Commemorative Postage Stamp Ceremony,
To Mark 100th Birthday Anniversary Of Theodor Seuss Geisel
By Pat JaCoby
It’s fun to have fun
But you have to know how
From “The Cat in the Hat”
two-pronged ceremony featuring the unveiling of a commemorative
postage stamp and presentation of a life-size statue of Theodor
Seuss Geisel will mark the 100th anniversary of the famed author’s
birth March 2 at the University of California, San Diego’s
The public is invited
to—as Dr. Seuss would put it—a splendiferous, banner
flip-flapping event on the outdoor Forum level of the library.
highlight of the 11 a.m. program will be the official “first
day of issue” ceremony by representatives of the U.S.
Postal Service, during which a 10 x 8 foot replica of the Theodor
Seuss Geisel commemorative postage stamp will be unveiled. Audrey
Geisel, the author’s widow, will join postal officials
in the ceremony. Representing the Post Office will be Angelo
Wider, manager, Finance Administration, U.S. Postal Service.
The colorful stamp,
featuring the author/artist surrounded by his whimsical characters,
was designed by Carl T. Herrman of Carlsbad. A total 172 million,
37-cent commemorative stamps will be issued by the Post Office.
Also speaking will
be Dennis P. Smith, executive director, San Diego Council on
A dual event feature
will be dedication of a bronze life-size sculpture of Geisel,
with a towering 7 ½ foot “Cat in the Hat”
looking over his shoulder. The statue is the second and only
casting of a sculpture by Lark Grey Dimond-Cates of Rancho Santa
Fe, Audrey Geisel’s daughter. The first casting is in
Geisel’s birthplace, Springfield, Mass.
spent nearly four years working on the sculpture, says it depicts
him as he was so often—sitting in his study chair, leaning
backward, deep in thought. She employed the Cat in her sculpture
because “it depicts his alter ego.”
Joining the postal
officials and Audrey Geisel as program participants will be
the Preuss School Choir, which will open with the national anthem
and lead the “Happy Birthday” song finale; Marsha
Chandler, acting UCSD chancellor, and Brian E. C. Schottlaender,
cakes will be served at the conclusion of the program.
the work of Theodor Seuss Geisel are being shown in Geisel Library
throughout the year. Currently on display to March 27 is “The
Dr. Seuss You Never Knew,” a collection of work from his
school days at Dartmouth and Oxford, advertising and magazine
work from the 1920’s and 30’s, World War II cartoons
for P.M. magazine and work for the U.S. Army.
Geisel authored 44
children’s book which have been translated into more than
20 languages and sold more than 500 million copies. Most of
his original work is included in the extensive Dr. Seuss Collection
at UCSD’s Geisel Library. The approximately 8,500 items
in the collection document the full range of Geisel’s
creative achievements, beginning in 1919 with his high school
activities and ending with his death in La Jolla, Ca., in 1991.
An overview of the collection can be found at http://orpheus.ucsd.edu/speccoll/collects/seuss.html.
For information on
the March 2 event or the exhibitions please call (858) 534-2533;
for information about the library exhibits call (858) 534-2533.
Media Contact: Pat
JaCoby, (858) 534-7404