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Finding Dr. Seuss

By Serge Bielanko |


The Doctor is in.

This weekend’s cinematic release of Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax is a big deal, obviously.

Anytime Seuss and Hollywood rub shoulders it usually ends up being the talk of the pop-culture town and this time will be no different. Even my wife and I have been debating whether this flick could be The One: the very first one we ever take our three year old daughter to see in a theater. The Good Doctor is back and they might just run out of popcorn this time.

Yet, who is Dr. Seuss?

As in: where did he come from and what was he like?

Unless you’ve been curious before, and checked out a biography or two, chances are you don’t know much about this fellow who just so happened to write the books we all grew up on, the same ones our own kids are growing up on this minute.

The other day, as The Lorax kept showing up just about everywhere I turned, (hey, didn’t The Lorax just win the Daytona 500?) I started wondering a little about this guy, this genius writer who used art and rhythm and language so cleverly, and created some the best known stories in the universe in the process.

So I set out to move past this week’s film release, to delve a bit deeper and find out what kind of man it was who, once upon a time, closed his eyes and dreamed up some of the most magnificent stories ever told.

Here, then, is a mind-blowing tale of war and infidelity, of tragedy and booze, of patriots and thieves.  Meet the man called Dr. Seuss.

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Discovering Dr. Seuss

New England Boy

Theodor Seuss Geisel was born in the industrial river town of Springfield, Massachusetts in 1904. It was a city that came to have great meaning to both Geisel and the world around him because it was such an influence on so many of stories. And To Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street, for example, was based on a boyhood trip a mile from his home, to Mulberry Street in Springfield. These days, visitors to this New England town can experience and remember Dr. Seuss, as he came to be known, by checking out the Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden downtown. Sadly, a struggle to save the author's boyhood home from demolition was lost a few years ago.

You can also find Serge on his personal blog, Thunder Pie.

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Serge Bielanko

Serge Bielanko writes about fatherhood for Babble Dad and about marriage stuff for Babble Voices at He Said/She Said. His writing has appeared in Esquire and The Huffington Post, as well as on his personal blog, Thunder Pie. He lives with his wife and two kids in central Pennsylvania. Read bio and latest posts → Read Serge's latest posts →

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6 thoughts on “Finding Dr. Seuss

  1. Cathy Cann says:

    I’m saving this one! He was an interesting guy. Thanks!

  2. Joann says:

    Interesting and informative! Thanks!

  3. Heather says:

    Thank you for writing this. I cannot believe that I did not know these bits of information about Dr. Seuss!

  4. GreenInOC says:

    I think there is a typo in the “Some Dark Days” caption – I’m pretty sure she died in 1967. The way it reads, with her death in 1947, after four decades of marriage to Theodore would have made her 8 years old when they married – now, THAT would have been a scandal!!

  5. sergebielanko says:

    Green In OC: Thanks for the heads up!

  6. Saffoula says:

    Very interesting! Have fond memories of learning to read with Dr. Seuss.

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