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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.

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 .

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.

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.

daftpunk Wed 08-Jul-09 13:55:28

lol rhubarb.. don't run too fast..i'm not running after you....[nonchalant]

Rhubarb Wed 08-Jul-09 13:43:55

<<runs away VERY fast!>>

daftpunk Wed 08-Jul-09 13:41:00

<< swoons over rhubarb >>

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.

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.

LeninGrad Wed 08-Jul-09 11:00:17

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

BecauseImWorthIt Tue 07-Jul-09 22:19:44

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.

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

Jux Tue 07-Jul-09 19:38:37

Aw, what a nice guy.

Yes, can we have the Depp person now?

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..

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

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

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

Simples Tue 07-Jul-09 18:46:59

hey Dp

we disagree
lets leave it at that

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...

BoysAreLikeDawgs Tue 07-Jul-09 18:46:04

dang I thought you meant HW not RH


<note to self - read more carefully>

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.

littlelamb Tue 07-Jul-09 18:45:09

Swoon at Ron Howard?? DOes anyone swoon at Ron Howard?

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.

BoysAreLikeDawgs Tue 07-Jul-09 18:41:59

sea did you swoon

Simples Tue 07-Jul-09 18:40:46

Oh dafty

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.

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