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     Ripley's Believe It Or Not ('80's)
COMPOSERS: (incomplete listing)
William Kraft (3, so far)
Arthur Kempel (5, so far)
Craig Safan (10, so far)
William Goldstein (1, so far)
Elliot Kaplan (3, so far)
Lee Holdridge (2, so far)
Allyn Ferguson (3, so far)
Joseph Wiess (1, so far)
John Cacavas (2, so far)
Robert Prince, R.I.P.
Elmer Bernstein, R.I.P. (1, so far)
Ken Harrison
Mel Stuart
David Newman (1, so far)
Lalo Schifrin
Bob Summers
Morton Stevens, R.I.P.
THEME:
Henry Mancini, R.I.P.


While trying to put this list together, I tried & tried, but was unable to locate a list of all the episodes, or the episode titles (assuming they were titled).  Thus I stuck with numbers.  Some credits may not be accurate, and were pieced together the best I could!

Using uploads of some of the episodes, I am slowly completing the listing; If you see "Episode (number)", that indicates the listing is accurate. No episodes, thus far, have episodes names on screen. Unfortunately, while the uploads are numbered, they are not the correct ordering and are from different seasons, so I have decided to includ self-made episode descriptions to help identify them.

"The strange, the bizarre, the unexpected; these are the kinds of subjects a man named Robert L. Ripley challenged us to: 'believe it or not'."

    Season 1(???):
  1. Episode 1 --  William Kraft (and Joseph Wiess?)
  2. Episode 2 --  Arthur Kempel (and Joseph Wiess?)
  3. Episode 3 --  William Kraft (and Craig Safan?)
  4. Episode 4 --  Arthur Kempel
  5. Episode 5 --  Craig Safan
  6. Episode 6 --  William Goldstein
  7. Episode 7 --  Elliot Kaplan
  8. Episode 8 --  Lee Holdridge (Jack Tiller, Marty Wereski, music editors)
  9. Episode 10 --  Craig Safan (Dan Carlin, music editor)
  10. Episode 11 --  Craig Safan
  11. Episode 12 --  Craig Safan (Neiman/Tiller Associates, music editing)
  12. Episode 13 --  Craig Safan (Jim Harrison, music editor)
  13. Episode 14 --  Allyn Ferguson (Neiman/Tiller Associates, music editing)
  14. Episode 15 --  Craig Safan (Neiman/Tiller Associates, music editing)
  15. Episode 16 --  William Kraft (Jack Tiller, Marty Wereski, music editors)
  16. Episode 17 --  Joseph Weiss (Dan Carlin, music editor)
  17. Episode 18 --  Allyn Ferguson (Neiman/Tiller Associates, music editing)
  18. Episode 20 --  Craig Safan
  19. Episode 21 --  Craig Safan (Jack Tiller, Marty Wereski, music editors)
  20. Episode 22 --  Allyn Ferguson (Neiman/Tiller Associates, music editing)
  21. Episode 23 --  John Cacavas (Jack Tiller, Marty Wereski, music editors)
  22. Episode 24 --  Arthur Kempel (Jack Tiller, Marty Wereski, music editors)
  23. Episode 25 --  Elliot Kaplan (Jack Tiller, Marty Wereski, music editors)
  24. Episode 26 --  Arthur Kempel (Jack Tiller, Marty Wereski, music editors)
  25. Episode 27 --  Craig Safan (Neiman/Tiller Associates, music editing)
  26. Episode 28 --  Elliot Kaplan (Jack Tiller, Marty Wereski, music editors)
  27. Episode 29 --  Craig Safan (Jack Tiller, Marty Wereski, music editors)
  28. Episode 30 --  Lee Holdridge (Neiman/Tiller Associates, music editing)
  29. Episode 31 --  John Cacavas (Jack Tiller, Marty Wereski, music editors)
  30. Episode 32 --  Craig Safan (Neiman/Tiller Associates, music editing)
  31. Episode 33 --  Craig Safan (Neiman/Tiller Associates, music editing)
  32. Episode 34 --  Allyn Ferguson (Neiman/Tiller Associates, music editing)
  33. Episode 35 --  Allyn Ferguson (Neiman/Tiller Associates, music editing)
  34. Episode 36 --  William Kraft (Jack Tiller, Marty Wereski, music editors)
  35. Episode 37 --  Craig Safan (end credits cut off some)
  36. Episode 38 --  William Kraft (Jack Tiller, Marty Wereski, music editors)
  37. Episode 39 --  William Kraft (Jack Tiller, Marty Wereski, music editors)
  38. Elliot Kaplan
  39. Lee Holdridge
  40. Elliot Kaplan
  41. Lee Holdridge
  42. Craig Safan
  43. Elliot Kaplan
  44. "Puzzel Man Re-Do" -- Arthur Kempel
  45. John Cacavas
  46. Elliot Kaplan
  47. Craig Safan
  48. (William Kraft, additional)
  49. William Kraft
  50. Craig Safan
  51. Arthur Kempel
  52. "Chiapanecas" -- Mel Stuart
  53. William Kraft
  54. Arthur Kempel
  55. William Kraft
  56. Ken Harrison
  57. "When Aviation Was Young -- Part " -- John Cacavas
  58. "When Aviation Was Young -- Part " -- Arthur Kempel / Ken Harrison(?)
  59. Arthur Kempel
  60. John Cacavas
  61. Arthur Kempel
  62. David Newman
  63. William Kraft

