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2A SUNDAY,NOVEMBER15,2015 COURIERNEWS MYCENTRALJERSEY.COM The Courier News corrects its mistakes and clarifies s tories ungrudgingly. Call the following number w eekdays: 908-243-6600. Corrections Policy WEATHER HISTORY On Nov. 15, 1994, an F2 tornado, spawned by Tropical Storm Gordon, damaged 29 mobile homes near the town of Micco, Fla. TODAYMONDAYTUESDAYWEDNESDAYTHURSDAY 58 37 62 36 54 40 60 52 64 49 Mostly sunny and milder Mild with plenty of sun Cooler with some sun Low cloudsMild with rain Today: Wind from the west-southwest at 7-14 knots. Seas 3-5 feet. Visibility clear. Wind from the west at 7-14 knots. Seas 3-5 feet. Clear. Monday: Wind from the west-northwest at 6-12 knots. Seas 1-3 feet. Visibility clear to the horizon. Friday ............................................................. 13 Month to date (normal) ....................... 121 (223) Season to date (normal) ..................... 451 (632) HEATING DEGREE DAYS Index of energy consumption indicating how many degrees the average temperature was below 65 degrees for the day. Forecasts and graphics provided by AccuWeather, Inc. ©2015 56/39 59/40 57/42 59/45 58/43 58/37 57/40 58/39 58/41 58/44 57/39 57/41 57/43 58/41 58/42 How the air feels based on temperature and wind speed. 8 a.m. ............................................................. 36 Noon .............................................................. 53 4 p.m. ............................................................ 56 8 p.m. ............................................................ 46 WIND CHILL 24 hours ending 8 a.m. yesterday .............. 0.00” Month to date ............................................. 0.71” Normal month to date ................................ 1.58” Year to date .............................................. 33.84” Normal year to date .................................. 42.62” High/low .................................................... 61/42 Normal high/low ....................................... 57/36 Record high ...................................... 74 in 1935 Record low ........................................ 22 in 1911 New Brunswick through 8 a.m. yesterday Asbury Park 58/45/s 61/43/s Atlantic City 60/48/s 63/49/s Camden 59/44/s 63/44/s Cape May 58/49/s 61/48/s Cherry Hill 59/43/s 63/43/s Hoboken 57/46/s 61/40/s Jersey City 58/46/s 63/40/s Middletown 57/45/s 61/42/s Newark 59/45/s 64/41/s New Brunswick 57/40/s 62/39/s Trenton 58/42/s 62/41/s Today 9:35 a.m. 3:32 a.m. 10:08 p.m. 4:17 p.m. Monday 10:23 a.m. 4:12 a.m. 11:02 p.m. 5:00 p.m. Today 9:31 a.m. 3:38 a.m. 10:04 p.m. 4:23 p.m. Monday 10:19 a.m. 4:18 a.m. 10:58 p.m. 5:06 p.m. Today Mon. 0 1 2 1 0 0 FirstFullLastNew Nov 19Nov 25Dec 3Dec 11 Today 10:00 a.m. 8:10 p.m. Monday10:48 a.m. 9:09 p.m. Today 6:45 a.m. 4:41 p.m. Monday6:46 a.m. 4:40 p.m. The Sun RiseSet 050100150200300500 25 Shown is today’s weather. Temperatures are today’s highs and tonight’s lows. The Moon RiseSet MARINE FORECAST THE STATE Weather(W): s- sunny, pc- partly cloudy, c- cloudy, sh- showers, t- thunderstorms, r- rain, sf- snow flurries, sn- snow, i- ice. 8 am 10 am Noon 2 pm 4 pm 6 pm The higher the AccuWeather.com UV Index™ number, the greater the need for eye and skin protection. 0-2 Low; 3-5 Moderate; 6-7 High; 8-10 Very High; 11+ Extreme. UV INDEXSUN AND MOON Air Quality Index for yesterday AIR QUALITY INDEX 0-50 Good; 51-100 Moderate; 101-150 Unhealthy for sensitive groups; 151-200 Unhealthy; 201-300 Very Unhealthy; 301-500 Hazardous Source: NJ Bureau of Air Monitoring CityHi/Lo/W Hi/Lo/W High Low High Low AT SANDY HOOK TIDES KEYPORT AT RARITAN BAY MORRISTOWN BRIDGEWATER New Brunswick Livingston Newark Elizabeth Old Bridge Princeton Trenton Somerset EAST BRUNSWICK New Providence Edison Somerville Mendham FIVE-DAY FORECAST ALMANAC Precipitation Temperature SATURDAY, NOV. 14 NEW JERSEY Midday Pick-3: 259 Straight: $235.50 Box: $39 Pair: $23.50 Midday Pick-4: 6008 Straight: $3,005 Box: $250 Evening Pick-3: 786 Straight: $271.50 Box: $45 Pair: $27 Evening Pick-4: 1284 Straight: $2,529 Box: $105 J ersey Cash 5: 6, 17, 28, 36, 39 5of 5 pays $0 4of 5 pays $631 3of 5 pays $16 NEW YORK Midday Daily: 029 Lucky Sum: 11 Midday WinFour: 9752 Lucky Sum: 23 Evening Daily: 369 L ucky Sum: 18 Evening WinFour: 5983 Lucky Sum: 25 Lotto: Late drawing Take-5: Late drawing Pick 10: Late drawing PENNSYLVANIA Pick 2 Day: 38 Pick 3 Day: 965 Pick 4 Day: 9604 Pick 5 Day: 02128 Treasure Hunt: 10, 11, 12, 27, 30 Pick 2 Evening: 47 P ick 3 Evening: 751 Pick 4 Evening: 3447 Pick 5 Evening: 56669 Cash 5: 8, 9, 16, 27, 28 MULTISTATE