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[*] posted on 12-3-2018 at 08:54 PM
SpongeBob SquarePants and Baja

This article in The New Yorker this week...

When SpongeBob SquarePants Was Just a Sketch on a Beach in Baja - by Biddle Duke

Evenings around the campfire in southern Baja, we’d play music, read from manuscripts, tell stories, and talk about what was next in our lives, or what we hoped would come next.

It was that kind of trip in February of 1994—a group of seven friends of various ages, including my wife, Idoline, and our baby girl, travelling and camping in four vehicles, a month-long vanishing act into the wild to check in with each other and ourselves. The expedition leaders were Chris and Jay Speakman. They’d explored Baja in the nineteen-seventies before spending a decade as commercial lobster fishermen in the Cranberry Islands, off the coast of Maine. I was in between journalism jobs, and my wife and I were in the thick of raising our year-old daughter. Our friend Stephen Hillenburg had driven down from Los Angeles. His hours not surfing were spent sketching in a little pad he carried with him—shells, sea life, shipwrecks in the distance. And he would beachcomb, collecting bits of rope and buoys, and extricating desiccated sea life from the scum line. An unassuming marine biologist with a generous smile who never missed a chance to catch some waves, he’d studied animation at CalArts as a grad student, and was on a break from his job at Nickelodeon.

We surfed and fished and camped from Ensenada to Todos Santos, east around Baja’s southern tip into the Sea of Cortez . . .

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[*] posted on 12-4-2018 at 01:30 AM

What a great story! My kids and I have enjoyed him a lot and now my grandkids do... To read he was born on Baja camping trips will make it even more fun!

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[*] posted on 12-4-2018 at 03:30 AM

RIP Stephen Hillenburg. He was an Orange County kid who went up north to Humboldt State, found success in life, and gave back by donating an endowment to HSU that they used to build a greenhouse dome where they preserve rare plant species (known to the students as "Sandy's Dome" for the air-breathing squirrel on the SpongeBob show). An amazing place, and they revere him there.

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[*] posted on 12-4-2018 at 07:29 AM

DanO, thanks for sharing. Very cool.
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[*] posted on 12-4-2018 at 10:34 PM

La Paz - 2006
Spongebob forever.

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