To the Editor:
This is in response to "Philip Caldwell, Ford CEO after Henry Ford II, dies at 93" (autonews.com, July 11).
I had occasion to work with Philip Caldwell in London and to entertain him in Paris, and even if he wouldn't have been my first choice as a scintillating conversationalist, I had great respect for him.
He was an extremely able man, and obviously Henry Ford II trusted him above all others.
I was disappointed to read excerpts from Bob Lutz's most recent book (which I haven't read) belittling Caldwell because he drank only bottled water.
It's true Caldwell lacked color: He didn't fly jets or drive powerful motorcycles.
I wonder where Lutz displays photos of famous people meeting him.
Are they on display on the walls or on the desk in an office (where I keep the few I have), or are they, like Caldwell's, modestly tucked away in an album -- perhaps with a cover given to him in jest -- shown only in private to people he thinks he can trust?
The writer is retired. He was manager of business development at Ford of Europe from 1970 to 1973 and chairman of Ford France from 1973 to 1980.