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Old 02-26-2010, 09:34 PM   #1
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In Wally's Own Words

"In the heart of these words is an entire life's dream.
To those of you who find in the promise of these words, your promise, I bequeath this creed... my dream belongs to you."


The Wally Byam Creed

To place the great wide world at your doorstep for you who yearn to travel with all the comforts of home.

To provide a more satisfying, meaningful way of travel that Offers complete travel independence, wherever and whenever you choose to go or stay.

To keep alive and make real an enduring promise of high adventure and faraway lands ... of rediscovering old places and new interests.

To open a whole world of new experiences ... a new dimension in enjoyment where travel adventure and good fellowship are your constant companions.

To encourage clubs and rallies that provide an endless source of friendships, travel fun and personal expression.

To lead caravans wherever the four winds blow ... over twinkling boulevards, across trackless deserts ... to the traveled and untraveled corners of the earth.

To play some part in promoting international goodwill and understanding among the peoples of the world through person-to-person contact.

To refine and perfect our product by continuous travel-testing over the highways and byways of the world.

To strive endlessly to stir the venturesome spirit that moves you to follow a rainbow to its end ... and thus make your travel dreams come true.
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Old 02-27-2010, 07:06 AM   #2
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the fifth line is my favorite...

To encourage clubs and rallies that provide an endless source of friendships, travel fun and personal expression.
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Old 02-27-2010, 07:12 AM   #3
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the fifth line is my favorite...

To encourage clubs and rallies that provide an endless source of friendships, travel fun and personal expression.
Right... CLUB(S), plural.
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Old 02-27-2010, 07:22 AM   #4
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You know, these are really great words. And I love my local Unit. Also the folks there have been more loving to me and my sweetheart than even my own family. And thus we are in mourning about the larger entity. We moved our red numbers off the coach. Now we have a piece of lexan we post our numbers on, which we'll hang in the window when its appropriate-- with our local unit friends.

Wally Byam's words are good ones and that's what we joined up for. We put away our Berets, with hopes that a better time will come in the future, and we can sport them again in good faith and true hearts.

Until Then THINK SPRING!
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Old 02-27-2010, 12:06 PM   #5
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Thats sad. Wally would not have wanted the CLUB to be operated in the manner (at the upper end) that it is. Its also sad for those in whatever unit you belong too.But the members of TAC dont really care what your affiliation is just come camp with us and have fun like Wally wanted. There will be no Politics here. We are all equal. NO PAST PRES or VP's from 20 yrs ago in this bunch. You may be pleasantly surprised and find some of your units friends campin with us. COUNT ON IT,
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Old 02-27-2010, 01:41 PM   #6
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I am glad to see the OP quote the Wally Byam Creed.

Did anyone notice that it doesn't say anything about camping. I was around shortly after Wally started the WBCC (International wasn't part of the original name). My Mom & Dad took me to several Rallies and Caravans where Wally was personally there. It was a thrill for me to meet him, and I still cherish a picture my Dad took of Wally with me in the foreground.

My Dad joined the WBCC for travel and adventure, not camping. When friends would refer to our Airstream as a camper, my Mother would tell them we are "boulevard" campers. Although they, in fact, did travel to some pretty rugged places (like Alaska & Central American) they never considered it camping. Perhaps that is why I have such a negative concept of the term camping.

If some want to camp...... great! There are hundreds of camping clubs. Join one, or start your own. But I didn't buy an Airstream to camp. I used to camp in a tent and a pop-up camper. Now I want what Wally was promoting. See the world. Meet new and interesting people. Make adventures. I want to Airstream.

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That's a neat story. When did your mother and father turn over the number to you? I bet you could write a book with all the interesting stories.

My mother and father stopped traveling the mid to late 1990's and we took over their number. I think my mother and father started Airstreaming in the late 50's but they did not join the club until the early to mid 70's. Hershey was their first International.