    Season 1:
  64. October 3, 1982: Joseph Weiss (Dan Carlin, music editor)
         Vampire bats on the prowl for a midnight meal, bizarre rituals in Singapore, a blind marathon runner, a lizard that walks on water, men riding sacred logs down a mountain side in Japan, the biggest and tallest ferris wheel, the true tale a bottle washed ashore that contained far more than merely a message, chanting rituals in Bali, a mud throwing festival to commemorate a 500 year-old battle, various odd tricks of animals; a man almost completely disabled due to Polio who lives in an iron lung yet is an aspiring writer who painstakingly types his works one key at a time, and attended Berklee; the generousity and kindness of bob Melvin -- a man horribly disfigured on one side of his face, an automated chinese band, a recluse who built his house on a giant stone and later a tourist attraction for people who kept showing up to see his unique house, and the odd theory involving the King James bible and William Shakespear.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NMVzuddHNeY
  65. October 24, 1982: Craig Safan (Neiman/Tiller Associates, music editing)
         The real-life Robinson Crusoe, the truth about tarantulas, the attacks of the jumping spider and fishing spider and trap-door spider; the Dancing procession of Echternach, Luxembourg; dances of various peoples around the world, dried blood that liquifies of Januarius in Naples, the accentric palaces and life of King Ludwig II of Bavaria, the wedding customes of various cultures,
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TSy2GkN5Yu8
  66. November 14, 1982: Craig Safan (Neiman/Tiller Associates, music editing)
         See the raging onslaught of a volcano upon an island nation, the folley of the Maginot Line, the inside story of the greatest automobile lbubder: the Edsel, the mysterious and enchanting world of butterflies, an astonishing fascimilie of Marilyn Menroe, ancient lovers who supposedly died of heart break, a 200-year-old robot that plays music, and how to make a hole big enough for a person to walk through with nothing more than half a sheet of typing paper.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kf0hDvFBnhE
    (good score)
  67. December 1, 1982: Craig Safan (Neiman/Tiller Associates, music editing)
        
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AEOCVdLZwjE
  68. December 5, 1982: Craig Safan (Dan Carlin, music editor)
        
