Google Celebrates 70th Birthday Of Artist Bob Ross

Famous painter Bob Ross who hosted the decade long show, THE JOY OF PAINTING, would have turned 70 on Oct 29. Google is celebrating his birthday with a painting-like heading today. Ross contracted lymphoma and had to quit his popular PBS show in 1994, and died one year later at home in 1995 at the age of 52. While well-loved and respected for his vast talents as an artist, Bob Ross was also often the subject of jokes and satire as well for his large “Afro-like” hair and the fact that his narrative seemed more like he was talking to himself during his show. The show seemed to capture elements of fascination along with a liitle intentional humor as well, as Bob seemed a little eccentric and outrageous, although extremely talented. On one hand it seemed like TV at it’s very worst, as low budget and low key as you can get. Yet, you couldn’t help but watch simply because Bob Ross was such a fine painter and awe-inspiring in his own way. There’s never been another TV show like this since. It was true classic public television.

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