- price: $15.00
- isbn: 978-0-7704-3622-3
- release: Jun 3rd, 2014
- format Trade Paperback
- category: Biography & Autobiography - Historical
- About Neal Thompson
Ripley's early life was interesting to read about. I knew nothing of the man except for his strange and wonderful collections.It was a treat to learn about his upbringing,background and what led him to become the man we all know and love. My heart broke for him knowing that he was made fun of his whole life simply because he wore shabby clothes, had bad teeth and did not fit in with the other kids. I got the sense that since Ripley was a bucked tooth odd looking fellow that did not really belong he loved to celebrate oddities because he viewed himself as one as well on some level.
To think Ripley was a sports cartoonist (self taught and highest paid in the world) that happened upon a weird curiosity that changed his life and ours forever. Granted his life was not all peaches. He had problems with the people he worked for, alcohol issues and was a womanizer as well, but even with all that his life was a fascinating journey. I am glad I selected this book to read about. Although not exactly "historical" it was intriguing.
Neal is a veteran journalist and author whose fourth book - a biography of eccentric world-traveling cartoonist Robert Ripley – scheduled to be published in 2012. Tentative titles: A Curious Man or The Curious Mr. Ripley.
Neal has appeared on ESPN, the History Channel, C-Span, Fox, TNT, and NPR, and has written for Outside, Esquire, Backpacker, Men’s Health, Sports Illustrated, etc. Prior to becoming a full-time author and freelancer he spent 15 years as a newspaper reporter, serving time at the Baltimore Sun, St. Petersburg Times, Bergen Record, Roanoke Times, and Philadelphia Inquirer. [Samples here and here; three favorite Balt Sun stories here, here, and here.]