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Old 05-06-2014, 09:52 PM   #1
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1979 WBCCI Int'l - What Were You Doing 35 Years Ago

I chose to put this in the off-topic forum just because. Yes, it could certainly go in the WBCCI forum or the rally forum or something and I'll leave that to the moderators if they choose to move it.


As the title says... What were you doing 35 years ago? That was the summer of 1979. Some Airstreamers were attending the WBCCI annual international rally and in 1979 it was held in Las Cruces, NM.


I've attached a PDF file containing letters my mother and father sent home every day. The typewritten letters are a little difficult to read at times as are the handwritten notes from my mother. Regardless, I hope you find it interesting.


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Old 05-07-2014, 12:30 PM   #2
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I began re-reading the letters and noticed a few things my father noted in the first few days of travel. Gasoline was $0.79/gallon at the time and this trip was during gas-rationing days. Some gas stations were limiting the amount of fuel or the station was only open part-time. Wow, a trip halfway across the country and having to deal with gas rationing.


Dad always made several copies of the daily letter (sometimes as many as 6 or 7 carbon copies). The original was sent home, a copy was always sent to the office staff at mom & dad's business and the other copies were sent to friends and family that would have an interest in that day's activities.
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I enjoyed reading the letters. Thanks for posting them.
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In the fall of '78 I bought a new Jeep Cherokee with the 360 V8. Then a 1969 21' Single axle Airstream. Total cost for both was right about $10,000. With it my good friends and their daughter planed a trip to the Yukon for the next summer, 1979. We had a great trip, and decided we needed to go back the next year. For five seasons we went north each summer. The Airstream got crushed by a tree in Dawson the third year, but we towed it home and the insurance company paid me enough to buy a 25'. The Alaskan highway has been much improved since those early trips, but I am so glad we went back then. I had more guts then.

Airstreams, and more Airstreams. I have had something like 15 to 17 now from a '54 Whale tail purchased in a snow drift in Jan on a credit card (I could not get inside, but wanted it) to three Argosy's to an Argosy motorhome, to an Airstream motorhome, and now a 2014 FC 20 (and one Argosy). A 63 Bambi, two 25', a 17', an 18', two 22's and on and on. And 5 SOB's too.

So, it was starting in the summer of '79.... no, wait, I had a 13' Trail Mite in about 1975....

You started it, memory lane.
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I enjoyed reading the letters.
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35 years ago.....summer of 79......just graduated from high school overseas and was headed to NYC. Already knew an Airstream would be in my future as I had seen one daily in Junction City Kansas as I walked home from grade school. 33 yrs later that became a reality and now we have two......nice memories.
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Traveling the country via BMW motorcycle. Had no idea what an AS was. Jim
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Chasing a 2 year old and a 3 year old while crossing the country to SanfFrancisco and back in a small popup trailer and a Volvo that did not pull it well and with the 55 mph speed limits and little money for errors. That was 27 years before we became Airstream owners or a WBCCI members. Never forget some of that trip. It was 27 years before we make a similar trip again in the Airstream.
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The summer of 1979, we were waiting for our second daughter to be born. She arrived 10-22. She is now married and waiting for their fourth child, this one will make nine grand children so far. Back then I knew about Airstreams, but never thought we would own one. Our oldest daughter and her husband have gotten hooked on Argosies, they have a 79 with factory bunks. Our third was a boy who never liked camping growing up. He married into a camping family and his wife loves to go. We need to educate them and her family of all the reasons to buy Airstream.
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I was 8! The family vacation every year was tent camping at Greers Ferry Lake Arkansas. I remember one year my dad dropped his wallet in the lake, and he lost $50. That was all the vacation money. At least that's how I remember it.
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