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Old 02-03-2008, 12:37 PM   #1
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memories of Wally

Greetings to all of you" aluminum adventures". What a great life i have enjoyed with airstream. I first met wally when my mother and dad took us (three boys) to europe for six months. What great times and great people we met along the way. My parents did an article for National Geographic in 1956 of that caravan. My father, Ardean Miller, did all of the early photography for airstream and Wally would stay at our house in florida. If you get a chance there is an article my mother, Norma Miller, did with Fred Coldwell for Airstream Life magazine (Winter 2007). Great reading! One of the funniest memories of Wally was when he was asked, "why do you put ovens in the airstreams" He said, "Why... that is where i store my shoes!". I have a 25fb safari and live in it with my border collie, Nell, for six months each year. I am headed to Sarasota for the rally and hope to meet some of you "Down the Road".
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Old 02-03-2008, 12:43 PM   #2
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Greetings to all of you" aluminum adventures". What a great life i have enjoyed with airstream. I first met wally when my mother and dad took us (three boys) to europe for six months. What great times and great people we met along the way. My parents did an article for National Geographic in 1956 of that caravan. My father, Ardean Miller, did all of the early photography for airstream and Wally would stay at our house in florida. If you get a chance there is an article my mother, Norma Miller, did with Fred Coldwell for Airstream Life magazine (Winter 2007). Great reading! One of the funniest memories of Wally was when he was asked, "why do you put ovens in the airstreams" He said, "Why... that is where i store my shoes!". I have a 25fb safari and live in it with my border collie, Nell, for six months each year. I am headed to Sarasota for the rally and hope to meet some of you "Down the Road".
Welcome to the AirForums!

I read the Airstream Life article about your families caravan adventure with Wally in Europe. Actually, I read it more than once as I was fascinated with it.

Good to know you still love Airstreaming. Life is good.
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Old 02-03-2008, 12:44 PM   #3
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Welcome to the forums Randy and thank you for the story of Wally. Most of us here enjoy hearing stories of Wally and the early caravans. It was certainly a different time back then although one can still meet great people along the way when traveling in an Airstream. I've read the article that your mother wrote in ASL a couple of times and found it fascinating. We're glad you're with us.

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Old 02-03-2008, 12:49 PM   #4
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Thats really great that you had the opportunity to go on a caravan with Wally. We are heading to Sarasota soon also. Stop by the Vintage section one evening when we have Happy Hour ( 4-5 ish) and I'm sure we would have many vintage souls eager to hear of your caravan with Wally.

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Old 02-03-2008, 12:58 PM   #5
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Great to have you with us.There are lots of folks here interested in WBCCI related history.
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Old 02-03-2008, 02:59 PM   #6
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Welcome aboard, Randy!

Hi Randy:

Welcome aboard! I had a delightful time chatting with your mother about the numerous caravans she and your Dad took the familiy on when you boys were young, and learning about all the adventures your family encountered along the way. You boys were blessed to have such wonderful Airstream experiences while growing up. I really enjoyed working with your mother on that Airstream Life article about the 1956 European Caravan.

And I was truly honored to be able to recount in Airstream Life only a small part of the story of your father's breathtaking photography, particularly the work he did for Airstream. There's been nothing comparable since.

Have a great time in Sarasota, and be sure to take Herb up on his invitation to visit the Vintage Airstream Club for happy hour. You will be warmly greeted, and perhaps mobbed there, by VACers who will be fascinated by your Airstreaming adventures. Please say "Hi!" for me to Herb and Sidra Spies in their '63 Globe Trotter. I'll see you Down the Road!

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Old 02-03-2008, 03:04 PM   #7
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An Airstream and a Border Collie - it doesn't get much better!
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Old 02-03-2008, 03:14 PM   #8
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Randy,

Cazenovia huh... I'm about 30 miles away in Plymouth, just outside Norwich. I go through Caz often. I'm hosting a Boon Docking Rally this June for the Sherburne NY Pageant of Bands... and then the WDCU will be doing our Installation Rally up here in Norwich in October. I'd love to meet you one of these days, perhaps at Sarasota.. I'm picking up our 54 Safari then and will stop in.

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Old 02-03-2008, 03:53 PM   #9
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Randy,
It would be great to hear more of your Airstream memories. Your Father is one of my Airstream heros as he was able to create that Airstream travel trailer mystique with his photgraphic eye that vintage fans like me were so easily seduced by.

I remember before I owned a trailer researching the many different years and models and after seeing hundreds of photos being able to pick out which were your fathers work.

Thanks also to Fred Coldwell for the well researched article in Airstream Life.

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Old 02-04-2008, 12:13 PM   #10
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Thanks for the warm welcome....

I just returned and my heart and soul were warmed by the kind replies. What a great Airstream family we all have. I look forward to meeting Herb and
Sidra for "Happy Hour". Thankyou Fred for the kind words. Thankyou Gary for the comments on my fathers photography. Each photo has an interesting story behind it. I hope to connect with Rob in Plymouth as well as Sarasota.To Wayne and Sam...my border collied Nell would like to meet you. To streamer23...I am planning a trip to NS and hope to meet up with you and share stories. Yes Myboyburt...life is good. So if any of you would enjoy more stories just let me know. One of the things i remember about Wally's ingenuity was when he put a french Solex (Bike with a motor over the front wheel) on the back of his trailer...he loved riding it. Again thanks for the kind replies. Randy and Nell (Border Collie)
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Old 02-04-2008, 12:39 PM   #11
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So if any of you would enjoy more stories just let me know.
We're ready anytime you are Randy!

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That is the bike....!

What a surprise to see the picture of the solex bike on the back of Wally's trailer. I always wondered why his trailer was painted white....he was a man of many surprises . Thankyou mistral blue
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Thanks should go to Fred

The 1st time I saw the photo was when 47WeeWind posted it here http://www.airforums.com/forums/f163...nks-35391.html It's a great photo. Sometimes I think I can hear what they're all talking about. Do you recall that morning?
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