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RIPLEY 'WILL' A FORGERYclick to enlarge
A purported will by Stuart Cummings Ripley has been exposed as a crude fake by Pete Hamstring, investigative reporter for the Bucks County Banner. On assignment by the directors of the Bucks County Writers Workshop, Mr. Hamstring reported the following:
Per your request, I have determined that the "will" of Stuart Cummings Ripley submitted by BCWW member (currently unnamed) is a crude forgery for the following reasons:
1. While I was only able to examine a computerized scan, I detected a faint watermark on the paper that indicates the paper was manufactured by the Neenah Paper Company using its Trojan brand papers. As its Trojan brand was first introduced in 2007 and Mr. Ripley died in 1964, the paper was not available in Mr. Ripley's lifetime.
2. The will purports to be handwritten; however, the font is obviously computerized, a version of a script font introduced by Microsoft in 1999.
3. The will is rife with spelling errors. Yet Mr. Ripley was a champion speller who won his first-grade spelling bee by correctly spelling "antidisestablishmentarianism."
4. According to the official biography on the Ripley website, Mr. Ripley left no known will.
5. The final tipoff is that the will incorrectly spelled Mr. Ripley's first name as "Stewart" rather than Stuart.
As for the motives of the BCWW member (currently unnamed) in releasing this obvious forgery, I can only conclude that he did so in a crass pursuit of publicity and fame.
My invoice, payable within ten days, has been sent separately to the BCWW.
Yours truly, Pete (Hamstring)
LANDMARK STATUS SOUGHT FOR RIPLEY BUCKS COUNTY HOME
Original Ripley home, Tinicum Twp., Bucks County, PA
PROPOSAL TO DEVELOP RIPLEY
SITE AS THEME PARK
If the old Stuart Cummings Ripley home receives landscape status, developers have proposed turning the property into a multi-acre theme park. It would include a Ripley museum, library, 200-room hotel, several restaurants, carnival rides, zoo, a Home Depot and a Target store. It would be the first major development in the history of rural Tinicum Townshop, Bucks County, PA. One resident is quoted as saying, "Tinicum hasn't had so much attention since Mr. Ripley lived here, whoever he was."
proposed visitors center at Ripley Theme Park,
Bucks County, PA
WAR-TIME RIPLEY LOVE...
Ripley in WW II
by A. Scmiles
LAWRENCE OF ARABIA
by Mary Jane Aklonis
PARIS REVIEW INTERVIEW
LOVER OF HORSES
by Jackie Callin
Young Ripley and his first horse. click to enlarge
The Lincoln Brigade
Ripley pictured in third row, far left RIPLEY IN THE SPANISH CIVIL WAR
by Jules C. Winistorfer
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POSTCARD FROM DOROTHY PARKER TO RIPLEY 1936
"UN-AMERICAN" ACTIVITIES PANEL
by Knute Isinglass
Edward Hopper's 1935 sketch of Frannie Schmidt,
with whom Ripley had a long-running affair.
RIPLEY TIME LINE:
Ripley in the Spanish Civil War
Ripley Dispatch From Madrid
Ripley and T.E. Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia)
Ripley, Correspondent in WW2
Ripley versus HUAC
RIPLEY THE MAN:
The Day I Met Ripley
S.C. Ripley: Lover of Horses
The Loves in Ripleys Life
Ripley Obituary 1964
Fun with Ripley
Literary Legacy of S.C. Ripley
The Poetry of S.C. Ripley
Bibliography; Recognizing Ripley First Editions
Paris Review Interview 1954
RIPLEY IN THE NEWS:
Landmark Status for Ripley's Bucks County Home?
RIPLEY PHOTO GALLERY
The Ripley site welcomes contributions: Essays, art, poetry, fiction -- relative to Stuart Cummings Ripley
original web design by
Jack Stewart Design
PO Box 1232
Doylestown, PA 18901
BACK IN PRINT!
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