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Meet Jon Provost star of TV hit series Lassie

Ripley's Believe It or Not!
Lassie Star To Visit Ripley’s

Believe It or Not! in St. Augustine

Bring your own Lassie dog to pose with Jon Provost, who played Timmy  for 260 episodes in the 1950s – it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity!

One of television’s first child superstars, Jon Provost, who played Timmy on the iconic Lassie show,  will be appearing at Ripley’s Believe It Or Not Museum in St Augustine, Fla. on Monday Oct. 10 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Provost will be in town promoting his new book, Timmy’s in the Well. “We are so excited to have Jon visit us,” said Kim Kiff, Ripley’s manager. “Just thinking of the show and the hours I spent with my parents watching it brings a smile to my face.  Who didn’t love Timmy and Lassie?”

The Lassie star will be located in the Victorian Room, adjacent to the museum’s outside courtyard. Access to Provost will be free, with autographed books and photos available for purchase.

“He will be as popular with adults as he is with the kids,” said Richard Lester, executive producer of Blue Heron International Pictures, the company arranging the event. “Jon had an unbelievable run in Hollywood during the golden age of the studios and in the early days of television.”

In his book, Provost provides us with a candid view of his life growing up among the stars, and what he did and the passions he pursued once he “retired” from the Lassie series at age 14.  He also talks about how he worked closely with Rudd Weatherwax, the owner and trainer of the dogs who played Lassie, beginning with movies in the 1940s.

Jon Provost on the set of Lassie
Jon and Lassie on the show set

Downloadable photos of Provost and Lassie are available in the Ripley’s Newsroom.

Jon Provost will be a guest on Ripley Radio. The show will be posted on Monday, Sept. 19 and will be available to stream or download atwww.ripleyoddcast.com

About Ripley Entertainment

Ripley’s Believe It or Not! St. Augustine is part of the Ripley Entertainment Inc. (www.ripleys.com) family of worldwide attractions, the global leader in location-based entertainment.  More than 12 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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