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Jon Bon Jovi
Jon Bon Jovi
Jon Bon Jovi—3/2/1962—or John Francis Bongiovi Jr., is best known as the founder and lead singer of the New Jersey based hair metal group Bon Jovi. Jon has done outstanding work in community service, has acted in both movies and TV, and has been a big Democratic political supporter. He is determined to help the unfortunate, and is very generous, with both his time and money. Jon is also known for his strong family ethic, and is still married to his high school sweetheart Dorothea Hurley, with whom he has 4 children.
Jon was born in Perth Amboy, NJ, and both his parents were former Marines. Jon was constantly skipping school to play guitar, and was already doing so in clubs by the time he was 16, still using his real name, Jon Bongiovi. Jon finally got a recording contract from Mercury Records in 1983, and tapped David Bryan, Alec John Such, Tico Torres, and Richie Sambora to form the band Bon Jovi. They became a well known international act by the late 1980’s, with their breakthrough album Slippery When Wet.
Jon Bon Jovi's Singing and Acting Attempts
As the band lived and worked together on the road, it caused them to get on each other’s nerves, and in 1990 each member went their own way, to the point they each took their own private jets! Soon after, Jon’s friend Emilio Estevez asked Jon to write a song for his Young Guns II movie, which most people call Blaze of Glory. Jon ended up composing a whole new theme song and expanded the project into his first solo album. "Blaze of Glory" won Jon Academy Award and Grammy Award nominations.The band got over their differences and came back together in 2000 and released Crush, introducing their sound to a younger, newer audience with the hit "Its My Life".
But Jon had a lot of TV and movie experience too. He played a love interest Ally Mc Beal, and appeared in several episodes of Sex in the City. Jon also had a small role on The West Wing and on 30 Rock. He appeared in movies Moonlight and Valentino, The Leading Man, Destination Anywhere, U-571, National Lampoon’s Pucked, Young Guns II, and others.
Jon Bon Jovi Grown Up and a Generous Philanthropist
Bon Jovi's Philanthropic Efforts
His philanthropic efforts are really a cut above. Jon has done work on behalf of the Special Olympics, The American Red Cross, the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric Aids Foundation, Habitat for Humanity, Covenant House, Project H.O.M.E., and the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation. He created this foundation to combat issues that force families and individuals into economic despair. He has been named the First Founding Ambassador of Habitat for Humanity, because Jon has been working hard to raise awareness of it since 2005. He helped build 6 homes in the Philadelphia area, and made a $1 million dollar donation to help build 28 homes in Louisiana in a partnership after Hurricane Katrina. He announced a project in 2007 that would help rehabilitate a block of 15 homes in Philadelphia.
Jon appeared on the Oprah show and he and his band donated $1 million to the Angel Network foundation. In 2011, John opened JBJ Soul Kitchen, a community restaurant where patrons pay only what they can afford for their meal, either with money or by volunteering work. Jon is one of the 21 artists on the single “Everybody Hurts,” organized by Simon Cowell in the Haiti Earthquake disaster. Only one month after Hurricane Sandy devastated North NJ, parts of NY, and the Jersey Shore, Bon Jovi had already organized several charity events out in the cold with the people who still had no homes, or were living without electricity, along with Bruce Springsteen, another generous Jersey native.
Bon Jovi has made appearances on behalf of several Democratic Presidential hopefuls, although he admits to being an independent voter. He toured for John Kerry in 2004, and played at the Live Earth Concert in the Meadowlands in 2007, introduced by Al Gore. He supported Barack Obama for President in 2008 and had a fundraiser for him at his own home. Jon also played at a Manhattan Fundraiser for Hillary Clinton to help offset some of her campaign debt. The race was a close one, so apparently he decided to help both of them.
In June 2009, Jon, Richie Sambora, and Andy Madadian recorded a worldwide message of solidarity with the people of Iran. Bon Jovi was appointed to the then new White House Council for Community solutions by Barack Obama in 2010. The Council serves three functions: enlisting leaders in the public, private and nonprofit sectors to make progress on specific goals, provide input and recommendations to help the Federal Gov’t. act in more innovative ways, and to honor those making a difference in their own communities.
