To the Editor:
Thanks for the nice article on Skip LeFauve (Feb. 3). I was part of the Saturn organization as an employee and as a supplier for 13 years. During that time, Skip was the guy who impressed me the most. And by the way, don't call him anything but Skip.
Since his death, I have been trading "Skip moment" stories with many of my former co-workers, who also are tremendously saddened by his passing.
I remember when he used to go around the Saturn cafeteria and ask total strangers if he could eat lunch with them and talk with them. Or the time he saw me on an airplane and stopped to ask how my designs were going and if he could "help me" in any way. Just amazing.
I know there are many, many such stories about the guy we all looked up to. I had seen him about a year ago at a concert, and I approached him.
He claimed he remembered me and chatted with me as if I were his long-lost best pal.
He said he was really enjoying retirement, and I was glad for him. He deserved it.
I'll take the Skip lessons I learned from him to my grave (how to treat people, how to manage, etc.). I admired the man, and I was not alone.
Ask anybody who worked for him ... or as he might say, whom HE worked for. We need more people like Skip LeFauve in this industry.