Powerball: Late drawing FRIDAY, NOV. 13 NEW JERSEY Midday Pick-3: 693 Straight: $195.50 Box: $32.50; Pair: $19.50 Midday Pick-4: 6615 Straight: $2,059; Box: $171.50 Evening Pick-3: 286 Straight: $350 Box: $58 Pair: $35 Evening Pick-4: 5715 Straight: $3,458 Box: $288 Jersey Cash 5: 1, 2, 16, 19, 29 5of 5 pays $84,273 4of 5 pays $413 3of 5 pays $12 NEW YORK Midday Daily: 420 Lucky Sum: 6 Midday WinFour: 5782 Lucky Sum: 22 E vening Daily: 382 Lucky Sum: 13 Evening WinFour: 6771 Lucky Sum: 21 Take-5: 3, 19, 22, 24, 27 P ick 10: 4, 5, 7, 17, 20, 24, 29, 30, 32, 33, 34, 38, 42, 50, 58, 66, 71, 75, 76, 78 PENNSYLVANIA Pick 2 Day: 26 Pick 3 Day: 456 Pick 4 Day: 2051 Pick 5 Day: 18814 T reasure Hunt: 1, 3, 9, 25,29 Pick 2 Evening: 33 Pick 3 Evening: 368 Pick 4 Evening: 3885 Pick 5 Evening: 48771 Cash 5: 2, 18, 19, 34, 36 MULTISTATE Mega Millions: 17, 18, 31, 35, 59; Mega Ball: 9 Today is Sunday, Nov. 15, the 319th day of 2015. There are 46 days left in the year. On this date in: 1 777: The Second Continental Congress a pproved the Articles of Confederation. 1 806: Explorer Zebulon Pike sighted the mountaintop now known as Pikes (cq) Peak in present-day Colorado. 1864: During the Civi l War, Union forces led by Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman began their “March to the Sea” from Atlanta; the campaign ended with the capture of Savannah on Dec. 21. 1 939: President Franklin D. Roosevelt l aid the cornerstone of the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C. 1942: The naval Battle of Guadalcanal ended during World War II with a decisive U.S. victory over Japanese f orces. Today in History LOTTERIES Amember of the Gannett Group 92 E. Main St., Suite 202, Somerville, NJ 08876 Vol. 132, No. 143 November 15, 2015 THOMAS M. DONOVAN PRESIDENT/NEW JERSEY PRESS MEDIA 732-643-4110tdonovan@gannettnj.com NEWSROOM 908-243-6600; Fax: 908-243-6645; Sports: 732-565-7237 HOLLIS R. 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Periodicals postage paid at Somerville, NJ 08876. POSTMASTER: Please send address changes t o Courier News, 92 E. M ain St., Somerville, NJ 08876. EAST BRUNSWICK - Sheldon J. Plankton, the villainous character on SpongeBob Squarepants, is in a never-ending search for the secret formula in his nemesis’ Krabby Patty recipe. Though Plankton continuously fails in this quest, Douglas Lawrence Osowski, who voices the tiny sea creature on Nickelodeon’s animated series, found the secret formula that led to his o wn success – animation. Ever since he was a kid growing up in East Brunsw ick, Osowski wanted to be a cartoonist. “Sports didn’t interest me,” he said. “I tried, but it d idn’t really go my way.” His goal was to create a comic strip in the style of Charles Schulz, the creator of Peanuts. Early on, he learned he had a talent for drawing. After high school, O sowski studied at The Kubert School in Dover, and t hat’s when he discovered animation. “I was amazed by it,” he said. “It became an obsession.” After two years, he felt he had enough of school and moved to California, where he started out doing standup comedy. Osowski found work at an animation comp any, where he wrote, directed, animated and voiced characters on shows such as “The Ren and Stimpy Show,” “Rocko’s Modern Life” and “Camp Lazlo!” But you won’t see his name in the credits. Not his real name, anyway. Using his middle name, he goes by the more formal title of “Mr. Lawrence.” “I was trying to come up with a comic strip when I w as in college,” he said. “I wanted a name like Dr. Seuss, b ut I’m not a doctor. I started using Mr. Lawrence because it just seemed funny.” After moving to Burbank and getting more work in the animation industry, Osowski said his agent told him he should stick with using the name “Mr. Lawrence,” so h e did. “Everyone who knows me calls me Doug,” he said. “I don’t make people call me Mr. Lawrence.” Enter Spongebob He was working at “Rocko’s Modern Life” when he met Stephen Hillenburg, the marine biologist-turned- animator who later created “SpongeBob Squarepants.” “I helped Stephen with the story and then I auditioned for SpongeBob,” Osowski said. “I used my Plankton voice, which sounds like a mix of Tony the Tiger and Gregory Peck. It’s actually an imitation of a friend from h igh school that had a really deep voice.” Hillenburg wanted someone with a more innocent v oice, so Osowski didn’t get the part. He was disappointed, but later was told his voice would be a great fit for the villain. “The Plankton character was only supposed to be in one or two episodes, but I was a writer on the show and I r eally liked this