7 Interesting Facts About Dr. Seuss

 
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    November 23, 2010 at 5:00 am

    The Dr. Seuss classics The Cat In The Hat and How The Grinch Stole Christmas both enjoyed big screen adaptation. So which Seuss story is next hit the big screen?

    A host of A-List stars have signed on to a new project that will bring Dr. Seuss to the big screen.Zac Efron, Danny DeVito and Hangover star Ed Helms are reportedly on board for an as yet untitled film project. Efron will reportedly take the role of Ted, a young boy who wants to know why the world has become ugly, while DeVito will play the Dr Seuss character of The Lorax.

    Theodor Seuss Geisel died almost 20 years ago but his cast of characters are gifts that keep on giving, generation after generation. Giesel was an interesting man that led an extraordinary life. Here are some things you might not have known about the Doc.

    Dr. Seuss Never Had Kids

    Suess was married twice but never had any children. He was once quoted as saying “You have ‘em, I’ll amuse them.” Kind of odd from a guy that spent his whole life entertaining child. Maybe he was wiser than the rest of us.

    He Took The Name Seuss To Hide


    He took the name of Seuss when he was in college. Geisel was caught with a pint of gin in his dorm room (this was during Prohibition — making the offense much worse) and was asked to step down as editor of the college humor magazine. Instead, Geisel just stopped using his real last name in the byline.

    He Was A Doctor Before He Was A Doctor


    Seuss added the “Dr.” to his name to sound more scientific. He didn’t officially become a doctor until 1956 when he was given an honorary doctored from his alma mater Dartmouth University.

    Dr. Seuss Has Three Oscars And A Pulitzer


    Seuss has two Academy Awards for documentary movies (“Hitler Lives” about American troops and “Design For Death” about Japanese warlords and one in 1951 for animation. His Pulitzer came in 1984 for his work in children’s literature. Obviously.

    He Only Bombed Once


    Seuss has only one real flop of a book on his resume, but it’s interesting to note the book bombed not once but twice. The Seven Lady Godivas, an odd retelling of the story of Lady Godiva” was published in 1937 and then again in 1977. The book sold horrible both times. What ever happened to the “third time is a charm?”

    Seuss Heard “No” Very Often In The Beginning


    His first book, To Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street was turned down by 27 different publishers before it was finally picked up in 1937. Of course, it was an immediate success.

    Dr. Seuss Wrote Green Eggs and Ham On A Bet


    The founder and publisher of Random House, Bennett Cerf, bet Dr. Seuss $50 that he couldn’t write a children’s book using just 50 words. So he did. Green Eggs and Ham. Cerf never did pay up.

     
     
     
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