I received the news yesterday, the Ferdinand Alexander Porsche has died in Salzburg, Austria.
Growing up there myself, Porsche was a big part of the town, and it became an even bigger part for me when my mom started working for Peter, the younger brother of F. A. Porsche, at Porsche Design. I only saw the man once, but he struck me as a very kind man. My mom says “he was the nicest of them all”. For what it’s worth – I hope the Piech’s didn’t crush his dreams, and that the best design (his design) in the automobile industry ever, the 911, lives on for ever.