Many are impressed that Bon Jovi continues to have a strong marriage, despite time on the road, something many band leaders cannot seem to do. Recently, as of 2017, Jon has stopped touring with the band, unless it's for a cause. He claims life is too hard to manage while touring and trying to maintain a strong family life, and his family life is more important to him. Jon calls himself a “recovering Catholic,” but whatever his religion, he is a truly spiritual artist and philanthropist, and has always maintained a good reputation.
Johnny Cash, Country Singer
Johnny Cash—2/26/32—9/12/2003—although not usually a country music fan, one man in particular, known as The Man in Black, always fascinated me. That was Johnny Cash, a man who did not just have wrinkles on his face, but actual crags. I can recall when he hosted his own show, where he introduced the public to new singers, not only in country music, but blues, rockabilly, rock and roll, gospel, and even had a resurgence of popularity in the 1990’s as an alternative rock icon. He was a man of stature who commanded respect, and on his show he would come onstage, and say, “Hello, I’m Johnny Cash,” in his deep baritone voice.
Johnny Cash was born in Kingsland, AR, the 4th child in a family of 7, born during the Depression. He began working in cotton fields at the age of 5, and began singing alongside his family as he worked. He joined the Air Force and was honorably discharged in the early 1950’s, and then moved to TX, where he met his first wife, Vivian Liberto, who he was married to for 12 years, and together they had four daughters.
Cash began having affairs on the road, and had drug abuse issues for much of his life. He met June Carter while singing at the Grand Old Opry. He knew June for 13 yrs. before he proposed to her onstage, but promised her he would “clean up” his act about drugs, and they continued to work together for 35 yrs., until they both died, only 4 months apart. They had one son together, John Carter Cash.
The Man in Black
Cash carefully cultivated an outlaw image, and was in jail several times, but only for one night periods, usually for the pills he was addicted to. But his image was affected by the fact that he often sang at prisons, to entertain the inmates, and his song "Folsom Prison Blues" is one of his most famous. "I Walk the Line" was written for June, and she wrote "Ring of Fire" when she knew she was in love with John while they were singing on the road together, but were still both married to other spouses.
John had prophetic dreams, and the horn arrangement used in "Ring of Fire" was one of them, as it was uncommon for the time. John was very addicted to both uppers and downers while filming his show, but had an epiphany in the Nickajack Cave in 1968. He felt so low about himself he wanted to die, and crawled into the cave to do just that. He felt so exhausted that he could not move, and had no more strength, when he said, “he felt the presence of God in his heart,” and he was able to crawl out of the cave, guided by a faint light and a gentle breeze. He considered this his rebirth, and after a rehab of one month, that was when he proposed to June. When John was in his teens, he had a premonition that his older brother Jack should not go to work one day. Jack went, but had a terrible accident with a saw that killed him. When a Pisces person has a premonition or a psychic vision, always listen to them.
Johnny always felt compassion for prisoners, because he felt even if they did wrong, there was good in everyone. He sang at San Quentin State Prison as well as Folsom Prison. He began to dress all in black for his show, wearing a long black knee length coat, at a time when other country singers were wearing rhinestones and glittery things. He said it was on behalf of the poor and the hungry, or for those who had paid too long for whatever their crime. He had sympathy for the people who felt betrayed by age or drugs, for the lives lost in the Vietnam War. Once the war ended, Cash continued wearing black, saying, “the old are still neglected, the poor are still poor, the young are still dying before their time, and we’re not making any moves to make it right. There’s still plenty of darkness to carry off.”
The Man in Black
Johnny Cash, Helper to Artists of Many Genres
Johnny Cash also did a lot to help new signers who were trying to make it in the music world, and his show was the perfect vehicle for that. He persuaded the reclusive Bob Dylan to come on the show, and introduced Kris Kristofferson to the world. Neil Young, James Taylor, Kenny Rogers, and Ray Charles all owe Cash a debt of gratitude for getting noticed. John was a deeply religious man, but a deeply troubled one too. He studied the Bible and declared himself the “biggest sinner of all”, and seemed to always be looking for redemption. Yet he willingly gave so many other people a helping hand. Cash was the representative of country music for decades, and with his rockabilly, gospel, blues, and alternative “punk” status, left behind an impressive body of work.
His daughter Roseanne Cash and son John Carter Cash are both country musicians in their own right. Johnny helped and defended artists who were on the fringes of acceptance, but people wanted to put singers in boxes and label them, especially during the Vietnam War and in the 1960’s. Johnny did not believe you had to be just a country singer or just a rock singer, and he invited singers of all genres to sing with him. There was an all star concert in 1999, where many diverse artists paid tribute to Cash, among them Bob Dylan, Chris Isaac, Wyclef John, Norah Jones, Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson, and U2. Cash appeared with them at the end and it was his first performance in more than one year.
