I knew that my previous post was incomplete. How could I have forgotten Theodore Geisel, also known as Theo Le Seig, and, more popularly, as Dr. Seuss!
A good number of us grew up with the "Cat in the Hat" (I refuse to watch the recent movie.), and "Green Eggs and Ham." Seuss' sense of rhyme and rhythm, helped me appreciate the concepts more. The fact that they were wacky also entertained me.
Books like "The Lorax," and "The Grinch Who Stole Christmas," I think, made us more aware about values: in the case of "The Lorax," about the environment, and with "The Grinch," the basic value of being nice to people.
One of my college professors, a poetess in her own right, kept Dr. Seuss close to her heart; she even wrote Seuss, and received a hand-signed poster of the Cat in the Hat, with the inscription, "To my favorite Filipino poetess" (or something like that). Upon my class' graduation from college, she gifted us each with a copy of "Oh, the Places You Will Go!" which was one of Seuss' last books.
I was the one who broke the news of his passing to her in 1991, and her reaction was that of deep sorrow. I'm sure many others mourned his passing.
It is people like Dr. Seuss whose presence we miss because of the laughter and joy and also, wisdom that they would impart to us.