Unabridged: Gosselin Wikipedia Article

As most of you know, some of my Wikipedia article has been removed and I have been banned. I do not believe either was justified, as the article was properly cited with valid sources such as the New York Times and the Reading Eagle. This was what I was able to salvage. Take what you wish from it. All references ARE available upon request.

Here is the article as it appeared on Wikipedia, with sources. Take it for what it's worth:

Jon & Kate Plus 8 is a reality television show produced in the United States by Figure 8 Films about the Gosselin family, consisting of parents Jon and Kate and their eight children - a set of twins (both girls), and a set of sextuplets (3 girls and 3 boys). The show follows the family through their daily lives, focusing on the challenges of raising multiple children. The show originally aired on Discovery Health but starting with Season 3, airs Mondays at 9:00pm ET/PT on TLC. The family originally appeared in a one hour special titled Surviving Sextuplets and Twins. It's also been reported that the show draws in an average of 2.5 million viewers per episode, making it one of the most-watched reality series on TV. The family lives in Central Pennsylvania.

CONTENTS

* 1 Story
* 2 Controversy
* 3 Family
o 3.1 Parents
o 3.2 Twins
o 3.3 Sextuplets
* 4 Seasons
* 5 Videos and books

STORY

Kate Gosselin has three sisters, Christen, Kendra and Clairissa, and a brother, Kevin. Kevin is often seen on the television series with his wife, Jodi, and their children Ashtyn, Braden, Alyssa, and Bennett. They were shown watching the Gosselin children during the "Mady's Day", "Cara's Day", "Leah's Day", "Hannah's Day", "Alexis' Day" and "Jon's Hair Raising Experience" episodes during season three.

Jonathan Gosselin is also the middle child of three boys born to Thomas Gosselin and his Korean wife. His brothers are Thomas and Mark. His father, Thomas Gosselin, was a pediatric dentist who died in January, 13, 2005, according to his obituary in the Reading Eagle,published on January 15,2005.[1] Jon and Kate have often referred to Dr. Gosselin as the only involved grandparent. The remaining grandparents "are not a part of their every day lives" [2]

Jon and Kate Gosselin met on October 5, 1997 at a picnic. According to the "How It All Began" episode, Jon was working at a hotel and Kate had just graduated from her nursing program. According to Kate, "I never believed in 'love at first sight', but this came really close." They were married on June 12, 1999 in "a perfect garden wedding with equally perfect weather". In the "How It All Began" episode of season three, they also said they paid for the wedding themselves.

Kate wanted to have children right away. She had a feeling that she would not be able to conceive, so she underwent testing and was diagnosed with polycystic ovarian syndrome. So, they decided to turn to fertility treatments and to start trying immediately, in case it took a while. The specific treatment they used is called intrauterine insemination or IUI, where no embryos were left over from the procedure.[3] By February, however, Kate was pregnant with twins. They were thrilled and even admitted to praying for twins because they were both baby crazy and feared they would fight over one baby. On October 8, 2000, Cara Nicole and Madelyn Kate were born, after a "rough" pregnancy.[4]

When the girls turned one, Kate began to think about the possibility of having another child, while Jon was not so sure. On the couple's appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show that aired on February 22, 2008, Kate admitted that she wanted to have another child because she wanted to know what it felt like to not have to split her time between two babies, while Jon was hesitant because he felt like the world is built for a family of four. According to Kate, a Korean infant became available while Kate was an obstetrics nurse. They decided not to adopt the baby boy, but instead return to fertility treatment.[5] Jon and Kate agreed to try again. By October, Kate was pregnant. Five weeks later,(after being hospitalized for over-stimulated ovaries) at the initial ultrasound, the doctor announced that there were seven sacs and began to count how many of these sacs had yolks, or babies, inside of them. According to Kate, "By ‘four’ I was pretty crazy, by ‘five’ I was sobbing. Then they found 'six' and 'seven'. (One baby didn’t develop on its own)". The doctor suggested selective reduction, but they were absolutely against doing so.

As Kate describes it, "Your whole life flashes in front of your eyes...we had a house that was too small, we didn’t have a vehicle big enough, we didn’t have the income that would be required…there were just all these things flying at us. All those thoughts flooding through my mind equalled completely impossible".[5] After experiencing the "worst weekend of [her] entire life", Jon took the girls to the family's church. He asked if he should tell anyone about their situation, and Kate agreed that he should so that the church could start praying for their family. As soon as church was over, Jon and Kate received many calls of encouragement. According to Kate, "I began to feel like we could do this! With God's help, of course!"

