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The Grinch Who Stole Louisville's Whoville Christmas



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    So he called his dog, Max. Then he took some red thread, And he tied a big horn on the top of his head.

    Every who down in Louisville liked Christmas a lot, but Dr. Suess's lawyer to the west they did not. The lawyer hated Christmas! The whole Christmas season! Louisville's Suess tribute was the whole reason.

    "It appears these lawyers' hearts are two sizes too small," said Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson.

    The city had been planning their annual Light Up Louisville holiday to include an area called "LouWhoVille," a nod to Dr. Suess' beloved "How the Grinch Stole Christmas." The city hoped to have Cindy Lou Who and the Grinch there.

    Instead, a grinch named Barbara J. Orr sent a cease-and-desist order. According to Orr, who represents Dr. Seuss Enterprises, the "Who-ville" name and image, as well as the Grinch, are copyrighted and cannot be used without permission. If the city were to go ahead with its plans, it would face legal action.

    Kerri Richardson, a spokeswoman for the mayor, said the city complied with the request and renamed the display "Lou-ville."