going to be a really interesting election this year.”
about the effects of time sounds a little like an ad for a really
good watch. “After twenty years, I’ve only lost three
seconds,” says Gordon Holcombe. But the time he’s referring
to is his current “personal best” in the backstroke
event where he holds the starting position on the SMC swim team.
And his re-entry to college—after 20 years of eclectic work—indeed
seems to be going as smoothly as clockwork. “I’m really
enjoying the discipline of the whole process—competing in
the pool and in the classroom. But I definitely know I’m
the oldest guy on the team,” says Gordon.
had a successful career as a musician all over California. “I’ve
had some of my music on the radio and I traveled for a couple
of years with a group,” he says. “But the successes
were always small-ish.” He’s also been a children’s
naturalist at an ecology school and a booking agent for clubs.
But now he’s in a definite “re-tooling” mode.
gotten sparked by writing and English,” says Gordon. “Life
has been personally, but not financially, fulfilling. So I’m
looking into some way of making writing a new career; one that
At SMC Gordon
is also studying the relevance of history to events of the day.
“We’re studying Rousseau and John Locke and the origins
of democracy. And it’s clear that the political foundations
of this country have been diminished,” he says. “Money
really does have a stranglehold on the whole political process.
It’s no longer a democracy that’s responsive to its
people.” Gordon is encouraged, however, to see the growing
strength of women’s, minority and ecological groups in the
country. “Collectively, I think all these groups will help
us bring a halt to all the ways we divide ourselves.”