Although it is probably obvious, my name is Gordon Cooper. I should say, for the record, that I am NOT the famous astronaut Gordo Cooper — whose real name incidentally was Leroy Gordon Cooper, Jr. — nor was I named after him. There are a lot of Gordon Coopers out there, but thanks to Leroy we all fall way down the list of results if you were to google the name. Nevertheless, I was fond enough of the name to grab the URL in the late 1990s.

A little background about this Gordon Cooper. I moved with my family to Watkins Glen, N.Y., when I was 3 years old. After graduating from Watkins Glen High School in 1983, I attended Clarkson University in Potsdam, N.Y. and then began a career in electrical engineering while also serving for 20 years in the U.S. Army Reserve, including deployments to Bosnia and Kosovo as a public affairs officer. In 2002, I started Preston Woods Publishing to promote books of regional interest. In 2009, I published my first book, Watkins Glen Tour Guide. I currently live in Northern California with my wife and sons.

Gordon — Most likely derived from Scottish surname. The origin is debated although possible meanings include “large fortification” or “fertilized pasture” or “from the cornered hill” or “from the marshes.”

Cooper — From an old English surname for someone whose occupation was to make or sell casks or barrels. Derived from the German “kuper” a derivative of “kup” meaning container.