Talk:Mary Whitehouse

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When did teaching career end?[edit]

The page mentions her last teaching post only dating its start (Madeley Modern School, Shropshire) in 1960 but description of her teaching career seems to stop in that paragraph without giving and indication when it ended. I was born the year before she took up her post and I recall in Shropshire newspapers how she carried on teaching while for a time still holding down the job.Cloptonson (talk) 20:23, 11 August 2016 (UTC)[reply]

I found the answer to my own question 5 years later! It was, according to a feature on her life in the Shropshire Star, Christmas 1964 when she left Madeley Modern School. I have added further information to this article cited to the newspaper feature.Cloptonson (talk) 10:46, 14 October 2021 (UTC)[reply]

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Pink Floyd reference[edit]

Whitehouse is clearly named in the third verse of the Pink Floyd song "Pigs (Three Different Ones)" on the 1977 album "Animals". Flanker235 (talk) 07:49, 31 December 2017 (UTC)[reply]

It was removed in this edit last month, so it is not universally desired. A recurrent issue (see the archive talk pages), I have restored it. Doubtless it will be removed again on policy grounds, and I will make the points that it is a compromise with those who insist on a mention and suggest there is no clear place where it could be included in the main article and probably no reliable source to imply notability. Sorry if I sound jaundiced on this subject. Philip Cross (talk) 10:22, 31 December 2017 (UTC)[reply]
Good grief. Really? Well, thanks for trying. Wikipedia's references to the song itself make it pretty clear what it's about but I guess I'm not telling you anything you don't know already. Thanks. Flanker235 (talk) 11:53, 13 January 2018 (UTC)[reply]

Suffered a lot, she did[edit]

I read her autobiography which softened my attitude towards her. Her views certainly made her unpopular with some people, for which she and her family suffered all sorts of unpleasant attacks, including things like dog poo through her letterbox. Paul Benjamin Austin (talk) 11:32, 7 August 2018 (UTC)[reply]

A daughter?[edit]

Deedes, W. F. (2006). Dear Bill: A Memoir. Pan Books. ISBN 978-0-330-35410-3. mentions on page 230 that Whitehouse had a daughter, noting that she asked Deedes for assistance/advice in suppressing publication of a news story relating to the breakdown of that daughter's marriage. None of the many obituaries and subsequent interviews with her sons etc seem to mention this daughter but the Deedes book was originally published in 1997 and the revised version I cite from 2006 still gives the story, which would be odd if Deedes had got it so wrong.

The only possible mention I can see of another child, other than the five mentioned in the article at present, is the somewhat cryptic and throwaway reference to a foster child here. - Sitush (talk) 17:52, 29 December 2018 (UTC)[reply]

What is the book this 'cryptic reference' is in, is it British? I question how well informed the writer was on her life, it states Madeley Modern School was in Wolverhampton, whereas it was actually in Shropshire in a town that has become part of the Telford conurbation (and not that of Birmingham-Wolverhampton). As to WF Deedes, did he state the time the marriage breakdown happened? I note that his memoir was published in 1997 when he was 85, might he have been in error?Cloptonson (talk) 10:39, 14 October 2021 (UTC)[reply]