A Note From Bob About The Guinness Book of Records
“In 1981, the year most shooting records disappeared from the Guinness Book, I called David Boehm of the Sterling Publishing Company and asked why. He told me that there is a committee that approves books to be used in school libraries across the nation. The committee informed Mr. Boehm that it would only approve the Guinness Book for continued use as a reference book in school libraries if gun records were removed. To protect the Guinness Book from a black list, that’s what the publishing company felt it had to do. If you look at recent editions of the Guinness Book of World Records, you will notice that most gun records by shooters using real firearms (not gimmicked with things like light-weight aluminum barrels,) are no longer listed, including those set by the famous Annie Oakley, Ed McGivern, Tom Frye and myself. It is a shame that a small group of people on that education committee, people who probably grew up in cities away from the shooting sports millions of Americans and citizens of many other nations appreciate and enjoy, can have the power to effectively erase history.”
– Bob Munden
Do they still keep records of other ways people can kill or injure themselves or bystanders? How many cars can you jump in a school bus? Does Evel Knievel hold the record for most broken bones?
I haven’t looked at a Book of World Records in, oh, maybe 30 years. What kind of uplifting and inspiring entries do they put in their now?
“there” not “their”. Or maybe I meant to write “their book”. Either way, I editing of my comment was not available this time.
But editing of my correction comment is available. (Sorry, didn’t mean to totally sidetrack this thread.)