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'Grown -ups never understand anything by themselves, and it is tiresome for children to be always and forever explaining things to them.'
The little Prince by Antoine de Saint Exupery

The Man


Who is martin Gordon? This is A difficult question to answer, as one may be accused of egotism in the process. I recall one night outside a theatre in Limerick, when I was being abused by some angry people who had been disappointed by a concert I had staged that night; and may I say so with justification. Eventually, one young lady said to the others: “He sounds like a nice man.” That is how I have always thought of myself: “A Nice Man.”

But after the priesthood I met many men who were not so nice. This came as a shock to me, reared for so long in the safe environment of the seminary. Even in the confessional I had not met such evil as I was to come across in my business life. I became a print rep- resentative for a firm called Donbro Ltd. And after four years had become its Sales Director. Part of this success was down to being a ”Nice Man.” But corruption also played its part, as many printers paid ‘back-handers’ to print buyers. I found this part of the job distasteful. My part in this was to hand over the monthly brown envelopes to the company’s clients.


Entertaining was also a large a part of my job. So it was not unusual to find me giving lunch to a client before the cup final at Wembley, and then entertaining him to dinner in a West End restaurant afterwards. I would book a table for a number of clients and their wives each November and December for the Catholic Stage Guild Ball - I had once been their chaplain at Sadler’s Wells - or the Variety Club Ball, both held in either the Dorchester or Hilton Hotels. It was indeed a hard life.


To sum up about the man, Martin Gordon: he has always been motivated by his religion to be kind and helpful to his fellow man and by the Gordon clan motto:


“By Bravery Not Deceit”.

I leave it to others to say if I have lived up to them.



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