In 1962, at the suggestion of Gyngell, Sir Frank recommended Gordon to Richard Dinsmore, vp of Desilu Studios, who had traveled to Australia to find a regional sales executive.
The decision to leave the theater business was a difficult one for Gordon to make, even though he knew that this new medium, television, was going to seriously weaken the hold of live theater.
Those early days at Desilu were somewhat primitive - Gordon sold programs out of a small back office with only a secretary - but they gave him the chance to learn about the different television organizations and their tastes.
In 1968, Desilu was bought by Paramount (which had itself been acquired by Austrian immigrant Charles Blubdorn's Gulf & Western in 1967), and Gordon became the studio's managing director for the Far East.
When Murdoch decided to take control of Channel Ten, he met Gordon for lunch in New York in 1979 and traded his TV station WIN-4 in Wollongong for the Gordon family's shares of Channel Ten.
Through WIN, Gordon has been able to lend his support to many community projects.
In 1974, a month after Barry Diller became chairman of Paramount, he promoted Gordon to president of the Paramount International TV division upon the death of Manny Reiner, who had held the position.
Gordon also worked with Michael Eisner, Rich Frank and Frank Mancuso.
After living through the Martin Davis era, Gordon survived another change in leadership when Paramount was acquired by Sumner Redstone's Viacom in 1994.
Gordon Endowed Fund will sustain the Museum's ability to create exciting new interactive programs related to engineering education, both at the Museum and in classrooms nationwide, and to present successful existing programs affecting the long-term impact to inspire future engineering leaders.
New programming to inform and inspire future engineers will include: a new Gordon Innovative Engineers Exhibit to highlight innovations and career stories of engineering leaders in New England and across the country; new live presentations at the Gordon Current Science & Technology Center, featuring "real" engineers demonstrating their work to future generations of engineers; interactive engineering Design Challenges to engage young Museum visitors; and development of new K-12 engineering curricular materials and teacher training programs.
Additionally, the Gordon gift enables planning and exhibit designs for the Museum's new 10,000 sq.