Stephen Gordon was a science writer and editor of The Globe & The Mirror, the first of its kind to be published in Canada.
He died Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2017, at age 79.
In the summer of 1963, the newspaper published an article by a Toronto writer named Arthur Miller about the world of science fiction, featuring an interview with author Arthur C. Clarke, who had been invited to write for The Globe.
Gordon had been on the editorial staff at the paper for 18 years, and had published numerous articles about the history of the paper.
In addition to The Globe, he had edited the magazine Science for six years, edited the Science section of the Globe and began a series of weekly science and technology columns in 1966.
In 1976, The Globe became a member of the Canadian Association of Broadcasters, which is a government agency that promotes science and innovation across Canada.
A Globe columnist who had served in that role for more than a decade was Robert Mariani, a former Globe columnist and former president of the Royal Astronomical Society.
“He was my friend,” Mariani said in an interview.
“I thought he was a good guy.
He was a friend of mine.
I always respected his judgment, and I respected his talent and his intellect.
And I respect him as a human being, as a writer, as someone who has worked in this field for decades.
I’ve been lucky to work with a lot of great people, and he was the best of the best.”
The Globe was sold to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in the mid-1990s.
Since then, it has struggled financially.
Gordon, a graduate of McMaster University and a graduate student in history at the University of Toronto, had been a columnist for the paper from the late 1980s to the mid 1990s.
He had been with the Globe since 1972.
“It was a great deal of fun, but it was a lot harder,” Gordon said of his tenure there.
“There was no shortage of stories, but there was no one doing the stories.
It was a very unique position.
You could do it anywhere.
You didn’t have to live in Toronto, and there was not a lot to do in Toronto.”
Gordon said that he worked for the Globe for only a few months before he moved to a different newspaper in the same city, where he spent two years as a reporter.
“We were kind of stuck,” he said.
“The paper was doing fine, but the job was not as fun.”
After that, he said, he moved on to other jobs and never worked again in the science or technology field.
Gordon said he was never an advocate of boycotts, saying, “You can’t get along without the other side, and if there was a boycott in the field, that’s not going to help.”
His death was not unexpected.
The Globe’s parent company, The Canadian Press, had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in September 2016.
The company, which had operated as a newspaper company for 40 years, had not filed for bankruptcy since 2007.
The Canadian News Association, a trade association for the media industry, called Gordon’s death “a sad and tragic loss for a newspaper and for the community that he loved.”
“He touched the hearts of readers and editors, and his contributions to the newsroom will live on in generations to come,” said Dan Smith, president of CNA.
“Stephen had an incredible legacy as a journalist, a writer and an editor, and will be sorely missed by all who knew him.”
In an interview last year, Gordon told the Toronto Star that he was inspired to start The Globe in 1962 when he was given the assignment to write a story about a scientist, who was experimenting on an elephant.
The elephant was part of the zoo’s research, and was the subject of Gordon’s first story.
“In those days, I was the youngest person in the room and the only one who had ever done a science story, and so I was very young,” Gordon told The Star.
I was fascinated by them. “
That’s what I did.
I was fascinated by them.
And that’s why I did it.
That’s what my job was.”
As he grew older, Gordon said, “I came to realize there’s this whole thing called science and I didn’t understand it.”
“I just didn’t think I understood it at all, and the reason why is I was not exposed to science,” he told The Globe during a recent interview.
His father, Michael Gordon, was an astronaut who was the first Canadian to go into space in 1962.
Michael Gordon had previously worked as a freelance writer for The New York Times and The Toronto Star.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara; their three children; and two grandchildren.
“This is such a great loss,” he wrote in a statement to