Re: Personal life Early years Glenn Edward Lee Beck was b
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Glenn Edward Lee Beck was born in Everett, Washington, to William and
Mary Beck, who lived in Mountlake Terrace, Washington at the time of
their son's birth. The family later moved to Mount Vernon,
Washington, where they owned and operated City Bakery in the
downtown area. He is descended from German immigrants who came to
the United States in the 1800s. Beck was raised as a Roman
Catholic and attended Immaculate Conception Catholic School in Mount
Glenn and his older sister moved with their mother to Sumner,
Washington, attending a Jesuit school in Puyallup. On May 15,
1979, while out on a small boat with a male companion, Beck's mother
drowned just west of Tacoma, Washington in Puget Sound. The man who
had taken her out in the boat also drowned. A Tacoma police report
stated that Mary Beck "appeared to be a classic drowning victim", but
a Coast Guard investigator speculated that she could have
intentionally jumped overboard. Beck has described his mother's
death as a suicide in interviews during television and radio
After their mother's death, Beck and his older sister moved to their
father's home in Bellingham, Washington, where Beck graduated from
Sehome High School in June 1982. In the aftermath of his mother's
death and subsequent suicide of his stepbrother, Beck has said he used
"Dr. Jack Daniel's" to cope. At 18, following his high school
graduation, Beck relocated to Provo, Utah, and worked at radio station
KAYK. Feeling he "didn't fit in", Beck left Utah after six months,
taking a job at Washington D.C.'s WPGC in February 1983.
"You've never met a more flawed guy than me."
— Glenn Beck
While working at WPGC, Beck met his first wife, Claire. In 1983,
the couple married and had two daughters, Mary and Hannah. Mary
developed cerebral palsy as a result of a series of strokes at birth
in 1988. The couple divorced in 1994 amid Beck's struggles with
substance abuse. A recovering alcoholic and drug addict, Beck has
been diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.
By 1994, Beck was suicidal, and imagined shooting himself to the music
of Kurt Cobain. He credits Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) with helping
him achieve sobriety. He said he stopped drinking alcohol and smoking
cannabis in November 1994, the same month he attended his first AA
meeting. Beck later said that he had gotten high every day for the
previous 15 years, since the age of 16.
In 1996, while working for a New Haven area radio station, Beck took a
theology class at Yale University, with a written recommendation from
Senator Joe Lieberman, a Yale alumnus who was a fan of Beck's show at
the time. Beck enrolled in an "Early Christology" course, but soon
withdrew, marking the extent of his post-secondary education.
Beck's then began a "spiritual quest" in which he "sought out answers
in churches and bookstores". As he later recounted in his books
and stage performances, Beck's first attempt at self-education
involved six wide-ranging authors, comprising what Beck jokingly calls
"the library of a serial killer": Alan Dershowitz, Pope John Paul II,
Adolf Hitler, Billy Graham, Carl Sagan, and Friedrich Nietzsche.
 During this time, Beck's Mormon friend and former radio partner
Pat Gray argued in favor of the "comprehensive worldview" offered by
the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, an offer that Beck
rejected until a few years later.
In 1999, Beck married his second wife, Tania. After they went
looking for a faith on a church tour together, they  joined The
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in October 1999, partly at
the urging of his daughter Mary. Beck was baptized by his old
friend, and current-day co-worker Pat Gray. Beck and his current
wife have had two children together, Raphe (who is adopted) and
Cheyenne. Until April 2011, the couple live in New Canaan,
Connecticut, with the four children.
Beck announced in July 2010 that he had been diagnosed with macular
dystrophy, saying "A couple of weeks ago I went to the doctor because
of my eyes, I can't focus my eyes. He did all kinds of tests and he
said, 'you have macular dystrophy ... you could go blind in the next
year. Or, you might not.'" The disorder can make it difficult to read,
drive or recognize faces.
In July 2011, Beck leased a house in the Dallas–Fort Worth suburb of
Newt Gingrich is offering a new insight on the hot-button issue of gay
marriage: Saying that it will go away.
“I believe that marriage is between a man and woman,” Gingrich said,
the Des Moines Register reports. “It has been for all of recorded
history and I think this is a temporary aberration that will
dissipate. I think that it is just fundamentally goes against
everything we know.”
Of course, comments like this might draw attention to the fact that
Gingrich is himself an expert on the institution of marriage and its
history. He is now on his third marriage, and he originally began
seeing his current wife Callista by having an affair during his second
marriage — at the same time as he was pursuing the impeachment of
President Bill Clinton over the Monica Lewinsky scandal.
This past March, Gingrich linked his past infidelity to how hard he
was working — and his passion for America: “There’s no question at
times of my life, partially driven by how passionately I felt about
this country, that I worked far too hard and things happened in my
life that were not appropriate.”
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