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30 Things You Didn’t Know About Dr. Seuss

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1. His grandfather was a partner in the Kalmbach & Geisel brewery, known familiarly as “Come Back and Guzzle,” which later morphed into the Springfield Brewing Company, one of the largest such operations in New England.

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2. Former President Theodore Roosevelt once humiliated him on stage, exclaiming “What’s this boy doing here?” instead of giving him the award for selling war bonds that he was expecting.

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3. His first published work was a parody of Walt Whitman’s poem “O Captain! My Captain!,” composed as a plaint about the difficulty of Latin class for his high school newspaper.

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4. He wrote a minstrel show called “Chicopee Surprised” as a fundraiser for a school trip, and he performed in it, in blackface.

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5. He was fired from the college humor magazine at Dartmouth College for drinking gin with friends in his dorm room — during Prohibition!

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