So, who profits if you plunk down money on Bob Ross merchandise, be it paint supplies, Bob Ross brushes, Bob Ross underwear, Bob Ross coffee mugs, Bob Ross energy drinks, Bob Ross watches, and Bob Ross toasters, Bob Ross Chia Pet or kitschy items like cupcake wrappers? That would be Bob Ross Inc., a corporate entity that has no connections with (or obligations to) Ross’ surviving son, Steve. The company is wholly owned, controlled and ruthlessly owns not only Bob Ross’ name, image, likeness and all merchandising licenses – they also own thousands of Bob Ross original paintings that will likely never see the light of day.
The makers of the documentary Bob Ross: Happy Accidents, Betrayals and Greed, claim that Ross’s legacy was co-opted for profit by his business partners, Walt and Annette Kowalski. According to Ross’ surviving friends and family, the Kowalskis helped make Ross a cultural icon with his long-running PBS series, The Joy of Painting. And then they ruthlessly went about securing legal rights to his name, image and reputation, especially when it became clear that Ross was terminally ill. They even tried to keep Ross’ funeral a secret.
Final Resting Place:
Woodlawn Memorial Park and Funeral Home
400 Woodlawn Cemetery Road
Gotha, Florida, 34734
Grave Location:Section O, Lot 537, Grave 1
Grave Location Description
As you enter the cemetery drive past the first intersection until you come to a fork in the road. Turn left then when the road ends take another left. Drive 100 feet and take the first right then right again and stop about 200 feet along the curved road. Look to you left for the upright marble colonnade with statues of young Jesus confounding the temple priests among 4 pillars, then look three rows from the road near the large tree for Bob Ross’s simple flat monument to the left of the marble colonnade in the distance.
Grave Location GPS28.5342070682044, -81.51220197872
Visiting The Grave:
Read More About Bob Ross:
- Published Obituary
- Wikipedia Entry
- The Indiana Studio Where Bob Ross Filmed The Joy of Painting
- Why is Bob Ross Still So Popular?
- Picturing Yourself with Bob Ross as the ‘Experience’ Opens in Indiana
- Documentary revels vicious, secret battle over Bob Ross and his ‘Joy of Painting’
- Why it’s nearly impossible to buy an original Bob Ross painting
- Bob Ross Inc. Would Love It If You Stopped Hating Them
- Things the Bob Ross Documentary Didn't Tell You
- 35 Happy Little Facts About Bob Ross