Johnny Cash’s career inspired people for over five decades, where he reached industry Icon status. Even though he is the personification of country music for many, Cash was always an interesting performer not tied to a specific genre. Few country music singers can “cross over” and it was quite a feat to be accepted in the indie and alternative rock scene, especially when John was older and at the end of his acclaimed career.
He was inducted into the Nashville Songwriter’s Hall of Fame, The Country Music Hall of Fame, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Johnny Cash is the only performer to be inducted into all three, because a few were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but as “early influences,” and for Cash his Rock audience grew later. He was nominated for an MTV Video Music Award for performing Nine Inch Nail’s song, Hurt, and was supposed to be at the ceremony, but passed away the night before the show.
Drew Blyth Barrymore—2/22/75—will most likely always be remembered for playing Gertie, the little girl who screams in fear when her brothers sneak, ET, the Extra-terrestrial, out of her closet. Even now she has a sweet and youthful appearance and enthusiasm for life. Drew was born into acting, as the daughter of John Drew Barrymore, and Jaid Barrymore, an aspiring actress. Her parents divorced when Drew was only 9, but she had acting in her blood, as her great grandparents were Maurice Barrymore and Georgie Drew Barrymore, Maurice Costello and Mae Costello. Her grandparents were John Barrymore, the most acclaimed actor of his generation, and Drew is the niece of Diana Barrymore, grandniece of Lionel Barrymore, Ethyl Barrymore and Helene Costello. She is also the god-daughter of director Stephen Spielberg and Sophia Loren. Her middle name, Blyth, was the original surname of the dynasty founded by her great-grandfather Maurice Barrymore, so there was no chance that Drew was going to be anything other than an actress!
Drew was cast in a dog food commercial at the tender age of 11 months, and when the dog bit her, she laughed. She became famous suddenly once ET was released, and as is common, quickly got involved in the Hollywood party scene, drinking and doing drugs by the time she was only about 12. Her mother Jaid did not seem to want the responsibility of caring for Drew, and later, when she got out of a rehab at only 13 yrs. old, David Crosby and his wife took Drew in, because she needed to be around “people with sobriety.” This seems to be an odd choice, considering Crosby's life style.
Drew later won a juvenile court petition for emancipation, and was free to live in an apartment on her own. There is a history of suicide in the Barrymore family, and since none of them seemed to want Drew, her teen years led to more rebellion. She posed nude on the cover of Interview Magazine, and began taking seductive movie roles. Drew underwent breast reduction surgery as it made her more comfortable. She went on to be in Playboy in 1995, and Stephen Spielberg gave her a quilt for her 20th birthday and told her to “cover up.”
Drew Barrymore's Achievements and Philanthropy
It is normally difficult for child stars to make the transition to adult films, but Drew has been able to do it. She was in Boys on the Side with Whoopi Goldberg, and had cameo roles in Joel Schumacher’s Batman Forever and the horror film Scream. People love her in romantic comedies, like The Wedding Singer, Home Fries, and Ever After. Drew formed her own production company in 1995, called Flower Films, and its first film was Never Been Kissed. The second was Charlie’s Angels of 2000, a big success for both the film and Drew’s company. She played the same role of Dylan Sanders in Charlie’s Angels Full Throttle, and appeared with Ben Stiller in Duplex. Flower Films produced 50 First Dates along with Adam Sandler’s Happy Madison Company in 2004. In 2001, Drew directed a music video for the song “Our Deal” by the band Best Coast.
In 1999, Barrymore was honored by the Young Artist Foundation with its “Former Child Star Lifetime Achievement” award. She started a re-occurring role as Jillian in the animated Family Guy in 2005, and in 2004 received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Drew has hosted Saturday Night Live 5 times, and then went on to host SNL one more time, the only woman to host the show 6 times, and the youngest to ever host it, when she was 7! Drew became a Cover Girl cosmetics spokesperson and model in 2007, something she shares with Queen Latifah and Taylor Swift. Cover Girl states that Drew “has a fresh and natural beauty, and energetic yet authentic spirit.”
