon 06-Jul-09 21:56:17

Keep it, SuperBunny! I've got my dad's Kelly AFB basketball team 1963-1964 jacket among my prized possessions!

Many thanks, Mr Winkler, for joining us tonight .

<my fingers have stopped working there blush>

southeastastra Mon 06-Jul-09 21:57:02

has he gone?

BitOfFun Mon 06-Jul-09 21:57:22

Henry, thankyou so much for doing this- you have brightened my day smile

wuglet Mon 06-Jul-09 21:57:40

Henry Winkler.

You are THE MAN.


We need more of these random fantastically well chosen webchat guests MN - this one has been great.

SuperBunny Mon 06-Jul-09 21:58:00

I think this is the best webchat I have seen on mumsnet.

Henry, you sound very humble and answered so many of our questions, with detail and honesty. That is always appreciated on here. Thank you for taking the time to chat with us and to MN for organising.

Dasiy Goodwin, this is how you do a webchat.

AitchTwoOh Mon 06-Jul-09 21:59:00

so has he gone, then? no AD gossip? a wee film?

morningpaper Mon 06-Jul-09 21:59:57

Wow he was just so lovely and chilled and wonderful and lovely again

hunkermunker Mon 06-Jul-09 22:00:06

Superbunny, Daisy Goodwin v The Fonz is hardly a fair fight grin

SuperBunny Mon 06-Jul-09 22:00:50


littlelamb Mon 06-Jul-09 22:00:57

aitch, we will just have to be happy with this

bubblerock Mon 06-Jul-09 22:01:00

Think he's gone over to the Gardening topic to ask advice on his pepper tree wink

Thank you Henry for taking the time to chat

wotzy Mon 06-Jul-09 22:02:09

lol @ bubblerock

AitchTwoOh Mon 06-Jul-09 22:02:18

rofl littlelamb

Bye Henry - you've been wonderful smile

RachelMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 06-Jul-09 22:03:27

That brings us to the end of the hour - thanks to you all for your questions - and particularly to morningpaper for the link to the shark jump - it all went a bit hysterical for a moment after that, didn't it ? Big thanks to Henry for joining us.

cornsilk Mon 06-Jul-09 22:03:56

Bye Henry -you are lovely. I can't wait to read your books to my son.

popsycal Mon 06-Jul-09 22:04:29

Thank you to Henry and the Mumsnet for such an inspiring chat.

SuperBunny Mon 06-Jul-09 22:04:56

Crap, I'm meant to be at work. Is it acceptable to say, "I'm so sorry I'm late, I was chatting with The Fonz"?

HenryWinkler Mon 06-Jul-09 22:07:16


We lost connection.

Can I still chat with you?


Here are answers that never got to you:

Pinky Tuscadero:

I didn't like her much.

Leather Tuscadero:

Just saw her two years ago in London while I was doing Panto in Wimbledon.

Still a rocker. Still working hard. A beautiful grandmother. And I mean beautiful.

Michael Jackson:

He had such a hard time living. I hope he is finally resting in peace.

Walker Books and First News for Kids have brought me over twice to tour the UK with Hank Zipzer.

And no matter where I go, Manchester, Glasgow, Belfast, London, Bristol, Milton Keynes, the kids and I, at every school, laughed about Hank's imagination.

As a side note, I really enjoy doing the Paul O'Grady show and Loose Women. And the One Show.

I've never done Grahm Norton. He seems like a lot of fun. He's very fast and funny.

So my hour is up.

And from the bottom of my heart I thank you, and hope you have a most wonderful summer.

To every child, I will end where I began:

A learning challenge is just that: an obstacle we deal with, but it doesn't stop us from reaching out destiny.

Hugs to you all.


Henry Winkler


now that we know each other so well,

just plain Henry.

squeaver Mon 06-Jul-09 22:07:36

Oi, Daisy Goodwin!! That's how to do a webchat.

