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What have you learned from Dr. Seuss?

Asked at Borders, 700 N.H. on March 2, 2007

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“To be happy and make the most out of life. His stories always had such a positive message.”

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“To be different and to be smart from the ‘Cat in the Hat.’”

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“That you don’t have to use real words. Using made-up words allows you to express your own creativity.”

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“That you should be willing to try green eggs and ham and other new experiences.”

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Linda Aikins 7 years, 6 months ago

That an elephant is faithful.....100%.

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trinity 7 years, 6 months ago

i like roast beast better than green eggs&ham.

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jonas 7 years, 6 months ago

To not eat green eggs and ham, and to not trust people with an identity statement as part of their actual name.

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sgtwolverine 7 years, 6 months ago

Ha. Christy, some of your professors may not share you word-creation philosophy. Just so you know.

Thanks to Dr. Suess, I learned that Horton has awesome hearing. And that you can have too many hats.

And that you should never, ever let the wrong people make a movie out of one of your classic books.

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Alfred_W 7 years, 6 months ago

"Don't wear a better hat than the king.

(guess that one...)"

The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins, of course.

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Alfred_W 7 years, 6 months ago

Oh, and I forgot: Dr. Seuss and the Lorax taught me to be a tree-hugging evolutionist commie.

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paladin 7 years, 6 months ago

That Life might be worth living after all. And that one can be happy as one wants to be.

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RonBurgandy 7 years, 6 months ago

I am not sure that I learned anything from Dr. Seuss.

I liked the Grinch movie, not as much as the cartoon though. But I am a sucker for holiday flicks.

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tim_hardaway 7 years, 6 months ago

i learned nothing at all im pretty sure he was a liberal and i "dislike" liberals !!!!!

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lmpaul 7 years, 6 months ago

It is so relaxing to "sit by the lake and look at the sky" (from "A Fly Went By"). My kids loved this book! Seuss inspired many children to read - and one intelligent reader is worth a thousand boneheads.

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beatrice 7 years, 6 months ago

That curly, colorful things are cool.

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Ken Miller 7 years, 6 months ago

That rhyming is fun. And you don't even have to be high.

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useta 7 years, 6 months ago

I learned how to count.... "one fish" "two fish" "red fish" "blue fish"

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Ceallach 7 years, 6 months ago

Horton is my all time favorite, that's what I learned, that Horton is my favorite Dr. Seuss character.

TOB, I totally agree about the Grinch and would also like to add that I hated the way Hollywood turned the Cat into a disgusting weirdo in the Cat in a Hat movie.

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Linda Aikins 7 years, 6 months ago

Slow down, consumer1. One at a time.;)

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useta 7 years, 6 months ago

Do you think Hop on Pop was drug related?

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Linda Aikins 7 years, 6 months ago

well over 20? or

well, over 20... this comma placement can save your neck! ;)

You know being nice won't make me stop picking on you, don't you?

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farmgirl 7 years, 6 months ago

I learned that Yertle should have been happy where he was.

And to not wear a hat.

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sunflower_sue 7 years, 6 months ago

That...When a fox is in the bottle where the tweetle beetles battle with their paddles in a puddle on a noodle-eating poodle, THIS is what they call... a tweetle beetle noodle poodle bottles paddled muddled duddled fuddled wuddled fox in socks, sir!

(And that's about it!)

My kids made me read that hundreds of times. groan

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thanksforcoming 7 years, 6 months ago

I learned that there alot of fish in the sea.

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TheOriginalCA 7 years, 6 months ago

I learned how to "Do it with a fox in a box"

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Grundoon Luna 7 years, 6 months ago

If you have 23 sons, don't name them all Dave.

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sgtwolverine 7 years, 6 months ago

A_A, you could name them all George.

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rhd99 7 years, 6 months ago

Always wear a hat in the cold & snow, & NEVER eat green eggs & ham, you know. (hehehe)

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Centrist 7 years, 6 months ago

I learned that reading can be fun.

That's it.

Simple, isn't it?

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local_support 7 years, 6 months ago

That it doesn't matter what side you butter your bread on.

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sunflower_sue 7 years, 6 months ago

"That it doesn't matter what side you butter your bread on."...it will always land face down when dropped from the counter. Oh, sorry, I learned that from Beakman.