In an article written for orato.com, Kate admitted that the video of her when she was pregnant with the sextuplets was actually three weeks before she gave birth. She added: "I remember lying in the hospital bed thinking, ‘No matter how far I get these babies, it’s never going to be far enough'. Getting to 32 weeks was my goal, but that would still be eight weeks premature, times six. Every day starting at about 23 weeks I had an ultrasound to make sure that all of them were still alive, and each and everyday was just as nerve wracking as the one before. There wasn’t an ounce of relief until they were all home. Not long after we had them home, Jon whirled around one day with complete frustration and exhaustion in his voice and said, 'Do you realize we have been walking on eggshells now for an entire year?' That was the honest truth".

On May 10, 2004, Kate gave birth to three girls and three boys: Alexis Faith, Hannah Joy, Aaden Jonathan, Collin Thomas, Leah Hope and Joel Kevin.[6]

CONTROVERSY

Public scrutiny of the Gosselin Family began when Kate Gosselin appealed a Medicaid decision to no longer continue to provide a full time nurse for the sextuplets after the age of one year. Kate is quoted as saying, "I am urging them to see us as a rare situation, which we are," she said. "And I am begging them to make a special exception. They are six individuals. One mom cannot take care of them. "I might be able to meet their physical needs, but not the emotional needs. It is very difficult. I'm talking about time to talk about feelings, read books and the absolute bare necessities to get done. I cannot do it five days a week." [6] When this became public, the community learned that Jon had also been unemployed for 8 months while his wife was pregnant and after the sextuplets were born. He claims he was fired for applying for medical insurance for his wife's pregnancy, but this is unconfirmed. [7]

Despite their website claiming there are no college funds[8], the Lt. Governor of Pennsylvania did set up TAP funds for all eight children, as announced during the sextuplet's first birthday party. The press release is as follows:

If you would like to make a contribution to the Gosselin Family’s TAP account, you can do so by making your check payable to “TAP 529,” writing “Gosselin” in the memo portion of the check, and sending your contributions to: Gosselin Sextuplets and Twins Accounts, TAP Bureau, 218 Finance Building, Harrisburg, PA 17120. More information on the Tuition Account Program can be obtained by calling 1-800-440-4000 or by visiting the Treasury website and clicking on Tuition Account Program.[9]

Due to privacy issues, the amounts donated to these accounts is not known, and may or may not be substantial.

The Gosselins are currently in the fourth season of Jon and Kate Plus 8.Jon claims in several episodes of the show that he is now self employed after quitting his job with the Governors Office in Harrisburg.[10] Both Gosselins are doing public speaking about their experiences as the parents of twins and sextuplets. [11][12] [13] They expect to receive love offerings at these events, and also sell autographed photos. They currently charge $10 for individual pictures of the children and $20 for a larger picture with everyone.[14]

Kate mentioned in the original TLC special that "the two-year olds" had never had fast food, and that they try to prepare organic food as much as possible. On the TLC special Jon and Kate: Surviving Sextuplets and Twins, a McDonald's cup can be seen on the bedstand when Mady wakes up Cara to help Kate fold clothes. Also, during "The Gosselins Go Skiing", Jon brings three of the sextuplets Happy Meals from McDonald's for their lunch break from ski school.

The reality show has created controversy throughout the viewing community. They are the first family to have a reality show starring children at such young ages (Madelyn and Cara were 5 and the sextuplets were 2 when the series started) The long term results are still unknown. Also, despite their website claiming there are no college funds [8] the Governor of Pennsylvania did set up TAP funds for all eight children, as announced during the sextuplet's first birthday party. The press release is as follows:

If you would like to make a contribution to the Gosselin Family’s TAP account, you can do so by making your check payable to “TAP 529,” writing “Gosselin” in the memo portion of the check, and sending your contributions to: Gosselin Sextuplets and Twins Accounts, TAP Bureau, 218 Finance Building, Harrisburg, PA 17120. More information on the Tuition Account Program can be obtained by calling 1-800-440-4000 or by visiting the Treasury website and clicking on Tuition Account Program.

Due to privacy issues, the amounts donated to these accounts is not known, and may or may not be substantial.

The third season of the series has created increasing controversy, including Kate's treatment of Joel when he had a stomach virus on the

Their book, Multiple Ble8sings, written by Jon and Kate Gosselin and Beth Carson, is being released in November 1, 2008 and can be pre-ordered through Amazon.com.

FAMILY

Parents

* Jonathan "Jon" Gosselin (born April 1, 1977 (1977-04-01) (age 31)) is half Korean (Korean mother, French/Welsh father), and is a former I.T. analyst. He now engages in public speaking.[7][8][9]
* Kate "Katie" Gosselin (born March 28, 1975 (1975-03-28) (age 33)), is a former registered nurse. She quit her job to take care of the children full-time. She also engages in public speaking events with her husband.[10][dead link]

Twins

The twins were born on October 8, 2000 (2000-10-08) (age 7). They will enter second grade in the fall of 2008 in a private school. They were born just six minutes apart. In birth order, they are Cara Nicole Gosselin and Madelyn "Mady" Kate Gosselin.

