In honor of Dr. Seuss’s birthday – in spite of the fact that today he has been sold out to the highest bidder with the release of the Lorax movie and subsequent product-placements – I submit the transcript of the commencement address of Lake Forest College by Theodor Seuss Geisel (June 1977). After a short preface, he recited this poem written for this occasion…
My Uncle Terwilliger on the Art of Eating Popovers
My uncle ordered popovers
from the restaurant’s bill of fare.
And, when they were served
he regarded them
with a penetrating stare…
Then he spoke great Words of Wisdom
as he sat there on that chair:
“To eat these things,” said my uncle,
“You must exercise great care.
You may swallow what’s solid…
BUT you must spit out the air!”
And as you partake of the world’s bill of fare,
that’s darned good advice to follow.
Do a lot of spitting out the hot air.
And be careful what you swallow.
— Dr. Seuss