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British publisher, writer, journalist and broadcaster was born on August 12, 1925, in London, England. He studied at Oxford, and became chairman of the family business (1955-'86). With his twin brother Ross McWhirter (1925-'75) he founded an information service, McWhirter Twins Ltd (1950). They were invited by the managing director of Guinness Breweries to compile a book of records to settle arguments in public houses, and the first edition of The Guinness Book of Records was published in 1954. Norris was editor (1954-'86), and is director of Guinness Publications Ltd. A sports journalist (1951-'67), he has also been a television sports commentator (1960-'72), and co-presenter of The Record Breakers (1972-'94). Ross was assassinated by IRA terrorists.
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