Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!
“Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.”
“Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.”
“A person’s a person, no matter how small.”
“If things start happening, don’t worry, don’t stew, just go right along and you’ll start happening too.”
“So be sure when you step, Step with care and great tact. And remember that life’s A Great Balancing Act. And will you succeed? Yes! You will, indeed! (98 and ¾ percent guaranteed) Kid, you’ll move mountains.”
“Only you can control your future.”
“Why fit in when you were born to stand out?”
“Think and wonder, wonder and think.”
“So the writer who breeds more words than he needs, is making a chore for the reader who reads.”
“Words and pictures are yin and yang. Married, they produce a progeny more interesting than either parent.”
“Today is your day, your mountain is waiting. So get on your way.”
“You are you. Now, isn’t that pleasant?”
“Today I shall behave, as if this is the day I will be remembered.”
-Dr Seuss’ actual name was Theodor Seuss Geisel
-Psychologists consider the Cat in the Hat to be among the most influential “media” personalities in young children’s lives.
-Publisher Bennett Cerf wagered $50 that Dr. Seuss couldn’t write a book using 50 words or less. In response, Seuss wrote Green Eggs and Ham, one of his most popular books. Ted often joked that Cerf never paid up.
-In addition to becoming one of the world’s most loved children’s writers, Dr. Seuss worked as a political cartoonist, an advertising illustrator, and a documentary filmmaker. He also wrote other books under the pseudonyms Theo LeSieg and Rosetta Stone
-Better known by his pen name, Dr. Seuss, he populated his odd and fanciful children’s books with a hybrid bestiary of Wockets, Whos, Grinches, bunches of Hunches, Bar-ba-loots, red fish, blue fish, and a fox in socks. He once remarked in an interview, “If I were invited to a dinner party with my characters, I wouldn’t show up.”
– -One of NASA’s deep space explorers, the Data Relay Solar Electric Utility Spacecraft (DRSEUS) is called the “Dr. Seuss”.
-Seuss wrote the text for The Lorax in 45 minutes.
-At the 1985 Princeton University Commencement Exercises, where Seuss was to accept an honorary degree, the graduates stood and recited the entire text of Green Eggs and Ham.
-Dr. Seuss also created ads for NBC Radio, Schaefer Beer, and Ford Motor Company, to name a few.