Sunday, February 25, 2007

Believe it or Not!

Do you remember Rodney Allen Rippy from the Jack in the Box commercials a zillion years ago and he couldn't talk because his jumbo jack burger was too big?

Well, he wasn't born in my hometown, but believe it or not, Robert L. Ripley was! Yup! He was born in Santa Rosa and is buried here. too. And, in fact, I walked past his birthplace and his final burial ground just this afternoon. See those photos? He was born in that house and is now buried less than a mile way. (Notice the orbs? I sware.. I never heard of an orb until a month ago on my blog!) Now they're everywhere!

I walk past his house quite a bit on warm evenings.

He was a talented, self-taught artist and sold his first drawing to LIFE magazine when he was just 14 years old! He at one point, nearly became a professional baseball player but he broke his pitcher's arm while playing his first professional game.

As you know, Charles Schulz also lived in my hometown and his drawings were first published by Robert Ripley in his "Ripley's Believe It or Not!" back in 1937.

Read more amazing facts about him.


danny said...

Wow that's amazing! his birthplace and burial site right nearby. I used to love his books when I was a kid. And those orbs! just like your haunted house picture! While reading through those facts, the one about the Japanese guy's life-like statue, I've SEEN that statue at the Ripley's Believe It or Not Museum in San Francisco. It's right out front!

Doodlestreet said...

Believe it ORB not! ;)