Saturday, March 02, 2013

Dr. Seuss - 10 Fun Facts (Theodor Suess Geisel, Writer, Cartoonist, Animator, Artist)

Dr. Seuss is well known for his amazing children's books, but did you know these 10 Fun Facts about him:
  1. Dr. Seuss' real name is Theodor Seuss Geisel. His pen names were Dr. Seuss, Theo LeSieg, Rosetta Stone and Theophrastus Seuss.
  2. Theodor Seuss Geisel was born on March 2, 1904 in Springfield, Massachusetts to Theodor Robert Geisel and Henrietta Seuss Geisel.
  3. Theodor (Dr. Seuss) was raised as a Lutheran.
  4. While attending Dartmouth College, Geisel (Dr. Seuss) became Editor-in-Chief for the college humor magazine; Dartmouth Jack-O-Lantern. He got caught drinking alcohol with friends so the Dean of the college made him resign from all extra curricular activities including his Editor-In-Chief position, but Geisel continued to secretly write for the college magazine under a pen name "SEUSS". He graduated from Dartmouth in 1925.
  5. Geisel met his first wife Helen Palmer while attending Lincoln College, Oxford, and married in 1927. It was Helen who influenced him to draw for a living instead of being a professor. Ironically, she was also a writer, cartoonist and animator. Helen died on October 23, 1967 at the age of 68. He remarried Audrey Stone Diamond the following year in 1968.
  6. Geisel had other work adventures like: Illustrator for advertising campaigns, most notably for Flit and Standard Oil, and as a political cartoonist for PM, a New York City newspaper. During World War II, he worked in an animation department of the United States Army, where he wrote Design for Death, a film that later won the 1947 Academy Award for Documentary Feature.
  7. Dr. Seuss published 44 Children's books. His most notable books are:
    • The Cat in the Hat
    • Green Eggs and Ham
    • One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish
    •  Horton Hatches an Egg
    • The Lorax
    • Horton Hears a Who
    • How the Grinch Stole Christmas
    1. Dr. Seuss never had any children.
    2. Dr. Seuss died of throat cancer on September 24, 1991 (age 87) at his home in La Jolla, California. He was cremated and his ashes were scattered. Dr. Seuss' Online Memorial, Click here
    3. Dr. Seuss' honors include: three Academy awards, three Emmy awards, a Peabody award, three Caldecott Honors, the Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal and the Pulitzer Prize. He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at the 6500 block Hollywood Boulevard.
    Dr. Seuss Books in order of Publication date:
    1. And To Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street 1937
    2. 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins, The 1938
    3. King's Stilts, The 1939
    4. Horton Hatches The Egg 1940
    5. McElligot's Pool 1947
    6. Thidwick, The Big-Hearted Moose 1948
    7. Bartholomew and the Oobleck 1949
    8. If I Ran The Zoo 1950
    9. Gerald McBoing Boing 1952
    10. Horton Hears A Who 1954
    11. Scrambled Eggs Super! 1954
    12. On Beyond Zebra 1955
    13. If I Ran The Circus 1956
    14. Cat in the Hat, The 1957
    15. How The Grinch Stole Christmas 1957
    16. Big Brag, The (from Yertle the Turtle &…) 1958
    17. Gertrude McFuzz (from Yertle the Turtle &…) 1958
    18. Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories 1958
    19. Happy Birthday to You! 1959
    20. Green Eggs and Ham 1960
    21. One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish 1960
    22. Sneetches and Other Stories, The 1961
    23. Too Many Daves (from The Sneetches & …) 1961
    24. What Was I Scared Of? (from The Sneetches & …) 1961
    25. Zax, The (from The Sneetches & …) 1961
    26. Dr. Seuss's Sleep Book 1962
    27. Dr. Seuss's ABC 1963
    28. Hop on Pop 1963
    29. Fox in Socks 1965
    30. I Had Trouble in Getting to Solla Sollew 1965
    31. Cat in the Hat Beginner Book, The 1966
    32. Cat in the Hat Song Book, The 1967
    33. Cat in the Hat Comes Back, The 1968
    34. Foot Book, The 1968
    35. Glunk That Got Thunk, The (from I Can Lick 30 Tigers Today &…) 1969
    36. I Can Lick 30 Tigers Today and Other Stories 1969
    37. King Looie Katz (from I Can Lick 30 Tigers Today & …) 1969
    38. My Book About Me, by Me Myself I Wrote It! I Drew It! 1969
    39. I Can Draw Myself 1970
    40. Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You? 1970
    41. Lorax, The 1971
    42. Marvin K. Mooney, Will You Please Go Now! 1972
    43. Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are? 1973
    44. Shape of Me and Other Stuff 1973
    45. Great Day For Up! 1974
    46. There's a Wocket In My Pocket 1974
    47. Oh, The Thinks You Can Think! 1975
    48. Cat's Quizzer, The 1976
    49. I Can Read With My Eyes Shut 1978
    50. Oh Say Can You Say 1979
    51. Hunches in Bunches 1982
    52. Butter Battle Book, The 1984
    53. You're Only Old Once! 1986
    54. I Am Not Going To Get Up Today! 1987
    55. Oh, The Places You'll Go! 1990
    56. My Many Colored Days 1996
    Dr. Seuss writing as LeSieg (Dr. Seuss's last name, Geisel, spelled backwards).
    1. Ten Apples up on Top! Illustrated by Roy McKie 1961
    2. I Wish that I had Duck Feet Illustrated by B. Tobey 1965
    3. Come over to My House Illustrated by Richard Erdoes 1966
    4. The Eye Book Illustrated by Roy McKie 1968 Illustrated by Joe Mathieu 1999
    5. I Can Write! A Book by Me, Myself Illustrated by Roy McKie 1971
    6. In a People House Illustrated by Roy McKie 1972
    7. The Many Mice of Mr. Brice (A pop-up book) Illustrated by Roy McKie 1973
    8. Wacky Wednesday Illustrated by George Booth 1974
    9. Would You Rather Be a Bullfrog? Illustrated by Roy McKie 1975
    10. Hooper Humperdink? Not Him! Illustrated by Charles E Martin 1976
    11. Please Try to Remember the First of Octember! Illustrated by Art Cummings 1977
    12. Maybe You Should Fly A Jet! Maybe You Should Be A Vet! Illustrated by Michael J Smollin 1980
    13. The Tooth Book Illustrated by Roy McKie 1981, Illustrated by Joe Mathieu 2000
    Dr. Seuss writing as Loretta Stone
    1. Because a Little Bug Went Ka-choo ill. by Michael Frith 1975


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