She has a beautiful smile that can warm any heart. Drew is also co-creator of the ads she is in, not content to just let someone else take control. She has been named the Ambassador Against Hunger for the United Nations World Food Program and has donated $1 million dollars to the cause. She is also a photographer, and did a guest spot for a magazine series called They Shoot New York. Drew hopes to have a gallery showing of her work in the future, as she has documented the last decade of her life with her Pentax camera.
Drew married a British bartender named Jeremy Thomas in 2004, but divorced him after two months. Husband number 2, Canadian comedian Tom Green lasted 6 months before they divorced. Drew started dating art consultant Will Kopelman early in 2011, and they married on 6/2/2012 in Montecito, CA. The couple has a daughter, Olive Barrymore Kopelman who was born in September of this 2012, and a son Frankie, born in 2014. The couple has since divorced. Barrymore is also the godmother of Francis, daughter of Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love.
Drew admits that she is bisexual, and enjoys being with other women. She has been quoted as saying, “A woman and a woman together is beautiful, just as a man and a woman together is beautiful.” Drew still looks like an innocent flower child, and has not lost an ounce of her charm, still always appearing enthusiastic, youthful, and idealistic.
Edgar Cayce, Psychic and Healer
Edgar Cayce—3/18/1877-1/3/1945—was a very religious man born in Kentucky, who was found to have psychic abilities, which he struggled hard to reconcile with his religious beliefs. He used to go into trance states and even though he did not know a person, if asked about one, he could “find” the person, and understand what medical problem they were suffering from. He could then offer a cure for their condition. He was often called “The Sleeping Prophet” because he could not do this in a waking state. He had to have trusted people in the room when he did these sessions, to be sure what he said was not misstated or that he was not taken advantage of.
It took Cayce a long time to feel confident about his “gift”, but he read the Bible once every year, and finally came to the view that since he was healing others, he was meant to do so. Hundreds of documented cases of Cayce’s work and healings are kept at the Association for Research and Enlightenment, or ARE, located in Virginia Beach, VA, kept by his son, Hugh Lynn Cayce. Edgar was found to be correct a great percentage of the time.
Cayce Finds His True Spiritual Purpose
Many people tried to use him and turn his work into a circus side show, but luckily he finally found the right people to support him. Later, he began to have visions of reincarnation when he was in a trance state in the same room with a patient, and later on he got interested in the Akashic Records, what the Bible calls “The Book of Life.” This is the information on all of the experiences our souls have experienced in all of its incarnations. He found that his secretary, Gladys, was his soul mate through all his incarnations.
During the years of the Great Depression, Cayce turned his attention to more spiritual matters. People wanted to learn to be psychic like him, but he found that his life purpose was to become a more loving and spiritually aware person. By this point, his readings were more about karma, reincarnation, developing intuition, astrology, past life regressions, auras and astral projections. As Cayce became more popular, all the readings and consults he did took a big toll on his health, and he had to cut back on his work.
Some of Cayce’s ideas were controversial; actually, most were at that time. He claimed that there were five “root races”, white, black, red, brown and yellow, created at the same time but on different parts of the Earth. Helena Blavatsky also made a similar claim, in her Theosophical Society, home of many famous people. Some were also skeptical of some of Cayce’s cures, but most were organic and still in use today. It is a wonderful thing that all his records were saved at ARE, and are available to anyone who wants to visit and learn! Cayce learned in a trance state that as the climate changed, Virginia Beach, VA would still be a safe place.
Albert Einstein—3/14/1879—4/18/1955—was a theoretical physicist born in Germany who developed the theory of general relativity, causing a revolution in that field of study. He is considered the Father of Modern Physics, and most influential physicist of the 20th century. He is most known for his famous formula E=MC2, or as it is also called, the World’s Most Famous Equation, and was awarded the Nobel Prize in Prize in Physics in 1921. Einstein’s later work was very important in supporting quantum theory.
His Father Hermann was an electrical engineer, and his Mother Pauline played the piano quite well, instilling a love of music in Albert, which he recalled later in his life. The Einstein’s were non-practicing Jews who lived in Munich. Rumors that Albert did not speak until a late age or that he had speech difficulties have been discredited. His Father showed him a pocket watch when he was a young boy, and Albert was fascinated with what was making the needle move, when it appeared that only empty space was inside the watch. So he had an inquiring and creative mind.
