We have all heard that Henry Winkler is one of the nicest guys and I saw just how nice he is at a Hollywood Celebrity Show. He is in a class by himself.
Winkler, best known for his role as "Fonzie" on tv's Happy Days, had one of the longest lines at the show, but nobody complained. Winkler did his best to keep the line moving and the fans happy.
First, he stood in front of his table. This allowed more interaction and quicker picture-taking. He didn't have to continually move back and forth. He chose to stand up the entire time of his appearance.
In addition to this, he also occasionally walked the length of the line thanking people for waiting and for being fans. It was sort of a preview of actually meeting him.
Lastly, he tinually brought handicapped people to the front of the line, rather than have them struggle while standing so long in a line. Despite being pushed back a few people during your time in line, again nobody complained.
These may seem like simple things, but simple things make a huge difference. I have never seen a celebrity do more for the line of fans. I'm almost surprised he didn't supply beverages and snacks.
Besides all of that, he actually tried to make your moment with him special. Granted he couldn't spend 10 minutes with each person, but he really tried to make your moment special by connecting with you.
Itt's one thing to hear stories of how nice Winkler is. It was just that much better to see it in person and be involved. All I can say is that Winller truly is the coolest.
Henry Winkler and me in Rosemont, IL-October 2011.