5 Surprising Facts You Didn't Know About Al Gore

On October 12, 2007, Al Gore won the Nobel Prize for his book, “An Inconvenient Truth.” Here are 5 surprising facts you didn’t know about this politician turned environmentalist...

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Gore Became Interested in the Environment While at Harvard While attending his last year at Harvard, Gore was in a class taught by oceanographer Roger Revelle, which heightened Gore’s interest in the environment, particularly in the area of global warming. While he was a member of the U.S. Senate, Gore released his first book on the environment, entitled “Earth in the Balance,” and has written others, including “An Inconvenient Truth.” In 2007, Gore won the Nobel Peace Prize for his work, which was shared with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, for their work on climate change.

Actor Tommy Lee Jones Was His College Roomie Future actor Tommy Lee Jones was Gore’s college roommate at Harvard in the 1960s at one of the dorms called Dunster House. Appearing at the Democratic National Convention in 2000, Jones said they spent some of their time shooting pool, viewing Star Trek, cooking their Thanksgiving turkey in the fireplace hearth in their room and chasing cows. Gore, of course, went into politics and became involved in environmentalism. Jones created memorable movie characters who, among other things, battled aliens and went into outer space.

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He Met His Future Wife at a Dance While attending his senior prom with another girl in 1965, Gore met his future wife, Mary Elizabeth “Tipper” Aitcheson. They were married in Washington D.C. at the National Cathedral in 1970. Aitcheson went to a nearby high school, and both attended college in Boston.

It’s an Urban Legend That Gore Claimed to Be the Inventor of the Internet Pioneers of the internet, Bob Kahn and Vint Cerf, said that Gore’s efforts as a U.S. Senator had a significant impact on the development of the internet—but he never intended to say it was his invention. Gore saw what had happened with a bill introduced as by his father called the National Interstate and Defense Highways Act. It contributed to the development of suburbs and increased housing because of expanded mobility, and Gore recognized that his efforts in support of the internet would allow it to grow.

Gore’s Young Son Almost Died After Being Struck by a Car In 1989, Al, Tipper and their six-year-old son Albert were leaving a baseball game. Albert ran across the street to see his friend and was hit by a car. He was thrown 30 feet and then traveled along the pavement for another 20 feet. Gore later recalled: "I ran to his side and held him and called his name, but he was motionless, limp and still, without breath or pulse.... His eyes were open with the nothingness stare of death, and we prayed, the two of us, there in the gutter, with only my voice. In August 1991, Gore announced that his son's accident was a factor in his decision not to run for president during the 1992 presidential election.