Dr. Seuss — Birthday Facts

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“The more that you read,
the more things you will know.
The more that you learn,
the more places you'll go.”


1)      If Dr. Seuss were alive he’d be 107 years old today.

2)      Dr. Seuss’ first book “And To Think That I Saw It On Mul­berry Street” was rejected 27 times before it found a publisher.

3)      Dr. Seuss never had chil­dren and accord­ing to his wife Audrey he was slightly afraid of them and “couldn’t just sit down on the floor and play with them”.

4)      Seuss was Mrs. Geisel’s (his mother) maiden name.

5)      Dur­ing his ser­vice in the US Army Sig­nal Corps Geisel worked with a won­der­ful group who would later become ani­ma­tion pio­neers such as leg­endary Warner Bros. ani­ma­tor Chuck Jones and renowned voice actor  Mel Blanc.

6)      Dr. Seuss dropped out of Oxford and never received his doctorate.

7)      Dr. Seuss wrote “The Cat in the Hat” because he thought chil­dren sto­ries were too boring.

8)      “Green Eggs and Ham” was writ­ten as a bet between Geisel and his pub­lisher to come up with a story which uses exactly 50 words (a, am, and, any­where, are, be, boat, box, car, could, dark, do, eat, eggs, fox, goat, good, green, ham, here, house, I, if, in, let, like, may, me, mouse, not, on, or, rain, Sam, say, see, so, thank, that, the, them, there, they, train, tree, try, will, with, would, you).

9)      “Yer­tle the Tur­tle” is a polit­i­cal com­men­tary about…Hitler.

10)   The Grinch’s voice in the car­toon is pro­vided by no other then noted actor Boris Karloff.  Dr. Seuss didn’t like the cast­ing because he thought Karloff, who made his fame play­ing Frankestien’s mon­ster in the clas­sic 1931 hor­ror clas­sic, would scare chil­dren. The voice behind “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch” was sup­plied by Thurl Raven­scroft who got no on-screen credit and is bet­ter known as the man behind Tony the Tiger.

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