The subject of conflicting biographies by Russell Kelly and Paul Grescoe, British Columbia's best-known entrepreneur and philanthropist James Allen "Jimmy" Pattison is rarely considered as a literary figure, but he is arguably the province's most successful publisher. As the controlling force behind the Jim Pattison Group, Canada's third largest privately owned corporation, the former car salesman not only owns Beautiful British Columbia magazine and NewsGroup, the province's main supply chain for magazines and paperbacks, Pattison also owns the lucrative Ripley's Believe It Or Not! publishing franchise. Books published by the Ripley's operation are sold throughout the world and spinoffs are continuously syndicated in various media. Pattison served as president of Expo 86 and operates the fourth-largest charitable organization in Canada, in terms of grants, as of 2000. Pattison was born in Luseland, Saskatchewan on October 1, 1928 and arrived in Vancouver with his parents at age seven. He dropped out of university to sell cars in 1952.

[BCBW 2000] "Publishing"