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HENRY Winkler’s my next guest. He talks to us about dyslexia. These are I swear the first words William Shatner says on his talk show tonight. But I suppose you don’t open the show with a show-stopper.
Henry’s straight into it too. I don’t know who the editor on this was, Freddy Krueger? ‘‘ Ron Howard and the people from Happy Days are part of my family. I see them or talk to them all the time.’’ Shatner: ‘‘ Do you see them on a weekly basis?’’ Henry Winkler: ‘‘ No. But a lot. (Picture comes up of them all circa now and Ron Howard’s not in it.) Ron Howard is like family. He is my younger brother . . . Whenever I had a problem and I needed to work it out, I would go to Marion Ross,’’ he says.
Like what problems, Shatner wants to know. ‘‘ Like, um, ah, I was having a social problem’’ . . . Shatner’s wait a minute — get some closure. He’s talking about dyslexia now. He’s diagnosed at 31 — and this is the best bit — seven years after he’d graduated from Yale with a masters in fine arts. Yale. Didn’t George W. Bush also go to Yale?
I like him though. He’s not a lying actor, saying anything to sell a commodity. He didn’t love his parents. He admired them, he said, and I respected him for saying that publicly and not just faking emotion. They berated him for his poor academic performance, terribly, by the sound of it, and that stayed with him, maybe defined him.
He’s a writer now of children’s books, but he says he still auditions for movies. A lot. Maybe his younger brother Ron Howard could find him a role in one. what does that mean? Yes, what does that mean?
It’s Hollywood, so I immediately had all sorts of ideas. It involves a woman called Maggie and an incredibly boring story. But he’s now married to a woman called Stacey, a subtitled card comes up at the bottom of the screen to tell us in the middle of his anecdote.
It’s like there’s a producer up in the booth going please, we’re losing the will to live, put the wife’s name up so we can
Host: William Shatner