Wickersham Brothers

I love reading Dr. Seuss to the kids and Winston enjoys all of his books too. We’ve been reading “Horton Hears A Who” lately and there’s a mob on angry monkeys in the book that want to take a spec of dust away from Horton, these angry senseless monkeys are called the Wickersham Brothers. I thought it was an odd name, but never thought much of it until I watched a documentary on prohibition by Ken Burns and they mentioned that there was a Wickersham Commission in the 1920s that was assigned to study the effects of prohibition and while they saw a ton of flaws and it was hurting the country, but they ultimately decided in favor of keeping prohibition. Then on March 2, I was listening to a program that stated it was Dr. Seuss’ birthday. They asked the question, “Why did Dr. Seuss refer to himself as Dr. Seuss?” His real name was Theodor Seuss Geisel, but he was busted drinking gin while he was a student at Dartmouth and the dean made him give up all extracurricular activities (including writing), so he used his middle name (Seuss) as his pen name, so the dean wouldn’t find out that he was still writing for the newspaper. So, it looks like alcohol made quite an impact on Dr. Seuss, who would have known? I suspect Dr. Seuss didn’t see much wrong with enjoying a cocktail or two.

I watched The Descendants this weekend on the plane going to San Francisco, actually made me tear up a little. I guess the woman carrying the baby next to me saw the whole thing, she asked what movie I was watching because it looked like a real tear jerker. It was. I recommend it.

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