SpongeBob Creator and HSU Alumni, Dead at 57
Today Nickelodeon announced the “passing of Stephen Hillenburg, the creator of SpongeBob SquarePants.” Hillenburg was an alumni of Humboldt State University ( (‘84, Natural Resources Planning & Interpretation).
Hillenburg had ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) which affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord.
After graduating from HSU, Hillenburg went on to teach marine biology and eventually to create stories featuring SpongeBob. He got a degree in animation in 1992. And the first episode of SpongeBob SquarePants came out on Nickelodeon in 1999.