Publisher: Little, Brown and Company (1993)
Softcover, 207 pages
10.8 x 8.5 x 0.6 in.
As the leading chronicler of the odd, Robert Ripley, born in Santa Rosa, California in 1893, became a world-renowned personality. The Believe it or Not! phenomenon took hold of the popular imagination between the World Wars and continues to fascinate to this day. There has yet to be an examination of the documentation that Ripley required from those claiming to be bizarre and unique, and this exhibition and catalog fills that void. In 1913, working as a sports cartoonist for the New York Globe, Robert Ripley decided to publish a selection of sports oddities he had collected. His editor persuaded him to change the title from Champs and Chumps to Believe it or Not. This catalog features a collection of photographs commemorating the 100th anniversary of Robert Ripley's birth and celebrates oddities and unusual feats, such as the woman who blowtorched her tongue and the man with three legs. By Mark Sloan, Roger Manley, and Michelle Van Parys.