Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Roy Brown Jr., Car Designer's Edsel Synonymous with Failure [Derived Headline]

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Roy Brown Jr., Car Designer's Edsel Synonymous with Failure [Derived Headline]

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Roy Brown Jr., car designer's Edsel synonymous with failure

Roy Brown Jr., the defiantly proud designer of the Ford Edsel, the chrome-encrusted, big-grilled set of wheels that went down as one of the worst flops in automotive history, died Feb. 24 at a hospice in Ann Arbor, Mich. He was 96.

He had pneumonia and Parkinson's disease, said his wife, Jeanne Brown.

More than five decades after Mr. Brown's creation debuted and promptly vanished from dealerships across the United States, the term "Edsel" remains practically synonymous with failure.

Among auto enthusiasts, however, the car generates deep nostalgia for a bygone era of American motoring -- and a degree of affection that perhaps has proved Mr. Brown right in the end.

He was a veteran automotive designer in the mid-1950s when the Ford Motor Co. put him in charge of overseeing a new car. The new design was named the Edsel in honor of Henry Ford's late son.

The Edsel's most recognizable attribute was its vertical grille to go along with scalloped sides and showy taillights when it debuted in 1957. Ford had hoped to sell 200,000 but ended production by 1960 after the sale of about 118,000.

Joseph Frank, devoted life to Dostoevsky biography

Joseph Frank, whose magisterial, five-volume life of Fyodor Dostoevsky was frequently cited among the greatest of 20th-century literary biographies, , died Feb. 27 in Palo Alto, Calif., of pulmonary failure. He was 94.

Mr. Frank was an emerging critic in the early 1950s and preparing a lecture on existentialist themes in modern literature when, to provide historical background, he began studying and analyzing "Notes From Underground," Dostoevsky's anguished cri de coeur in the voice of an embittered ex-civil servant. The close encounter with the text changed his life, pivoting his interest to the intellectual culture of 19th-century Russia and consuming him to the degree that he undertook to learn Russian. …

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