Getting Beyond ‘Z’

Was reading The Dartmouth Alumni Magazine the other day and it had some great quotes from Theodor Geisel, a prominent alum and extremely successful author under the name Dr. Seuss.

dr_seussWhile at Dartmouth, Theodor was editor of Dartmouth’s comedy magazine called The Jacko. That is  until he got caught drinking on Easter eve and got kicked out.  By his fraternity (Caste and Gauntlet) he was voted least likely to succeed and he graduated with a 2.4 in 1925.  Given all that he managed to go out and sell  more than 222 million books (66 titles).  That’s pretty amazing

Here are some good quotes:

My alphabet starts with this letter called yuzz. It’s the letter I use to spell yuzz-a-matuzz. You’ll be sort of surprised what there is to be found once you go beyond ‘Z’ and start poking around

Nonesense wakes up the brain cells. And it helps develop a sense of humor, which is awfully important in this day and age. Humor has a tremendous place in this sordid world. It’s more than just a matter of laughing. If you can see things out of whack, then you can see how things can be in whack

If you sat 50 years with your worms and your wishes, you’d grow a long beard before you catch fishes

I’d like to get beyond Z soon. It sounds like a good place to be.

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4 thoughts on “Getting Beyond ‘Z’
  1. Thanks, Mike for the data on Dr. Seuss. Wonderful, talented guy – who had a huge influence on education, especially early childhood ed which is all important. I loved his thought on why one needs a sense of humor “if you can see things out of whack than you can see how things can be in whack”. A lot of truth in that. The movie and TV show *M*A*S*H is a good example of that. Tonight I am celebrating the life of Mary Travers singer of the trio Peter, Paul & Mary. This trio had a lot to do with my generation before the Beatles revolution. The harmony is fantastic. Dad and I played Peter, Paul and Mommy CD because that's all we could find. Those songs influenced your generation, in particular you kids in our family. It was played a lot (“we're going to the zoo,zoo,zoo, we going to the zoo, zoo, zoo, how about you, you, you”, etc. and “Puff the magic dragon, lived in the sea …”) Those songs paved the way for other harmonies and set the stage for further music appreciation. You would not be where you are today, if it wasn't for songs and trios like that.

  2. Thanks, Mike for the data on Dr. Seuss. Wonderful, talented guy – who had a huge influence on education, especially early childhood ed which is all important. I loved his thought on why one needs a sense of humor “if you can see things out of whack than you can see how things can be in whack”. A lot of truth in that. The movie and TV show *M*A*S*H is a good example of that. Tonight I am celebrating the life of Mary Travers singer of the trio Peter, Paul & Mary. This trio had a lot to do with my generation before the Beatles revolution. The harmony is fantastic. Dad and I played Peter, Paul and Mommy CD because that's all we could find. Those songs influenced your generation, in particular you kids in our family. It was played a lot (“we're going to the zoo,zoo,zoo, we going to the zoo, zoo, zoo, how about you, you, you”, etc. and “Puff the magic dragon, lived in the sea …”) Those songs paved the way for other harmonies and set the stage for further music appreciation. You would not be where you are today, if it wasn't for songs and trios like that.

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