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Today is the birthday of one of Darmouth University’s more famous students, Dr. Seuss. Theodor Seuss Geisel, a Massachusetts native attended Darmouth college where after being disciplined for less than admirable behavior (he was caught drinking) and being forbidden to write for the college humor magazine. Not one to be subdued (and for that we all should be thankful) he began writing under the pen name of Seuss.

I don’t know any families who haven’t grown up with Seuss. Some of my fondest memories of reading with my boys surrounded reading books with the rhymes of Dr. Seuss. One of the coolest places with the Seuss Land at Universal Studios, they had the most fantastic Seuss bookstore. It was amazing.

Some interesting Seuss Facts:

  • He adopted the “Dr” to his pen name of Seuss after completing college as a consolation to his father for not pursing a medical career.
  • He also wrote under the pen names of Theo LeSieg and Rosetta Stone.
  • He is credited with creating the word “nerd” which first appeared in his book “If I Ran the Zoo”.
  • His first book was rejected 27 times before it was published.
  • The King of Children’s Books never had children of his own.
  • He always wore bow ties because he said you can’t dribble on bow ties.

“Today is your day, your mountain is waiting. So….get on your way”

Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.”

Cover of "If I Ran the Zoo (Classic Seuss...

Cover of If I Ran the Zoo (Classic Seuss)

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