Seattle Met feature story: The Carver’s Life

Posted by on Apr 28, 2011 in Ripley, seattle | One Comment

While researching my biography of Robert “Believe It or Not” Ripley, I learned about Ripley’s visit to Seattle in 1937, when he spent $1,000 at Ye Olde Curiosity Shop. Among his purchases were a couple totem poles by a Native American carver named Sam Williams. I later learned that John Williams, who was shot and killed […]






Review: A Young Man’s Guide to Late Capitalism

Posted by on Apr 5, 2011 in Authors, Books, seattle, Writing | No Comments

A Young Man’s Guide to Late Capitalism by Peter Mountford My rating: 4 of 5 stars In one chapter of my forthcoming biography of Robert Ripley, I recount the eccentric, world-traveling “Believe It or Not” cartoonist’s months-long journey through South America in 1925, during which Ripley writes that Bolivia’s sky-high capital, La Paz, looked as […]