Albert had many books on math, science and philosophy, which he loved to read. As he got older, his Father expected him to continue the family business in electrical engineering, but Albert had other plans. He left school and joined his family in Italy, and wrote an essay “On the Investigation of the State of Ether in a Magnetic Field.” At age 16 Albert took exams to be admitted into certain schools, but only did well in math and science, so it was finally decided the best place for him was the Aargau Cantonal School in Aargau, Switzerland.
Einstein renounced his German citizenship to avoid military service in 1896, approved by his parents, becoming a Swiss citizen, and lived with Professor Jost Winteler while he finished his secondary schooling. He enrolled at Swiss Federal Polytechnic in Zurich at 17, for a math and physics teaching diploma. It was there he met his first wife, Mileva Maric, as she shared his interest in physics. It has been said that she contributed to his famous theory, but no evidence has been found to support this. In 1902 Albert and Mileva had a daughter they called Lieserl, but there is no further information on her. They had a son in 1904, Hans Albert Einstein, and Eduard, a second son in 1910. Albert moved to Berlin while Mileva stayed in Zurich with their sons, and they divorced in 1919.
Albert Einstein's Work
After graduating, Einstein got a job in Bern at the Federal Patent Office for Intellectual Property, as an assistant examiner. Much of his work related to the transmission of electrical signals and electrical-mechanical synchronization of time, two problems which came up in the thoughts that led Einstein to his radical ideas about the nature of light and the connection between space and time. In 1905 he was awarded a PhD by the University of Zurich, his dissertation on “A New Determination of Molecular Dimensions.” The same year he wrote four other groundbreaking papers, on the photoelectric effect, special relativity, Brownian motion, and the equivalence of mass and energy. By 1908 he was widely recognized as a groundbreaking scientist. During 1911, he calculated that light by another Star would be bent by the Sun’s gravity. This was confirmed by other scientists during observations of the Solar Eclipse of 5/29/19. Reports of this discovery made Albert Einstein famous.
Einstein visited NY for the first time in 1921, and was welcomed and invited to weeks of receptions and lectures at Columbia and Princeton Universities. He visited the National Academy of Science on a side trip after seeing the White House. When he returned to Europe he stayed in London for a time, as a guest of philosopher Viscount Haldane, where he met many scientific, intellectual, and political figures, and delivered a speech at King’s College.
Einstein came back to America in 1933 and decided not to go back to Germany due to the rise of the Nazis. He learned that in April the Germans passed laws preventing any Jews from holding official positions, such as teaching, and that they were having book burnings, targeting works of Einstein’s. Joseph Goebbels proclaimed that, “Jewish Intellectualism is Dead.” Albert learned his name was on an assassination list, and there was a $5,000 bounty on his head. He thought their acts of brutality and cowardice were surprising.
He decided to remain in the U.S. permanently in 1935. Albert took a job with the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton, NJ, and remained affiliated with them until his death in 1955. Many other Jewish scientists fled to the U.S., and Einstein was proud to have the privilege of working with them. In 1939 it came to the attention of these scientists who had fled to America that Germany was conducting research for an atomic bomb, and they felt sure Hitler would resort to using one. Einstein was persuaded to contact President Roosevelt about this danger, and that is how the U.S. got involved in the “race” for an atomic bomb. The Manhattan Project was born, and the U.S. was the only country to successfully attempt making an atomic bomb during WWII. Although Einstein once thought “war was a disease”, the actions of the Nazis caused him to renounce his pacifist stand.
Albert Einstein's Brain is Saved
Albert Einstein became an American citizen in 1940. He campaigned for civil rights, and became a member of the NAACP. He was dismayed to find some racism and called it a disease which could only be cured through enlightenment and education. During the last years of Einstein’s life, he became a vegetarian. When Israel’s first President, Chaim Weizmann died, Einstein was offered this mostly ceremonial position. But he declined, sadly, in his own words, “All my life I have dealt with objective matters, hence I lack both the natural aptitude and the experience to deal properly with people and to exercise official function. I am the more distressed over these circumstances because my relationship with the Jewish people became my strongest human tie once I achieved complete clarity about our precarious position among the nations of the world.” This is somewhat sad, as it is now 2012, and the situation is still much the same.
Albert Einstein died from internal bleeding caused by a rupture of an abdominal aortic aneurysm, which he had been operated on before in the late 1940’s. He refused any other treatment, saying, “I want to go when I want. It is tasteless to prolong life artificially. I have done my share, it is time to go. I will do it elegantly.” He passed on early the next morning in Princeton Hospital.