Pan Mon 06-Jul-09 22:08:53

Cooler than The Fonz.

squeaver Mon 06-Jul-09 22:09:00

Oooh! Now I want the Pinky Truscadero gossip!!

littlelamb Mon 06-Jul-09 22:09:04

<arf> @ 'I've never done Graham Norton'

popsycal Mon 06-Jul-09 22:09:17

am I allowed to do just one more <swoon>

morningpaper Mon 06-Jul-09 22:09:24


And one final <<swoon.. for the Fonz. Thank you grin

SuperBunny Mon 06-Jul-09 22:11:14


AitchTwoOh Mon 06-Jul-09 22:11:34

AAAAAAAAyyyyyyyyyyyyyy <snaps fingers>


popsycal Mon 06-Jul-09 22:12:40

i hope henry will visit again

Rindercella Mon 06-Jul-09 22:13:45

Wow. Now that was good.


hunkermunker Mon 06-Jul-09 22:14:09

What a gent smile

Oh rats. I forgot about this and was watching Torchwood instead blush

i think i love henry

look out for an AIBU tomorrow

"AIBU to leave my husband to become a henry winkler groupie fan ?"

morningpaper Mon 06-Jul-09 22:16:25

Ha! Torchwood. Loooooooser

You missed the Fonz

We've ALL wet ourselves with excitement


So I didn't get to re-post my sensible question about pantomime. No swooning here. Oh no.

RachelMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 06-Jul-09 22:17:04

For those interested in reading Hank Ziper -

The Night I Flunked my Field Trip

Help! Somebody get me out of Fourth Grade

Summer School - What Genius Thought That Up?

I got a 'D' in Salami

There are lots more titles so do check them out.

bubblerock Mon 06-Jul-09 22:17:21

Agree - fab chat, thanks MNHQ, you've set the bar high now for other guests!

Can we have Johnny Depp next, please?

BONKERZ Mon 06-Jul-09 22:20:31

bugger i missed it! seems like a fab web chat though!

Simples Mon 06-Jul-09 22:21:47


but this is SO SO funny read back

you all sound like screaming beatles fans.

very good

wotzy Mon 06-Jul-09 22:22:26

That was just GREAT
thanks MN and


morningpaper Mon 06-Jul-09 22:23:25

Yep he was great

Night all. I'm going to persuade my husband to wear a leather jacket and speedos bed now

squeaver Mon 06-Jul-09 22:24:08

There should be a collective post-Henry cigarette lighting now.

littlelamb Mon 06-Jul-09 22:24:36

O yy, we must have Johnny, I have a few things I'd like to ask him [shameless letch emoticon]

AitchTwoOh Mon 06-Jul-09 22:25:34

what about brian cant??!

Simples Mon 06-Jul-09 22:26:26

lol or the mixed race guy
who was he.. abotu the same time

wotzy Mon 06-Jul-09 22:28:19

lol @ MP
Nearly posted the same thing!

LeninGrad Mon 06-Jul-09 22:28:41

Is it safe to venture back in now? Didn't want to get crushed in the stampede as everyone rushed to the car park to watch him disappear into the distance on his motorbike. Who got to ride pillion?

Derek Griffiths Simples?

Simples Mon 06-Jul-09 22:29:43

that is the one

where is he?

AitchTwoOh Mon 06-Jul-09 22:30:06

derek somebody. i want to say griffiths. he's doing a voiceover for something right now, it makes me feel all fuzzy inside.

Me too Aitch grin

FrannyandZooey Mon 06-Jul-09 22:34:02

aargh i missed the end

"now that we know each other so well,

just plain Henry"

oh ser - er - WOOOOOOON
with knobs on

god he was charming wasn't he
what a great guest

popsycal Mon 06-Jul-09 22:34:05

derek griffififififidfths
as i used to call him

AitchTwoOh Mon 06-Jul-09 22:35:59

have you seen arrested development, frank? you will thank me hugely if you invest in the box set.

