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Old 01-11-2007, 01:16 PM   #1
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Back after a 30 yr absence......

Hi Guys....

I just ran across the forum a few days ago and immediately joined up. What a wealth of information!!

After a 30 year absence from Airstreaming, and the WBCCI, I am glad to be "back in the loop" so to speak. I was lucky enough to be a member of the WBCCI as a very young boy, and traveled extensively with my Grandparents way back in 1969 thru 1976. My grandparents were Chuck and Alma Anderson #22425, from Detroit, MI. We participated in several Michigan Unit, and International Rallies in those years, (1968 to 1976) and i have fond memories, and recollections of every one of them. Gramps had to sell his beloved 1969 23' Safari in 1976, due to failing health, and for years and years, i combed the papers and RV lots, and various Airstream websites, hoping somehow that one day i would run across Gramps old Airstream. With no records left, with a VIN....the search seemed futile. I honestly believe that someone out there has this trailer...... I'll bet if it still exists, I'll find it through thhis group....

Fast forward to last May.... I found an identical clone trailer to Gramps in West Palm Beach, FL, and secured a deal with the seller. This is an exact duplicate as my Grandparents trailer...an early production 69, built in the first weeks of November 68. It even originally came from Michigan, and was sold through the Airstream Dealer in Flint, and was sold to a couple from West Branch, Michigan. I remember distinctly going to Kolbe Trailer Sales in Warren, MI, with my Grandfather, the day before Thanksgiving 1968, and taking delivery of the new Airstream. His records indicate he paid $5,936.00 out the door for this trailer, and I remember that first look inside, with all the plastic still on the couches, and carpeting...and I'll never forget that "new smell"..... !!!!!! I was 7 years old !!!

Imagine the feeling of "deja vu" that overcame me when I picked my Airstream. Just like an old friend, finally returned after a 30 yr absence. On my trip home in June, with my new baby, I just HAD to make the requisite stop at Airstream "Mecca".... Jackson Center, OH. While there, I picked up a few odds and ends, and couldn't leave town without going to WBCCI headquarters on the outskirts of town, and (re) joining the club after all these years. Gramps original number was reissued in the 1980s, but the very next number in succession was available, so I grabbed it. (#22426) It seemed very appropriate. I think Gramps would approve.

So, now I am the proud owner of a 1969 23' Safari Twin, and I have done some small fixing on a couple things this summer, and hopefully I will be up and running in time to do some Airstreaming this summer. I even found my old original WBCCI "badge" from waaaay back in the day, and it even still has the ribbon attached to it from the 1974 International Rally in Notre Dame, IN. It still says "TEEN" on it...... (ain't THAT a hoot !!!!!) haha!!

Well, I just wanted to introduce myself, and I know I will be in good company with all the information available here.
If there's any other 69 23' Safari owners out there, drop me a line, we'll compare notes. Who knows...you might have Gramps old trailer, #22425 !!!

Thanks again

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(formerly #22425 1969-1976)
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Old 01-11-2007, 01:20 PM   #2
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Wow,what a great story.Welcome to the forums and welcome back.
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Old 01-11-2007, 01:24 PM   #3
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Welcome!!

Scott-

Welcome, and thanks for sharing a great story... Unless it made some sad fate, I suspect you may find your Gramps' trailer here...

Best of luck getting going again, and re-connecting with both WBCCI events and the new-fangled Forum Rallies, where informality and fun seem to be real priorities...

As you get more familiar with exotic "Search" capabilities (using search tab above) you will find there are very few technical or refurb questions that haven't been addressed here by experts...

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Old 01-11-2007, 01:25 PM   #4
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Scott, what a wonderful story! Welcome - we're very glad to have you here. Hope you have many more wonderful journeys to come!
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Old 01-11-2007, 01:27 PM   #5
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Quite a story. Good luck on finding "Gramp's" AS.
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yeah! a great tale, and a terrific ending to it....or should we say new beginning? Welcome to our Forums.
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We are the "Borg" ----

You will be assimilated into the AS Forum "cult!"

Welcome back and keep sharing your stories, pictures, and experiences.
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Welcome home, and here's to new memories.

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Great story commander31. I hope you track down your grandfather's trailer. Welcome back!
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Old 01-11-2007, 03:29 PM   #10
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Thanks for all the kind words guys.... And yes, i do look forward to making some new memories of my own here now....

I have also met quite a few nice folks in the Vintage Airstream Club contingent of the WBCCI.....I attended the Region 4 Rally this past summer in Adrian MI, and met a few really nice folks....just like "deja vu all over again"...

I was also at the Airstream Homecoming down in "Mecca" ---Jackson Center back in 04. What a great time there. Boy, do I remember going down to the factory waaaay back in the day with my Grandpa, he would have some warranty work done there....a couple times we stayed in the trailer overnite, right there inside the shop. There used to be a restaurant in front called the "Feed Bag", and i remember eating 3 meals a day there a couple times!!!

Truth be known, i was even at the International Rally in Lansing MI back in '04 also. (just lurking and wishing) Strangely enough, it was 30 yrs before, to the very day that i was attending my last International Rally..... That was in South Bend IN, at the Notre Dame campus. I looked up the dates of the 74 International, and it coincided with the Lansing 04 Rally..... Strange, eh???

I have a virtual treasure trove of memorabilia from my Grandparents from those years... Tons of pictures, slides, diaries, Airstream brochures, and even my original badge. I always kept everything put away in a safe place, knowing that one day i would have an Airstream too, and I could bring it all out, and show it, and pick up, right where I left off.

On a sad note tho, it is definitely somber to realize that probably 99.9% of the good friends and acquaintances I knew for those several years in the WBCCI are all gone now, and are in that great Airstream Park in the sky.....
I have vivid recollections of all our Michigan Unit Presidents, and so many friends from back in the day.... matter of fact, i finally (just last year)located one of my buddies I used to pal around with in those years. We had not spoken since 77 or 78. Strangely enuff, his father is in his late eighties, and still has the old 31 Sovereign somewhere down in Florida.

Anyways, sorry for the ramblage...once I get started.... (hee hee)

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And in my sleep.....Just like my Grandfather....
Not screaming, kicking and in a state of panic,
like the other passengers in his car were......
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Great Post - Thank You and welcome to the Forums.
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Great story! How about coming on down for the big Texas State Vintage Rally to be held January 31st through Febrary 4th in Montgomery, Texas.
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". . .sorry for the ramblage...once I get started.... (hee hee)

No apologies needed on this forum! Your memories and stories are the ones we are making today, taking our Airstreams on the road, meeting with friends and family, finding rallies to attend, collecting our memorabilia. Hopefully, when we are no longer on the road, younger 'streamers will recall and want to carry on the adventure for their generations. ~G
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Cool story. Our 73, 23' Safari is #22143
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