Not sure if this was directed at me, but just to clear my mind and not in any way attacking you either:It probably sucks to be anyone even remotely associated with Ford right now... all your "old friends" you haven't heard from in decades trying to weasel out any info on the Bronco.
He is a very close family friend and I used to work with him several years ago. I seized the opportunity to ask him in person rather than shooting him a text to make it seem more genuine. Once he denied any knowledge of the mold, end of conversation. No poking and prodding to try and get info out of him.
Again, not attacking you in any way.