Shel Silverstein

September 25, 1930-May 10, 1999
Born In Chicago, Illinois

Shel Silverstein was born into a Jewish family. He attended Roosevelt High School and went to University at The University of Illinois, but he was expelled. He attended Chicago Academy of Fine Arts, until he was drafted into the United States Army in 1953. Shel Silverstein had 2 children, a boy and a girl. The girl died at age 11 and the boy lives to this day. Shel Silvertein himself died at the age of 68 from a heart attack.

Shel Silverstein has written many things, including books, cartoons, songs, and plays. His books have been translated into over 30 languages, and his books have sold more than 20 million copies. He won a Grammy for his song, "A Boy Named Sue" and was elected for a Emmy and a Golden Globe for the song "I'm Checkin' Out".

Someone Has To

Somebody has to go polish the stars,

They’re looking a little bit dull.

Somebody has to go polish the stars,

For the eagles and starlings and gulls

Have all been complaining they’re tarnished and worn,

They say they want new ones we cannot afford.

So please get your rags

And your polishing jars,

Somebody has to go polish the stars.