[Listen] HSU grad, SpongeBob creator, given lifetime achievement award; Last week’s top stories

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In the latest episode of Humboldt Last Week (11:12): Last week HSU graduate Stephen Hillenburg, the creator of SpongeBob Squarepants, was given a lifetime achievement award at the 45th annual Annie Awards in Southern California.

The ceremony honors overall excellence in animation and often helps predict Oscars awarded to animated flicks. Specifically, Hillenberg received a Winsor McCay Award which according to the award show’s website is in recognition of lifetime or career contributions.

“...Hillenberg, who was diagnosed with ALS this past year, was (in attendance) and received a standing ovation,” wrote The Hollywood Reporter. “Tom Kenny, who is the voice actor for SpongeBob, made the stage presentation and accepted the award...”

The 56 year old graduated from HSU in 1984 and went on to create the aforementioned multiple billion dollar franchise. Among other generous efforts his foundation United Plankton helped fund renovations to the HSU Marine Lab.

The story begins at 11:12.

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Stephen Hillenberg, by Carlos Burgos, Wikipedia Commons