Originally Posted by jaco
This is a neat thread. What ever became of Call Don and SimplySpent?
Well, "CallDon" is still around. Some things happened that got in the way of posting much on this excellent forum. First, life just got busy. There is almost too much information around now, compared to fifteen years ago when I first began seeking historical info on Airstream. At the time, there was little, if any, info available. The Original Airstream History On The Internet
tells how it began with me back then.
I am an entertainer and performer. I am also not married. At the time, I was often traveling around the country performing, teaching seminars, driving or flying from coast to coast and still holding down regular gigs in Texas. I also had three internet radio-stations at one point, only two now.
Fortunately, there were others with a higher OCD level than I.
Although my full-time home was a 1986 Argosy, these other Airstreamers had more time to spend on the subject, a spouse to help them and specialized in various areas of the study of the trailers and the company, eventually developing wonderful, far more extensive resources.
I still met with Airstreamers semi-regularly, mostly the North Texas Unit luncheons or dinners when I could. There were a couple of Airstream-related projects I wanted to do. But I had a couple of contracts broken, the economy changed and I never have been able to travel full-time as I originally planned.
Also, I have met some wonderful folks who are Airstreamers and made some nice friends. But a few do exhibit that slight condescension or arrogance that non-Airstreamers have noticed. So I backed off from becoming so involved, continued some of my interviews with Airstreamers and started Airstream FM, an easy-listening webcast with listeners in one-hundred countries. And I have a couple of neighbors who organized a new unit with the goal of more Airstream camping, less Airstream bureaucracy.
About one year ago, I bought a Nuwa Hitchiker fiver. As much as I love my Argosy, I enjoy the extra room and having three slide-outs. And the Nuwa quality is excellent, better than I could have imagined. The Argosy was showing its age and needs some work, new AC, new water heater and some other things. I will probably put the Argosy up for sale. After 4+ years, Airstream-FM is now operating from the Hitchiker instead of from an Airstream. But life goes on.
Although the original Airstream history is not as complete as web sites of those who had the time and energy (and a spouse) to develop it more than I did, airstreamhistory.com has the unique position of being the first Airstream history posted on the internet. I still love classic Airstream trailers and would love to eventually buy that little Argosy Minuet I used to admire at North Dallas RV. It's floating around the country somewhere.
Hope this helps answer your question!
Don in Dallas