FrannyandZooey Mon 06-Jul-09 22:36:39

no i've never seen anything
i stopped watching tv circa 1982

AitchTwoOh Mon 06-Jul-09 22:37:54

i KNOW. i thought you were prepared to make judicious purchases though. this is one of them.

FrannyandZooey Mon 06-Jul-09 22:39:15

yes but i'll never watch it
i have no dedication
boco lends me funny dvds and i return them months late saying "sorry i never quite got round to it" blush

Derek Griffiths


Brian Cant

Looks like everyone's working on Doctors these days...

LupusinaLlamasuit Mon 06-Jul-09 22:40:40

Cannot. Believe. I. Missed. This.

Am in love.

Kudos for getting the Shark in.

AitchTwoOh Mon 06-Jul-09 22:43:01

<narrows eyes>
what does she lend you?

LucilleAustero Mon 06-Jul-09 22:50:15

He was wonderful wasn't he? I love him more than ever now.

Aitch - look here. It looks like the Arrested Development movie 2010 is really happening. But I see that he's not listed in the cast. So now I feel like a real twat for pestering him with questions about the show.

AitchTwoOh Mon 06-Jul-09 22:54:26

he's to be the father of ron howard's children should the gingery god pop his clogs, i'm sure he'll be in it. i've been looking at some of the youtube clips just now. ron howard is hilarious in it too.

LupusinaLlamasuit Mon 06-Jul-09 22:54:38

Oh god, he is so funny all on his own without writers. Unless he has a team sat behind him.

'My parents were very, very, very, very, very short Germans'.

And <blub> at: 'I tell every child I meet, without exception, that they have a special gift inside them.

Their job is to figure out what it is and give it to the world.'

Get him back. Immediately.

63? We all would though, right?

AitchTwoOh Mon 06-Jul-09 22:54:43

he's to be the father of ron howard's children should the gingery god pop his clogs, i'm sure he'll be in it. i've been looking at some of the youtube clips just now. ron howard is hilarious in it too.

LucilleAustero Mon 06-Jul-09 22:58:01

I certainly would. He was fab as Captain Hook in Peter Pan a couple of years ago too.

LeninGrad Mon 06-Jul-09 23:05:22

I could stretch to a beer and a few games of pool Lupisina, will that do? I'd pass on your phone numbers of course smile

LupusinaLlamasuit Mon 06-Jul-09 23:08:16

OK. You get Joanie then, Lenin? grin

AitchTwoOh Mon 06-Jul-09 23:09:39

with the greatest respect to someone who is probably HW's pal, but i can't imagine joanie floated anyone's boat. even chachi looked like it was quite an acting challenge.

leather tuscadero, otoh.

LeninGrad Mon 06-Jul-09 23:13:10

<tries not to say out loud that preferred the mum>

LupusinaLlamasuit Mon 06-Jul-09 23:15:57

Actually the mum is/was quite sexy. All coquettish and glinty eyed, even if a bit deliberately stoopid.

God, I loved that programme when I was young enough to appreciate it. How 'too cool' we all became too quickly, and then hated it, when it was really quite good.

LeninGrad Mon 06-Jul-09 23:17:52

She was positively flirty and confident with it I'd say!

Pan Mon 06-Jul-09 23:26:19

Marion Cunningham? Oh yeeessss!!grin

annh Mon 06-Jul-09 23:27:03

Sigh - wasn't online while this was going on but just wanted to say that I worked at one of the theatres where Henry did panto a few years ago and he WAS genuinely lovely to everyone and particularly the children (stage school brats, all of 'em grin).

Lulumama Tue 07-Jul-09 07:24:20

the best and most inspiring webchat ever


why, MNHQ, with theeese guests you are reeeeeally spoiling us...

i also think this should be an MN classic thread.

the screaming
the fainting


mollyroger Tue 07-Jul-09 07:48:57

ohhhh I missed this.

