Jack Gordon
Jack Gordon
Jack Leon Gordon was the former manager and husband of singer La Toya Jackson.
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Joel McHale's New CBS Show <i>The Great Indoors</i> Is A Sitcom <i>And</i> An Obit
Huffington Post - 4 months
Many viewers will see the new CBS show The Great Indoors as a comedy. Some of us, however, know it's really a tragedy. The Great Indoors, which premieres Thursday at 8:30 p.m. ET, brings back Joel McHale (above) as Jack Gordon, a writer for Outdoor Limits magazine. He comes to the office one day to learn the mag is dropping its print edition and going "web-only." That's not the problem. The problem is that in the web-only world, outdoor writers don't actually go outdoors. The staff that is now running the operation, a handful of self-assured, blithely oblivious millennials, thinks an outdoor adventure is walking two blocks to a different Starbucks to get better wi-fi. All stories are written in the office on electronic devices, by people whose research consists entirely of Internet searches. So instead of sending Jack to Alaska to report on a wilderness trip where one might see a grizzly bear, the staff wants to spit out a quickie titled something like "Five Thing ...
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WATCH: La Toya Makes Shocking Bedroom Confession About Ex-Husband
Huffington Post - over 3 years
La Toya Jackson married her one-time manager Jack Gordon in 1989, enduring a seven-year marriage to a man she has alleged was physically abusive. Along with the fear and brutality La Toya says she experienced during that marriage, she recently made another shocking confession about the relationship. Confronted by best friend Kathy Hilton about why La Toya abruptly stopped dating a kind man named George and what La Toya seems to be hiding behind her happy smile, La Toya says it all comes back to Gordon. "After my ex, I couldn't trust anybody, Kathy," La Toya says. "There was a point where I was really embarrassed to talk about my ex-husband." Kathy keeps digging. "I'm going to ask you a personal question," she says to La Toya. "Did you have sex with him?" "Absolutely not," La Toya answers firmly. "He forced himself one time and I screamed and I screamed and I screamed." Kathy says she suspected that La Toya was never intimate with Gordon, but also has a deeper quest ...
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WATCH: Single Since 1996?!
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
La Toya Jackson has been divorced from her allegedly abusive ex-husband, Jack Gordon, for more than 14 years. In that time, she has been busy starting her life over: She's started Ja-Tail, her company with friend and business partner Jeffré Phillips, she's written a memoir and an album (both entitled "Starting Over"), she's starred on "Celebrity Apprentice" (twice), and she landed her own docu-series on OWN. The one thing La Toya hasn't had time for is a love life. In this clip from "Life with La Toya," she reluctantly agrees to meet with mother-and-daughter matchmakers Sherri Murphy and Tammi Pickle. "This is really major, you guys!" La Toya says in the clip. "I don't have experience at dating... So I'm really nervous!" Sherri and Tammi waste no time getting right down to business, jumping into their first question: How long has La Toya been single? The middle Jackson sister surprises the duo when she answers, "Ever since I actually got a divorce -- in '96." La Toya ...
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WATCH: La Toya Jackson Details Ex's Abuse
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
La Toya Jackson stopped by HuffPost Live on Wednesday to dish on her new reality series on OWN, "Life with La Toya." Also on the agenda? Opening up about her abusive ex-husband, Jack Gordon. "He felt that he owned me and he controlled me, he abused me, he did all these things to me and I never thought that I would get away," she told host Marc Lamont Hill. Ultimately, Jackson was able to end the relationship and filed for divorce in 1996 after seven years of marriage. She told Hill that she hopes her story inspires others. "I want women to know that...you can live your life, you can regain and re-own yourself and be free and do whatever you want to do. You can start over as long and as many times as you want until you feel that you've gotten it right," she said. Watch the video above for more on Jackson's story, then click through the slideshow below for some of the worst celebrity exes: Keep in touch! Check out HuffPost Divorce on Facebook and Twitter. ...
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WATCH: La Toya Says Ex-Husband 'Abusive,' Had 'Strong Ties... To The Mafia'
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
La Toya Jackson and Paris Hilton's mom, Kathy Hilton, go way back. They went to high school together, and when they were teenagers, they even joined Michael Jackson in making a secret pact about their future children. But not even a friend as close as Kathy knew the extent of the alleged abuse and terror that existed in La Toya's seven-year marriage to manager Jack Gordon. "[Jack] was not a good guy," La Toya says in this clip from "Life with La Toya." "I was brainwashed by him. I really felt like a robot. I was being beaten. He dictated my career choices ... He made me say the things that he wanted me to say in my interviews." Adding another layer of fear to La Toya's marriage was her husband's alleged mob associations. "He had very strong ties and connection to the mafia," she claims. Yet even in the midst of this alleged abuse and terror, La Toya says, something finally made her ready to leave her husband. She says that Jack told her that for her next career move, ...
