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Old 10-15-2009, 09:58 PM   #127
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i and a leopard print fez has been suggested and WILL be added to the selections...

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Can you add a spotted cow print as well? We'd like to match our Moo Moo upholstered gaucho.
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Old 10-15-2009, 09:58 PM   #128
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I like our Overlander, but it doesn't define us. It's just more interesting than a standard box... and it's a tabula rasa to build within.

As for Wally Byam, the monocoque design wasn't his idea. He was selling DIY towable trailers in the late 20s. A guy named William Howley Bowlus was selling aluminum travel trailers and brought Byam onbord for marketing and sales. Bowlus was apparently a whiz bang aircraft design guy... but the Great Depression put Bolwus-Teller into bankruptcy in 1936. Byam picked up the pieces and sold a rebadged Bowlus as an Airstream. The rest, as they say....

Without doubt, Byam had a world class talent for marketing and promotion. He refined the Bowlus concept and built a successful American company. He did not, however, invent the concept of the travel trailer or even the iconic aircraft-influenced design. This isn't to say he's not a wonderful success story, but as Gene notes... whoever Wally Byam was, things are different now.

Airstream is owned by Thor. The modern Airstream is expensive and of average quality. The market niche is tiny. The marketing seems mostly an afterthought.

Let's say for the sake of discussion that Wally Byam was a true marketing genius. Here's the thing about geniuses... we call them geniuses because they are smarter than you or me. The bottom line is that the current Airstream company and the existing WBCCI don't sell many Airstreams. A bona fide marketing genius would come onto the scene, make radical changes, restore the brand luster, revitalize the image and renew Airstream's iconic status. Which, I guess, is why Airstream needs a Wally Byam for this generation rather than a group of corporate suits bound by management speak and group think. And the irony... well, if that genius were to arrive on the scene, buy back Airstream, start making changes... some people would cry foul because he or she was not wearing a WWWBD bracelet.

Oh, one further irony... there's plenty of genius right here on the Airforums... but I don't see the Airstream/Thor folks having any idea how to use it. Pity, really.
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Gaaaaaaaa! 2air, where do you come up with these threads? I don't remember saying half of this stuff.

Scrap, I don't care how old you are -- if you weren't married I'd probably fool around with you, at least for a week or two. What was your name again?


And what was it we were supposed to be talking about?
Aw Darlin',

You would ask me one of the hard ones...were we talking...? Gotta get you to a rally...maybe even bring a tape recorder so I can refresh myself...
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dat be a scary looking cow print...

i see BOOO in it...

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wabbit,Can you add a spotted cow print as well?...
abbolutely!

in fact it will be part of the ink blot editiititions...

for members wid metal conditions...

and we all gotz metal condishuns.

get your rorschach on!

look 4em soon.

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We Have our own Genius

.....and he has been recognized!

Even if he can't spell !!!!
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What was this Douba-See-Bebe-blah-blah t6hing?
I can Haz Join it?

It sparks such innnnnnnnnnnnaresting discussions.

purrrrrrrrrrr .... peeeeeple .... likez em
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Old 10-16-2009, 12:02 AM   #133
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...I can Haz Join it?...
u can joyn IF u agree to wear RED yarn, ya gotta have red yarn in z wb'...

dis be truu i bin dare...

http://www.airforums.com/forums/256089-post8.html

\/ \/ \/ \/ \/... that is true and some that is not is right here....

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f472...ing-24723.html

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Old 10-16-2009, 02:12 AM   #134
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So you can't buy as much as you used to.
You need to shop wiser. I am getting more for my buck lately [=[[ wise shoping/ ads/ coupons.
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sempi, hv fn cpn shppin ...

not r prblm
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I do believe that I have found the last several posts - quite - questionable.
What did I miss here.?????????????
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sempi, you probably didn't miss anything that you don't miss every day; i wouldn't worry about it if i were you
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Do I need to be drunk to understand the last two pages of this thread????
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Do I need to be drunk to understand the last two pages of this thread????
No.. but a flashback to the 60's sure helps....where's my shatsh?
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"Oh, one further irony... there's plenty of genius right here on the Airforums... "

You're right, the Airforums is a wealth of information, and not just about Airstreams.

" but I don't see the Airstream/Thor folks having any idea how to use it. Pity, really."

Well... there was that Town Hall Meeting thing. I was in Jackson Center for a couple of days in July, and was camped next to the AS Marketing Director at the Terra Port. He seemed like a nice chap. Based on our conversations, it was obvious they do read the forum. In fact, it was he who brought up the subject (while we were talking about Marathon tires, of all things). I got the impression that they just can't appreciate the value and scope of the information here. How's that for diplomacy?

Back on topic: When we were leaving town, we noticed the WBCCI Headquarters, and decided to stop by. Not much happening there, either.
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