Henry - I have always loved you!

mollyroger Tue 07-Jul-09 08:11:50

And I know you won't be reading this anymore but may I say, as the mum of a very beautiful and cool 11-year-old who has been very badly let down by some staff at school, and every day is a battle, your warmth and wisdom have made me cry.
Bless you Mr Winkler.

wotzy Tue 07-Jul-09 09:22:16

I have read this back this morning and have tears rolling down my face. It's so funny.

Henry you were great last night, an hour wasn't enough.
You were excellent, and I'm sure you can tell through all the swooning that we appreciate your webchat.


lulumama did you see he actually replied to you by your name? You are now, very officially, my best friend.

Boco Tue 07-Jul-09 09:30:18

Can we have the Dalai Lama next?

wotzy Tue 07-Jul-09 09:31:58

I have started a webcaht appreciation society, could we put suggestions on there?

Hi Boco, long time no see (on my part, only popped in for Henry)

wotzy Tue 07-Jul-09 09:33:06

Silly me here's the


At the moment there is one member ! blush That's me!

midnightexpress Tue 07-Jul-09 09:43:15

Oh arse ON A STICK I missed him. Botherbotherbother.

LOLOLOL at 'My parents were very, very, very, very short Germans.'

It's so exciting having proper real STARS on MN isn't it?

Boco Tue 07-Jul-09 09:45:19

Hello Wotz, how are you? where have you been?

wotzy Tue 07-Jul-09 09:57:54

I'm fine thanks, you?
<kisses Bocos little wet nose and long furry ears> Still wearing that big mask?

wotzy Tue 07-Jul-09 09:59:54
LoveBeingAMummy Tue 07-Jul-09 10:06:34

That was fab, can he come back another day???

RealityIsMyOnlyDelusion Tue 07-Jul-09 10:19:26

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

BoysAreLikeDawgs Tue 07-Jul-09 10:55:47

Fab stuff

Henry Winkler I salute you

popsycal Tue 07-Jul-09 12:02:54

I have been thinking. Henry Winkler is much cooler than The FOnz. Wayheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeey cooler

GeraldineMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 07-Jul-09 12:56:38

In the warm afterglow of the Fonzie chat (and chillier post-Daisy aftermath), want to get your thoughts on a possible change to webchats.

Do you think it would be good or bad idea to start a fresh thread for the actual chat?

So we'd have one thread to flag it up, invite questions etc, then new thread on the day for chat itself?

Or would we lose the plot coherence etc?


EachPeachPearMum Tue 07-Jul-09 12:59:58

I think it would be difficult for those who want to read it after the event. (separate threads)

Simples Tue 07-Jul-09 13:09:24

yes grealdine i do

wotzy Tue 07-Jul-09 13:21:29

Geraldine I do, but I don't.
You won't be able to stop the frenzy of MNers posting. The only way (i can see) would be to have a webchat which MN vets posts on before they are published (blog like) IYKWIM.

So you suggest how it would work..put it on site stuff.

LeninGrad Tue 07-Jul-09 13:39:49

We could have a 'cut and add to this list of Qs thread' so we don't get repeats and then start the actual chat with those...

I quite like Leningrad's idea - would make it easier for the 'proper' questions to be visible, before we descend into swooning or bitch-slapping

LeninGrad Tue 07-Jul-09 13:46:30

It would also give the super-organised ones prep time and the chat could then be spent clarifying/digging deeper into the interesting bits etc

Oh OK, we could clarify points as well.


ReallyReally Tue 07-Jul-09 13:52:12

yes yes separate threads

thell Tue 07-Jul-09 14:20:24

Ooh, yes - separate threads.

