Here are 35 facts about the happy little legend. BEFORE Bob Ross PAINTED HAPPY LITTLE TREES, HE PAINTED PANS. WHEN ALEXANDER RETIRED, HE APPOINTED Bob Ross AS HIS SUCCESSOR. Bob Ross's HAPPY LITTLE COMMENTS WEREN’T AD LIBBED. He'd love it.”Even today, Ross has become an ASMR star: On the ASMR thread on Reddit, “Bob Ross” is listed as a common trigger.