Today is the birthday of the creator of Winnie-the-Pooh, Alan Alexander Milne. As the Writer’s Almanac tells us, “Milne went to school for mathematics, but ended up spending most of his time writing. He wrote a mediocre novel and then started writing plays, and he ended up writing 27 of them.”

But after publishing three books of children’s poems and the first Pooh book (for his son) within four years, “most people didn’t take him seriously as a writer for adults anymore.”

That may have disappointed Milne, but it’s fine with me–because who doesn’t love the Pooh books, and their Random Capitalizations of Important Thoughts?