Before seeing my first MN webchat I assumed that 'get your questions in beforehand' meant emailing them to MNHQ, rather than adding them to a thread...that seems like a potentially less confusing option for the chattee, who wouldn't have to wade through all the swooning etc. Or is that missing the point a bit?! grin

squeaver Tue 07-Jul-09 14:35:45

Yes I think that would be a good idea BUT the guest MUST copy the question into the actual chat thread so we know what they're answering.

Rhubarb Tue 07-Jul-09 14:44:44

Lots of people on this thread that I've not seen for aaaages.

Boco Tue 07-Jul-09 14:48:21

I suppose as well, a chat guest person doesn't have to wade through a discussion about whether or not everyone is going to be rude to them or not.

Rhubarb Tue 07-Jul-09 14:53:10

I've noticed that on some of the webchats they tend to get clogged up with a couple of posters, posting all the time. This makes the thread unnecessarily long and the proper questions get lost.

I remember way back I got really annoyed because I had just one question I wanted to ask David Cameron and instead Cod was arsing about taking up the entire thread with others, talking about fashion. She did email to apologise, which was nice of her, but this still goes on and it does get really annoying.

BitOfFun Tue 07-Jul-09 17:32:44

Geraldine, did he give you any feedback? Does he love us too? < needy >

wotzy Tue 07-Jul-09 17:36:13

Geraldine does he want my mobile number?
1090 78887 224366778 or text
wotzy is looking hot



Simples Tue 07-Jul-09 18:19:01

LOl at rhubarbs LOOOOOOOOOONG memory.

BoysAreLikeDawgs Tue 07-Jul-09 18:21:33

have we a [holding a grudge] emoticon

daftpunk Tue 07-Jul-09 18:22:28

i read abit of this thread but got put off by all the ..<< swoon >>.. and "love you so much".....what was all that old are you.. 13 ??

BoysAreLikeDawgs Tue 07-Jul-09 18:24:16

dp I thought it really sweet that all these posters were palpitating


southeastastra Tue 07-Jul-09 18:24:58

thought it was fun! someone always complains

daftpunk Tue 07-Jul-09 18:25:40

jesus man...he must have been laughing his head off...

southeastastra Tue 07-Jul-09 18:26:38

don't be so sour

Simples Tue 07-Jul-09 18:27:19

I think people were caught up in the emotion of it all

daftpunk Tue 07-Jul-09 18:29:21

i'm not sour...i just know how to behave in the company of men...and that's not swooning all over them like a lovesick teenager...

fortytwo Tue 07-Jul-09 18:31:34

DP - for many of us, the Fonz was The Man!! The Dude! A childhood Icon!

For those of us with children with dyslexia or similar difficulties, HW is an inspiration and some hope that, no matter how hard life is for our little dudes, some people out there DO understand and can achieve and follow their dream.

(plus, he is HOT! wink)

daftpunk Tue 07-Jul-09 18:38:11

did any of you ask him if he was jealous of Ron Howards success....after all, he wasn't the "cool" one, but went on to be one of Hollywoods top film directors....

and it doesn't matter that you think he's have to stay cool...didn't you learn anything from him?...

southeastastra Tue 07-Jul-09 18:40:02

i've walked past ron howard in a corridor grin

Lulumama Tue 07-Jul-09 18:40:34

wow, DP, do you have to go out of your way to put a downer on things?

yes there was some silliness and swooning

but many heartfelt compliments and respect.

Simples Tue 07-Jul-09 18:40:46

Oh dafty

BoysAreLikeDawgs Tue 07-Jul-09 18:41:59

sea did you swoon

southeastastra Tue 07-Jul-09 18:43:22

no grin i wish i'd shown off a bit though, he could have cast me in one of his movies.

littlelamb Tue 07-Jul-09 18:45:09

Swoon at Ron Howard?? DOes anyone swoon at Ron Howard?

wotzy Tue 07-Jul-09 18:46:04

DP "just know how to behave in the company of men" not relevant.

I am not ashamed of anything, he is an icon to some of us. You sound like a teen telling her mother off for enjoying herself too much at the Christmas Party.

