Fun Fact March 2, 2020
2 March 2020
He’s not a doctor at all, but he sure had the cure for the curious. Theodor Seuss Geisel was born in Springfield, Massachusetts on March 2, 1904. Seuss was his mother’s maiden name and was pronounced in the German manner: Zoice, rhymes with voice. Theodor, known as Ted by his family and friends, entered Dartmouth College in 1921 and graduated in June 1925. Dartmouth was where he first began using the pseudonym “Seuss,” when he wrote for Jack-O-Lantern, the college humor magazine. He added “Dr.” in 1927 and used the pseudonym Dr. Seuss thereafter. He also used the pseudonym Theo LeSieg, Geisel spelled backwards, for books that he wrote but someone else illustrated. Dr. Seuss’s first children’s book was published in 1937 after it was previously rejected by publishers 27 times. And To Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street was based on his recollections from life in Springfield. In 1943 Ted joined the army and was assigned to the Information and Education Division. This is where he met Chuck Jones, with whom he would collaborate to create the 1966 television special How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, based upon the 1957 book by the same name. After an article in Life magazine reported that boring school primer books were the cause of children not wanting to read, Dr. Seuss was challenged to write a book that first graders could not put down and use only 225 words. The Cat In The Hat was born and was published in 1957. That one book inspired the Beginners Book Division of Random House Publishing who would release other Seuss classics like Green Eggs And Ham which uses only 50 words. Dr. Seuss won many awards for his various literary and entertainment projects, including a Pulitzer Prize in 1984 for his special contribution to the education and enjoyment of America’s children and their parents. Dr. Seuss died on September 24, 1991, but the man who inspired everyone from six-year-olds to NASA spacecraft engineers left behind a gigantic legacy of genius and imagination. And every year on his March 2nd birthday he is remembered around the globe as children and adults alike celebrate literacy in his honor.