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Pininfarina, Father Of Italian Automobile Design, Dies At 85



TURIN - Sergio Pininfarina, among history's most accomplished car designers and a symbol of "Made in Italy" style, has died at the age of 85. Italian media reported Tuesday morning that Pininfarina died at his home the night before after a long illness.

Noted for his designs of Italian sedans and sports cars, including models for Maserati, Ferrari, Alfa Romeo (see Giulietta Spider below), Pininfarina was also much sought after by carmakers around the world like Peugeot, Rolls Royce and Cadillac.

His death was top news on virtually all Italian news websites:

Milan daily Corriere della Sera: "Farewell Pininfarina: Genius of the Automobile"

Business daily Il Sole 24 Ore: "Death of Pininfarina, Father of Italian Auto Style"

Taking over the family business of car design and production, he built an empire that also included train and bus design, and eventually pushed him to the leadership of Italy's industrial association and the appointment as a Senator for Life.

But he will be best remembered for his designer's eye that married cutting-edge with a classic touch.

"What is essential is to conserve the patrimony of the past but know how to point toward the future, anticipating the times," he told La Stampa, the daily based in Turin, Pininfarina's hometown and the hub of Italy's automobile sector.

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The Changing Destiny Of Chicago's Polish Diaspora

Based on conversations with author and psychotherapist Gregorz Dzedzić, who is part of the Polish diaspora in Chicago, as well as the diary entries of generations of Polish immigrants, journalist Joanna Dzikowska has crafted a narrative that characterizes the history of the community, from its beginnings to its modern-day assimilation.

The Changing Destiny Of Chicago's Polish Diaspora

In the 1990s and early 2000s, the Polish diaspora was still quite insular.

Joanna Dzikowska

“There were instances when people came here from Polish villages, in traditional shoes and clothing, and, the next day, everything was burned, and I no longer recognized the people who came up to me, dressed and shaved in the American fashion. The newly-dressed girls quickly found husbands, who in turn had to cover all of their new wives’ expenses. There were quite a lot of weddings here, because there were many single men, so every woman — lame, hunchbacked or one-eyed — if only a woman, found a husband right away."

- From the diary of Marcel Siedlecki, written from 1878 to 1936

CHICAGO — To my father, Poland was always a country with a deep faith in God and the strength of Polish honor. When he spoke about Poland, his voice turned into a reverent whisper.

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