North Carolina People, Places, and Things-December 9
I am the dad to five adult children. As they were growing up I attempted to remind them they were special and to implore them to learn something new. My goal was to do that daily.
In 2016 my goal is to learn something new daily on the people, places, and things that make North Carolina special. Everyday this year I am doing a post on what I have learned new.
I am not any kind of expert on pop culture including television. I recently learned that two TV shows Family Guy and The Simpsons immortalized the largest twins in the world who happened to be born in Hendersonville, NC.
The twins were Billy and Benny McCrary who were born on December 7, 1946. They actually became famous under another name. Billy and Benny went on to become professional wrestlers under the name of the McGuire Twins, training in Mexico and appearing across the U.S. and Japan.
In a promotion with Honda and Holiday Inn, the McCrarys rode motorcycles from the east coast to the west. They entertained on the Tonight Show and at Myrtle Beach, big men atop tiny minibikes.
After contracting measles at age 4, the twins’ weights quickly ballooned. By age 10, they each weighed 200 pounds, and by 16, each tipped the scales at more than 600 pounds. Billy and Benny would top out at 814 and 784 pounds, respectively according to the Guinness World Book of Records. Their enormous size has since been attributed, at least in part, to pituitary gland damage caused by the early bout of measles they both experiences.
Billy died in 1979 during a minibike stunt at Niagara Falls.
Benny took other wrestling partners, among them Andre the Giant, before entering semi-retirement devoted to golf and evangelism. He died in 2001. Their fame continues to grow because of The Simpsons and Family Guy.