Tipper Gore

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Tipper Gore
Tipper Gore

Mary Elizabeth Gore, commonly referred to as Tipper Gore, (born August 19, 1948) is the wife of Al Gore and Second Lady of the United States from 1993 until 2001.

Born Mary Elizabeth Aitcheson in Washington, D.C., Mrs. Gore grew up in Arlington, Virginia. Her parents divorced when she was four years old and she was raised by her mother and grandmother who gave her the affectionate name 'BJ' which stuck all through her schooling. Tipper attended St Agnes (currently St. Stephen's and St. Agnes) a private Episcopalian school in Alexandria, Virginia, where she excelled at athletics and played the drums for an all-girl band, The Wildcats.

She met her future husband, Al Gore, at his high school senior prom (St. Albans School in Washington, D.C.) and they were soon dating. When Gore went north to attend Harvard University, Tipper followed, attending Garland Junior College and later Boston College.

Mrs. Gore received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Boston University in 1970 and her Master's degree in Psychology from George Peabody College at Vanderbilt University in 1975. Mrs. Gore worked as a newspaper photographer for the Nashville Tennessean until her husband was elected to US Congress in 1976.

In 1984, she co-founded the Parents Music Resource Center (PMRC) because she heard her 12 year-old daughter playing "Darling Nikki" by Prince. Critics of the PMRC, including Jello Biafra and Frank Zappa, have accused the PMRC of conducting public and under-the-table censorship campaigns against various recording artists and have pointed out the PMRC's ties to the American religious right.

In 2000, Tipper Gore began to make public appearances as a "mental health" advocate. She has been criticised by human rights organizations for her ambiguous stance towards involuntary psychiatric treatment, including forced drugging and commitment of people labelled mentally ill.

In 2002, Tipper was urged by her supporters to run for the vacant senate seat her husband once held in Tennessee, which was being vacated by Fred Dalton Thompson. However Tipper declined the offer stating it was not the right thing for her at that time.

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Al Gore with wife, Tipper, along with their children.

The Gores are known for being strong on family. In 2002, she and her husband Al wrote two books on family values and the transformed American family: Joined at the Heart & Spirit of Family. The Gores also hold an annual conference in Nashville that bring together families and those who work with them to talk and design better ways to strengthen family life in America. At the center of Family Re-Union is the belief that programs and guidelines should respond to the needs of families and communities, and should build on their strengths.

Al and Tipper Gore now reside in Nasvhille, TN. They have four children: Karenna (August 6, 1973), Kristin (June 5, 1977), Sarah (January 7, 1979) and Albert III (October 19, 1982). They also have two grandchildren: Anna and Wyatt.

Tipper Gore is mentioned in the song 'IfwhiteAmericatoldthetruthforonedayitsworldwouldfallapart' by Manic Street Preachers, as well as 'White Emerica' by Eminem.

Tipper Gore is the subject of the song "Startin' Up a Posse" by Anthrax, found on their 1993 release "Attack of the Killer B's"

Preceded by:
Marilyn Tucker Quayle
Second Lady of the United States
Succeeded by:
Lynne Cheney

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