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Robert Ripley Autographs, Memorabilia & Collectibles

Born: December 25, 1890 in Santa Rosa, California
Died: May 27, 1949 in New York City, New York
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Robert Leroy Ripley (1890-1949), traveled the globe, visiting 198 countries to collect strange facts and oddities that he featured in his newspaper column and a network radio show, "Believe It or Not!" Ripley produced his feature cartoons for 31 years -- never missing a day! Ripley received many suggestions from his readers; these were always verified by his research assistant before appearing in print. Ripley began a TV show shortly before his death. Ripley Entertainment still prospers today, producing programs and managing museums and other sites. Huskies cereal, Ripley's radio sponsor, was the source of a famous gaffe. Lou Gehrig, hired by General Foods as a spokesman, was asked by Ripley what cereal made him so strong. Gehrig blurted out, "Wheaties." Gehrig, embarrassed, offered to return his fee, but Ripley and General Foods were delighted by the national publicity. Gehrig returned to the show, and got it right this time: "Huskies. And I've tried them all."
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