In 1978 Ripley's Believe It or Not
owned by Ripley International played on Gooding's Million
Dollar Midway. Since the first permanent Ripley's Believe It
or Not! Museum opened in St. Augustine, Florida in 1950.
Millions of visitors have seen the exhibits collected by
cartoonist Robert LeRoy Ripley in his travels to 198
countries across the world.
Ripley got his professional
start in San Francisco, CA first as sports cartoonists for
the Bulletin and later for the Chronicle. It was here in the
early 1900's that his artistic curiosity and imagination
were first stirred by the colorful sights and sounds of the
"Wickedest City" beginnings of a career that at its height
saw his daily cartoons seen and read by an estimated 80
million people in 38 countries and 17 languages.
A mobile exhibit went on the road in 1978. Routed to play
major fairs and shopping centers in large Metropolitan
areas, the attraction was composed of three 40 foot semi
trailers set up in a triangle. One trailer
served as the front while the other two equipped with air
conditioning, contained the exhibits. A nylon tent with a 34
foot center pole covered the center area where wax
and fiberglass figures were "displayed. There were a total
of 137 exhibits, all priceless one-of-a-kind items.
Jimmy Doyle designed the exhibit and oversaw the display
work. Bob Drumm was construction coordinator and Terry Hull
did the actual construction. Bill Parrish, a former E.
Strates Shows employee, was road manager.
1-Ripley's Traveling Exhibit
2-Ripley's Traveling Exhibit