The Curious Life of Robert Ripley

May 28, 2013

Wednesday, Doug is joined by biographer Neal Thompson for a look at the strange and brilliant life of Robert "Believe It Or Not!" Ripley. Thompson says the message from Ripley's body of work – cartoons, books, radio programs, lectures and museums – is that he loved the underdog.  Ripley himself had been an awkward and outcast kid, but he was also curious and adventurous. We'll talk to Thompson about how Ripley built a media empire while feeding the public's hunger for the bizarre.

Neal Thompson is a journalist and the author of "A Curious Man: The Strange and Brilliant Life of Robert 'Believe It Or Not!' Ripley." [Your purchase on Amazon or Indiebound supports RadioWest.]

 

Watch this montage of Robert Ripley's world travels: