Like maybe every other 13-year-old boy I went through a phase of fascination with faster, further . . . .which I satisfied with the Guinness Book of World Records (see my review here on lunch.com of a book on how to get into Guiness which called that fascination back to memory) . . . and weirder, which was the domain of Ripley's Believe It or Not. Ripley's would sit next to Guiness in the Scholastic book sales papers that were such a brilliant pinhole into the wide world … more
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 … more
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