This no news for anyone anymore, Carl Backstrom is no longer among us, which is really hard to believe. That was the last thing i'd imagine to read when i woke up this morning.
On one day i had lunch with him and Joel Kallman and i really enjoyed hanging out with them for an hour or so talking about Apex but also about our kids and what they do and so on. If there is something i like about the Apex team is in that they are all very approachable, very friendly, very enthusiastic about their work and helpful with the community of developers.
That's why i'm going to miss Carl.