Celebrating a century of Seuss

March 2nd, 2004

Dr. Seuss is getting a U.S. postage stamp, a statue and, on March 11, a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame. It's all part of a bicoastal celebration of the 100th birthday of Theodor Geisel, best known as Dr. Seuss, the man responsible for the Grinch, the Cat in the Hat and the Lorax, among other unforgettable creatures.

Theodor Geisel was born March 2, 1904, in the industrial city of Springfield, Mass. At an early age, he began to draw animals, often adding an extra hump in a camel's back or a long snout on a hyena's face for comic effect. While attending Dartmouth College, he edited Jack O'Lantern, a humor magazine. But it was his Latin classes that had the most enduring influence on his future art. Latin "allows you to adore words, take them apart and find out where they came from," Geisel once said.

Dr. Seuss' 44 books have been translated into 21 languages, selling more than 500 million copies.

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