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Ross and Norris McWhirter (1925)

In 1954, a few years after identical twins Norris and Ross McWhirter founded a London fact-finding agency, they met a director of the Guinness brewing company, Sir Hugh Beaver, who commissioned a compilation of world records that was intended to settle bar-room disputes. The first edition of the McWhirters' Guinness Book of Records was given to bars for free as a marketing gimmick, but the book quickly became a phenomenal success. In 1975, Ross was assassinated. Why? More...
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Ross and Norris McWhirter (1925)
In 1954, a few years after identical twins Norris and Ross McWhirter founded a London fact-finding agency, they met a director of the Guinness brewing company, Sir Hugh Beaver, who commissioned a compilation of world records that was intended to settle bar-room disputes. The first edition of the McWhirters' Guinness Book of Records was given to bars for free as a marketing gimmick, but the book quickly became a phenomenal success. In 1975, Ross was assassinated.
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The murder of Ross McWhirter by the provisional IRA in November 1975, after he had offered a £50,000 reward for information on terrorists, caused Norris great grief, but at the same time prompted him to say that the murder had made him feel "not half a man but two". He took on something of Ross's militancy and, coincidentally, days after the murder, helped launch the National Association For Freedom, later to be known simply as the Freedom Association.

McWhirter was a dedicated and even obsessive collector of quirky facts. He was also a fighter for "personal freedom" causes - which almost always turned out to favour the political right. The less assertive of the identical twins, his reaction against his public school background - hinted at in his attitudes - made him dislike regimentation, especially state regimentation.

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