Gordy was best man at my wedding, and I was best man at his first wedding. We were close friends in high school and throughout our lives. Our culinary skills progressed through the first years of our married lives and our wives patiently ate what we cooked up. He introduced me to the Wine & Food Society of So. Cal. and we earned several Cordon Bleu awards together. He knew more about the marriage of wine & food than most people and was a better cook than I, but he never said so--he was a kind person. RIP, my friend.