Henry Winkler

The Fonz he was, and e’er The Fonz he shall be. Richie now directs movies. Mr. & Mrs. C. are happily retired from television. And we don’t really care what became of the freckled, red-haired dude or the other guy who hung out at Arnold’s. For those who formed their TV affinities during the long run of Happy Days (1974-84), Henry Winkler was the star of the show, the coolest, the leather-jacketed, James Dean-style personification of primetime rebellion. That he was eventually tamed over the years, that he—yes—jumped the shark on water skis, we will not hold against him. And Winkler has had a fairly durable, good-humored afterlife in showbiz, including a recurring role on Arrested Development (where he again jumped a shark). But that’s not why he’s appearing to read from Hank Zipzer #17: A Brand-New Me! (Grossett & Dunlap, $14.99). The final volume in his pre-teen book series again features a dyslexic hero (like Winkler himself), with ample sympathy for “the world’s greatest underachiever.” (Also: Eagle Harbor Books, 1:30 p.m. Sun.) BRIAN MILLER

Sat., May 1, 4 p.m.; Sun., May 2, 1:30 p.m., 2010

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