” A person is a person, no matter how small!”

Words fascinated Ted at an early age, a fascination dr_seuss_thing1_thing2_plaque-2aided,and incited by his family. His sister, Margaretha, called herself Marnie Mecca Ding Ding Guy. His grandfather owned a brewery which was called Come Back and Guzzle by the locals. Ted’s father told Ted him he must always strive for excellence, that “if you don’t, you end up with schlock.”

Ted’s father was a park commissioner in charge of a huge park that included within its borders a zoo. This became one of young Ted’s vftfavorite haunts, and he loved to hear his father tell stories about the animals. Ted drew the animals that he saw and heard about. His parents encouraged his drawing despite the fact that the animals never quite looked like what they started out to be. One of his mother’s favorites, drawn on the wall, was a Wynnmph with ears three yards long.

Ted learned to read while still very young. By six years of age, he was already reading Charles Dickens and Robert Louis Stevenson. Hiscover-2 favorite early book, however, was The Hole, a riotous book about a gun that is shot in the house whose bullet pierces the water heater and, as the house filled with water, the bullet keeps going, piercing everything in its path, through walls and furniture and doors until, in the kitchen, it hits a cake that was so hard it stops the bullet.

“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.”