I love this biography of Robert Ripley. I grew up watching Ripley's Believe It Or Not in the eighties, but I knew nothing of the man himself. I thank Neal Thompson for writing such a comprehensive biography. Ripley was a man who worked hard and truly enjoyed all the things that money could buy. For all of this success, he was also over worked and lonely in his personal life.
Ripley's legacy can seen in books, museums, current television shows and even museums. Ripley became a successful radio and television show host too. He accomplished all of this without finishing high school. I truly admire Ripley's success because of that. Ripley's art work expands my definition of what a cartoon is. His cartoons stretched the limits of human imagination. One of his cartoon drawings showed an African man with a twenty eight inch horn growing out of his forehead. There are no photos in this book. I found an image of this online. Ripley travelled to places with unusual names too. He visited a place called Hell, Norway and Santa Claus, Indiana and over 200 countries in his life time. Travelling is something I aspire to do more of.
Neal Thompson also includes trivia facts from his own research. I learned that Ripley's brand of cartoons is still in print today. It is the longest running cartoon in existence today. I also learned that the first cross puzzle was created in 1913 by John Pulitzer. I learned that Ripley was the first person to support the idea of Hawaii becoming a state decades before it did and that he first proposed a plan to make the Arizona a memorial in Pearl Harbor. A Curious Man is an entertaining biography. It not only chronicles a fascinating life. It is filled with neat trivia facts from the author too.
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