Rather than writing a blog of my own thoughts, I wanted to take the time to honor one of the people who motivated me to become a writer. Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!
Born Theodor Seuss Geisel on March 2, 1904, he dropped out of Oxford, where he was attending grad school, when a classmate Helen Palmer [she became Mrs. Theodor Geisel in 1927] commented that he was a talented cartoonist. Geisel used his drawing skills an illustrator for advertising campaigns, including Standard Oil and Flit insecticide. His line, “Quick, Henry, the Flit!” became the “Got Milk?” of its day.
Although Geisel often commented that he wrote children’s books because his ad contract with Standard Oil prohibited him from writing pretty much anything else as well as his great love and understanding for children, there was another motivating event. Geisel wrote his first children’s book the same year he and Helen learned they were unable to have children.
I could spend the rest of my blog relating Geisel’s story and impact on our culture, but it would not be anywhere as interesting as visiting Seussville at http://www.seussville.com/index.php. There you can read Geisel’s full bio, watch videos, check out interactive games and learn more about the amazing man who would impact children – and adults – worldwide.
As a way of honoring Geisel, the National Education Association marked today as a part of their ‘Read Across America’ promotion, with a goal of showing elementary children that reading can be fun and not just work.
I know that, for me, wandering the world of Dr. Seuss’ imagination birthed in my young girl’s heart the burning desire to write stories that would entertain and impact people’s lives. Over forty years later, I am living that dream.
Thank you, Dr. Seuss.