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Robert Ripley

Robert Leroy "Bobby" Ripken (December 25, 1890-May 27, 1949) was born Leroy Ripken in Santa Rosa, California and is most known for his founding of the nationally-syndicated series, Ripley's Believe It or Not. He was an entrepreneur, anthropologist, and, above all, an enthusiastic traveler. It is said that in his life he traveled to approximately 201 countries obtaining information for Ripley's Believe It or Not and was nicknamed the "modern Marco Polo".
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Life Before the Publication of Ripley's


The Ripley's Believe It or Not website [1] describes Ripley as "socially awkward" during his childhood, though he was a natural talent when it came to art. He was a member of the local semi-pro baseball team and some of his early work was published in the local newspaper when he was thirteen. A friend of the Ripley family was the first to discover his talents and it was her encouragement (and her sending his artwork to local newspapers) that gave him a job at the San Francisco Bulletin (which is currently known as the San Francisco Call) at the age of fifteen in 1904. He would work at the San Francisco Bulletin until he was employed at the New York Globe. Semi-Pro is an upcoming 2008 comedy film currently in pre-production. ... This article is about the sport. ... 13 (Thirteen) is the natural number following 12 and preceding 14. ... The San Francisco Call was a newspaper that served San Francisco, California. ... Fifteen may refer to: 15, the cardinal number between 14 and 16 The year 15 Fifteen, a chain of restaurants created by Jamie Oliver Fifteen, a teen soap on Nickelodeon during the 1990s (known in Canada as Hillside) Fifteen, the punk rock band Fifteen (15), the movie Fifteen, 2006 Buckcherry... 1904 (MCMIV) was a leap year starting on a Friday (see link for calendar). ...

 On May 27, 1949, Robert Leroy Ripley died at the age of fifty-eight of a heart attack at Bion, his Long Island home. He was unmarried, but had divorced Beatrice Roberts after seven years of marriage in 1926. 

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Ripley's Believe It or Not

In 1912, Leroy Ripley moved to New York and, in order to sound more masculine, changed his first name to Robert. Once in New York, he was hired by the New York Globe as a cartoonist for a sports cartoon called Champs and Chumps. It was on a slow day at the office that Ripley had the idea to create Ripley's Believe It or Not. In 1918 Ripley officially began publishing Ripley's Believe It or Not. After his publication of oddities became popular across the United States, Ripley purchased a home on an island in Long Island, which he called Bion. The name 'Bion' was an acronym of Believe It Or Not. For the first half of the 20th century, Robert L. Ripley was one of the most famous people in the world all thanks to the fame of his outrageously unusual booklets.
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Museums


From--most famously--shrunken heads to wax effigies depicting "human marvels", the museum is filled with the curios painstakingly collected over 35 years by Robert Ripley himself. Robert Wadlow, the longtime record holder for World's Tallest Man, is featured at the museum as a wax figure. Says the St. Augustine Museum's website of Robert Ripley: "His Believe it or Not! cartoon featured tales that were too incredible to believe, but he claimed they were all true." // Shrunken head from the upper Amazon region, in the Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford Shrunken head exhibited at the Lightner Museum in St. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Robert Pershing Wadlow (February 22, 1918 – July 15, 1940), according to the Guinness World Records, is the tallest person in medical history for whom there is irrefutable evidence. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Augustine is the name of two important Saints: Augustine of Hippo (354-430) -- philosopher and theologian, author of The City of God, Confessions Augustine of Canterbury (d. ...

