Back in the day my kids would watch SpongeBob SquarePants as I was doing my thing around the house and it annoyed the crap out of me. Eventually, however, I would sit and watch a few episodes with them in the interest of spending some time in the mornings with them and….wow. I found the show to be very entertaining and a lot funnier than I expected it to be. The humor was, at times, cuttingly witty, while at others it was just downright silly.  To this day I am a bit of a fan. Not a fanatic, but I certainly can’t pass up one of the older, original episodes.

The shows creator, Stephen Hillenburg, passed away the other day, having been diagnosed with ALS, but, if I understand correctly, only making that publicly known within the past couple of years. With a degree in marine biology and a natural talent for drawing he eventually got roped into animation and, from one thing to another, SpongeBob was born (or…reborn).

Love him or hate him, SpongeBob is one of the most iconic cartoon characters of the past decade, and has provided people with meme material for generations to come. I doubt Hillenburg had any idea that his goofy little cartoon drawing would become so popular, or beloved.

I’d call his legacy: Bold and Brash.

Aye, aye, Captain.

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Squidward: Bold and Brash!