An old photograph of a dapper young man wearing his military uniform has surfaced on the Internet, and people are having a difficult time identifying who he is.
That’s because this young man looks completely unlike the man we have come to known him as. This photo was taken in the 1960s, and the young man is wearing a U.S. Air Force uniform.
It turns out, this was an old photo of the painter and TV host Bob Ross!
Bob is the creator and popular host of the PBS show ‘The Joy of Painting,” an instructional television program that became famous worldwide.
Prior to creating the show, Bob spent 20-years in the military. He was a First Sergeant at the U.S. Air Force Base in Alaska, and he worked as a part-time bartender.
During these years, Bob discovered his passion for painting and art, and he began to paint the beautiful landscapes of Alaska. He pays homage to Alaska by featuring mountains in trees in many of his artwork.
Bob’s career wasn’t always smooth sailing. In his early days, Bob found it difficult to sell his art (he didn’t have a reputation then). In an effort to save money, he got a hair perm so he could save money on haircuts. While it wasn’t comfortable, his perm would later on become his signature look.
Bob passed away in 1995 from lymphoma. He was 52-years-old.
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