Father of the Ford Mustang dies at 86
What do the Ford Mustang and the computer CD-ROM have in common? They were both overseen by engineer Donald Frey. He passed away on March 5th following a stroke at the age of 86. The Detroit News’ Scott Burgess has an a quick look back at his career and how his accomplishments have enriched our lives.
He was shut down by Henry Ford II 4 times while trying to bring the iconic pony car to market. Since then Ford has sold over 8 million Mustangs. Persistence pays off. Most people would happy to accomplish just that in their lifetime. Mr. Frey did much more. While at Bell & Howell Don helped bring about the first high-volume tape duplication system for the movie studios. Up until then VHS tapes were made in real time, with hundreds of high school students changing out tapes. Using chromium dioxide tapes, B&H developed technology that could make a copy of a film in about a minute, cutting production time by over 99 percent.
Frey was trilingual, speaking English, Russian and French. His car at the time of his death? A two-tone 19641/2 Mustang. The link to his story here.