He was born Theodore Seuss Geisel. His father wanted him to be a doctor. He was granted an honorary doctrate from his alm mater in 1956. Naturally, we all know him as a children's author.
He worked as an illustrator for advertising campaigns working on ads for companies like General Electric and NBC. He was also a political cartoonist. During World War II he worked in the Animation Department of The US Army. Although he wrote lots and lots of wonderful children’s books, he never had any children of his own.
And to think..he wrote Green Eggs and Ham on a dare made by his publisher Bennet Cerf who bet him $50 that he could not write a children’s story using ONLY 50 words; 49 of which were one syllable words. He succeeded. And has helped many of us learn to read over the years.
Be sure to check out your local library today. All sorts of fun things are happening there to celebrate his birthday. He'd be 105.