Bob Ross

After enjoying this video:

I did a typically cursory investigation into his backstory:

Ross enlisted in the U.S. Air Force at age 18 after graduating from Elizabeth Forward High School in Elizabeth, Pennsylvania and was living in Florida early in his military career when the Air Force transferred him to Eielson AFB (in Alaska), where he first saw the snow and mountains that later became recurring themes in his artwork; he developed his quick-painting technique in order to be able to create art for sale in brief daily work breaks. 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.”


2 Comments on “Bob Ross”

  1. jdh5153 says:

    I love this video. I watch it every morning before work. It seems silly, but it’s inspirational and puts me in a good mood. It’s also pretty sad (as is the Mr. Rogers one).

  2. Anonymous says:

    I’m a big fan as well, jdh.


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