Bob Ross Honored By Google On His 70th Birthday

Mon, October 29, 2012 3:12pm EST by 2 Comments
Bob Ross Birthday Google
Courtesy of PBS, YouTube

Hurricane Sandy may be ravaging the earth, but thanks to Google keeping Bob Ross’ memory alive, we can still have a ‘happy little’ day.

If painter and afro enthusiast Bob Ross was still alive, Oct. 29 would mark his 70th birthday, and Google is honoring him by plastering his beautiful mug all over its homepage! The search engine now features a colorful portrait of Bob, along with his infamous pet squirrel, doing what he does best: painting a masterpiece!

Bob, who hosted the still-syndicated Joy of Painting series from Jan. 1983 to May 1994, lost his battle against lymphoma in July 1995.

But this isn’t the first time the internet has honored Bob Ross this year. Back in July, PBS Digital Studios uploaded “Happy Little Clouds,” a video of Bob’s best moments remixed into one epic YouTube music video. As of now, that video has nearly 3.6 million hits.

Watch “Happy Little Clouds” below, then drop a comment: Do you have special memories of Bob Ross?

— Andy Swift

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Posted at 8:27 PM on October 29, 2012  

My granddaughter (15) introduced me to Googles remix of Bob Ross. I love to watch him paint.
I would love to see his shows – are they available on DVD?

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Posted at 5:38 PM on October 29, 2012  

My grandmother, who was not a painter, loved his show! There was something mesmorizing, for sure, about the ease with which this man could throw together nature scenes…

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