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iZjkUyqBHo0
  69. January 9, 1983: Craig Safan (Jim Harrison, music editing)
         The ghostly story of the Great Eastern, the Hungarian Rhapsody performed by slapping various people on the face, the world's [then] longest musical instrument, the snow monkeys of Japan, the lives of bees, giant killer wasps attacking honey bees, airplanes invented before the Wright Brothers, Cedrick "Happy" Stokes -- a one-man seven-piece band, wine glass music, the white-clad sax' players of France, and the most effective deterant to smoking...
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y-OLTzdWWs0
    (good score; different end credits music)
  70. January 16, 1983: Allyn Ferguson (Neiman/Tiller Associates, music editing)
         The unknown mystery of a miniature Statute of Liberty, the narrowest home in New York, the deadliest tree in New York, a wheat field planted as an art project in Manhattan, the smallest property in New York, a statue with the body of Abraham Lincoln but the head of somebody else, a small scale cityscape of New York, Japanese fish that also live on land, the perils of newborn turtles, frogs that incubate their young in their mouths, factoids about coin currencies from across time, the counting and detruction of American bills, a Japanese ritual involving wood, commodities exchanges in New York, gold and various odd human uses of it, the production of fortune cookies, a paid soccer player team member who doesn't play soccer in England, a blind-folded matador, and living goodesses.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WLioFIxJznM
  71. ***February 6, 1983: Allyn Ferguson (Neiman/Tiller Associates, music editing)
         The miracle of Dunkirk, the shadowy world of ancient rituals, a temple devoted to a hundred thousand rats, a new Jerusalem carved out of a Brazillian wilderness, Hindu mystics concuring pain, the secret weapons of Hitler's regime, outlandish machines made for World War II, be decieved by some of nature's most accomplished quick-change artists, modern art, a coastline wrapped in plastic, a sculpture almost no one ever sees, and a Texas monument to the automobile tailfin.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hg_7sgKXRx4
  72. February 13, 1983: Craig Safan (Neiman/Tiller Associates, music editing)
         The history of the Glory Hand, a breif recap of the life of sir Richard Burton, roadside memorials in Yugoslavia, houses built for the dead, a wall of skulls from murdered people, elaborate funerals for the dead; dogs that do incredible things, including: skiing, diving for oysters, one that delivers mail to a mail box, one that feeds other dogs and cleans up after them and walks them, and a dog that drives a car; packs of wild African dogs, "Greyfriars Bobby" -- the dog who sat at his owner's tombstone (except for trips for meals) until his death, the devistating new weapons of Hitler's National Socialist Party (AKA: Nazi's), the scandal of the waltz, a tribe that plays cricket, a new dance developed by the disabled, dancing little trible girls, a conga line of tap dacing city performers that sometimes draws in other people, and the dancing king who brought ballet to a respectable form.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rW40ynk0wgU
  73. December 1, 1983: Lee Holdridge (Jack Tillar, Marty Wereski, music editors)
        
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iZjkUyqBHo0


    Season 2:
  74. January 29, 1984: William Goldstein (Neiman/Tiller Associates, music editing)
         Digging up graveyards in China to make room for more bodies. The perilous journey of a newborn kangaroo toward the pouch. A musical staircase. A funeral where grief is expressed by removing a finger tip. Making music with leaves. A grave with a large granite limousine. The Japanese soldier who continued WWII after it ended. Junkyard instruments. Making music with brain waves. The last of the Shakers. And the feud of the Hatfield's and McCoy's.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iBAxb-4RbVc
  75. September 26, 1984 -- Episode 2 --  Arthur Kempel
         Watch a quarter of a million dominos; giant killer wasps, human vocal chords seen in the throat, doctors who use toes to make new hands, a man who puts himself on display like a zoo animal, witness a rough & tumble game in Italy, reconstructing a human arm, a man who turns paper bags into complex hats, an ancient doctor who crushes jewels into a drink to try and cure the Prince, millions of mice swarn Australia, the shocking reproductive capabilities of German cockroaches, the origin of American's national anthem, and the unusual gun that fires square bullets.
  76. December, 1984: William Goldstein (Neiman/Tiller Associates, music editing)
        
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_JUgcxjL_JY


    Season 3:
  77. January 2, 1985: William Kraft (Jack Tillar, Marty Wereski, music editors)
        