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I think Wally would love the TAC. The people who created it have embodied the very essence of his creed. It's for people who love the Airstream culture as he created it and celebrate his contribution to mankind.

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I was around shortly after Wally started the WBCC (International wasn't part of the original name). My Mom & Dad took me to several Rallies and Caravans where Wally was personally there. It was a thrill for me to meet him, and I still cherish a picture my Dad took of Wally with me in the foreground.
Wow! Those are marvelous photos of you and Wally Byam and his gold Airstream! Very cool to see. Do you have any details of the events and dates for these photos?
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I'm guessing that at least the 2 pics with Wally's truck were from the Palm Springs Rally promoting the 1959 African Caravan.
(Note also that "Bibleland" is still printed on the side of his truck.)
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Old 02-28-2010, 08:48 AM   #11
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I don't remember where either picture was taken. I was 8 or 9 years old at the time. The picture with my parents and me behind #1200 was taken in the Fall of 1957, or the Spring of 1958 (notice the 1958 Chevy as the newest car). The pictures of Wally and the gold Airstream were taken in late 1958 or early 1959 (notice 1959 Chevys).

Good eyes about the "Bibleland" printing on the truck. That was changed sometime during the African Caravan to be politically correct.

To get back to the original post and the Byam Creed, I remember Wally as enjoying a more sophisticated life than the average travel trailer owner of the 1950's. He promoted Airstreams to those who were willing to pay more to get more. The caravans and rallies were centered around travel and adventure, rather than sitting around a campfire. The Airstreamers of Wally's era dressed up at Airstream events. They always traveled with their "Sunday best" so they could be properly attired when the occasion called for it.

Another custom that Wally initiated was to always pay using $2.00 bills. Every Rally and Caravan had a banker to exchange money. This was instituted to make the local merchants aware of how much money the Airstreamers brought into their community. In the early days, travel trailer people were often considered gypsies and tramps. Wally changed that.

One of the posters said he thought Wally would approve of the TAC. I don't presume to know Wally Byam well enough to know how he would think about this subject, but I suspect he would approve of any club that promoted good will, and provided fun and fellowship. I do believe that he would be opposed to any Airstreamer speaking badly about another. Before we set off for the day on a Caravan there was always a meeting to decide what was going to happen that day. At the conclusion of the meeting there was to be no bickering or dissension. Wally was a good leader, but would not tolerate complaining.

I think that those qualities were what my Dad so admired about him.
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One of the posters said he thought Wally would approve of the TAC. I don't presume to know Wally Byam well enough to know how he would think about this subject, but I suspect he would approve of any club that promoted good will, and provided fun and fellowship. I do believe that he would be opposed to any Airstreamer speaking badly about another. Before we set off for the day on a Caravan there was always a meeting to decide what was going to happen that day. At the conclusion of the meeting there was to be no bickering or dissension. Wally was a good leader, but would not tolerate complaining.

I think that those qualities were what my Dad so admired about him.
Sounds like you admire Wally also. I think we all admire the man, the Airstream products, and the opportunities that he made possible for all of us!
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Old 02-28-2010, 09:18 PM   #13
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It's heartwarming to read this positive thread concerning Wally Byam's dream for Airstreamers. We agree that line #5 of the Wally Byam creed is so outstanding. In fact, it is dear friends of ours that started this thread. And, without WBCCI we would have never met. Isn't that right, IA-4?
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It's heartwarming to read this positive thread concerning Wally Byam's dream for Airstreamers. We agree that line #5 of the Wally Byam creed is so outstanding. In fact, it is dear friends of ours that started this thread. And, without WBCCI we would have never met. Isn't that right, IA-4?
I am - we are proud and honored to be your friends!!!!!!
Yes we met due to our local units of the WBCCI. We've camped together, and explored a small portion of the world on a caravan together. We look forward to seeing you again at this year's WBCCI rallies, Airforums Tri-State rally, and maybe even a TAC event.

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