Today, March 2, marks the birthday of children’s author Dr. Seuss. Dr. Seuss would have turned 105 if he were still alive today.
Dr. Seuss Birthday 2009
Dr. Seuss was actually born Theodor Seuss Geisel in Springfield, Massachusetts on March 2, 1904. Seuss grew up in the New England area and went to Dartmouth College. That’s where both his writing career began and his “Doctor” moniker was formed.
Seuss, as the story goes, was caught partying during Prohibition. As a punishment, the school told him to step down from his extracurricular activities, which included writing for a school publication called the Jack-o-Lantern. Seuss, however, wanted to keep writing, so he started working under the name “Dr. Seuss” to keep administrators from realizing it was him.
Dr. Seuss eventually became famous for his rhyming, brightly illustrated books such as The Cat in the Hat and Green Eggs and Ham. He died in 1991, at the age of 87.