Photo Sunday Believe it or Not

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Saint Francis Property Santa Rosa, CA 01368633

Robert Ripley was born and raised in Santa Rosa.  Encouraged by his high school art teacher, Ripley refined his artistic talent and went to work for the SF Chronicle drawing sports cartoons, and odd facts about sports figures.  Later he became known for his cartoon narratives of things in other countries (esp India) that were difficult for Americans to believe. 


Many say that Robert Ripley never claimed anything he wrote was true and left it to the reader to decide but actually Robert Ripley stated that he COULD prove everything he published, and in fact, worked very closely with a fact checker to ensure its accuracy.  


Robert Ripley is buried in Santa Rosa next to his parents in the Odd Fellows Cemetery.

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Jim Cheney, Broker

"Your Realtor in Rincon Valley"

Wine Country Real Estate

Santa Rosa, Sonoma County



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Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

Seems to me we have been to a museum of Ripley's....believe it....or not.

Aug 20, 2017 07:36 AM #1
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Geneva Financial, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Jim Cheney Interesting how  Robert Ripley has entertained so many over one hundred years with the peculiarities of life . Thanks for the report!

Aug 20, 2017 09:11 AM #2
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
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I had no idea that Robert Ripley lived and was buried in Santa Rosa.  I love this factoid.  Wishing you a great week.  A

Aug 20, 2017 09:58 AM #3
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
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Jim Cheney I didn't know Robert Ripley grew up in Santa Rosa. Thanks for the update.

Aug 20, 2017 02:03 PM #4
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much for sharing this interesting information.

Have an outstanding week.

Aug 21, 2017 04:08 AM #5
Sybil Campbell
Long and Foster REALTORS® 5234 Monticello Ave Williamsburg, Virginia - Williamsburg, VA
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How interesting Jim Cheney, thanks for sharing the photo with us.

Aug 21, 2017 07:33 AM #6
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
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This is good information to know. I appreciate you sharing it, Jim.

Aug 22, 2017 08:06 PM #7
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