Robert “Believe It or Not!” Ripley - Talk led by Larry Bounds

Robert “Believe It or Not!” Ripley lived an unbelievable life.


A barefoot and bucktoothed stuttering boy became a radio, film, and television celebrity who was voted “the most popular man in America.”


A reluctant writer who dropped out his senior year of high school became a best selling author and a world renowned journalist.


A nonstop doodler who was told he would never be an artist became a newspaper illustrator earning more than $500,000 a year – during the Great Depression!


Ripley travelled the world finding and reporting the oddest and most unusual facts about people, places, and events. Often controversial, sometimes shocking, and always entertaining, Robert Ripley created a media empire that survives and thrives more than 70 years after his death – believe it or not!


LIVE IN PERSON PROGRAM – Hughes Main Library. 


LIVESTREAM VIEWING - Want to watch from home?
The Ripley Talk will be livestreamed and questions will be taken from the virtual audience. A link to the livestream will be available at the History Comes Alive website when the event starts.


This event is not a costumed performance but will feature audience Q/A. Larry Bounds will perform as Robert Ripley in the History Comes Alive Festival June 9 – 18, 2023.

  • Presented By: Greenville Chautauqua Society
  • Dates: May 9, 2023
  • Location: Hughes Main Library
  • Address: 25 Heritage Green Pl, Greenville, SC 29601
  • Phone:

    (864) 244-1499

  • Time: 7-8:30 pm
  • Price: Free