“From there to here, and here to there, funny things happen everywhere.” – Dr. Seuss
What doctor is loved by children worldwide? Dr. Seuss of course! Born March 2, 1904 in Springfield, Massachusetts, Theodor Seuss Geisel , not your ordinary doctor, prescribed children the medicine of bizzare mythical lands, strange dialogue, and timeless characters like, The Cat and the Hat, Horton Hears a Who, and who can forget about that heartless Mr. Grinch.
Theodor ‘Ted’ Seuss attended Dartmouth College and became the editor-in-chief of Jack-O-Lantern, Dartmouth’s humor magazine. This career milestone was short lived after he was suspended for throwing a wild party in his dorm room. That didn’t stop the ‘Doc’ from continuing to do what he loved, so the alias Dr. Seuss was created to conceal his identity, allowing him to continue to work at the college’s magazine.
After graduating from Dartmouth, Theodor went on to attend Oxford University with the prerequisite of becoming a professor. While studying at Oxford he met his first wife, Helen Palmer, who also became a children’s author. It was Helen who encouraged Seuss to change his career path from a professor to an artist.
Theodor’s first published book, called And to Think I Saw It on Mulberry Street was rejected by nearly 30 publishing companies. In 1937, it was published and began Seuss’ lifetime achievements as one of the most famous children authors.
Dr. Seuss died on September 24, 1991 leaving behind his extraordinary legend of kooky characters, strange language, and best-selling books that sold over 600 million copies, translated into more than 20 languages, and were recreated in films and musicals.
So lift your tip tap top hats to the life of Theodor ‘Dr. Seuss’ Geisel by enjoying this kid friendly green eggs and ham recipe in honor of his well-known story about Sam-I-Am and his reluctance to try green eggs and ham.
Other ways to celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday!
- Learn more interesting facts about the peculiar Dr. Seuss here
- Settle in with your family and enjoy one of Dr. Seuss’ Books or plop on the couch with some finger-licking popcorn and let Dr. Seuss’ Movies take you to the bizarre land of the Zizzer-zazzer-zuzz.
- Check out Famous Quotes by Dr. Seuss that will inspire.
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