Dr. Seuss

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Theodore Seuss Geisel was not born Dr. Seuss. Dr. Seuss was just a hope, a dream, maybe even an illusion. Ted hoped to become a children's icon. He wanted to write books about the mysteries that elope in the child's mind. Ever since he was a kid, Ted wanted to grow up to write books. During his lifetime he also faced struggles like being looked down upon and told he would never be successful, being bullied because of his heritage, being humiliated by the former 26th president Teddy Roosevelt, and becoming a full on laughing stock at Dartmouth as well as Oxford University. On the magnificent day of March 2, 1904, a wide eyed baby, who would soon grow up to be the most well known children's author of all time, was born. His name was Ted Geisel and he was the funniest, wittiest, most outspoken, little boy you ever could meet during the 1900's. He was born in Springfield, Massachusetts, at 74 Fairfield Street. This was the best news young Ted could ever receive, because it just so happened that Ted's house was exactly six blocks from the Forest Park Zoo. Ted was not just an ordinary boy. He was one that would tear open a book and read it cover to cover every single day for about twenty days straight. This boy loved lots of things other than reading and spending times with exotic animals down at the city zoo. He would explore the vast green lands behind his house. There just was not a time when he was not outside. You could find him sledding, drawing hilarious pictures, doodling, trying of ridiculous costumes, and singing around the piano with his family. No one could have thought how Ted would have turned out, not even himself. Growing up Ted and his family would spend time eating dinner around the big oak tree table talking about t... ... middle of paper ... ... got the grant, but Ted's father came up with a way to get the money anyway. Now at Oxford, Ted was supposed to do serious work. Instead he was off doodling or sketching wild and hilarious pictures. One day a classmate he was crushing on came over to him, looked over his shoulder and whispered, "That's a very good flying cow." With this one remark and encouragement form other classmates Ted decided to leave school. Ted married his first wife Helen Palmer. He was twenty-three. Helen died in 1967, and Ted married a lifelong friend Audrey Stone Dimond. On September 24,1991, when he died at age eighty-seven, many people felt as if they'd lost a close personal friend. In Springfield today, you can visit the Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden. "And will you succeed? Yes indeed, yes indeed! Ninety-eight and three-quarters percent guaranteed!" — Dr. Seuss

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