Here are a couple things I found interesting about him. Although he was stepfather to his second wife, Audrey’s, two daughters, he fathered no children of his own. He didn’t really want any children. In fact, he didn’t even like to spend any time with them.
In an interview a few years ago his widow, Audrey, pointed out that he was a little afraid of them. She said he was always thinking: “What might they do next? What might they ask next?” She added: “He couldn’t just sit down on the floor and play with them.”
When Dr. Seuss was asked how he could connect with children in spite of not having his own, his stock answer was, “You have ‘em, and I’ll entertain ‘em.”
Dr. Seuss had permanent stage fright because of Teddy Roosevelt.
During World War I, 14-year-old Ted Geisel was one of Springfield’s top sellers of war bonds. Because of that he was to be given an award by former president, Theodore Roosevelt. Standing on stage in front of an audience of thousands, Ted was the last of 10 Boy Scouts waiting for the reward. A mistake was made and the president was only given nine medals. When he reached Geisel, Roosevelt gruffly bellowed, “What’s this little boy doing here?” Ted’s smile turned to shock as he was quickly ushered off the stage. From that day on Dr. Seuss dreaded any public appearance.