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Jack Gordon: Building Bridges Between D.C.'s Young Faith Leaders
Huffington Post - about 4 years
This year is going to be a big one for interfaith collaboration in our nation's capital. And Millennials are going to be at the forefront. Six months ago, a group of young D.C.-based organizers came together to discuss how we could invigorate more local interfaith service engagement amongst our peers. The opportunity was certainly there - Washington D.C. boasts a broad spectrum of faith communities involved in social justice campaigns and providing social services. But there was also a very obvious challenge: all the energetic young people in positions of responsibility were already working at capacity taking care of their own community's projects. Their dedication and demanding schedules often didn't allow them to cultivate deep relationships with other faith groups. Sure, there are established organizations like The InterFaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington and the Washington Interfaith Network, but even they have their areas of focus; and besides, there are lit ...
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Jack Gordon: Faces Of The World Congress Of Religions 2012
Huffington Post - about 4 years
At the first Parliament of World Religions in Chicago in 1893, Indian spiritual leader Swami Vivekananda thrilled the diverse crowd of observers with a call for global unity and the recognition of the oneness of religion. One hundred and fifty years later, that spirit is still at the center of present-day interfaith gatherings. Although smaller in scale than the 1893 event, the Parliament-inspired World Congress of Religions, held this past weekend in Washington, D.C., sought to similarly strengthen the bridge between the East and the West, and in particular honor the 150th anniversary of the birth of Swami Vivekananda. The Congress featured topics ranging from world peace to the advancement of women. Keynote speakers included former Secretary of State Dr. Condoleezza Rice, Martin Luther King III, and the newly elected House Representative from Hawaii (and first practicing Hindu in Congress) Tulsi Gabbard. Given the focus on Swami Vivekananda and the fact that the event ...
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Support Local Carroll Gardens Artists at GO Open Studios
Carrol Gardens Patch - over 4 years
Ever wish you could curate an exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum? Here's the next best thing: A new open-studio series this September gives art lovers a chance to vote for who they would most like to see appear in a group show at BMA. During GO Open Studios, Brooklyn-based artists will open their studios to the community on September 8 and 9. Then, community members who register as voters online beforehand will visit the studios and nominate artists they would like to see featured at the Brooklyn Museum on Target First Saturday, December 1.  The icing on the cake? Of the 1800 artists participating throughout the borough, 73 are from Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill and Boerum Hill. So you can go behind the doors of your neighbors as well. Naturally, popular venues such as Invisible Dog are offering up their spaces during the series to feature the work of artists like Julia Cocuzza, Oliver Jeffers and Dean Dalfonzo. But owners of other types of local businesses are getting in on ...
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LETTER: We need Jack Gorden as mayor
The Lufkin News - almost 5 years
We need Jack Gorden back as mayor. Our water problems have been solved forever by the acquisition of 23 water wells. The city's purchase of Kurth Lake, a beautiful 800 acre reservoir, is definitely a
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Jack Gordon: WATCH: Faith in Action DC: Rabbi Bruce Lustig of Washington Hebrew Congregation
Huffington Post - almost 5 years
Each week, Faith in Action DC brings you interviews with faith leaders in the Washington, D.C. region speaking about how their faith calls them to work for social justice and serve their community in the nation's capital. This week, Rabbi Bruce Lustig shares a lesson from the Passover story regarding the imperative to work for social justice for all God's children, and how young people in his community at Washington Hebrew Congregation are taking this to the next level. Rabbi Bruce Lustig is senior rabbi at Washington Hebrew Congregation. He has also served on the D.C. Mayor's Faith Advisory Board, as the National Liaison for National Day of Prayer, and on the Board of Directors of the American Cancer Society, District of Columbia Division. He is a leader in Washington's interfaith community and organized the nation's first Abrahamic Summit bringing together Christians, Jews and Muslims for dialogue.
