The brand of Ripley’s Believe It Or Not has long outlived its creator, and largely eclipsed the one-time celebrity of the man himself. A new biography revives the details of his improbable life.
It’s somewhat surprising that the personal history of Robert Ripley has faded from public awareness, agrees biographer Neal Thompson. But without heirs or family to perpetuate his name, it’s also understandable.
Ripley produced just dozen television programs before his death, but was previously featured in a series of shorts that were created for theatrical release. The first of those can be seen below.