A wonderful sketching style.
Of the many and varied professional opportunities available in the automotive industry, the role of the designer (or stylist) has probably captured the imagination of more young men and auto enthusiasts around the world than any other.
I was a designer for Ford in 1953, and 1956-1961.
Jack Humbert, the greatly respected Pontiac studio chief in those years, was very tolerant of my naiveté.
According to Bill Porter, Homer, who was assistant in Pontiac at the time, says he quit because of round-the-clock overtime. Claimed his kids cried when he did come home. “Who’s that strange man, mommy?”
Newsprint pads, the same stuff your newspaper is printed on, were far cheaper than other sketch pads and were very popular at Pratt Institute where I did my graduate work in Industrial Design in 1957–58.
“Jay got a hold of me and invited my son and me to the NBC studios and a day at his “Big Dog” garage in Burbank.”
Gray is a good friend and great designer.
I had a bad feeling about this. That burlap wasn’t put in at the factory and didn’t get there on its own.
The origins of the only body side I can lay claim to designing in 15 years at GM.