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David Leon: Brad Pitt's Acting is Underappreciated - Just Jared
Google News - over 5 years
Jack Gordon on filming Captain America: “It was amazing – it was huge. The film cost something like $150 million. I had a chat with the director, who said to me, &#39;You know, it is a fairly stressful time when you know you&#39;re spending [about] $5000 a
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Significant Turnover Already In The Senate - Majority In Mississippi
Google News - over 5 years
Jack Gordon (D), who passed away in April, will feature Democrat Russell Jolly and Republican Patsy Gregory in the general election. As a side note, there is also a special election to fill the remainder of Gordon&#39;s term; so the winner will be sworn in
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Drivers just inattentive, don't look at race - Canada.com
Google News - over 5 years
The writer of &quot;Duncan seems full of unsafe drivers&quot; wonders if unsafe drivers would do the same thing if it was a Caucasian walking by. We can attest to the fact that they would,
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Wildcats Start Bid for Sixth Straight County Title - Patch.com
Google News - over 5 years
Depth at quarterback could be a question mark after Jack Gordon went down with a broken foot in a scrimmage game last month. Gordon saw significant time behind center for the varsity squad last year, going 1-1 in two starts. “I feel bad for him,
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Austin Jepsen from Kings Langley with friend Jack Gordon will cycle to Morocco ... - Watford Observer
Google News - over 5 years
Now he, along with former Parmiter&#39;s School friend Jack Gordon, are cycling from Kings Langley to Morocco to raise money for the organisation. Having set off in early August they hope to reach Marrakech, Morocco, by the end of September
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Anne Arundel County - Washington Post
Google News - over 5 years
Arundel junior QB Jack Gordon, who threw 12 touchdown passes as a backup last season, will lead Coach Chuck Markiewicz&#39;s spread attack. . . . Old Mill returns nine players who made at least one start on defense last season. RB Rob Chesson, who scored
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Jack Gordon
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2005
    Age 65
    Died in 2005.
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  • 2002
    Age 62
    In 2002, Gordon did interviews advertising his tell-all book of the Jackson family entitled The Jackson Family: The True Story Of The Most Powerful Family In The Music Industry.
    More Details Hide Details The entire family - including his former wife - stated that his allegations were "pure fantasy."
  • FIFTIES
  • 1999
    Age 59
    In 1999, Gordon claimed that Paula Jones, a pivotal figure in the impeachment trial of Bill Clinton, had confided in him that Clinton had not sexually harassed her as she originally claimed.
    More Details Hide Details Gordon arranged Jones' nude spread in Penthouse, and claimed he helped her launch a psychic hotline. However, in a March, 1999 CNN Politics website article, Susan Carpenter McMillan, a confidante and former adviser to Jones, issued a statement from Jones that she had not, nor would she ever do anything with a psychic hotline.; McMillan also has stated that Gordon was "obsessed" with the former Arkansas state employee, phoning her up to 15 times a day. Gordon died at Mayo Hospital in Scottsdale, Arizona after battling cancer for several months. He was survived by his brother Terry Gordon, his daughter Francesca Malkin, and his son Aaron Gordon.
  • 1994
    Age 54
    FBI wiretaps in 1994, linked Gordon to Genovese crime family member James "Little Jimmy" Ida.
    More Details Hide Details Gordon was taped arranging for mobsters to shadow Jackson on a trip to Russia. Gordon paid the group $1,500 a month for at least two years to protect Jackson from "shakedowns" by rival mobsters. Gordon also employed the services of organized crime defense attorney and former Las Vegas mayor Oscar Goodman. Jack Gordon had few other entertainment clients apart from La Toya Jackson. Before Gordon became La Toya's co-manager with her father in the late 1980s (and eventually manager) it was widely known he had a disreputable past including trouble with the law. Joseph Jackson was always fearful of Gordon as he believed Gordon was probably armed. Gordon's clients included John Wayne Bobbitt, Divine Brown, Gloria Gaynor, Shannen Doherty, and Sharon Stone.
  • 1993
    Age 53
    In December 1993, Gordon hastily arranged a press conference in Tel Aviv, where he had Jackson read a statement that she believed sex abuse allegations against her younger brother Michael were true.