BoysAreLikeDawgs Tue 07-Jul-09 18:46:04

dang I thought you meant HW not RH


<note to self - read more carefully>

daftpunk Tue 07-Jul-09 18:46:36

i'm not putting a downer on anything...that would have been my question..

" are you jealous of Ron Howard"...?

no i love nothings...

Simples Tue 07-Jul-09 18:46:59

hey Dp

we disagree
lets leave it at that

fortytwo Tue 07-Jul-09 18:48:36

''and it doesn't matter that you think he's have to stay cool...didn't you learn anything from him?... ''

lol DP - that's very good

Lulumama Tue 07-Jul-09 18:49:41

if you were that bothered, you should hvae posted it on teh webchat

bit arsey to come back to the thread and get annoyed with people for being a bit giddy about a childhood icon doing a webchat.

i am sure a teeny tiny bit of him was probably quite pleased with the adulation

popsycal Tue 07-Jul-09 19:01:50

And there was I thinking that the good old mumsnet had returned with this really nice, positive (and tongue-in-cheek-in-places) thread last night

daftpunk Tue 07-Jul-09 19:14:47

you're missing the point rhubarbs mine....nothing wrong in wanting to keep things sensible.

oh...and good old mumsnet hasn't gone anywhere..

Jux Tue 07-Jul-09 19:38:37

Aw, what a nice guy.

Yes, can we have the Depp person now?

popsycal Tue 07-Jul-09 20:38:14

ok have read rhubarb's posts and yours.

The thread is still generally nice...

off to something else

I would like a way to make sure that the victim guest does have all our questions, so that they have a chance to be answered. I was interested in his roles in pantomime, but my question was never answered. I know it's because he was here, really, to talk about dyslexia, but I felt a bit short changed that my question wasn't dealt with as well.

And I didn't do any swooning, DP, I promise.

LeninGrad Wed 08-Jul-09 11:00:17

If we cut, pasted and added to a list of questions we could group them too which would facilitate follow up.

Rhubarb Wed 08-Jul-09 13:35:50

DP, don't lump my comment in with yours please! Mine was a general comment about webchats and said nothing about swooning.

Rhubarb Wed 08-Jul-09 13:39:39

My only criticism is that, not necessarily on the Fonz thread, but some people do tend to 'take over' and post lots and lots of mundane questions, or have a chat within the chat iyswim and other questions get lost.

If you have a speaker, then I do feel that with the short timeframe you have, it's a pity if a question about dyslexia got lost in a sea of other comments about hair or make-up.

daftpunk Wed 08-Jul-09 13:41:00

<< swoons over rhubarb >>

Rhubarb Wed 08-Jul-09 13:43:55

<<runs away VERY fast!>>

daftpunk Wed 08-Jul-09 13:55:28

lol rhubarb.. don't run too fast..i'm not running after you....[nonchalant]

FiveGoMadInDorset Wed 08-Jul-09 14:22:34

The thread was good but I thought he was here to talk about dyslexia which was the basis of the questions I asked, which were not answered.

claireybee Wed 08-Jul-09 15:09:27

Fivegomad yes that is annoying, but at the same time, if someone came on to do a webchat and stuck strictly to the subject matter without any general chat then everyone would complain that they hadn't really engaged with us. Must be hard to get the balance right if you are the person doing the webchat.

I thought this chat was good because he seemed to engage in the conversation and bantered a bit, as well as saying some pretty inspirational stuff.

mollyroger Wed 08-Jul-09 17:38:15

some of questions people were asking were a bit specialised - I mean they guy is dyslexic but surely he's not expected to be an expert on dyslexia and the British education system grin

MNHQ - got any pet celebs/people of influence (including lovely Henry) who might be interested in supporting this?

I know the people behind it and they need all the help they can get to get this off the ground and helping (re)build children's self esteem and confidence .

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