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Robert Ripley, the buck-toothed, socially awkward cartoonist who dazzled Americans

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by Denise Kiernan In the past, my friend Neal Thompson has illuminated the lives of astronauts, moonshiners, race car rivers and high school football players. Now he turns his considerable research and storytelling talents to the life of Robert Ripley, the buck-toothed, socially awkward cartoonist who dazzled Americans with his compulsive need to seek out the world’s greatest oddities. I had the opportunity to ask Neal about his latest book, “A Curious Man: The Strange and Brilliant Life of Robert ‘Believe It or Not!’ Ripley.” Here’s what he had to say. —Denise Kiernan, author of “The Girls of Atomic City.”   This is one of those topics I love–something I’ve heard about for years but realized I know little about.…

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