    More Details Hide Details She stated, "I cannot and will not be a silent collaborator in his crimes against young children... Forget about the superstar, forget about the icon. If he was any other 35-year-old man who was sleeping with little boys, you wouldn't like this guy". Gordon claimed La Toya had proof which she was prepared to disclose for a fee of $500,000. A bidding war between US and UK tabloids began, but fell through when they realized that her revelations were not what she had claimed them to be. According to La Toya, Gordon threatened to have siblings Michael and Janet killed if she didn't follow his orders. Under Gordon's management, Jackson's career declined, as he booked her disreputable jobs such as spokesperson for the Psychic Friends Network. Due to Gordon's steady stream of publicity stunts Jackson had become a hate figure of sorts. In 1996, Gordon attempted to force Jackson to dance at a Cleveland, Ohio strip club. She refused to do so and in return, was booed and heckled by the predominantly male crowd. When Jackson became aware that Gordon was planning to feature her in a pornographic film, she decided she'd had enough. Jackson phoned brother Randy, who flew to New York City to help her escape while Gordon was out. Days later, La Toya filed for divorce.
    In 1993, in their New York home, Gordon allegedly beat La Toya repeatedly with a heavy brass dining room chair, leaving Jackson with contusions on her face, arms, legs and back in addition to a black eye, lip and chin swollen to "the size of a clenched fist," requiring 12 stitches in her mouth.
    More Details Hide Details Jackson told reporters, "he kicked me in the mouth (and) the boot went right up under my lip... all the way through the skin and burst my lip." Jackson supposedly lost consciousness during the beating, leading Gordon to believe she was dead. She recalled, "He called his friends and said, 'She's dead. I killed her,' because I was lying in a puddle of blood and I was out." Gordon was arrested but then released, claiming self-defense after La Toya "came at" him with a knife. He then declared to the press he that was undergoing radiation treatments for cancer.
  • FORTIES
  • 1989
    Age 49
    He married her in Reno, Nevada on September 5, 1989, claiming that it was for her own protection against kidnapping by the Jackson family.
    More Details Hide Details La Toya Jackson states that this was both unplanned and against her wishes. According to Jackson; "I told him, 'No way, Jack! I can't marry you. You know what marriage means to me. I've never been in love; I don't even date. It's not right. I don't love you. I don't have feelings for you.'" Jackson claims to have tried to run out of the chapel three times but bodyguard Antonio Rossi grabbed her saying, "There's some things you have to do. Even if you don't want to." Jackson told Ebony magazine the marriage was "strictly in name only. It has never been consummated." Six months into the marriage, Jackson asked Gordon for an annulment in Italy. In response, she claims that Gordon repeatedly bashed her head against the side of a table, saying that he would never let her go. Paparazzi subsequently photographed Jackson with black eyes, which Gordon claimed was caused by intruders. From this point forward, Jackson lost all contact with her family and wrote her autobiography, La Toya: Growing up in the Jackson Family, which accused her father of child abuse.
  • 1983
    Age 43
    Jack Leon Gordon was born in Springfield, Illinois, to Abraham Gordon, a Jewish Russian immigrant, and Faye Stein, an Illinois native of Jewish heritage. While some sources cite Gordon's birthplace as Springfield, Illinois, he claimed Las Vegas as his birthplace in 1983 when he changed his name in 1981 to Samuel Isaac Gordon.
    More Details Hide Details However, in 1983, when he again changed his name, this time to Clifford William Johnson, he said he was born in Springfield. In the 1970s, Gordon ran arcades at Circus Circus in Las Vegas. He later bought controlling interest in a Los Angeles massage parlor called Circus Maximus in West Hollywood. Gordon subsequently bought two additional massage parlors, one in Signal Hill and the other in Costa Mesa, California. In 1984 a conviction for pandering in Los Angeles resulted in three months probation.
  • 1981
    Age 41
    In 1981, Reid's wife found a bomb attached to one of their cars, a bomb Reid suspects was placed by Gordon.
    More Details Hide Details In the mid-1980s, Gordon began to manage La Toya Jackson alongside her father, Joseph. In the late 1980s, he took over her management completely.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1979
    Age 39
    Gordon was convicted in federal court in 1979 and sentenced to six months in prison.
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  • 1978
    Age 38
    In 1978, Jack Gordon offered $12,000 to then-chairman of the Nevada Gaming Commission Harry Reid to approve two new, carnival-like gaming devices (Flip-A-Winna and Penny Falls) for casino use.
    More Details Hide Details Gordon believed the games would bring him more than $100 million in profits. Reid notified the FBI and allowed agents to videotape a meeting with Gordon in his office. At the point where Reid asked, “Is this the money?” FBI agents burst in to arrest Gordon. Reid, a former boxer, exclaimed “You son of a bitch, you tried to bribe me!” and attempted to strangle Gordon, before startled agents pulled him off.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1939
    Born
    Born in 1939.
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