We have all encountered Ripley’s Believe It or Not! in some form or another— whether you’ve gone to a Ripley’s Odditorium or you read a Ripley’s book or you played a round of Ripley’s mini-golf. This vast empire was all started by one man: an American cartoonist named Robert Ripley.
It takes a unique mind to think up the bizarre and wacky world that Ripley created. Keep reading to learn how this man became a success story for the ages, smack-dab in the middle of the Great Depression.
He Was Born On Christmas Day
Robert Ripley was born on December 25th, 1890 in Santa Rosa, California. He was a cartoonist, an anthropologist, and an entrepreneur. He’s best known for creating Ripley’s Believe It or Not! which was a cartoon series in a newspaper before it became a radio show and then a television show.
Robert Ripley sold his first cartoon to Life magazine in 1908. His life was a series of successes from that point on.