Alan Alexander Milne was born in London in 1882. Now, he is a legend. Today would have been his birthday, so let’s celebrate!
We know there’s almost nothing worse than seeing an overweight woman in Pooh Bear sweatpants and a My Little Pony sweater bending over at the grocery store to load up with Miracle Whip, but that does not diminish the legacy of either Milne or Pooh. Cleanse your mind of the sentence you just read, and fill it with beautiful images of the gang down at Hundred Acre Wood, just chasing bees and counting clouds.
Grab your jar of hunny and join us as we review some of the interesting things about his life and his creations:
A. A. Milne and Pooh
- When he was about 7 years old, one of his teachers was H. G. Wells, famed author of The Time Machine, among others.
- For a bit, A. A. Milne played cricket on a team with Arthur Conan Doyle and JM Barrie (Peter Pan). It was supposedly the first celebrity cricket team. How very British!
- Besides, and mostly before, writing any Winnie-the-Pooh stories, Milne wrote 22 plays, 3 novels, and 4 movies.
- Winnie-the-Pooh, Piglet, Eeyore, Kanga, Roo, and Tigger were his son, Christopher Robin’s real toys. They now reside in the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building on display (in New York).
- Pooh was first introduced to the world in a poem called “Teddy Bear” in 1924.
- Winnie-the-Pooh has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, as he should.
- All of the Pooh books were illustrated by E. H. Shepard, a lifetime illustrator. Both of his children also grew up to be illustrators!