On January 29th, 2016, "The Fonz of Happy Days" an icon of American television, Henry Winkler was praised at a celebrity luncheon held by Pacific Pioneer Broadcasters at the Sportsman Lodge in Studio City, CA. He was honored with the Art Gilmore Career Achievement Award. It was exciting to attend and be around groups of creative people who had made numerous contributions to radio & television.
Not only is Henry Winkler a wonderful performer, but he is also a director, producer and a children's book writer. He has written 31 novels for kids including the Hank Zipzer series.
Gary Marshall, Vin DiBona, were among the special guests who shared personal stories & memories about their time with Mr. Winkler. Carol Leifer, Mark Feuerstein, & Jason Ehrlich, also highlighted Mr. Winkler. Then Alan Perris, the President of PPB, presented the achievement award to the honoree Henry Winkler.
During the program PPB shared messages from: Ron Howard, unable to attend, had a cool video message for Mr. Winkler. Marion Ross, who was performing out of town, had sent a letter in which she said in tongue in cheek that 'if she was there Mr. Winkler would only chase her around and try to kiss her.' It was an event filled with good humor of celebratory spirit.
I left the event thinking I want to be invited to have candy by the nicest person in Hollywood. If I get to work with Mr. Winkler one day I surely can hope.
Pacific Pioneer Broadcasters was founded by announcer Art Gilmore.
Currently the officers of the organization include:
|Jeanne DeVivier Brown||Chairman of the Board|
|Bianca Pino||First Vice President|
|"Shotgun Tom" Kelly||Second Vice President|
|Michael Brockman||Assistant Treasurer|