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Old 09-05-2006, 08:56 PM   #1
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September Blue Beret

How come there's never any hype about the upcoming issue of the Blue Beret? Subscribers weigh in from all over the continent waiting and tracking their issue of Airstream Life. What do you do with your issue when it arrives? I have become my parents - turn to the obits first.... a very sad existance. Is it time for another A/S Life to arrive? A good rumor to start. The Blue Beret is ripe for an extreme makeover.
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Old 09-05-2006, 09:07 PM   #2
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How come there's never any hype about the upcoming issue of the Blue Beret? Subscribers weigh in from all over the continent waiting and tracking their issue of Airstream Life. What do you do with your issue when it arrives? I have become my parents - turn to the obits first.... a very sad existance. Is it time for another A/S Life to arrive? A good rumor to start. The Blue Beret is ripe for an extreme makeover.

I guess there is never any hype about upcoming issues because of what you just said,'The Blue Beret is ripe for an extreme makeover.'
There are occasionally good articles in the publication and I sometimes enjoy the pictures but it needs to be a little more interesting.Another thing is that any club news in it has generally been made known online weeks/months before.
Living in Canada,I just received my AUGUST BB on Friday,SEPTEMBER 1st,hmmm

I do enjoy receiving my BB but......


What are some of the things you would like to see changed in the publication?
How can it be made more current and enjoyable?
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Old 09-05-2006, 09:11 PM   #3
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My guess is that Airstream life well written, is available to anyone. It has info and articles about Airstreams and Airstream people. Blue Beret is only available to those who are members of WBCCI.
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Old 09-05-2006, 09:11 PM   #4
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Not so exciting...

Blue Beret occasionally generates some excitement (as with proposal to change name..) but usually it sits 'til I need to check and update calendar with local and region rallies.. A quick glance for tech tips or Phred article, and then it goes in stack... Reading reports from committees at International, or about next year's International are not nearly as fun as reading human interest articles in Airstream Life...

And I once proposed to Cindy that BB be "outsourced" to publishing firm that would enhance content and production values and save $$ by balancing ad revenue with costs to print.. Not accepted, as WBCCI feels (for some reason..) they have to write and publish magazine themselves....

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Old 09-05-2006, 09:11 PM   #5
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I flip through it and look at all the international news, national rallys and caravans I don't have time to go on, and then toss it on the recycling pile. Takes no more than five minutes.

AS Life I eagerly await, read it slowly, put it in the magazine rack and pull it out and re-read the articles and tips. It never goes on the recycling pile. When I'm really done with an issue I might stick it in the trailer to give away to AS'ers I meet on the road who haven't heard about it yet.

But who says BB wants to be like AS Life? Maybe they're happy serving the members they serve, just the way it is.
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Old 09-05-2006, 09:25 PM   #6
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I'd love it to be more like "Highways"

I'd like the Blue Beret to be more like Good Sam Clubs magazine "Highways" in content. But then Good Sam has about a zillion more members than the WBCCI and has the cash to do a good job on it's publication. At least (and I know this is not PC) I'd like to see photos in the Blue Beret of younger WBCCI members, and I'm not talking about member's grandchildren!

I'm gathering the best photos from the 2006 Region One Rally which was held by the New England Unit to submit for publication - concerns I have is many of our photos show Airstreams without the red numbers attached. Many folks in our Unit "just say no" to this - I know because I'm one of them! Besides that we have wine on our dinner tables in the photos. We'll see if anything happens once I send the collection into headquarters.
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Old 09-06-2006, 04:10 AM   #7
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The BB last page photo selection commitee editor; uncensored.... A huge layout with un-numbered rigs displaying their vintage port using proper stemware.
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Old 09-06-2006, 07:54 AM   #8
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I'd love to see a revamp too. I page through briefly, but the majority is the same ads and coupons and very light on content. It's a lot like the local newspaper insert flyers that get tossed. It seems to me the articles sometimes are just obligatory to fill a certain space whether there is something to say or not, and when there is no extra space is given. I like the idea of younger member pictures and real club news (what's happening) and interesting articles. You could skip the obits. Or put in births for a happy change.

I love readers' columns with pictures and short story.

Wish some of that dues money could go for better paper, that is, once it's good enough to open a second time.

I don't have September's yet.

Wouldn't it be a nice idea for every issue to have a different region and its units work to put it together for variety? Some of the newsletters I have seen are fabulous!
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Recieved my BB day before yesterday. The first thing I read is the presidents column. I have read this one over at least 4 times and have yet to figure out what Don is saying. He speaks in such generalities that I have no idea what he said ,who he's addressing or what he's talking about. Perhaps someone can clarify this for me!!---pieman
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My impression was he is trying to smooth over the rift caused by the name change and get the club all together as one big happy family again, without actually naming names or topics.
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My impression was he is trying to smooth over the rift caused by the name change and get the club all together as one big happy family again, without actually naming names or topics.
My first impression was a spiritual session.
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My first impression was a spiritual session.
I got that impression also!
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I think its content has improved over the last few years (they have tried), but it's not something that I eagerly look forward to......as a matter of fact what I really look forward to is to see what condition it comes in. I've never had any monthly magazine come to me that arrives in such sad shape. I think the cost to put it in a plastic bag has been quoted at a .01 each. Personally with that kind of cost I would do this in a second. It gets kind of old finding the covers torn, missing or in an unreadable conditioin.

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Mine used to come looking like it had been attacked by wild badgers, but recently they have been showing up in good shape.

What's a spiritual session?
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