Huntly Gordon MBA ’70 has been dubbed "The World's Most Interesting Man" by the Santa Cruz Sentinel. That's because 35 years of adventure travel have given him countless stories: the time he ran with the bulls through the narrow, twisting streets of Pamplona, Spain; when he was trapped in Tehran during the 1978 Iranian Revolution; when he walked into a gun battle on a dark street in Cuzco, Peru; the time he encountered primitive Dani tribesmen, their fierce, naked bodies covered only by strategic gourds.
"These trips are not necessarily a vacation," said Gordon, who often travels with only 30 pounds of gear. "The mystique of a different culture is what you're after, the allure of crossing borders, the great human drama ... I realized I wasn't made for sitting in an office," Gordon said. "Life is short. I thought I'd better get out there."
Age hasn't slowed 68-year-old Gordon, who just returned in June from a Black Sea trek, where he took a dose of tear gas in Istanbul. Still, homecoming is always sweet. "Santa Cruz is the best possible place to call home" he confirmed, sitting on the sunny deck of his Aptos home overlooking the Monterey Bay. "I would never live anywhere else."
Gordon is married to Donna, a retired sixth-grade teacher at New Brighton Middle School, and has daughters Alicia, 33, and Natasha, 31.
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