Monday, January 17, 2011

Wikipedia All-Stars: Bob Ross

If anyone doesn't remember, Bob Ross is the guy who painted "happy trees" on PBS all those years.  I still remember watching him and his big afro paint those happy mountainscapes.  He is probably most popular for his amazingly calm demeanor and soothing voice.  He didn't have an angry bone in his body.  Where did he learn such tranquility? The military of course:

Having held military positions that required him to be, in his own words, "mean" and "tough," "the guy who makes you scrub the latrine, the guy who makes you make your bed, the guy who screams at you for being late to work," Ross decided that if he ever moved on from the military, "it wasn't going to be that way any more," "vowing never to scream again".

I can only imagine the terror that must have been Sergeant Ross.  Making cadets clean the "happy latrines" and chuckling as he made them do push ups for getting it wrong.  I'm pretty sure that along with never screaming again, Bob Ross never got another haircut either.  Here's to you Sgt. Ross!


  1. Wasn't it Bob Ross who came to Chelwood Elem. when we were young and got upset when Casey called out, "Where are the cows?" as he painted a pastoral scene. I think it was. Pretty sure. But it might have been before you were born.

  2. Yeah I never went to that school so it might have been before my time. No doubt that was Casey though. Bob Ross does not tolerate cows.