The issues such as racism, affirmative action, imperialist war, and poverty motivated the Class of '72 into action. The actions compelled the College to change. Gordon also became involved in the Black community in Worcester and took part in Worcester's history that is little remembered today.
In those years which Gordon calls "a trip to heaven" he became friends with many people who are now famous such as Ted Wells (defense lawyer for Scooter Libby), Clarence Thomas (Supreme Court Justice), Edward P. Jones (winner of the Pulitzer Prize for fiction), and Jay Carney (Defense Attorney for Whitey Bulger). He also made friends with people who are not public figures, Wizard, Tank, Cheez, and others. Gordon like many in the Class of '72 became caught up in the creativity and turmoil of the time and never received a BA from which the term "Ex-Man" came.
Gordon was a romantic then. He chronicles his search for his true love. He speaksof the several girls he dated until he found the "prettiest girl in Fitchburg".