Robert Ripley
American cartoonist
Robert Ripley
Robert LeRoy Ripley was an American cartoonist, entrepreneur and amateur anthropologist, who created the world famous Ripley's Believe It or Not! newspaper panel series, radio show, and television show which feature odd 'facts' from around the world.
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La Tlayuda más grande del mundo - E-oaxaca
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En 1918, el estadounidense Robert Ripley publicó un periódico de viñetas con curiosidades y hechos sorprendentes provenientes del mundo entero y un año después la titularía con el hoy célebre “Believe It or Not! (Aunque usted no lo crea)
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Ready or not, we'll all see afterlife up close - London Free Press
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She and the three other women in the car never new what hit them. Days before she had whispered to my wife, "You know, I'm ready to go." As much as I miss her, I can't imagine a better way to die. Rev. Robert Ripley is a retired United Church minister
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Events all week: Aug. 26-Sept. 1 - St. Augustine Record
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This session will include a presentation on the art of Robert Ripley. The group will continue organizing portrait and outdoor sketch sessions at a variety of locations. Admission is $2 for artists and $5 for those who enjoy art
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For guys, it's a hair-raising issue - London Free Press
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Jesus said that God counts every hair on our head. (Luke 12:7) You'd think we could decide once and for all how to wear them and be happy. Rev. Robert Ripley is a retired United Church minister. E-mail bob.ripley@sympatico.ca
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St. Augustine's Anonymous Society of Artists meeting set for Aug. 26 - St. Augustine Record
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This session will include a presentation on the art of Robert Ripley. The group will continue organizing portrait and outdoor sketch sessions at a variety of locations. More information is available on FaceBook or at the group's website,
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Jonas chat sweet, too short - New York Post
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And, remember, Robert Ripley was a New Yorker. AT Charlie Rangel's birthday dinner, Sheldon Silver told some pale pol bending lawyer Barry Slotnick's ear: "Relax. Don't be nice to him. He can't vote in the Democratic election."
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Hold fast to faith, but pray indoors - London Free Press
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... it behooves our political leaders to hold fast to whatever faith they espouse but otherwise, following the advice of Jesus, to pray hard but to pray indoors. Rev. Robert Ripley is a retired United Church minister. E-mail bob.ripley@sympatico.ca
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Quotes from the Hopkins-Dawson Press Tour - The Sweet Science
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"In 1918, Robert Ripley, an illustrator for a small newspaper, published his first cartoon: Champs or Chumps? Now almost a hundred years later we're going to find out who is the champ and who is the chump! MICHAEL HIRSCH, General Manager of Ripley's
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Last Updated: August 8, 2011 8:56am - London Free Press
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Hail Admirable Crichton! For the most part class distinctions are mythologies and mostly in the minds of the powerful and wealthy. Bob Rae included. Rev. Robert Ripley is a retired United Church minister. E-mail bob.ripley@sympatico.ca
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Critics inspire few monuments - London Free Press
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If you don't want darts thrown at you, don't do anything. Of course then you'd be criticized for doing nothing. As the late Gilda Radner used to say, it's always something. Rev. Robert Ripley is a retired United Church minister. E-mail
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Believe it or not II. - Svet neuveriteľných kuriozít - SME.sk
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Takzvaným duchovným otcom myšlienky Believe it or not bol začiatkom 20. storočia novinár, cestovateľ, podnikateľ a dobrodruh Robert Ripley. Pod hlavičkou Verte-neverte mu od roku 1918 vychádzali v USA novinové články, v ktorých americkej verejnosti
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Pennridge Area Police Reports - Montgomery Newspapers
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Gregory Behan, 22, of Newtown Road, Warminster; Phillip Burkhardt, 22, of Durrah Road, Warminster; Alexander Meletta, 22, of Fern Road, Southampton; and Robert Ripley, 22, of Nancy Ward Circle, Doylestown, were ticketed for trespassing about 7:15 pm
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Obits not news, but they are reality - London Free Press
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It's perusing the report that a life that accomplished much and mattered to someone has come to an end. While it is seldom fodder for a front page, it is news nevertheless. Rev. Robert Ripley is a retired United Church minister. E-mail
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Big picture emerges at finish line - London Free Press
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... you'll make it through. The saying could have been coined for the Tour cyclists or for that matter, any of us who are just trying to make it, one day at time, to the finish line. Rev. Robert Ripley is a retired United Church minister. E-mail
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Remember animal's death meat of the matter - London Free Press
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It's not realistic to follow Zuckerberg's lead and slaughter our own meat, but we can at least buy from a local farmers' market. Maybe tour a farm. And when we flip our burger, remember that an animal died to make this moment. Rev. Robert Ripley is a
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Jim Carrey - Jim Carrey Gives Matt Lauer Piggyback Ride - Contactmusic.com
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Is this the Late Show or the Twilight show?" Jim Carrey is reportedly in negotiations to star as the cartoonist and amateur anthropologist Robert Ripley in 'Ripley's Believe It Or Not'. The project is being penned by 'Forest Gump' writer ERIC ROTH
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Heaven in eyes of the beholder - London Free Press
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Imagine no heaven? Really? Imagine the Twin Towers still standing. Imagine no beheading of blasphemers. Imagine no Inquisition. It's not easy. But for Lennon, Hawking et al, it's worth a try. Rev. Robert Ripley is a retired United Church minister
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The site of the American Airlines Arena in Miami and its fascinating saga - TCPalm
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Other famous visitors of the era included; President Franklin Roosevelt, First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, aviator Amelia Earhart, aviator Howard Hughes and showman Robert Ripley of "Ripley's Believe It or Not!". Crowds flocked to see this outstanding
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Ripley's Unbelievable Stories Of America's Service Members - Huffington Post
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"Throughout the 1920s and '30s, Robert Ripley always saluted the military," O'Brien said. "He was very patriotic and traveled to several foreign countries looking for the odd. But he never missed an opportunity to point out the odd things that happened
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Robert Ripley
    FIFTIES
  • 1949
    Age 58
    His health worsened, and on May 27, 1949, at age 58, he succumbed to a heart attack in New York City.
