Saranac Lake has made it into RIPLEY'S BELIEVE IT OR NOT several times throughout the years. Bill McLaughlin aka The Siver Fox (who, by the way, was a prolific contributer to the cartoon) was the main feature in 1942 when his hair became curly overnight and then, 6 months later, became pure white. Tom Wallace was also featured in one of the cartoons in 1927 when the star fullback was playing football for SLHS. Saranac Lake was playing Lake Placid and the final score was 101 to nothing!!! Tom was also a track star holding the state record for the 220 low hurdles and one of the top basketball players.
John Gregory was a star of a cartoon in the forties. After a slight stroke it was discovered that he could only perspire on one side of his face. Conservation Officer, Dick Emperor appeared in the panel around 1952 when he shot a black Snowshoe Rabbit. Larry Doyle of the Giants was also included in a Ripley panel. One day in 1914 Laughing Larry had hit a baseball into the stands at the Polo Grounds and it was caught by a young boy. The ball was then given to Larry to autograph. After signing it Larry was unable to locate the kid so held onto the ball. Eventually, after Larry had settled in Saranac Lake, he heard from that boy. Larry promptly sent him the ball. The year was now 1957 and the young boy was now a 54 year old man. It had been 43 years since the incident.
Even the Saranac Lake weather accounted for at least one Ripley feature. In 1959 the combination of wind and moisture caused hundreds of snowballs to be rolled up on area lakes. This made an interesting sight for locals and a great cartoon for Ripley.
Many thanks to the Intellectual Properties Department of Ripley Entertainment Inc. and especially Saranac Laker Peter MacIntire, who is an associate in the company, for digging up the following cartoons and for allowing me to share them with you.