Since those happy days, Henry Winkler has gone on to a hugely successful career mostly behind the camera. Stars of his magnitude don't usually do autograph conventions and when they do, they usually charge a lot more than the average celebrity guest.
Winkler is the exception on both counts. He has done a few conventions and he only charged the same amount as the other stars at the Hollywood Celebrities Show. That in itself provided a unique opportunity for his many fans. Winkler didn't stop there though. He went out of his way even more for the fans in attendance.
Winkler stood on the fans' side of his table, allowing for quicker and better photo opportunities. This doesn't sound like a huge deal, but it entailed Winkler standing for about 8 hours straight. It also allowed more fans to have the chance to meet him during the event.
He didn't stop there though. About every 20 minutes or so, Winkler walked past his entire line of fans thanking them for waiting and promising they would all get their time with him. How incredibly nice is that!! I have never seen that from any celebrity.
When I was growing up, Fonzie was the coolest. Now as an adult, I have to say, Winkler is the nicest!
Henry Winkler and me in Rosemont, IL-October 2011.