Famous child author’s life remembered

Dr. Seuss was a legend. He helped teach children to read, along with writing over 60 books, completely in his own method. Even 23 years after his death, he is still one of the most recognized and esteemed artists in history.

Dr. Seuss’s real name was Theodore Seuss Geisel. The comical story behind this pseudonym comes from when Seuss was in college. When Seuss was going to Dartmouth College, he was active in the campus magazine, “The Jack-O-Lantern” and enjoyed drawing comics for it. One night, the dean caught him drinking gin in his room and banned him from contributing to the magazine. To counter this, Theodore coined the name Dr. Seuss. He’s written under some other names too, but none of them are as famous as Dr. Seuss.

Since he was born in 1904, Dr. Seuss had to endure the Great Depression like anybody else born at the time. He survived with his first wife by drawing advertisements for companies like General Electric, NBC, Standard Oil, Naragansett Brewing Company and many others.

In 1937, Seuss published, with great effort, his first book, “And to Think I saw It on Mulberry” Street. That was the beginning of the long list of titles he was to create. One time, a teacher asked him to write a book consisting of the 250 words required for an average child to know by age six. Seuss’s response was a book called “The Cat in the Hat.”

Although Seuss was a brilliant children’s book writer, he also had some surrealist art that didn’t make the books. They all have pretty strange titles like, “Surly Cat Being Ejected” and too much more to really mention here.

March 2 was the 110th birthday of Theodore Seuss Geisel. Even though he is long gone, he is almost as highly regarded as Shakespeare or any other classic artist.