Stephen Hillenburg Gave Us A Piece Of Our Childhood

Stephen Hillenburg Gave Us A Piece Of Our Childhood

Thanks for giving us something we will always enjoy.


We latch onto our childhood when we reach adulthood. We love the feeling of nostalgia and creating relationships based on the things we loved. As we grow up we put our childhood loves on the backburner because we are afraid of how others will perceive us. However, for me when I got to college I was fine with talking about the things I loved as a kid and one thing that always came up was the love of "SpongeBob SquarePants." It's funny how a show that has been on the air for almost 20 years is still viewed as a treasure but also loved by so many people. "SpongeBob" made not only my childhood but also several others. That is what made this morning a little harder for me when I found out that the brilliant man who created "SpongeBob Squarepants" lost his battle with ALS.

There are so many approaches I can take with this article. I can talk about how Stephen Hillenburg combined his love of marine biology and art to create one of the best television programs of the 1990s and 2000s or how so many people loved his show but I want to focus on something different. When I was a kid my dad told me the story of when he met Leonard Nimoy at an event. Nimoy was best known for his role as Spock on "Star Trek" and at the end of the event people approached Nimoy and said how much they loved him in "Star Trek." When it was my dad's turn to meet Nimoy instead of saying something about Spock my father said: "I really enjoyed your book, Mr. Nimoy." Being the 8-year-old I was I asked my dad why he said something like in which he responded with "I wanted to say something different and show him that I saw him more than just a TV character or actor."

Looking back on this story I can attribute this to how I view Hillenburg. People will always remember Hillenburg for "SpongeBob" and how many lives he changed but I will remember him for all the laughs and impressions he left on everyone.

Hillenburg was an innovator and created something nobody had ever done before. He wanted to make the sea fun for children and did exactly that. He took a big gamble and made something that will last for everyone of different ages. At several parties, I have gone to in college, "SpongeBob" is always a topic of discussion and I would not change it for anything. Thank you, Stephen Hillenburg, for the conversation starter for people who don't know how to start one. Thank you for giving the children and now adults something to connect over. Most importantly thank you for everything you did with SpongeBob and outside of "SpongeBob." Something that people might have been hesitant to have gotten involved in turned out to be bigger than expected. "SpongeBob" teaches us lessons that we might not realize but he also displays happiness and support to everyone (even if Squidward is not a fan).

You used your imagination. Something that we sometimes forget or take for granted. You want us to hold on to that inner kid when we grow up but you also want us to move on. You taught us that even if sometimes we might feel like Squidward we will always have the heart of SpongeBob. You made Tom Kenny and Bill Fagerbakke best friends in "SpongeBob" and in real life. What you did was magical and it can never be replaced. So thank you. Thank you for giving me a part of my childhood. Thank you for showing us the true meaning of friendship and most importantly thank you for this masterpiece. Though I never got the chance to meet you I know that the people who did have nothing but good things to say. You taught us the importance of risks and how the biggest ones can turn into amazing things.

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The End Of The Semester As Told By Todd Chrisley

Because we're all a little dramatic like Todd sometimes.

The last 3-4 weeks of every college student's semester are always crazy hectic.

We have last minute assignments, group projects, and exams all squeezed into the last few weeks before break.

Sometimes we all need a little humor, and sometimes we are all a little dramatic, so why not experience the last few weeks of the semester as told by the king of drama himself, Todd Chrisley of "Chrisley Knows Best."

1. Sitting in class listening to your professor explain upcoming assignments/exams.

2. When your group project members refuse to do anything until the night before it's due or just show up the day of to present.

3. When you and your roommate try to cook with whatever few ingredients you have left in stock.

Because we definitely want to avoid going to the grocery store at the end of the semester if we can.

4. When your parents get tired of you calling them about every little inconvenience in your life.

5. Sitting down to work on assignments.

6. Your thoughts when the professor is telling you what they want from you out of an assignment.

7. When you've had about 30 mental breakdowns in two days.

8. Trying to search out the class for the right group members.

9. The last few days of classes where everyone and everything is getting on your nerves.

10. When your friend suggests going out but you're just done with the world.

11. This. On the daily.

12. When all you want to do is snuggle up and watch Christmas movies.

13. Studying and realizing you know nothing.

14. When your finals are over and it's finally time to go home for break.

You're finally back to your old self.

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'Desperate Housewives' Will Always Be One Of The Best Dramedies In TV History

This show is the best addiction, fulfilling your drama crave for eight seasons.


If Wisteria Lane was a real neighborhood, I would move there in a heartbeat. I'd be the fly on the wall witnessing all the drama because it's too good not to turn back on. "Desperate Housewives," the ABC show that premiered in 2004, created by Marc Cherry is a milestone in television for its witty humor, non-stop drama, continuous twists, its massive charm, and strong leading women. The show is centered around the lives of four lovely housewives living in a picture-perfect neighborhood under the most dysfunctional personal circumstances.

Susan (Teri Hatcher) is a single hopeless romantic klutz, living with her extremely mature teenage daughter. Bree Van De Kamp (Marcia Cross) is a walking Martha Stewart trying to keep everything clean especially her messy family. Lynette Scavo (Felicity Huffman) a brave wife trying to manage four rascals of children. Gabriella Solis (Eva Longoria) is the fabulous ex-model trying to find a purpose through her material life. While Mary Alice, former neighbor (who killed herself in the first episode) of these housewives looks upon them and tells their gracious stories season by season as the narrator.

From characters burning houses down accidentally to mowing lawns in evening gowns, and that was only in the first season! This show really had it all and the storylines only grow. In one season there were around five character deaths, suicide, drunk driving, and three murders. Two divorces happened, house arrest, arson, a wife cheating on her husband with the teenage gardener, a hitman in cahoots with the police trying to kill someone living in their neighborhood, multiple "I'm your father" moments, a dead body in a toy chest, quitting jobs... it's all fantastic. It's driving at full speed at almost every second.

Now you should know, there are eight seasons of this madness. There's even an episode where a plane crashes through the neighborhood. The humor around each episode is built-in so whimsically making the viewer be entertained with a grin every moment. The accompanying soundtrack sounds like IKEA stock-music or the theme song to any sims games, which helps tighten in the aura that is "Desperate Housewives." Furthermore, these women are STRONG; they go through some of the most dysfunctional events and still manage to keep gorgeous homes in their cusps.

Throughout those eight seasons, new housewives come and go, natural disasters even fly in out of nowhere, you're going to laugh and you're DEFINITELY going to cry as well. I recommend this show to anyone who needs a laugh, a cry and a twist in one entire package. From shootouts at grocery stores to a tornado obliterating the neighborhood and blinding one of the husbands, all eight seasons of "Desperate Housewives" are available now on Hulu. Watch it, you won't stop.

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