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Happy Seussday

March 2 "Seussentennial" will honor 100th birthday of Theodor Geisel '25

The 35-foot Cat in the Hat snow sculpture that took up residence on the Green during Winter Carnival was just the beginning of celebrations of Theodor "Dr. Seuss" Geisel's 100th birthday at Dartmouth and around the country.

Theodor Geisel
Theodor Seuss Geisel (Dr. Seuss) (1904-1991), Class of 1925. (1982, oil on canvas by Everett Raymond Kinstler.)

"Seussentennial" celebrations will continue on campus with book drives, library exhibitions and a party for the Dartmouth community from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 2, at Collis Common Ground, at which President James Wright and others will read from Seuss books.

Dartmouth's Tucker Foundation has gathered more than 300 Seuss books donated by the First Book Foundation, which provides books to low-income families. The books will be used as part of an ongoing read-a-thon led by Tucker's Book Buddies. Tucker will also hold a party for all participants in its mentoring and education programs featuring performances of Seuss books, games, food, gifts and storytelling.

In addition to the birthday party, all day Tuesday, March 2, Dartmouth Dining Services will feature a special "Seussified" menu including breakfast, lunch and dinner specials, Seuss-specific entrées and standard menu items renamed in Geisel's honor.

An exhibition of Geisel's work at Baker/Berry Library includes drawings, letters, books and other Dr. Seuss materials from Special Collections. A special "sound dome" will feature Dr. Seuss audio clips from the Jones Media Center collection. The exhibition on Berry's "Main Street" corridor began on Saturday, Feb. 14, and runs through Friday, April 9.

Geisel was a member of the class of 1925. While at Dartmouth he wrote and drew cartoons for the College's humor magazine, The Jack-O-Lantern. Geisel invented the pseudonym "Seuss" after he was removed from editorship of The Jack-O for holding an unauthorized party. He still contributed to the magazine but signed his middle name, Seuss, instead.

After Dartmouth, Geisel attended Oxford and drew cartoons for The Saturday Evening Post and The Judge, a humor magazine. He went on to publish more than 40 books which have sold more than 80 million copies. He was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1984 for his contributions to children's literature.

Geisel received an honorary degree from Dartmouth in 1955 and was honored with Dartmouth's Presidential Medal for Outstanding Leadership and Achievement following his death in 1991. For further events information call 646-1746.

- James Donnelly

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