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Google Celebrates Bob Ross’ 70th Birthday

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The man best known for his large afro and calm speaking style is being recognized by Google today, as he would have celebrated his 70th birthday.

Bob Ross, who hosted the long time PBS art program, The Joy of Painting, died in 1995. But, his legend lives on through re-runs of his popular show and through Bob Ross Incorporated, the company selling his brand of oil-based paints.

Ross was born in 1942, in Daytona Beach, Florida. After graduating from high school, he joined the United States Air Force and was stationed at the Eielson Air Force Base in Alaska. In an interview with the Orlando Sentinal in 1990, Ross said it was the the snow and mountains that led him to produce his quick-painting art technique during his breaks, and later become a legend.

Ardent fans of The Joy of Painting best remember Ross for his quotes including “Happy little trees,” and “We don’t have mistakes here, we just have happy accidents.”

If you’re a fan of Bob Ross and would like to relive some of his greatest moments in public television, check out this great remix from PBS Digital Studios.


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