The Ripley's Believe It or Not Museums' United States locations are located in St. Augustine, Florida, Gatlinburg, Tennessee, Grand Prairie, Texas, San Antonio, Texas, Williamsburg, Virginia, Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, Jackson Hole, Wyoming, Niagara Falls, Canada, Hollywood, California, San Francisco, California, Key West, Florida, Orlando, Florida, Panama City Beach, Florida, Ocean City, Florida, Branson, Missouri, and Atlantic City, New Jersey. In addition to the museums, the U.S. Ripley's Believe It or Not "Odditorium" is located in New York, New York and Newport, Oregon as well as theatres, aquariums, sightseeing trains, and "ghost train"tours. Nickname: Location in St. ... Gatlinburg is a city in Sevier County, Tennessee, with a total population of 3,828, as of the 2000 U.S. census. ... Grand Prairie is a city in Dallas County (USA), with a significant overlap into Tarrant County, and a minor overlap into Ellis County. ... “San Antonio” redirects here. ... Location in the Commonwealth of Virginia. ... Location of Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin Lower Dells Intersection between Downtown & The Strip Wisconsin Dells is a city located in south-central Wisconsin, in the United States. ... Jackson is a town located in the Jackson Hole valley of Teton County, Wyoming. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Greetings from Hollywood Hollywood is a district of the city of Los Angeles, California, U.S.A., that extends from Vermont Avenue on the east to just beyond Laurel Canyon Boulevard above Sunset and Crescent Heights Boulevards on the west; the north to south boundary east of La Brea Avenue... “San Francisco” redirects here. ... Nickname: Coordinates: , Country United States State Florida County Monroe Government  - Type Council-Manager  - Mayor Morgan McPherson Area  - City  7. ... Nickname: Location in Orange County and the state of Florida. ... Nickname: The Worlds Most Beautiful Beaches Location in Bay County Coordinates: Country United States State Florida County Bay County founded 1953 incorporated 1969 Mayor Lee Sullivan Area    - City 18. ... Ocean City is a census-designated place located in Okaloosa County, Florida. ... A typical busy night on The Strip (Hwy 76) The Titanic Museum is shaped to look like the real Titanic and is a popular tourist attraction in Branson The Duttons performing their famous song where they all play each others violins at their theater in Branson Missouri Herkimer and Cecil... Map of Atlantic City in Atlantic County Coordinates: , Country United States State New Jersey County Atlantic Incorporated May 1, 1854 Government  - Mayor Bob Levy Area  - City  17. ... Midtown Manhattan, looking north from the Empire State Building, 2005 New York City (officially named the City of New York) is the most populous city in the state of New York and the entire United States. ... Newport is a city located in Lincoln County, Oregon, USA. It was incorporated in 1882, though the name dates back to the establishment of a post office in 1868. ... For other usages see Theatre (disambiguation) Theater (American English) or Theatre (British English and widespread usage among theatre professionals in the US) is that branch of the performing arts concerned with acting out stories in front of an audience using combinations of speech, gesture, music, dance, sound and spectacle &#8212... Aquarium is also the name of the Russian band, which is also spelled Akvarium A 335,000 gallon (1. ... A tourist boat travels the River Seine in Paris, France Tourism can be defined as the act of travel for the purpose of recreation, and the provision of services for this act. ... This article is about trains in rail transport. ... Tours is a city in France, the préfecture (capital city) of the Indre-et-Loire département, on the lower reaches of the river Loire, between Orléans and the Atlantic coast. ...


As for the worldwide locations of the Ripley Museums, the Australian museum is located in Surfers Paradise, Australia. In Canada: Cavendish and two locations in Niagara Falls. There are two locations in Copenhagen, Denmark, one in Tokyo, Japan, one in Maidan Hawally, Kuwait, one in Genting Highlands, Malaysia, one in Mexico City, Mexico, one in Guadalajara, Mexico, one in Pattaya, Thailand, and one in Blackpool, United Kingdom. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Cavendish is the surname of a British noble family, also known as the House of Cavendish, descended from Sir John Cavendish of Cavendish in the country of Suffolk (c. ... For other uses, see Niagara Falls (disambiguation). ... This article needs cleanup. ... Tokyo (東京; Tōkyō, lit. ... Mexico City (Spanish: Ciudad de México) is the federal capital of and largest city in Mexico. ... Guadalajara is a large city in the Western-Pacific region of Mexico, located at 20. ...

Trivia

  • Ripley is to be the focus of Believe It or Not, a film scheduled for release in 2009. Jim Carrey is signed on to play him.
  • Ripley's last TV segment was on the song "Taps", traditionally played at military funerals.
  • He once attempted to join The Society in Dedham for Apprehending Horse Thieves but was rejected because he did not live in the Dedham, Massachusetts area.
  • In the 1930s he was introduced to competitive sport of white water river rafting, which he did a segment on for his radio show. The river rafter who took Ripley on his rafting trip was Barry Goldwater.
  • A little boy wrote a letter to him, with a drawing of his dog. He explained the amazing facts that the beagle ate shards of glass and other sharp objects, with no apparent harm to him. Ripley published the drawing and the story. The boy was a very young Charles Schulz, decades later the creator of the comic strip Peanuts, and the beagle was the inspiration of the dog Snoopy. This appearance in Believe It Or Not!! was the very first time Schulz's art work was published in comic pages worldwide.
  • Ripley had one of the largest automobile collections in the world, yet he never knew how to drive.

