Dr. Seuss has been associated with hats forever. The 500 Hats Of Bartholomew Cubbins was published in 1938 and is simply a fabulous story about the power and history of headwear. The Cat in the Hat and The Cat in the Hat Comes Back are among the very most iconic books of children's literature (and I don't think anyone will accuse me of hyperbole). We - The Village Hat Shop - are based in San Diego. This is where Dr. Seuss lived for decades before his death. His widow, Audrey Geisel, is a very prominent person in our community to this day. "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" is performed at our Old Globe Theatre every winter.
I recall that when my son was about seven or eight years old, Dr. Seuss was the Grand Marshall of the local Christmas parade. My son and I had the chance to shake Dr. Seuss's hand. Being an ex- elementary school teacher and a student of children's literature, I remember commenting to my son words to this effect, "you may have just shaken the hand of the most prominent and enduring person that you will ever shake hands with." I still believe that. As you can tell, I am, and have always been, a big fan. Dr. Seuss is a giant. And he understood hats.