So, you’ve heard of Dr. Seuss? How Much do you really know? We bet you don’t know all of the 25 below facts!
1. On March 2nd 1904 in Springfield, Massachusetts Dr.Seuss was born as Theodor Seuss Geisel.
2. Dr. Seuss’s Father was known as a master brewer and once ran the largest brewing companies in New England. Unfortunately, the brewery closed down in 1920 when the prohibition took effect.
3. Dr. Seuss’s father began running the local zoo after the brewery closed. Theodor loved to visit his dad at work, after he would go home and draw the animals he saw on his walls.
4. When Theodor Seuss was a child, his mother would make rhymes based on pie flavors to entertain him, this attributed to his love for rhyming and versus
5. Theodor Seuss was voted the “Least likely to Succeed” by his classmates at Dartmouth University.
6. In 1921-1925 Dr. Seuss attended Dartmouth University. The college had a humor magazine called the Jack-O-Lantern, Mr. Seuss was a contributor and editor.
7. Theodor Seuss’s dad had hoped one day that he would become a doctor. So for consolation to his dad he added Dr. to his name.
8. Dr. Seuss’s career launched from a magazine called Judge. The company sometimes couldn’t pay their employees and in return would give out free samples of shaving cream, nail clippers and soda among other things.
9. The catchphrase “Quick, Henry, the Flit!” from a wildly successful bug spray ad for Flit Bug Spray was created by Dr. Seuss himself. The punchline went on to a 17-year advertising campaign.
10. Dr. Seuss was prohibited by his advertising contract to write and create certain projects. Which led him to begin writing children’s books. Which is a now-outdated term for silly errors, found in classroom papers. The book went on to sell 1.34 million copies by 1945.
11. In 1937 Dr. Seuss went on to publish his first Children’s book. “and to think that I saw it on Mulberry Street”. His debut book was rejected 27 times before it finally went on to the printing press.
12. Dr. Seuss would write and discard between 500-1000 pages during his first draft of a picture book. He would reportedly would write for six to eight hours a day.
13. Dr. Seuss stumbled across a article about American children having troubles to read. This is what made him dedicated to creating children’s books for early readers.
14. Dr. Seuss published a book for adults in 1939 called The Seven Lady Godivas, featuring drawings of nude women.
15. In 1942, Dr. Seuss began creating political posters encouraging Americans to enter the war.
16. During World War 2 Dr. Seuss enlisted in the army. He was sent to Hollywood to produce propaganda cartoons featuring the military misadventures of private SNAFU. His work also earned him two Academy Awards. An Adapted version of a wartime training video about Japanese culture, tiled Design for death, won the best documentary in 1948. Dr. Seuss was also awarded the Legion of Merit for his efforts during the war. However, after the war he was regretful about some his cartoons towards the Japanese. He ended up traveling to Japan and asked children to draw what they wanted to be when they grew up.
17. When Dr.Seuss was in Japan he was inspired to write “Horton Hears a Who!. It was published in 1954. The book was dedicated to Mitsugi Nakamura, the dean of Doshisha University in Kyoto. Mr. Nakarmura helped Dr. Seuss on his tours to schools across the country and interviewing children.
18. Dr. Seuss met his wife Helen Palmer while they attended Oxford University in 1926. He was working on a M.A. in English. Dr.Seuss Married Helen in 1927, They moved into a walk-up apartment in New York City, were Seuss established himself as a cartoonist. They were unable to have any children. Dr.Seuss was sad that him and Helen couldn’t have any kids. He would sometimes dedicate his books to imaginated kids like his made up daughter Chrysanthemum-Pearl. Helen would go on to run all of Dr. Seuss business matters. Helen Passed away in 1967. Dr.Seuss went on to remarry Audrey Dimond. She had never even heard of Dr. Seuss and assumed he was a medical doctor.
19. One of my favorite facts about Dr. Seuss is that he had a license plate that said GRINCH. Who wouldn’t have loved that!
20. The Book Green eggs and Ham was written on bet. Random House co-founder Bennett Cerf challenged the author to write a book with only 50 words and Dr. Seuss more then well delivered.
21. In 1984 Dr. Seuss was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for “his special contribution over nearly half a century to the education and enjoyment of Americans Children and their parents.” He was the first person to ever win the Pulitzer Prize for writing a children’s book.
22. In 2010 Dr. Seuss was named in Life Books list of “100 People who have changed the world.”
23. In 1971 Dr. Seuss won A Peabody Award for his animated special How the Grinch Stole Christmas.
24. On September 24, 1991 at the age of 87, Dr. Seuss died of oral Cancer from being a long time heavy smoker.
25. On March 11th 2004 Dr.Seuss (Theodore Geisel) received the 2,249th Hollywood Walk of Fame Star at a ceremony honoring the late children’s book author in Hollywood California