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Bob “Happy Little Trees” Ross had  naturally straight hair 

He got his hair permed when he got out of the Air Force, and was unsuccessfully trying to make a living as a painter, says longtime business partner Annette Kowalski.

Danny Hajek, NPR:

“He got this bright idea that he could save money on haircuts. So he let his hair grow, he got a perm, and decided he would never need a haircut again,” Kowalski explains.

Before he could change it back, though, the perm became his company’s logo — Ross hated it. “He could never, ever, ever change his hair, and he was so mad about that,” Kowalski says. “He got tired of that curly hair.”

Ross was a meticulous businessman whose every move on his TV series “The Joy of Painting,” was scripted in advance. He did three copies of every painting he did on the show. His art supply company is still in business today, more than 20 years after his death, and the show is coming to Netflix.

Kowalski discovered Ross “in the aftermath of a family tragedy.” Her oldest son was killed in a traffic accident. All she could do afterward “was lay on the house and watch television.”

She watched a painter named Bill Alexander, who was big on PBS back then. Kowalski’s husband was desperate to get her out of the house, so he signed her up for Alexander’s painting class, 900 miles away in Clearwater, Fla. But then Alexander stopped teaching and passed his classes off to an unknown protege.

“I was very disappointed,” Kowalski says. “I so wanted to paint with Bill Alexander. But my husband said, ‘Get up. Get in the car. We’re going.’ ”

It was a five-day class in a hotel conference room. At the easel upfront was a guy with a perm who went by Bob. His paintings were good, but when he started talking to the class, that’s when Kowalski knew she had met someone special.

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B8878251Z.1_20160328160215_000GFFF7IDR.2-0_r900x493The San Diego Union-Tribune has an article and slideshow about the house that was moved by truck from Hillcrest on the way to eventually rest in Chula Vista.

A roughly 11-ton Hillcrest house was lifted off the ground and on to a semi-truck using hydraulic jacks Monday morning with plans to eventually move it to Chula Vista.

Sold for $1, a developer plans to rent out the property, along with five other old homes, on a lot he owns. Homeowner Anne Wilson said it was cheaper for her to sell her house than demolish it.

“It’s been a wonderful house,” she said outside her two-bedroom, one bath home on Vermont Street.

Wilson, who bought the 800-square-foot home in 1993, recently decided to knock down the place and build a new, three-floor house with the top floor to be used as a rental.

Garnell Fitz-Henley “has bought a dozen used homes and found new uses for them over the last 17 years,” working with developers.

He said it makes more sense to reuse homes then tear them down because of all the materials that would just go into a landfill. Also, he said the talent and energy of original laborers on the home is lost when it is destroyed.

Sold for $1, Hillcrest home heads south [Phillip Molnar – The San Diego Union-Tribune]