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ms_canada 7 years, 6 months ago

"One of the best selling children's books of all time" quote from Richard Helm in The Edmonton Journal today. Imagine, 50 years old and still going strong. The Cat in the Hat. What did I learn? Not much, I'm afraid. Another oldie that is still going strong. VAN MORRISON - in our city Wed. night gave a truly great concert to a 12,000 strong audience in our gigantic Hockey arena. I never thought that I would get a chance to see him live. It was thrilling. Any VAN M. fans out there?

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topekahawk 7 years, 6 months ago

I learned that if you go to the city of Boola Boo Ball on the banks of the beautiful River Woo-Wall, you will never have troubles! No troubles at all!

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ms_canada 7 years, 6 months ago

TOB -Yeah, that is a great album. Moondance, I believe is what made him. Yeh, and also Stoned Me. My husband's fav is Cleanin' Windows. I like when he does the Irish songs and the other night he did The Star of the County Down and I thought I had died and gone to heaven. A few years back I recorded a Chieftans show on TV and VM sang The Star of the County Down and I am delighted to watch and reverse that tape several times until I am satiated with the sound of his voice. RI - sorry about that, next time, eh?

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bsbfan4alex 7 years, 6 months ago

that if you want to win a bet badly enough you can write a fun (though annoying after awhile) book with only 50 unique words, called Green Eggs and Ham.

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Shane Garrett 7 years, 6 months ago

Go Dogs! GO! Red Dogs, Blue Dogs Dogs in cars. Go Dogs Go!

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acg 7 years, 6 months ago

I learned that when your parents are gone for the day and tell you to stay out of trouble, you should never let a cat wearing a hat into your house, regardless of how bored you may be and how entertaining said cat may seem.

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sunflower_sue 7 years, 6 months ago

Ms_C, I'm a wee bit jealous you saw VM! "How long has this been going on," you may ask? Since I saw a brown eyed girl do a moondance. (I could go on but RI's spousal unit is not here to play...or is she?)

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sunflower_sue 7 years, 6 months ago

topeka, c'mon! It's been a whole year... just cut and paste last year's post.

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sunflower_sue 7 years, 6 months ago

OK, cut and paste last month's post :)

In all seriousness, why Dr. Seuss every year? Why can't we celebrate Shel Silverstein or Ogden Nash or some other great writer? How about "What is your favorite poem from 'Where the Sidewalk Ends?'"

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sgtwolverine 7 years, 6 months ago

I should hassle him about not crediting me. That might be amusing. "Why didn't you attach my pseudonym to my tongue-in-cheek comments?!"

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Crossfire 7 years, 6 months ago

Stoners will buy the Cat's Hats.

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beatrice 7 years, 6 months ago

TOB, try Morrison's "Astral Weeks." Came out a couple years before "Moondance," and it is just as good.

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Ceallach 7 years, 6 months ago

ms_c, no surprise, my favorite is Brown-Eyed Girl :)

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Linda Aikins 7 years, 6 months ago

Hey - i'm brown-eyed! And every day I sing, "sha na na na na na na na na na-na goodbye (?)"

La ti da.

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Ceallach 7 years, 6 months ago

RI, breath in through the nose, out through the mouth. You're about to pop a gasket! No Seuss is worth it, just look away from his text.

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Grundoon Luna 7 years, 6 months ago

Yup, a big Van fan. I LOVE "In to the Mystic!!" I believe he's going to be in KC soon. I thought I heard he was going to be at the Uptown.

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Grundoon Luna 7 years, 6 months ago

Nope, I was wrong. It's Gordon Lightfoot that's going to play at the Uptown. The Uptown would be a fairly small venue for Van's greatness.

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ms_canada 7 years, 6 months ago

Right AA - he needs a huge venue. Gordon Lightfoot, good Canadian Ole Boy. Still good. Bea is right TOB Astral Weeks is a good album, if you can round it up somewhere.

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Grundoon Luna 7 years, 6 months ago

This is true, and I do think a cozier venue is more suited to Gordon and I bet it would be a good, laid back show.

As for Canadian artists, Ms_C, does Rush tour anymore? I've been a fan since 2112. The 2112 tour was my 2nd concert. Chicago at Allen Field House was my first.

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ms_canada 7 years, 6 months ago

Heh Azure - you are in luck, Rush will be at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in K.C. on June 13. That got you an answer pretty quick, didn't it. I didn't know they were canadian.

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Grundoon Luna 7 years, 6 months ago

Hot Diggity!!! You bet them rockers be Canadian.

Ms_C, You rock!!

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