Monday, May 27, 2013

Of drill sergeants and baby squirrels

Mr. RK never fails to surprise me with trivia. And I love trivia, in the same, guilty pleasure kind of way that I love pigging out on popcorn at a movie: it's not something I'm embarrassed about, but the subject doesn't come up that often.

Anyhow. When I was little, one of the many careers I was sure I was destined to have was that of an artist, specifically a painter. I took my inspiration from Bob Ross. (Mind you, I also wanted to be a ballerina, a superhero, a nurse, and an actress, all by the age of 5.)

Around the age of 8, I realized that not being able to draw a circle round, and getting more paint on the floor than I got on the canvas, that this probably wasn't a good career choice. But that was after many years of Bob.

So, back to the trivia. No doubt if you watched PBS re-runs in the early 1980s you know about Bob Ross and his amazing hair and his happy trees. (You might even say "happy accident"without even knowing that he coined the phrase.)

But did you know that he had been a drill sergeant for 20 years? Mr. RK informed me of this today, right after showing me this video. Somehow, he became an afro-wearing, vegetarian painter who fed baby squirrels on his TV show.

Wouldn't you like to have been inside his head for that one?


17 comments:

middle child said...

Hey! I love this dude!

Elephant's Child said...

That is beyond cute. Thank you.

OldLady Of The Hills said...

Soooo Soooooo Very Sweet!!! This is a special man!

Charles Gramlich said...

Lana got me started watching bob Ross. although I have no artist talent at all I love to watch him work. His voice is so soothing and I love his animals.

LL Cool Joe said...

I've never heard of the guy, but I had a friend that got bitten by a squirrel so badly she passed out on the floor. :D

DWei said...

Yeah, that's why he never yelled. Apparently, after quitting his job as a drill Sargent he never wanted to do that again.

G. B. Miller said...

Don't forget his "Happy White Clouds" as well.

Started using the phrase "Bob Ross is angry" at work to describe the crappy rainy weather that we got socked with.

Sadly, had to explain to a few co-workers who Bob Ross is.

And, if you want to have a peppy day, there is a popular video mix of Bob Ross out there that was created by PBS using his phrase "Happy White Clouds"

wigsf3 said...

I would think being a drill sergeant is part showmanship. It requires acting. So does doing anything on TV. Maybe bob Ross can act as well as grow the best 1970s white Afro.

Lynn said...

I do remember Bob! And I use that phrase "happy accident" all the time - I had no idea he coined it.

Granny Annie said...

You sure filled us in on some great trivia today and a great video. Everyone loves Bob and remembers his painting.

Rock Chef said...

Wonder if he was the most layed back drill sergent ever?

Kathleen said...

And of course I immediately had to go to Wikipedia to discover all there is to know about Bob Ross because I do remember him and his happy little trees. And this is the part that makes me appreciate him even more:

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."

Awesome-sauce.

Cheryl said...

I, too, watched Bob Ross' painting programs and was amazed how easy he made it look. I, like you, figured out very early that I can't draw a circle or a straight line.

I am amazed that he had a military background. I would of never guessed that.

Ileana said...

OMG, I had no idea he was a drill sergeant. I can't even imagine that! I do love this little video from a SNL skit...lol

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3b6_qcuGLKw&list=PLAAE046FB96F5036C

Lee said...

I love trivia. I have so much fun with trivia. I just wrote an email to a friend...it was filled with trivia. He knows me well! ;)

A Beer For The Shower said...

I just watched Bob Ross bottle-feed a baby squirrel... that's it, my life is complete.

Betty Manousos said...

ooh, so very cute!!!
thanks for sharing, friend:)

big hugs!