About the Author
Gordon's early life was hampered by poor eyesight. He had deficits in spelling, grammar, punctuation. During high school days in the 1940s, Gordon and 16 buddies, known as Club AFO, roamed the streets that bordered the inner city of Detroit. They were labeled as one the three gangs active in that turf area but were not considered dangerous. His Memoir "My Gang", written years later describes the gang's activities from 1940 to 1952.
He was determined to get a college education. Despite the lack of money or preparation for college, he earned a BA degree in social science from Capital University and a Master of Divinity Degree from Lutheran Theological Seminary in Columbus, Ohio. This boy from a poor section of Detroit paid his own way, graduating without a cent of debt.
Gordon's early career included active service in the ministry. For 21 years he served as Chief Executive Officer of for-profit and non-profit organizations. Gordon taught a Health Planning series in the Hospital and Health Care Administration Department at Ohio State University, and a United Nations class in the Political Science Department at Capital University. He also ran for political office in two elections and was successful in one attempt.
As a playwright, Gordon produced 12 religious vignettes and a nationally publicized movie, "The Wondrous Story," featuring an all-teenage cast.
Gordon's first book, "Planning Effective Meetings" was published by Northern Michigan University in 1968. From 1996 to 1999 he authored bi-monthly feature articles "Student Achievers" for a Detroit-area newspaper. Recent publications include the short story, "Roxanne," in Jennifer Sander's anthology, "The Dog with the Old Soul." His novels include "Murder Has Two Faces", "Murder Has Three Faces," two memoirs: "My Gang" and "Whirlwind, the (mis)adventures of a man in motion".
He placed first in the 2011 Whidbey Island Bayview Classic Auto Writing Competition for the essay "My Lady Elizabeth," a tribute to his Model-T Ford. Gordon was recognized as the second place winner in the 2015 National Renal Support Network's 13th Annual Essay Competition: "Stepping Stones"; and a first-place winner in their 16th Annual Essay competition: "The Boomerang".
Gordon's memberships include The Whidbey Island Writers Association, the Mystery Writers of America, Andrea Hurst's "Just Write" consortium and the Whidbey Writers Group.
Gordon enjoys sailing, canoeing, antique car restoration, 200 cc motor scooter, theater, metal and wood working, and photography. He is married, has three children and seven grandchildren.