The pathologist there decided to preserve Einstein’s brain, without getting permission from his family. He had good intentions, as he thought that the neuroscience of the future would give clues about what made Einstein so intelligent. The family objected, and his remains were cremated and scattered in an undisclosed location.
Dr. Seuss, or Theodore Seuss Geisel
Dr. Seuss or Theodor Seuss Geisel—3/2/1904—9/24/91—was the beloved and imaginative creator of the Dr. Seuss books for children, which are famous around the world. Geisel was born in Springfield, MA, and had a love of writing from early in life. After graduating from Dartmouth, Seuss entered Lincoln College, Oxford, working towards a Doctorate in Philosophy in English Literature. He met his future wife Helen Palmer there, got married in 1927, and returned to the U.S. without finishing the degree.
Seuss first became famous for his funny ads about an insecticide called Flit, and was able to support himself and wife through the Great Depression by writing ads for General Electric, NBC, Standard Oil, and Narragansett Brewing Company. Seuss made a pretty big name for himself making booklets for motor boat lubricants, of all things! His booklet was named Secrets of the Deep, and he drew an imaginary ship deck called the SS Essomarine, providing a place for pictures of the “Admirals” to be taken. At the year’s boat show in 1941, Seuss provided the Navigamarama exhibit and Sea Lawyers Gazette. His last contribution to this series was a mermaid, Essie Neptune, and this is where we see more of his whimsical side coming out.
Seuss Begins the Writing Which Made Him Beloved
I Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street was submitted and rejected 27 times, but luckily for his readers, Seuss did not give up trying to entertain with his outrageous and lovable characters. As World War II began, Seuss wrote many political cartoons to express his anti-war stance, and to express how he deplored racism. But in 1942 he did turn his efforts to supporting the country by making posters for the Treasury Department and the War Production Board. After the war, Seuss and his wife moved to La Jolla, CA, and he returned his attention to children’s books. He published favorites such as If I Ran the Zoo, Horton Hears a Who, Green Eggs and Ham, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and If I Ran the Circus. Three of those were awarded Caldecott Medals, now called Caldecott Honor Books. Seuss also ran a few stories in Redbook Magazine, such as The Sneeches, and they have been reprinted many times since those first appearances.
Life Magazine ran an article on childhood illiteracy in 1954, and it intimated that the cause of this was boring reading material. The director of the education division of publisher Houghlin Mifflin made a list of 348 words he thought that first grade students should recognize, and asked Dr. Seuss to cut that list to 250 of the words and see what he could write with them to entertain the children and encourage them to read more. He challenged Seuss to write a book a first grader “would not be able to put down,” and Seuss delivered it with The Cat in the Hat. Seuss went on to use more of the list of words in One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish, and Green Eggs and Ham, and in 1960 they outsold any other books marketed for children. Seuss was so imaginative in thinking up amusing creatures who still had the same, everyday problems regular people encounter in life, and he showed that the problems could be overcome.
Seuss's Final Years
Geisel went on to write many more books, both in the simplified manner, which were marketed as Beginner Books, and in his older, more elaborate style. In October of 1967, his wife committed suicide, as she had been suffering both from cancer and Geisel had been having an affair. He married Audrey Dimond in 1968, but never had any children of his own. Geisel died of throat cancer in 1991 at the ripe age of 87. The University of CA San Diego Library Building was renamed the Geisel Library in his honor. A garden honoring him was made in his hometown of Springfield, MA in 2002. It has sculptures of Dr. Seuss and many of his characters. He was inducted into the CA Hall of Fame, and Google sometimes uses his logo to commemorate his birthday.
Many of us grew up reading Dr. Seuss, and his characters still are very funny, and often the story has a moral to it as well. He also wrote a book aimed at young people graduating college called The Places You’ll Go, the last book he wrote, about the journey of life and its challenges. Seuss gave two great pieces of advice. The first is about direction, and he says, “Simple it’s not, I’m afraid you will find, for a mind maker to make up his mind.” But once the person does, and worries about how well they will do in life, Seuss offers the following encouragement, “Will you succeed? Yes, you will indeed. 98 ¾ % guaranteed!” Those are pretty good odds from the man who succeeded in making so many children enjoy reading! This book has become a very popular graduation gift.
© 2012 Jean Bakula