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'The Fonz' Henry Winkler gets British honor

September 15, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
Henry Winkler, best known as "the Fonz" on the sitcom "Happy Days," has been made an honorary officer of the Most Excellent Order for the British Empire.

The honor recognizes Winkler's service to children with dyslexia and special education needs.

Winkler has spent much of his free time the last two years touring Britain, discussing learning difficulties.

The actor, who can now put Honorary OBE, after his name, has acknowledged his own dyslexia as a child. He has authored 17 books for children about Hank Zipzer, a young man with Dyslexia. Zipzer's stories are based on Winkler's own childhood struggles in school.

Winkler said he is flattered to have his work recognized and that receiving the honor was a very humbling experience.

"My goal when I started working with children was to change how people think about those around them for whom learning is a struggle. I am overwhelmed to have had my work recognized in this manner and hope to continue showing children that no matter how they learn, they have brilliance in them," said Winkler.