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Stevin John
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Photo of Stevin John - Regular clothing & in character
Personal information
Born Stephen J. Grossman
May 27, 1988 (1988-05-27) (age 32)
Ellensburg, Washington, U.S.
Nationality American
Occupation Children's entertainer, educator
YouTube information
Pseudonym Blippi, Steezy Grossman
Years active 2014–present
Subscribers 11.3 million+
Total views 8 billion+
Military career
Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Air Force
Years of service 2006–2008
Rank E3 USAF AM1.svg Airman first class
Unit 4th Airlift Squadron

Stevin John (born May 27, 1988 as Stephen J. Grossman), better known by his alias Blippi, is an American children's entertainer and educator on YouTube, Hulu, and Amazon Video. The Blippi character that John portrays has a childlike, energetic and curious persona and is always dressed in a blue and orange beanie cap, blue shirt, orange suspenders, and a bow tie.

Early life

John grew up "surrounded by tractors, cows and horses", in Ellensburg, Washington, and has stated that as a child he wished to be a limousine driver and a fighter pilot.

Military service

John served active duty in the United States Air Force as a loadmaster for the C-17 Globemaster airplane at the 4th Airlift Squadron and is a military veteran. His duties were to perform the calculations and planning cargo placement to keep the aircraft within permissible center of gravity limits throughout the flight.

Blippi

The idea for Blippi came to John after moving back to Ellensburg and witnessing his then two-year-old nephew viewing low-quality videos on YouTube. Blippi has been described as "an adult human man who dresses up in bright clothes and dances around America’s deserted soft play centres for the benefit of YouTube". The first Blippi video was published on January 27, 2014, with John starring as Blippi and doing all of the filming, editing and graphics himself on the initial videos. Taking inspiration from children's educators and entertainers before him, such as Mr. Rogers, John wished to portray Blippi as educational but also as thinking and acting as a child would.

Popularity

The videos would eventually garner a large following with over a billion views on YouTube and the production staff expanding. The Blippi team would begin producing videos in Spanish, establish Blippi Toys, and begin offering DVDs and digital downloads from the Blippi website. Although Blippi's childlike demeanor has met with much success from children, some parents have questioned the simplistic nature of the character in regard to his tone and repetitive songs about things such as garbage trucks, fire trucks, and pizza.

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