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Without gin and underage drinking, we would never have Dr. Seuss. Curious? Read on!


Dr. Seuss hardly needs an introduction. Most kids should be familiar with his famous poems and books, including Green Eggs and Ham, The Cat in the Hat, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and Horton Hears a Who.

His real name was Theodor Geisel, and he was a member of the Dartmouth College class of 1925. At Dartmouth, he joined the humor magazine Dartmouth Jack-O-Lantern, eventually becoming editor in chief.

At Dartmouth, he was caught drinking gin, and so the Dean insisted that he resign from all extracurricular activities, including the magazine. In order to continue working on the magazine without the Dean’s knowledge, he came up with the name Dr. Seuss.

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