Sextuplets

The sextuplets were born on May 10, 2004 (2004-05-10) (age 4) at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania. All six children were delivered within a span of three minutes with more than fifty doctors, nurses and other specialists involved. Since the sextuplets were born in Hershey, they are called "Hershey Kisses" by the nurses and doctors who delivered them.[citation needed]

In birth order they are:

* Alexis Faith Gosselin – 2 lb 11.5 oz, 15 inches long. Nicknamed "Lexi" or "Sassy".
* Hannah Joy Gosselin – 2 lb 11 oz, 13.8 inches long. Nicknamed "Hannie".
* Aaden Jonathan Gosselin – 2 lb 7.5 oz, 13 inches long. Nicknamed "Ay-day" and "the professor". He is the only child that wears glasses.
* Collin Thomas Gosselin – 3 lb 0.5 oz, 15 inches long. Nicknamed "Coggy" or "Collie". He is the biggest of the six.
* Leah Hope Gosselin – 2 lb 14.8 oz, 15.4 inches long. Nicknamed "Princess" or occasionally "Le-le". She is the smallest of the six.
* Joel Kevin Gosselin – 2 lb 9.7 oz, 15.4 inches long. Nicknamed "Joelie".

When picking the kids' names, Jon and Kate selected names they liked for first names, but the middle names were more meaningful: Aaden after Jon, Collin after Jon's late father, and Joel after Kate's brother. The girls are all named for fruits of the spirit, taken from Galatians 5:22-23 in the Bible, according to Jon. However, "hope" is not referenced in that bible passage.[11]

VIDEOS AND BOOKS

* Jon, Kate, and family friend Beth Carson have written a book called Multiple Blessings to be released November 1, 2008. Originally, the book was listed with Kate Gosselin and Beth Carson as the authors;[12] Jon was added as an author after the initial press release, but before publication.[13]
* Seasons 1 and 2 of Jon and Kate Plus 8 will be available on DVD as of July 16, 2008, which will only be distributed online by Discovery.[14]
* Jon and Kate are managed by Media Motion International in Los Angeles. [15]
Family

SEASONS

Currently, there are three seasons of Jon and Kate Plus 8. Usually one or two new episodes air on Monday nights. Two episodes aired during the Writers' Strike while one episode tends to air now. Occasionally an episode will be 1 hour long.

Reprinted with permission from Steph.

Reading words into our posts

I find many replies to our posts and comments on this blog take what a few of us post as our concerns, or passing conversation regarding the Gosselin children and put words into our mouths stating we are claiming "abuse" with every comment or concern we write about. I would like to see how many incidental posts and replies here are really talking about claims of physical abuse, rather than poor decisions from the foolish antics, decisions and behavior we may see Jon and Kate make as parents. We are simply discussing the fact that they have put themselves on television and open themselves up to public scrutiny with their immature and self-absorbed style of parenting. Any family signing contracts to be on television week after week, year after year would open themselves up to the same type of conversation and scrutiny. I know that in our everyday lives we all do things that may have not been the best choice at the time, but I'm sure most of us try to learn and grow and change from those mistakes within the privacy and protection of our own sweet anonymity. I have to say, however, that some people (J&K) create so much more content than others and should expect to be the topic of such conversation if television is where they decide to go with their drama! Get over yourselves, Jon & Kate and sheeple, if the bad press is "emotionally disturbing" to you, you have no one to blame but yourselves. We have seen you emotionally disturb your kids every week with behavior that may have happened in my home just a few times a year when my children were little! (See? I admitted to some drama, myself. Did I use the word abuse? I know that in replies to this post, it will come up.) As I posted previously, it's all in the degrees.

Some of us do have concerns about the stressful schedule that seems to make an already tightly strung, self-absorbed and not-too-bright mother louder and more out of control toward her children and husband than might be without the marriage of Kate and Figure 8, and scheduling that may be exploiting circumstances of these children's lives. Our concerns are, of course, for the Gosselin children, but also those children that may follow in the industry.

"Every Body's Talking"

The following quote is taken from an article in The Washington Post/Health on June 24, 2008. (You can read the whole article on your computer.)

The article is entitled "Every Body's Talking." It was written by Joe Navarro, who spent 25 years working for the FBI, pretty much "reading" body language. This quote is about an observation he makes about a married couple in their 30's. He is observing them standing on a line to board a ship for a cruise:

I think everyone can decipher this one from afar because we have all seen situations like this. What most people will miss is something I have seen this young man do twice now, which portends poorly for both of them. Every time she looks away, he "disses" her. He smirks and rolls his eyes, even as she stands beside him. He performs his duties, pulling their luggage alone; I suspect he likes to have her luggage nearby as a barrier between them. I won't witness the dissolution of their marriage, but I know it will happen, for the research behind this is fairly robust. When two people in a relationship have contempt for each other, the marriage will not last.