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Willie Rushton (1937-1996)

William George Rushton (1937-1996)

One of the architects of the 1960s satire boom, Willie Rushton co-founded the magazine
Private Eye, producing its first cartoons and its layout from his mother’s home in Kensington. He achieved fame as part of the 1962 BBC series, That Was the Week That Was, alongside the likes of David Frost and as a regular panelist on the BBC Radio 4 game show, I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue, from 1974 until his death. He was the author and illustrator of a number of bestselling books, such as How to Play Football: The Art of Dirty Play and Pigsticking: A Joy for Life.

Willie Rushton was born in Chelsea, London, on 18 August 1937. He attended Shrewsbury School from 1950, where he met his future Private Eye colleagues Richard Ingrams and Christopher Booker. A talented cartoonist from a young age, he produced cartoons for the school’s official magazine The Salopian and its satirical counterpart, The Wallopian, which he produced with Ingrams and Booker.

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