Thursday, March 1, 2012

Not Suitable for Children

On March 2, the National Education Association is celebrating the birthday of Ted Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss. On that day, schools around the country will have guests coming in to read Seuss stories and some lucky students will lunch on green eggs and ham. Here at Rauner, you can reflect on the good doctor's beginnings. Geisel '25 honed his craft writing for the campus lampoon magazine, The Jack-O-Lantern and adopted his nom de plume after he was caught on campus with alcohol during Prohibition. Unfortunately, most of the humor in the Jack-O was written for college-age men in the 1920s and is not particularly suitable for elementary school students. But, here are two of his milder cartoons for your enjoyment on Dr. Seuss Day.

If you want to see more, ask for the 1924-25 volume of the Jack-O (DC History LH1.D3 J3 vol. 17).