Today is my birthday. It is no secret that I love Dr. Seuss, who shares the same birthday. It wasn’t until I reached adulthood that I knew we shared the same birthday. So I am going to share some of his famous quotes!
Dr. Seuss Birth Date March 2, 1904
Death Date September 24,
If you can see things out of whack, then you can see how things can be in whack.”—Dr. Seuss
Dr. Seuss Biography
(1904–1991 )Updated:Feb 28, 2020 Original:Apr 27, 2017
Throughout his career, cartoonist and writer Dr. Seuss published over 60 books. ‘The Cat in the Hat’ and ‘Green Eggs and Ham’ were among his most famous works.
Who Was Dr. Seuss?
Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known by his pen name Dr. Seuss, was a writer and cartoonist who published over 60 books. He published his first children’s book, And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street, under the name of Dr. Seuss in 1937.
Next came a string of bestsellers, including The Cat in the Hat and Green Eggs and Ham. His rhymes and characters are beloved by generations of fans.
Family, Early Life & Education
Geisel was born on March 2, 1904, in Springfield, Massachusetts. His father, Theodor Robert Geisel, was a successful brewmaster; his mother was Henrietta Seuss Geisel.
At age 18, Geisel left home to attend Dartmouth College, where he became the editor in chief of its humor magazine, Jack-O-Lantern. When Geisel and his friends were caught drinking in his dorm room one night, in violation of Prohibition law, he was kicked off the magazine staff, but continued to contribute to it using the pseudonym “Seuss.”
After graduating from Dartmouth, Geisel attended the University of Oxford in England, with plans to eventually become a professor. In 1927, he dropped out of Oxford.
Early Career as a Cartoonist
Upon returning to America, Geisel decided to pursue cartooning full-time. His articles and illustrations were published in numerous magazines, including LIFE and Vanity Fair. A cartoon that he published in the July 1927 issue of The Saturday Evening Post, his first using the pen name “Seuss,” landed him a staff position at the New York weekly Judge.
Geisel next worked for Standard Oil in the advertising department, where he spent the next 15 years. His ad for Flit, a popular insecticide, became nationally famous.
Around this time, Viking Press offered Geisel a contract to illustrate a children’s collection called Boners. The book sold poorly, but it gave him a break into children’s literature.
At the start of World War II, Geisel began contributing weekly political cartoons to the liberal publication PM Magazine. In 1942, too old for the World War II draft, Geisel served with Frank Capra’s Signal Corps, making animated training films and drawing propaganda posters for the Treasury Department and the War Production Board.
I just enjoy the fact that I was born on the same day as Dr. Seuss. He has and will continue to inspire the hearts of children and adults. That is something I wish I can do as well.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME AND ALL THOSE WHO SHARE THE SAME DAY!
Poet: Catherine Pulsifer, © 2017
Another year has passed
A birthday for you is in store
May you find this coming year
Be one with lots of open doors.
Follow your dreams
Remember you can achieve
All that you dream
Whatever your mind can conceive
So this poems brings
wishes for you
in hopes that the coming year
is filled with things you love to do.