CAREER AND VOCATIONfor Al Gore, born 31 March 1948
"...Aim for the limelight
"...Your life is what you make of it
"...Determination to succeed through your own efforts
"...The spirit of the lone adventurer
"...Born to lead, not to follow
"...You can't achieve everything by yourself
"...Needing to be in charge
"...What Success Really Means to You
Name: Al Gore
American politician, an attractive spokesman for the Democratic party with a famous political name, an unimpeachable family life, religious ties and a broad base of Southern support. The only son of a powerful U.S. Senator from Tennessee, Albert Gore, Sr. and Pauline LaFon Gore, a graduate of Vanderbilt Law School who campaigned as a helpmate with her husband, Al grew up with political and social awareness. He received a degree in government with honors from Harvard University in 1969. After graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Army.
Gore met Mary Elizabeth Aitcheson, nicknamed "Tipper," at his high school senior prom. They dated while he was in Harvard and she was working on her psychology degree from Boston University. They married on 5/19/1970, at the National Cathedral in Washington, DC, before he shipped out for Vietnam.
Returning to civilian life, Gore settled in Tennessee and attended Divinity School while working nights as a newspaper reporter in Nashville. He and Tipper bought the farm they still call home in Carthage, TN in 1973, the same year their first child was born. He had experience as an investigative reporter, home builder and land developer, livestock and tobacco farmer. Gore went into politics in 1976 when he was elected to represent Tennessee in the U.S. House of Representatives. He was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1984, and when re-elected in 1990, he became the first statewide candidate in modern history to carry all 95 Tennessee counties. Liberal on domestic issues, moderate on defense, he is pursuing the family political dream as established by his dad, serving four terms in Congress and eight years in the Senate. Making a run for the oval office in 1988, he won Democratic primaries and caucuses in seven states.
The Gore family increased with the addition of four kids, Karenna, born on 8/06/1973, Kristin, 6/05/1977, Sarah, 1/07/1979, and Albert III, 10/19/1982. In April 1989, Gore took his six-year-old son, Albert III, to watch a baseball game. The boy ran into traffic and was hit by a car and thrown 30 feet, suffering massive internal injuries. His legs and ribs were broken and his internal organs crushed. For a harrowing month, Al and Tipper barely left their son's hospital bedside and one of them slept beside him for the next three months. His recovery took months of extensive surgery and therapy. With family counseling, they learned to put more emphasis on partnership and teamwork. Gore had to deal with his parental feelings that he should have been better able to protect his son. Having had just recently failed his 1988 presidential nomination, he had to reevaluate his political directions as well as what his family meant to him. He decided against another political run in 1992, pulling away from public life to put more time into the strength and solidarity of his family.
They go to church on Sunday, and in the evenings all get together for a group dialogue to "get their needs out on the table." Together with Tipper, Al Gore is one of the strongest voices for America's families and their policy puts a stronger emphasis on fatherhood, increases flexibility for parents in the workplace and gives parents more control over the information that comes into their home.
Named as Bill Clinton's running mate at the Democratic convention 7/13/92, he was elected in the November contest and sworn in 1/20/1993, 11:44:40 AM EST, Washington, DC. The pair were re-elected to a second term in 1996 and sworn in on 1/20/1997. Together, they have led the country into a period of sustained economic growth marked by new jobs and the lowest combined rate of unemployment, inflation and mortgage rates in 28 years.
In mid-March 1999, Gore once more hit the campaign trail, stumping for the presidential nomination in Iowa. On 3/07/2000, he defeated his opponent in the primaries, Bill Bradley, to become the Democratic candidate for president, running against Republican George W. Bush.
Al Gore accepted his Party's nomination at the Democratic Convention in Los Angeles on 8/16/2000, 7:14 PM PDT.
Elections were held on 11/07/2000, leading to one of the most dramatic and confusing contests ever witnessed. When the issue of uncounted ballots finally went to the Supreme Court, the conclusion was upheld that Bush was the winner by a number of several hundred votes.
(B.C. in hand, Marion March)