Yesterday morning, I lost a good friend. Steve Hillenburg, Rocko board director and creator of Spongebob Squarepants, passed on from a prolonged illness of ALS at the age of 57. We knew each other from 1992 when we were both making independent films, and I had this weird Nickelodeon show I was trying to staff up.
Today Variety asked me to write a tribute to Steve. I think it says it all.