Seuss on the loose
February 9 2001 by Tony W. Cartledge , BR Editor

Seuss on the loose | Friday, Feb. 9, 2001

Friday, Feb. 9, 2001

Seuss on the loose

By Tony W. Cartledge BR Editor I fell in love with Dr. Seuss' books at such a young age that I remember being scared when the Wickersham brothers threatened to boil the Whos' dust-speck planet in beezlenut oil. Seuss had the gift of unlocking a child's imagination with all the amazing thinks he could think. Who else could base a story on the unlikely premise of green eggs and ham? Oh, the stories he could tell - and the lessons he could teach!

It was only natural, then, for me to get excited when I learned that several of Seuss' books had been fused into a high-energy Broadway show - "Seussical the Musical." And it was a real treat when Jan and I recently took our second-row balcony seats in the Richard Rodgers theatre and sat back to enjoy the show, complete with Rosie O'Donnell as the Cat in the Hat.

The show was an unpredictable amalgam of several Seussian tales, including a running theme in which Horton the Elephant worries over the Whos (whose dust speck home is lost in a huge patch of clover) while simultaneously sitting on Lazy Mazy Bird's abandoned egg.

Horton was always my favorite character. More than the Cat in the Hat, more than Sam-I-Am, more than Yertle the Turtle, I was (and am) drawn to Horton the Elephant because Horton is kind, gentle and faithful. He faces perennial persecution and goes to great lengths to protect the Whos' small planet when no one else believes they are there, and he endures a full year of hardship to hatch the innocent egg that Lazy Mazy left behind.

Horton's trademark line rings through the play and remains stuck in my mind, as it has been for 40 years. When threatened or tempted to default on his mission, Horton replies "I meant what I said and I said what I meant - an elephant's faithful, 100 percent!"

Now, there's a devotional challenge for you.

Watching my weight? It's 208.

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