Things You Never Knew As I Child…

Shel Silverstein is a staple in many childhoods, but now as an adult I’m starting to learn things that I never knew about this (who I thought was just) a children’s author.  This year (on May 10th) marked the 10 year anniversary of his death.

:D

Fun Facts:

Shel’s first paid job as a cartoonist was for Playboy in 1957.  Hugh Hefner personally gave Shel the check and complimented his work.

Shel won a Grammy in 1970 for the song “A Boy Named Sue” which was written for and performed by Johnny Cash.

For that and other songs he was inducted into the Nasheville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2002.

Shel had 2 children.  The first was a daughter named Shoshannah.  Shel was a known roamer and didn’t really spend much time with his daughter.  She passed away of a cerebral aneurysm at the age of 11.  He also has a son, born of a different mother, whom he was closer to due to the untimely death of his daughter.  A Light in the Attic is dedicated to his daughter and Falling Up is dedicated to his son.

Shel Silvestein (1930-1999)

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~ by katoque on May 19, 2009.

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