Here at Xyza, we’re all about celebrating birthdays! After all, what’s there not to like? Cake, candles, party hats, and happy birthday wishes all around! This month, we celebrated the birthdays of three very special people: Dr. Seuss, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and Mr. Rogers.
On March 2nd, Dr. Seuss, the author of those whimsical children’s books like The Cat in the Hat, Green Eggs and Ham, and The Lorax would have turned 112 years old. Here’s one of the lines from Dr. Seuss’ book, “I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!” that we love.
“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”
Interesting fact: Dr. Seuss’ real name was Theodor “Ted” Seuss Geisel. One of his many pen names (a name used by a writer instead of his real name) was Dr. Seuss, but he wasn’t a real doctor. He used the title Dr. because his father always wanted him to be one!
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Baden Ginsburg
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg turned 84 years old on March 15th. She is the second woman to ever serve on the U.S. Supreme Court and has been there since 1993 when former President Bill Clinton nominated her for the position. For 24 years she’s been the voice of the law and the U.S. Constitution and continues to fight for gender equality and civil rights.
Interesting fact: Ruth has loved the law ever since she was a little girl and wrote articles for her school paper about the subject, but she also loved playing the cello and cheering on the pep squad!
Fred Rogers (Mr. Rogers!)
On March 20th, Mr. Rogers would have turned 89 years old. He’s most known for his show, “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” where he used puppets, conversations, and songs to show kids that they’re all different and special, and that having feelings is A-OKAY! Mr. Rogers often ended his show by saying, “You’ve made this day a special day, by just your being you. There’s no person in the whole world like you; and I like you just the way you are.” We like you, Mr. Rogers, just the way you are too!
Interesting fact: In 1969, Mr. Rogers gave testimony in front of Congress, explaining why the government should fund PBS (Public Broadcasting Services). It only took him six minutes to convince even the toughest senators to give PBS $20 million to continue producing children’s shows like his.