By Sam Mannarino
To provide the seniors of Mr. Plotkin’s 1960s Literature Class with some background information about the Vietnam War and the major themes in The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien, Mr. Randy Gordon visited the class as a guest speaker. Mr. Gordon was the former commissioner of the New York State Athletic Commission and editor of Ring Magazine. He is currently an author, sports announcer, radio personality, and Hall of Fame Boxer. Mr. Gordon told passionate stories of the time he spent with the boxing legend Mohammad Ali, and of his time as an editor and commissioner. He also read pages from his upcoming and emotional novel, Glove Affair, regarding PTSD and other struggles facing returning Vietnam soldiers, such as the late and great Wayne Kelly. After his inspiring presentation, students eagerly waited after the bell to strike up conversations and ask questions.