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EvWboLJovn0
  78. February 26, 1985: Arthur Kempel
         The world's best-dressed mummies, hidden cameras in casinos, an Australian lizard that inspired a dance-craze in Japan, a class that teaches how to re-create the faces of the dead, experts who make sure gambling tools are not rigged, a young boy who uses his feet after loosing both arms, a frog so poisoness it can kill with a single touch, a professional dealer reveals the secrets of card cheats, the game no modern casino will use, the remains of a Chinese holy man who is perserved under a thin layer of gold, a love song written by a wheel-chair bound man suffering from cerebral palsy, insects that walk on water, and the story of the galant gesture of putting a coat down on water for a woman to walk across.
  79. May, 1985: Elmer Bernstein (Neiman/Tiller Associates, music editing)
         The secrets of ninjas, the secrets of deep space, solar falres, using laser beams to make music, the insides of one of the largest musical instruments in the world, lions cubs learning to survive, how bats seek out their prey, tidal waves in the Amazon, a contest involving lethal snakes, champion spitters, a contest for who can eat the most salamanders... alive, the oldest living thing on Earth, using applicances to make music, and a horse shoe forging contest.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_2lp8HnfONg
  80. Episode 3 --  William Kraft
  81. June, 1985: Craig Safan (Neiman/Tiller Associates, music editing)
         The plot to kill Hitler, the fire-breathing performers of Mexico, parting of the seas in Korea, the fine art of studying garbage, worms that eat sewage, martial arts strength skills in China, side walk artists n Paris, the aardvark-like animal, industrial waste transformed into art, the multi-purpose century plant in Mexico, the only spider that lives entirely under water, the Ostridge tribe, the World Eskimo Indian Games, the problem of garbage, plants that eat waste in sewage water, a man who juggles bowling balls and chainsaws, and the amazing short story of the man who designed D.C.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pR8r13p_dAA
         Mysterious rituals in Tibet, a computer that performs "photographic magic" (this was before today's comptuers and Photoshop), how Chinese solved the problem of crowded graveyards in Hong Kong, a voice-controled computer that allows you to point at the screen as an interface, the rare first successful birth of a Beluga whale in captivity, a computer that works just by looking at it, ancient Eskimo mummies unearthed to solve a mystery, Sutterville -- the peaceful planned town doomed from the beginning, the story of Tibet and the invasion of the peaceful people by China, cheetas and their young, an early dish washing machine and other odd inventions.
  82. September, 1985 -- Episode 6 --  Lee Holdridge
         A race for babies (the "Diaper Derby"), recovering gold from the ocean, cancer removed with lasers, how to escape a sinking car, an annual crossword puzzle championship, slow motion car crashes to see whiplash in action, using lasers to detect finger prints other methods can't, the Birdmen of Japan, see some of the most spectacular intentional accidents for designing safe containers to transport nuclear material, a composer who's favorite snack was spiders, and safety glass.
  83. September, 1985: John Cacavas (Jack Tillar, Marty Wereski, music editors)
         Typhoid Mary, serious jump-roping, a type of fish in Florida that "walks", creative fireworks in Mexico using gun powder, experimental animal breeding in China, hot air balloons and a contest in Canada with more than twenty-thousand toy balloons, explore a vanished American civilization, the future of what nature may have in store for the animal kingdom, demolision experts, the danger of making nitroglycerin, a horse that gave birth to a zebra, and the real-life version of Indiana Jones of the past.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D40eWbyroys
  84. October 1, 1985: Craig Safan
         Explore new techniques that may one day permit the blind to see, handling dealy cobras in India to honor a god, an unusual collection of skulls and other human body parts, an elderly woman's devotion and care of turtles, jet engines used to create a modern form of art, a Hong Kong restaurant that's for the birds, a painful pilgramage in Guatamala to honor an ancient statue, how dogs guide the deaf, a factory where original art is mass produced, using computers to see the human brain at work, shattering ancient works to reveal master pieces billions of years old, the different wordsfor groups of various animals, a blind man who is sent images of brail to his mind by a computer, a man who worked with utility companies to design electricity poles to stop large birds from electricuting themselves, a large slab of rock that unites both Muslims and Christians, young boys on a journey to become monks; and what ever you do, be wary of the name "Kingston"...
  85. November 17, 1985: John Cacavas (Jack Tillar, Marty Wereski, music editors)
        
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OrfuGcoNL10
  86. December, 1985 -- Episode 2 --  Elliot Kaplan
         Judge Roy Bean, the dangerous occupation of a royal food tester, a man who makes a living getting attacked by rattle snakes, collecting and disarming unexploded bombs in Belgium from World War II, a man whose job is to repair and dismantle various high-up structures, food that doesn't expire made in plastic-like rolls that can be eaten, complex food delivery, eating strink bugs in Taxco, an unusual selection of meats and seafood in Illinois, a unique place where dolphins seach out and interact with humans, a pod of whales that beach themselves, mining for jewels, a man who grows oysters for pearls, see the egress.