    More Details Hide Details He was buried in his home town of Santa Rosa, in the Oddfellows Lawn Cemetery, which is adjacent to the Santa Rosa Rural Cemetery. Ripley's cartoon series was estimated to have 80 million readers worldwide, and it was said that he received more mail than the President of the United States. He became a wealthy man, with homes in New York and Florida, but he always retained close ties to his home town of Santa Rosa, California, and he made a point of bringing attention to The Church of the One Tree, a church built entirely from the wood of a single 300-ft (91.4-m)-tall redwood tree, which stands on the north side of Juilliard Park in downtown Santa Rosa. Ripley claimed to be able to "prove every statement he made", because he worked with professional fact researcher Norbert Pearlroth, who assembled Believe it or Not!s array of odd facts and also verified the small-town claims submitted by readers. Pearlroth spent 52 years as the feature's researcher, finding and verifying unusual facts for Ripley and, after Ripley's death, for the King Features syndicate editors who took over management of the Believe it or Not!' panel.
  • FORTIES
  • 1932
    Age 41
    After a trip to Asia in 1932, Ripley opened his first museum, the Odditorium, in Chicago in 1933.
    More Details Hide Details The concept was a success, and at one point there were Odditoriums in San Diego, Dallas, Cleveland, San Francisco, and New York City. By this point in his life, Ripley had been voted the most popular man in America by the New York Times, received an honorary degree from Dartmouth College, and visited 201 foreign countries. During World War II, Ripley concentrated on charity pursuits rather than world travel, but after the war, he re-expanded his media efforts. In 1948, the year of the 20th anniversary of the Believe it or Not! cartoon series, the Believe it or Not! radio show drew to a close and was replaced with a Believe it or Not! television series. This was a rather bold move on Ripley's part because of the small number of Americans with access to television at this early time in the medium's development. Ripley completed only thirteen episodes of the series before he became incapacitated by severe health problems. He reportedly passed out during the filming of his final show.
  • 1931
    Age 40
    By a law signed on March 3, 1931, by President Herbert Hoover, "The Star-Spangled Banner" was adopted as the national anthem of the United States.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1930
    Age 39
    In 1930, he began a fourteen-year run on radio and a nineteen-year association with the show's producer, Doug Storer.
    More Details Hide Details Funding for his celebrated travels around the world were provided by the Hearst organization, and Ripley recorded live radio shows from underwater, the sky, caves, snake pits, and foreign countries. The next year he hosted the first of a series of two dozen Believe It or Not! theatrical short films for Warner Bros. & Vitaphone, and King Features published a second collected volume of Believe it or Not! panels. He also appeared in a Vitaphone musical short, Seasons Greetings (1931), with Ruth Etting, Joe Penner, Ted Husing, Thelma White, Ray Collins, and others.
  • 1929
    Age 38
    On November 3, 1929, he drew a panel in his syndicated cartoon saying "Believe It or Not, America has no national anthem."
    More Details Hide Details Despite the widespread belief that "The Star-Spangled Banner", with its lyrics by Francis Scott Key set to the music of the English drinking song "To Anacreon in Heaven", was the United States national anthem, Congress had never officially made it so. In 1931, John Philip Sousa published his opinion in favor of giving the song official status, stating that "it is the spirit of the music that inspires" as much as it is Key's "soul-stirring" words.
  • 1926
    Age 35
    In 1926, Ripley became the New York state handball champion and also wrote a book on boxing. With a proven track record as a versatile writer and artist, he attracted the attention of publishing mogul William Randolph Hearst, who managed the King Features Syndicate. In 1929, Hearst was responsible for Believe It or Not! making its syndicated debut in seventeen papers worldwide.
    More Details Hide Details With the success of this series assured, Ripley capitalized on his fame by getting the first book collection of his newspaper panel series published.
  • 1925
    Age 34
    He published both a travel journal and a guide to the game of handball in 1925.
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  • 1923
    Age 32
    Because he took the veracity of his work quite seriously, in 1923, Ripley hired a researcher and polyglot named Norbert Pearlroth as a full-time assistant.
    More Details Hide Details In 1926, his feature moved from the New York Globe to the New York Post. Throughout the 1920s, Mr. Ripley continued to broaden the scope of his work and his popularity increased greatly.
  • 1922
    Age 31
    He made his first trip around the world in 1922, delineating a travel journal in installments.
    More Details Hide Details This ushered in a new topic for his cartoons: unusual and exotic foreign locales and cultures.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1919
    Age 28
    In 1919 Ripley married Beatrice Roberts.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1890
    Born
    Born on December 25, 1890.
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