character,” Osowski said. “Stephen told m e to come up with more ideas for Plankton. I’m not just his voice. I get to create how the character is writ- t en and how he evolves over time. You very rarely get that experience.” O sowski enjoys going to conventions and doing P lankton’s voice for his fans. “Sometimes the little kids get freaked out,” he said. P lankton isn’t the only character on the show that O sowski voices. His characters include Larry the Lobster, Old Man Jenkins and a voice in the background t hat occasionally yells, “My leg!” Osowski has writing credits on 70 episodes and was nominated for a 2011Em- my Award for Outstanding Short-Format Animated P rogram. “Usually, with voices, you do a season or two and you’re done,” he said. “I’ve been doing this for 15 years, w orking with a great set of people who are very good at what they do.” Why does Osowski think the SpongeBob franchise h as lasted so long? “It’s a quality show and I think it came along at the right time,” he said. “America wanted something stupid after the insanity of 9/11. The SpongeBob character is a naïve idiot but he also has a heart. He’s a dumb, well- meaning person, like Forrest Gump or Jerry Lewis.” What surprised him, he said, is that the voice actors on the show are very similar in nature to the characters they play. “ There are pieces of us in all of those characters,” he s aid. Osowski said the actor who plays cranky Squidward T entacles gets annoyed very quickly. “ He’s kind of a curmudgeon,” he said. Clancy Brown, who plays Mr. Krabs, is an imposing fellow, Osowski said. “We know him as a movie star,” he said. “He was in ‘The Shawshank Redemption.’ I’m the villain on the show, yet Clancy scares me.” Self-assessment When speaking of himself, Osowski admits he often has delusions of grandeur, just like Plankton does. “ I always get disappointed because of schemes I want to pull off or if shows that I want to create don’t w ork out,” he said. O sowski , who lives in Burbank, California, with his wife Mary Ann, usually spends one day a week working o n SpongeBob, so he has plenty of time to devote to oth- e r projects. “I work on short films and other projects I’m trying t o sell,” he said. “I’m always pitching movies and TV shows. I have various development deals around town.” His work is diverse. Back in 2009, Osowski and mu- s ician Rob Zombie co-wrote and co-directed an R-rated animated film called “The Haunted World of El Super- beasto.” He also drew an album cover for parody song- w riter Weird Al Yankovic, who he met through a mutual friend. It was a compilation called, “The Food Album,” so Osowski drew a slimy monster eating Yankovic. “ It was a subversive idea and he loved it,” he said. These days, Osowski is head writer on “Mighty Ma- giswords,” a comedy spoof of the Zelda video games. The show is an online series from Cartoon Network. Osowski credits much of his success to his upbringing in East Brunswick. “The arts were very prevalent in my school,” he said. “The East Brunswick school system was very influential to my career, as well as the parks and recreation d epartment, which let me make two years of live sketch c omedy shows in the summer on the high school stage. It was a great place to grow up.” O sowski’s father, Larry, is owner of Hanco Service, a h eating and air conditioning company in South River. His own father started the business back in 1957. “I knew early on that Doug was never going to do what I’m doing,” the elder Osowski said. “He has been drawing since he was four years old. Whenever he saw an empty piece of paper, he drew on it. We always encouraged him. Doug loves what he’s doing and I’m so happy that he’s doing well.” N o matter what else he does in his career, Osowski will likely be known always as Sheldon J. Plankton, owner of the Chum Bucket restaurant and chief rival of M r. Krabs. “ I’m going to be Plankton forever,” he said. “It will be o n my tombstone, and I’m okay with that.” F ollow Mary Ann Bourbeau on Twitter @ MaryAnnBourbeau. Meet the voice behind a ‘SpongeBob’ character KATELYN BALACH/NICKELODEON Doug "Mr. Lawrence" Osowski of East Brunswick is a writer on t he “SpongeBob Squarepants” cartoon and also is the voice of the character “Plankton.” East Brunswick native, w riter is heard as Sheldon J. Plankton in hit show MARY ANN BOURBEAU CORRESPONDENT ~COURTESY OF NICKELODEON A NIMATION S TUDIO Left: An i mage of Sheldon J. Plankton, a c haracter in the “SpongeBob S quare- pants” cartoon, voiced by former East Brunswick resident Doug "Mr. Lawrence" Osowski.

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