Mae's Real Stories

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Wednesday, April 11, 2007


Two "Theos"


Theo Bikel was a famous actor and singer. He sang lots of really good songs and he wrote all about his life in a book called Theo. He knew a lot of famous people including leaders of countries like England and Israel. He was in some famous plays and movies. He sang Russian folk songs, gypsy songs, and Jewish and Israeli songs.

Theo Bikel was born in 1924 in Vienna, Austria. He has lived in the USA for a long time. Some famous movies he's been in are The African Queen (1951), My Fair Lady (1964), The Blue Angel (1959), The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming (1965).


Theo Geisel (1904-1991) was a children's author. Everyone has read books like Green Eggs and Ham and The Cat in the Hat. When he wrote his books, Theo Geisel called himself DR. SEUSS. For a few books he called himself Theo LeSieg. LeSieg is Geisel spelled backwards.

A few years ago I visited Springfield, Massachusetts, where Theo Geisel grew up. In this town is a big monument to Theodore Seuss Geisel -- Dr. Seuss -- and all his books. Here is a picture of a statue of him at his desk, with the Cat in the Hat, and pictures of some of the other statues in the monument. In a museum nearby, I learned about Theo Geisel's early life in the town.

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