    Season 4:
  87. ?????, 1986: William Kraft (Jack Tillar, Marty Wereski, music editors)
         Car crashes staged to develop better safety equipment, a strange man who goes out of his way to receive junk mail, computerized techniques to help a young boy overcome a cripling diesease; a Japanese game show involving frogs, snoakes, and things you wouldn't dare eat; an ampulte fitted with an artificial leg, two men who swindled the French government with computerized lies to the tune of one hundred million dollars, the dangers of not wearing a seatbelt (even children in parked cars), devices that help the disabled to bowl, the odd tale of the unfinished mansion of the widow of the Windchester rifle inventor, a man who collects and preserves windmills, and quick tale of the St. Paul church.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jSyONO5K0YQ
    (new opening credits arrangment/performance)
  88. ?????, 1986: ????? (?????, music editing; end credits cut off)
         A rare look at how Soviet astronaughs are living and working in outerspace, a museum in Mexico where mummies are the main attraction, medicine's [then] newest diagnostic computer modeling, how disabled children learn to an electronic hand, a musician who teaches drums how to "talk", a remarkable operation that re-connected a girl's severed leg, a musical instrument made out of a barbaque grill, the design of a coin that so offended people it was pulled, people who tape dramatic video Wills in Germany replete with music, a company that plans to send yp human ashes into space (still in operation today: celestis.com), a musical instrument played with a blowtorch and other unique instruments invented by a married couple, a man who figured out how to reproduce the unique tones of a Stratovarius violin, a museum in Taiwan full of rocks that have images carved into them over time by mother nature and discovered by man later, (the Youtube load cuts off at this point).
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DxgvDUOSTaU


    Unknown Season:
  89. (likely 1984 or 1985): ????? (end credits cut off)
         How much wind does it take to knock a man down? One hundred foot waves battering the coast of Britain, the Dead Sea in Israel, the Office of Currency Standards in the U.S. Treasury; doctors who hunt for rattle snakes, tarantulas, and other dangerous animals for research; an expensive museum with antique automobiles, older cars shown off, competitive car bouncing, a man who builds dinosaurs out of junk yard parts, tracking deadly weather to save lives, the affect of sky scapers on wind in a city, a man who's job is to hopefully get struck by lightening, a man who build his house and furniture out of newspapers, a man who designed his house to fit his whims and with no straight lines, a stone boathouse, the story of the Statute of Liberty, and a sea creature that turns itself inside out as a defense mechanism.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tPV2pYYYPCo
  90. (sometime 1985): ????? Craig Safan (Dan Carlin, music editor)
         An ancient monestary where you light a candle to honor martyrs, rescuing flood victims by helicopter as well as other rescues, a man who immitates musical instruments, why fireflies glow, the miracle of the Holy Fire in Jerusalem, a festival to laugh about in Japan, a school to teach fast-talking auctioneers to speak, special cameras to see the inside of a den of foxes, the one place remaining in Jerusalem where Jesus is said to have walked, the dollar bill and empty glass bottles trick, a Jewish tradition still alive after 3,000 years, the mysterious flashlight fish, the dangers of bats in a cave, and the story of the first calculator.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ci8-oBh5CTM (better sound)


MUSICIANS:
ACCORDIAN

BASS

CLARINET

DRUMS

EVI

FIDDLE

FRENCH HORN

GUITAR

HARMONICA
PERCUSSION

PIANO

SAXOPHNE

SYNTHESIZER

TROMBONE

TRUMPET

UNKNOWN

VIOLIN

VOCALS

WOODWINDS
TECHNICAL STAFF: