The story of 'Jimmy Ross' has a convoluted point of origin.
It began with a fictitious character called 'Paul Shaw' in a 1990 novel written by Ian Cowper Ross.
In that book, the fictitious 'Paul Shaw' refers to his fictitious father simply as 'Daddy'.
The fictitious 'Paul Shaw' recites that his fictitious mother who he does not name, identifies her fictitious husband by the first name of 'Jim'.
In the 1990 novel, another fictitious character named 'Liam O'Mahoney' who is visiting the fictitious 'Shaw' family, addresses the fictitious 'Daddy' of the fictitious 'Paul Shaw' as 'Jimmy'.
Now we move ahead one year to a 1991 BBC-TV show where the real Ian Cowper Ross appears on screen to talk both about his real life 'Daddy' (but not identified in any other way), and by inference, he associates the fictitious character named 'Liam O'Mahoney' in his 1990 novel with Ronan O'Rahilly.
By inference on the 1991 BBC-TV show, the fictitious events described in the 1990 novel by Ian Cowper Ross, are then transposed to real life events and real people.
In that way, 'Daddy' in the 1990 novel becomes associated with the real life father of Ian Cowper Ross, and 'Liam O'Mahoney' in the novel who calls the father of the fictitious 'Paul Shaw' by the name of 'Jimmy', is then associated with the real life Ronan O'Rahilly and therefore, again by inference, Ronan O'Rahilly supposedly addressed the real life father of Ian Cowper Ross as 'Jimmy'.
Therefore, using this same bogus reasoning, the fictitious and unnamed mother of the fictitious 'Paul Shaw' who calls her fictitious husband 'Jim', is actually referring to the real life father of Ian Cowper Ross.
Just one big problem with all of that: The real life father of Ian Cowper Ross is named Charles Edward Ross. He is not known as 'Jim' or 'Jimmy, even though in 2019, Paul Alexander Rusling went so far as to state on page 51 that: "While Ross senior's Christian name was Charles, many of his close friends and colleagues knew him simply as 'Jimmy'."
For inspiration Rusling turned to the work of Ray Clark who published a book in 2014 about Radio Caroline for which he interviewed Ian Cowper Ross, and on Clark's page 38, he quoted Ian Cowper Ross talking about Ronan O'Rahilly: "He (O'Rahilly) sat there and gave the spiel to 'old Jimmy'. I can't believe that he would call my dad Jimmy; the whole idea of it was unbelievable ... 'Jasus Jimmy, you won't believe it when you see this' ...."
With the creation of this fictitious character referred to as 'Jim' and 'Jimmy' that leaped from a 1990 novel onto a 1991 BBC-TV show, and then into a 2014 book by Ray Clark, to a 2019 book by Paul Rusling, the words of Ian Cowper Ross which speak of 'Jimmy', and which are placed into the mouth of Ronan O'Rahilly, are never actually connected by Ian Cowper Ross to claiming that 'Jim Shaw' or 'Jimmy Shaw', is Jimmy Ross. Ian Cowper Ross lets viewers and readers connect those dots. What Ian Cowper Ross says is that "I can't believe that he (Ronan O'Rahilly) would call my dad Jimmy; the whole idea of it was unbelievable ...."
That's just it. It was "unbelievable" because it is simply not true!
But now Wikipedia is reporting that a 'Jimmy Ross' was the head of MacFisheries, CarPhone Warhouse and all manner of different companies, all without any proof whatsoever, and neither could there be, because 'Jimmy Ross' is not the 'Daddy' of Ian Cowper Ross, and neither did Ian Cowper Ross actually say that he is! Just how devious Ian Cowper Ross has become over the years is becoming apparent, because he has certainly helped to cause the self-deception of a lot of people who have tried to fathom the origins of Radio Caroline.
Now part of this has been possible because trying to nail down the hard facts about the life and times of Charles Edward Ross is very difficult, and there is obviously a reason why Charles Edward Ross did not want anyone to know who he really is. How much Ian Cowper Ross knows about his real father is another matter again.
But the deception begins in 1964 with the first Press Release that was issued by Leslie Perrin and Associates, and its author appears to be David Block who was working for Perrin.
The true story was never intended to be read by anyone, and the nearest thing to a nod in the direction of the true story that was published in the press, was the emergence during early 1964 of Jocelyn Stevens. It was in a Granada television program shown during early 1964, and filmed in Stevens' Fetter Lane office. Seated in a corner on one side of his desk, Stevens gathered around him a very shy and young Ian Cowper Ross, whilen another corner next to Stevens' desk sat a very nervous and young Ronan O'Rahilly. A very ill-at-ease Christopher Moore sat against another wall facing sideways in front of Stevens' desk while smoking a cigarette and portraying a look that he wished he was not there.
Jocelyn Stevens was forced into the limelight because Ronan O'Rahilly was not yet up to the job of answering press questions about who was behind Radio Caroline. Planet Sales was not a company, it was not based at Fetter Lane, and consequently Stevens and O'Rahilly could not be 'joint managing directors' of something that did not exist.
During this period of time Leslie Perrin and Associates were employed to front various spokespeople who all claimed to represent Radio Caroline. But when all else failed, Jocelyn Stevens had to step forward. Stevens had been involved since the very beginning and that takes us back in time to at least the year 1960!
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