Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss.

My daughter suggested I post about this today when I picked her up from school. She informed me that today is Dr. Seuss' birthday and that he wasn't really a doctor. We had quite a discussion about him and agreed that he is one of our favorite authors. I couldn't say for sure that the first book I ever read my daughter was one penned by Dr. Seuss, but I can tell you that the first book she ever read to me was one of his.

Anyway, in honor of Dr. Seuss, here are a number of facts about him that you may not already know.

  • His real name was Theodor Seuss Geisel
  • He drew advertisements for a number of companies such as GE, Standard Oil and NBC
  • During World War II, he turned to drawing political cartoons. You'll find a compilation of them in an online collection called Dr Seuss Went To War
  • Seuss was challenged by a textbook editor named William Ellsworth Spaulding to write a book containing 250 words that Spaulding thought were important for first-graders to recognize. Seuss accepted the challenge and the result was The Cat in the Hat
  • In 1967, Seuss' wife, plagued with several illnesses, committed suicide. Seuss married again in 1968. 
  • Dr. Seuss never had any children, often remarking "You have 'em; I'll entertain 'em".

"Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is youer than you" — Dr. Seuss

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