Dr. Seuss was neither a doctor or truly Dr. Seuss. In fact, he was Theodor Seuss Geisel, an American born on this day in 1904. He took Dr. Seuss as his pen name, and went on to be one of the world’s greatest children’s book writer and philosopher. He wrote books such as Horton Hears a Who, The Cat in the Hat, Oh, the Places You’ll Go, and Green Eggs and Ham. His books gained universal acclaim, and spawned successful movies, TV shows, and documentaries. His books often rhymed, and were most often wild, zany books with illustrations that seemed almost alien to this world. The books he wrote also inspired a generation of readers, as his books were easy to read yet fun at the same time. By 1991, Geisel was dying of oral cancer, and he passed away on September 21, at the age of eighty-seven. He donated to a variety of institutions, which later renamed themselves as the Audrey and Theodor Geisel School of Medicine (Dartmouth Medical School) and the Geisel Library (University of California, San Diego).
“Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.”