Monday, March 2, 2015

Happy Birthday, Dr. Suess!

Today is the birthday of Dr. Suess, whose books we read as Generation X children, even though a lot of his illustrations we see today were created before our time.

I had a chance to visit the Dr. Suess art gallery in downtown San Francisco with a couple of Gen X friends this past weekend and we thoroughly enjoyed seeing all of his humor and personality come to life through his artwork.  The prints on display are great of course, and what I love the most are the 3D images - the little statues of creatures that came from his amazing imagination.

Oh, The Thinks You Can Think! came out the year I was born and I must have asked my parents to read to me a thousand times when I was a tot.  I think of it as a book that fueled my little-kid imagination as I built cities of wooden blocks on the floor of my bedroom.

Oh The Places You'll Go! came out in 1990 as I was in middle school and it reminded me that life was still mostly ahead of me, and that I could find myself anywhere - that the possibilities were endless.

If you visit San Francisco, and if you are a Gen Xer whose imagination was sparked by the Dr. Suess images of your childhood, this would be the place to go.

Happy Birthday, Dr. Suess - we love you as much as we ever did.  -Gen X 

"Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better.  It's not."  -Dr. Suess

Writing and photos by Chloe Koffas (c) 2015

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