The Fonz and I

The Fonz and I

Written By Kathryn Haueisen

Last week I had a moral dilemma. I won the Write Now Columbus complimentary Thurber
House ticket to see Henry Winkler being interviewed by Pulitzer-Prize-Winning Journalist
Connie Schultz at the Ohio State University Mershon Auditorium. This was a stop on his book
tour to promote his newly released, Being Henry: The Fonz . . . and Beyond. I was really looking
forward to the evening, in spite of the stuffy nose and annoying other symptoms that moved in
with me the day before the event. I was pretty sure it was a cold, likely the result of temperatures
rising and falling by 20 or more degrees every few hours. But what if it was COVID?

It would be socially irresponsible to attend the event if I had COVID, even with a mask. I
debated not testing, figuring ignorance would enable me to blissfully attend with a semi-clear
conscience. I could hear my parents’ disapproval of that option swirling around in my head,
chastising me from their graves. So, I tested. It was negative. Phew.

Wednesday, November 8, I, and my brother, along with an estimated 900 other Happy Days fans
of Fonzie enjoyed his interview with Schultz. I only knew Winkler from Happy Days and more
recently, some television commercials. I did not know he wrote children’s books. Nor did I know
he struggled with dyslexia issues and struggled to find himself after his role as the adolescent
with an attitude came to an end after eleven seasons. He credits his mental health therapist for
helping him create the post-Fonzie life he’s now enjoying.

Winkler was charming, witty, funny, and energetic. While seated across from one another,
Schultz would pitch him a question. He’d answer it, and then jump up to roam around the stage,
embellishing his answers with whatever crossed his kangaroo-like mind, hopping from one story
to the next. Then he’d sit down for the next question before repeating this pattern. Being 78 years
old hasn’t slowed him down much. He can still pull off the famous Fonzie persona with ease.
Thurber House pulled off an amazing event, with volunteers everywhere greeting and assisting.
My brother claimed his copy of Winkler’s book within a couple of minutes at a table stacked
high with Winkler’s books. We settled into the last two seats open near the back of the
auditorium, laughing and clapping away the next hour.

After the program the staff invited us to wait in line to take a photo with Winkler. The line was
already really long before we found the end of it. Though I was certain I was dealing with an
annoying cold and not COVID, I was ready to get home to more hot tea, honey, lemon, and cold
meds. We skipped the line, but I am grateful to Thurber House for providing this enchanting
evening. I shall remember it for years, along with a new book to read and old programs to watch.

Great News. WNC lives on.

Great News. WNC lives on.

Great News. WNC lives on.

Dear Writers and Readers:

Nita here—one final time.

Thank you to the many people who showed interest in helping Write Now Columbus (WNC) continue. I so appreciate the care and concern expressed for my 20-year endeavor. A few comments brought me to tears. Gratefully, we have a plan to continue!

Beginning with the March 2023 issue, Theresa Garee will publish Write Now Columbus!

Tami Kamin Meyer will remain involved and several new faces will join the team.

Together they will turn their vision into reality. Rather than badly summarize their ideas and plans, I’ll let Theresa, et al, share that in future emails.

Theresa is a business woman, an author, a wife, and a mom. She’s used to juggling wriggly things. I’m confident that WNC subscribers, and WNC itself, will be in good hands.

Thank you forever and always to Shannon Jackson Arnold for generously trusting me, more than twenty years ago, with the small but mighty email list that became Write Now Columbus.

Thank you to Tami for helping keep WNC alive for the past several years.

Thank you to each and every subscriber for more than two decades of interest, input, and support. It’s been an honor and a privilege to serve you.

And thank you to Theresa for taking the risk to step into this role, and to the new folks she will introduce later.

With that, I’ll show myself out.

~ Nita
Nita Sweeney, retired publisher of WNC
(c) 2023, all rights reserved





The Future of Write Now Columbus

The Future of Write Now Columbus

The Future of Write Now Columbus


Nita here, cutting to the chase.


After twenty years publishing Write Now Columbus, it’s time for me to step down and for a new publisher to step up.

Is This You?

The ideal Write Now Columbus (WNC) publisher is someone with strong central Ohio ties who runs a writer-centric business. It might be an editor, publisher, coach, or marketing expert who serves writers and readers.

Or, it might be a writer looking for a community service project. That’s how I began. I knew I would be able to publicize my own events and help other writers while doing so.

WordPress and email newsletter experience would help, but a passion for the central Ohio writing community is the main requirement. I can teach you the rest.

Full Disclosure

I’ve always considered WNC my “community service” project rather than a business. As a result, current expenses exceed donations and sponsorships. I will fully disclose all this information to anyone interested in taking on the work.

Tami Kamin Meyer, the WNC volunteer editor, is willing to continue to be involved. However, she’s not available to assume responsibility for the entire newsletter alone.

Bottom line:

What’s Next?

Tami and I will publish a February 2023 newsletter. After that, unless someone steps up, we will put it to bed.

Neither of us want Write Now Columbus to end, but it’s had a fabulous run. Twenty years is a long time!

On January 1st, 2003 when I sent the first issue of “Write Now,” the monthly email newsletter that would become Write Now Columbus, I had no idea how long I would continue. Shannon Jackson Arnold, the original publisher, graciously gave me her email list of central Ohio writers when she moved from Ohio to Wisconsin. Tami Kamin Meyer was on Shannon’s original email list.

In 2020, when I began to look for someone to take over WNC, Tami eagerly responded. My first book had been published and the second was in the works. I no longer had time or energy to manage Write Now Columbus effectively. Tami volunteered to write the essay, convinced me to accept sponsorships in addition to donations, and secured quite a few. I’m forever grateful to her!

And, of course, I’m grateful to each of YOU for opening and clicking and reading and replying month after month after month for TWENTY YEARS! Thank you for letting us be of service!

Why Now?

As some of you know, back in September of 2022, I had a cardiac episode. It has resolved, but there’s nothing like a serious medical issue to rearrange your priorities.

Plus, two decades is a long time to keep something going. Twenty has a nice ring to it. It seems like the perfect time to put a bow on my tenure.

To be honest, since 2018 when I entered a contract for my first book, I haven’t given WNC the attention it deserves. With my mental health issues, it takes every ounce of “work” energy I have to be a successful author, leaving little for WNC. Thank you again Tami for stepping in.

And, it hurts to see the untapped potential in WNC. It deserves fresh eyes and energy.


Please CONTACT US with any questions and we will do our best to answer them right away.

All my best,

~ Nita
Nita Sweeney, publisher
(c) 2023, all rights reserved

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