Did I ever tell you that Dr. Seuss gave the commencement speech at my college graduation ceremony? It was the shortest speech in the school’s history, lasting about a minute and thirty-five seconds.
This is the entire text of his address:
It seems behooven upon me to bring forth great words of wisdom to this graduating class as it leaves these cloistered halls to enter the outside world. My wisdom is in short supply, and I have managed to condense everything I know into this epic poem consisting of fourteen lines:
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
And he sat there on that chair:
“To eat these things,” said my uncle,
“You must exercise great care.
You may swallow down 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!