“Believe it or Not” with Robert Ripley

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I loved the TV revival of “Ripley’s Believe it or Not” with Jack Palance from 1982-1986. But before that and during its run, a local station in New Jersey would run the serials that would help to make Ripley’s name a household world (along with his comics). I remember rushing down on Sunday to watch this unusual man with his crooked smile take me around the world and show me just how weird and wonderful a place it could be. I am in the midst of reading a biography about Ripley called, A Curious Man: The Strange and Brilliant Life of Robert “Believe It or Not!” Ripley, and so far I have not been disappointed. Ripley was a complicated man, who chose to live an unconventional life and by doing so he entertained and even inspired many people.

A real perk of the internet age is that I do not need to wait a week for someone to spoon-feed me what I want. Now when I want my “Believe it or Not” I just do a quick search and a snapshot of the world, taken by a curious man 80 years ago is at my fingertips. Believe or not…

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