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The life of Jack Gordon




Jack Gordon and Gov. Albert D. Rosellini

This page is a short tribute to just a few of the things that Al Rosellini (1910-2011) and Jack Gordon (1921-2010) worked together on for the good of Washington State and the Pacific Northwest.  Al and Jack met during the early 1950's when Jack was chairman of the Welcome Lane program for returning Korean War Veterans and Rosellini was a state legislator. In addition to Gordon's service in Rosellini's "Kitchen Cabinet," he was appointed to the state athletic commission and was a consultant to the State Dept. of Commerce.  In 1961, Governor Rosellini named him coordinator of the Plaza of the States (an idea that Jack had created) for the upcoming Seattle World's Fair. Gordon served for over a year as Rosellini's Commissioner of Employment Security. The two continued their cordial relationship past Rosellini's political service and into the 2000's until health problems caused them to slow down.

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Gordon served as chairman of Rosellini's 'Project Progress' fundraiser in 1960.





Governor Rosellini escorting Japanese Crown Prince Akihito.



Governor Rosellini introduces President Kennedy during his November, 1961 visit to Seattle.






Rosellini's thank you letter to Gordon following Kennedy's visit.



Governor Rosellini and New York Gov. Rockefeller lit the flames at Century 21 with Gordon's aid.



VP Johnson, Senator Magnuson, Gov. Rosellini at the Plaza of the States.



2nd Lake Washington Floating Bridge opening ceremony in 1963. Jack was Master of Ceremonies.



Jack Gordon served as Gov. Rosellini's Commissioner of Employment Security during 1964 and part of 1965.


 Gov. Evans and former Gov. and challenger Rosellini in 1972 at the Gubernatorial debate in Tri-Cities..



The final Hospitality Industry Legislative Gala (1991) featured Governors Spellman, Rosellini, Ray, Evans, and Gardner.







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