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Robert Pearlman

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posted 08-29-2010 02:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
In an article about a new PBS animated series, the New York Times revealed on Friday how Dr. Seuss' Cat in the Hat may have gone to Mars...
Theodor Geisel, who died in 1991, began planning the Learning Library series with his publisher in the late 1980s, said Kate Klimo, a vice president for Random House who worked with Geisel toward the end of his career.

"He wanted to take the Cat and deploy him to teach kids science literacy," Ms. Klimo said in a telephone interview.

Geisel got as far as enlisting NASA -- "He idolized the scientists at NASA," Ms. Klimo said -- to hatch a publicity stunt to put an image of the Cat on a Mars probe rocket.

"The reaction at Random House was deep grief over Ted's death, and tremendous relief that the project was off the boards," Ms. Klimo recalled. "We would joke among ourselves about what would happen if the rocket crashed, or disappeared. You don't risk an icon."

Eventually the Learning Library idea was revived, but without NASA...

Random House's concerns may have not been that far off. MSNBC's Alan Boyle guesses, given the timing, that the "Mars probe rocket" that would have carried the Cat to Mars "would have been 1992's ill-fated Mars Observer mission."

(The Cat in the Hat did make it to space in 1999, at least as part of the Learning Library series, in There's No Place Like Space: All About Our Solar System.)


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posted 08-29-2010 04:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MCroft04   Click Here to Email MCroft04     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Perhaps this post should go in the "space geek" post, but I have a copy of "There's No Place Like Space" signed by Bo Bobko and Hoot Gibson. But I did wait until all the little kids had gotten their copies signed!

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