Five happy facts about Bob Ross

I greatly enjoyed these interesting five little known facts compiled by Mental Floss about Bob Ross, the iconic and soothing host of the show “The Joy of Painting” which taught thousands of people how to create landscape oil paintings.

Before Ross became a TV painter, he spent 20 years in the United States Air Force and retired with the rank of master sergeant. In fact, an early assignment to Alaska helped expose the Florida native to the snowy mountains and evergreens that would become staples of his art.

Viewers might find it surprising that the serene Ross was an Air Force sergeant, and it sounds like the painter thought it was a little odd himself. He later told the Orlando Sentinel, “I was 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. The job requires you to be a mean, tough person. And I was fed up with it.”

As a former Alaskan, I’m going to go ahead and take credit on on behalf of the 49th state in the union for inspiring Bob Ross. He’s now officially an honorary Alaskan. Now I’m off to grab brushes, some paint, and create a few happy little trees and mountains.