If I Ran the Zoo IV

By June 19, 2008

It is appropriate to have a graduate of Dartmouth College offers his thoughts on "If I Ran the Zoo." Dr. Seuss was a Dartmouth alum (Class of 1925) and, in fact, adopted his nom de plum while at Dartmouth. The good doctor, whose full name was Theodore Seuss Geisel, became editor-in-chief of the Dartmouth Jack-O-Lantern, the college's humor magazine. Alas, while in that position of responsibility he was caught throwing a drinking party in violation of Prohibition laws and forced to resign his editorial post. To continue his work on the Jack-O-Lantern without the administration's knowledge (wink, wink) he commenced signing his name as Dr. Seuss-"Seuss" being his middle name and "Dr." reputed to have been a joke response to his father's wish that he obtain a doctorate and become a professor. Coincidentally, Mr. Rogers also attended Dartmouth and Captain Kangaroo was an honorary degree recipient and adopted alumnus. I offer no theory of the direction of causation as to this notable propensity for childhood icons to hold Dartmouth connections...