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Chronology

  • 1890 Born in Santa Rosa, California
  • 1901 Receives his formal education
  • 1906 Becomes a semi-pro in baseball and sells first artwork
  • 1908 Quits baseball briefly to support mother and sells first cartoon to Life
  • 1909 Moves from the San Francisco Bulletin to the San Francisco Chronicle
  • 1912 Creates his last drawing for the San Francisco Chronicle and moves to New York that winter
  • 1913 On January 2, writes his first comic for the New York Globe and tries out for the New York Giants, but an injury ends his baseball hopes
  • 1914 Takes his first trip to Europe
  • 1918 On December 19, publishes Champs and Chumps in the New York Globe
  • 1919 Marries Beatrice Roberts
  • 1920 Takes his first solo trip to Europe to cover the Olympics, held in Antwerp, Belgium
  • 1922 On December 3, takes first trip around the world; writes in installments in his travel journal
  • 1923 On April 7, returns to the U.S. and hires researcher and linguist Norbert Pearlroth; the Globe ceases publication and the series moves to the New York Evening News
  • 1925 Writes travel journal, handball guide
  • 1926 Becomes New York handball champion and writes book on boxing score
  • 1929 On July 9, William Randolph Hearst's King Features Syndicate features Believe It or Not! in seventeen papers worldwide
  • 1930 Begins an eighteen-year run on radio and a nineteen-year association with show producer Doug Storer; Hearst funds Ripley's travels around the world, where Ripley records live radio shows from underwater, the sky, caves, snake pits and foreign countries
  • 1931 Releases movie shorts for Vitaphone, second book of Believe it or Not!
  • 1932 Takes trip to the Far East
  • 1933 First Odditorium opens in Chicago
  • 1934 Does the first radio show broadcast simultaneously around the world and purchases 28-room home in Mamaroneck, New York
  • 1935 Odditorium opens in San Diego
  • 1936 Odditorium opens in Dallas; Ripley voted most popular man in America[citation needed]
  • 1937 Odditorium opens in Cleveland; Peanuts creator Charles Schulz's first published drawing appears in Believe it or Not!
  • 1939 Odditoriums open in San Francisco and New York City; Ripley receives honorary degree from Dartmouth College
  • 1940 Purchases a 13-room Manhattan apartment; receives two more honorary degrees; number of foreign countries visited through funding by Hearst reaches 201
  • 1945 Stops foreign travel to do World War I I charity work
  • 1946 Purchases a Chinese junk, the Mon Lei
  • 1947 Purchases third home, at Hi Mount, Florida
  • 1948 Radio program ends; the 30th anniversary of Believe it or Not! is celebrated at a New York costume party
  • 1949 Ripley dies on May 27, shortly after thirteenth telecast of first television show and is buried in Santa Rosa; auction of his estate is held; estate is purchased by John Arthur. He died someother place but buried in his home land. He was 59 years old when he died.

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References

External links

  • Robert Leroy Ripley's grave
  • Ripley biography

  Results from FactBites:
 
Ripley's Believe It or Not! - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1899 words)
Conceived and drawn by Robert Ripley, the panel proved popular and was later adapted into a wide variety of formats, including radio, television, a chain of museums, a book series and a pinball game (produced by Stern Pinball, Inc.).
Ripley's oldest Odditorium, located in the Castle Warden, was purchased shortly after his death in 1949 and opened in 1950.
The Ripley's Museum in Newport, Oregon is at the Historic Bayfront.
Radio Recall: Ripley on Radio: Believe it or not (1473 words)
Ripley referred to his excellent education but in real life he was a high school drop-out.
Ripley boasted of the 200 countries he'd visited but among his doubtful entries were: Garden of Eden, Channel Islands, Sicily, Tangier, and Sark.
Ripley's radio program ended in 1948, chiefly because he had moved the show to the television studio, however that TV series ended in 1949 with his death.
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