Stephen Hillenburg, friendly local marine biologist turned one of the most lengendary animated television series creators of all time. The single man that brought every one of us members together whether that was from the beginning of the website in 2009 or to you newer members as recent as this year. ALS is a vicious disease and although most of us suspected Mr. Hillenburg to be able to fight it off a bit longer, he at least I really hope he had the chance to be around the people he loved during those critical moments. Without him though, we, his fans wouldn’t have had all these shared laughs over silly and dumb quotes, the passion to create spin-off stories of our own and there would be overall, no SpongeBob SquarePants and the vast amount of other colorful, unique characters he’s created. There would be no Community he is our Community. But Mr. Hillenburg was so much more than the most powerful voice in Nickelodeon’s franchise empire. He was a beloved husband and father, a snorkler, a birdwatcher, a drummer with his fellow drummer son Clay and an overall great guy to be around I’m sure any of his colleagues, friends and family would proclaim. He’s impacted millions if not billions over these years, it’ll be hard to go without him truly as I could say for many fans and people close to him.
Mr. Hillenburg, thank you. Thank you for letting us all have glimpse inside your incredibly talented mind. Thank you for the chance you had to make TV a more optimistic, bright and nautical nonsense place.
The SpongeBob Community