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July 17, 1999 | LYNNE HEFFLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
He's big-eyed, buck-toothed, long-nosed, rectangular, full of holes, and his pantsare, well, square. Meet the star of "SpongeBob SquarePants," Nickelodeon's newest cartoon series of the same name.
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April 13, 2002 | BETTIJANE LEVINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Steve Hillenburg, the creator, executive producer and head writer of the hit "SpongeBob Squarepants" cartoon series, said Friday he will not renew his contract with Nickelodeon to make more episodes. When he finishes with the current set of 20 segments, he will have completed 60 shows. "I definitely need a break," Hillenburg, 40, told The Times. "I want to try something new."
MAGAZINE
November 28, 1999 | LISA LEFF, Lisa Leff last wrote for the magazine about surgeon and cancer research Dr. Helena Chang
On Steve Hillenburg's office door at the Nickelodeon Animation Studio, a sign says, "Have Fun or You're Fired." A colleague put it up after Hillenburg, the 38-year-old creator of a cartoon series about the underwater adventures of a sea sponge, supposedly spoke those words at a staff meeting. While Hillenburg doesn't recall issuing such an edict, it looks like the people who work for him took it to heart.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 21, 2002 | Jennifer Mena, Times Staff Writer
The Ocean Institute in Dana Point capped a weekend of grand-opening events with a Sunday "family fun day" that included educational displays, surf bands and a brunch smorgasbord. The event, which was attended by about 1,300 people, was a thank-you to members, donors and volunteers who worked on the waterfront facility's $16.5-million renovation and expansion that is expected to attract more than 135,000 students annually.
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March 26, 2000 | Irene Lacher
He's a sweet-natured marine invertebrate named SpongeBob SquarePants who wears, well, you know. And if he looks oddly symmetrical for a sea creature, suspiciously similar to something you might find in your supermarket cleaning supplies aisle, it's just that at Nickelodeon, it's hip to be square. "I drew a rectangular sponge and I thought, 'This is the most absurd thing possible for someone to want to make a TV series out of,' " says SpongeBob's creator, Steve Hillenburg.
NEWS
April 7, 2002 | BETTIJANE LEVINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
We are at the Goo Lagoon, a sunny strand of shore beneath a flowered sky in the underwater town of Bikini Bottom. Our hero, SpongeBob SquarePants, is too weak to compete in the weightlifting contest. But he's too naive to know it. So he flashes his gap-tooth grin, optimistically pumps his spindly limbs--they're barely strong enough for his rectangular yellow sink-sponge body--and confronts this challenge as he does all others: squarely.
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