Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Creates Custom Cartoons of Willie Brown, Astronaut Buzz Aldrin and Olympic Skier Ani Serebrakian

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – (July 26, 2010) – One walked on the moon. One was the longest-running Speaker of the California State Assembly. One is a college junior who competed in the 2010 Winter Olympics.

But none of the three – Buzz Aldrin, Willie Brown, Ana Serebrakian - has ever been immortalized in such a manner by Ripley’s Believe It or Not! – until now.

After cutting the ribbon for the grand reopening of Ripley’s San Francisco Odditorium today, each was presented with a specially-created custom cartoon highlighting their believe-it-or-not achievements. The cartoons were created by John Graziano, Ripley’s official illustrator.

Signed copies of the cartoons will go on permanent display in the Ripley’s San Francisco Odditorium.

Ripley’s Believe It or Not! was first drawn in 1918 and is considered the oldest continuously run cartoon in the world. The daily cartoon panel still runs in nearly 200 newspapers in 42 different countries – in 17 languages!

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For additional info on the $5 million renovation and expansion of the San Francisco Believe It or Not! Odditorium and Marvelous Mirror Maze  and for downloadable, high resolution photos, click here.

 Media Contact:

Tim O’Brien                                                       
VP Communications                                     
Ripley Entertainment Inc.                              
Office – 615-646-7465                                                
Cell – 615-496-5949                                                        
Obrien@ripleys.com                                                     

About Ripley Entertainment Inc.

Ripley’s Believe It or Not! San Francisco is part of the Ripley Entertainment Inc. (www.ripleys.com) family of worldwide attractions, the global leader in location-based entertainment.  More than 13 million people visit its 80-plus attractions in 11 countries each year.  In addition to its 31 Believe It or Not! Odditoriums, the Orlando, Florida-based company has publishing, licensing and broadcast divisions that oversee projects including the syndicated Believe It or Not! television show, best-selling books and the popular syndicated cartoon strip, Ripley’s Believe It or Not!, that still runs daily in 42 countries. Ripley Entertainment is a Jim Pattison Company, the third-largest privately held company in Canada.

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