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Old 07-15-2007, 09:51 AM   #1
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Smile Dale "Pee Wee" Schwamborn

My history goes back to birth in 1938. I was born into the Schwamborn Family. My Mother was a first cousin of Wally Byam. Wally was my second cousin.

I trveled with Wally on his first Caravan in 1951. In 1955 my Mother, Helen Byam Schwamborn, joined the Airstream family. She nutured and established the Wally Byam Caravan Club, Inc. I have traveled on Caravans to Europe 1956, Eastern Canada 1955 and 1957, Africa 1959. I have scouted two Caravans Africa 1959 and Eastern Canada 1961.

I have been to 5 International Rallys. I am a previous owner of the famous Wally Byam's Gold Trailer. I have been to inumberable rallies and club functions.

I worked from 1964 to 1969 at the Airstream California plant. Having started as the Receiving Clerk, Cost Accounting, created their Personnel Department and became the Western Materials Manager.

My two most recent Airstream adventures was the 2005 International Rally in Springfield, MO.

Later on the Club and Airstream flew my wife, Susan, and I to Nova Scotia for the dedication of the 50th Anniversay plaque in Kentville. It was a treat since I am a Charter Member and was there when in all begain in 1955.

Currently I do not have an Airstream, but my blood with always flow silver.
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Old 07-15-2007, 09:54 AM   #2
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Welcome to the forum! It's great to have you on board. I'm guessing you are now going to be flooded with questions about your travels and adventures!
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Welcome Dale

Welcome to the forums Dale.I enjoyed reading your posts on the wbcci and also on the SNU websites.I look forward to seeing your contributions here also.
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Old 07-15-2007, 10:02 AM   #4
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Welcome to the forums PeeWee! I am so looking forward to meeting you and Susan and hearing of your adventures at the RMVAC Rally in a couple of weeks. I hope you enjoy the reminiscing as much as we will ~ helping to keep the legacy of Wally and the club spirit alive!

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Old 07-15-2007, 10:04 AM   #5
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Wow, talk about a "Gold Nugget" of WBCCI history right here on the AIRForums. Thank you for posting - I think I speak for alot of posters when I say it's great to have you here. Welcome and please pass on more history to all of us - we are ready to absorb it. Any pictures - really some that have never been published - would be a great thing.

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Old 07-15-2007, 10:09 AM   #6
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Hi Pee Wee, welcome to the forums. I sure am looking forward to more of your posts.
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Old 07-15-2007, 10:30 AM   #7
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Smile TO HAVE FUN - Airstream and WBCCI

Why was the WBCCI established?

Three very simple words, ‘TO HAVE FUN.”

Airstream like any other manufacturing company was created to make a product. For the owner and entrepreneur, Wally Byam to fulfill his goals in life and to make a living.

The first Caravan in 1951 was conceived to assist Airstream owners, and others (the first few Caravans were open to all manufactured RV’s), to travel as an American Community. Airstream’s reward was publicity to sell Airstreams.

The Club was a natural occurrence. This American Community of Airstream owners wanted to get together on a local basis and chew the fat, remember the good times, and take their Airstreams out on a more frequent basis, but for a shorter period of time. The Club Members wanted the club to be exclusive for Airstream Owners only.

Let’s go back to Caravans. The Caravans could never have gone ten miles with out a sub-structure and delegation of duties. Wally Byam was a master of organization.

The Club core was the volunteers; the go-to-people that assisted in making the Caravans go. This spirit, this dedication, this form of personal involvement was the core of the WBCCI in 1955.

Check out the Jack Rabbits; thank them for your club today. They “hounded” Wally to form a club.

http://sierranevadaairstreams.org/memories/history/peewee/early-wbcci/jack-rabbits.html

My Mother, Helen Byam Schwamborn, was given the task, by Wally, to start a headquarters to be the home of the Club, and the action center for Caravans. Three major Caravans came from the Headquarters in the early days. (Europe 1956, Africa 1959, Around-the-World 1963.)

Because of the dedication of the members and the organizational and interpersonal skills of Helen, the Club grew, and grew, and grew…what a growth!

Yes, Airstream funded the Headquarters. Yes, it was a marketing tool. However both entities this symbiotic relationship endorsed the purpose, ‘TO HAVE FUN.”

My pride swells every time I pass an Airstream on the highway, or see one on TV.

Remember, have fun, that’s what this is all about.

That’s all Wally wanted for you, and that is all my Mother wanted for you.

“TO HAVE FUN!”

See you on the road.

Dale “Pee Wee” Schwamborn

Footnote:

I was a family member before there was Caravan.

I traveled on the !st Caravan.

I went on a total of five Caravans. (1951 Mexico, Central America; 1955 Eastern Canada, 1956 Europe, 1957 Eastern Canada, and 1959 Africa, the Holy Land, and Europe)

I scouted two Cavavans 1959 Africa, and 1961 Eastern Canadian Caravan.

I worked at the California Airstream Plant from 1964 to 1969.

I have been to five International Rally’s.

I am former owner of Wally’s gold trailer.

I am a Charter Member of the WBCCI.

This is being told to you not that I am extraordinary, I’m just a fortunate person to have been part of this history.

When I say “TO HAVE FUN”, I mean it and I know that’s what it is all about.
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Old 07-15-2007, 11:43 AM   #8
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Hi Pee Wee,

Thank you for joining. I look forward to your unique insights. It’s like having access to the person who took those pictures of Henry Ford and Thomas Edison camping.

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Old 07-15-2007, 11:57 AM   #9
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Smile Having fun, I like that!

So, PeeWee, I'm not a member and have never been one. There is a lot of negativity about the WBCCI on the forum and I am wondering what's your assessment of the current state of affairs.
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Having Fun

Hello; You and I have 2 things for sure in common. We were born in the same year and we (my wife and I) are having fun with our Airstream. I see that Dr. Holman was Airstream's first customer. I have no evidence that he was a direct relative but I would like to believe so.
The Best to you and welcome to the Forums

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Old 07-15-2007, 12:03 PM   #11
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Welcome to the Forums. We're glad to have you with us.

We're looking forward to sharing your stories of Airstreaming.
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Old 07-15-2007, 12:22 PM   #12
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Nice to hear from you, Pee Wee. And you are more closely related to Wally than you think - he is your first cousin once removed. You are second cousin to Wally's children.

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Old 07-15-2007, 12:54 PM   #13
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Welcome aboard!

Hi Dale & Susan:

A hearty Welcome to the Fourms. It's great to see you posting here and on wbcci.org with your deightful and positive message to Have Fun Airstreaming. I look forward to meeting both of you in two weeks, and promiose you we'll all have some good fun. Have a great trip to Colorado.
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Old 07-15-2007, 02:28 PM   #14
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PeeWee,

Great to see you connecting here at AirForums. I'm curious as to why now? Does your timing on making your first post here have anything to do with goings on at WBCCI?

I too would like your take on what the IBT has been trying to do over the past couple of years - name change last year and the motorhome issue this year.

Have you kept up on any of this?

As an aside, do you or are you available to lecture on your past caravan experiences at WBCCI events?

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Why now? Reference to Club Politcs. NO! History!

The question of my timing is a valid question.

My Mother, Helen Byam Schwamborn, retired at the age of 75 in 1979. The two of us had family memories, Airstream memories and WBCCI memories. That's a lot of memories.

My Mother passed away July 22, 2004, just a few days short of her 100th Birthday. Wally Byam passed away on July 22, 1962. Interesting date July 22nd.

After her death I was contacted by Russ Banham, author of Wanderlust, Airstream at 75. What was supposed to be a limited call turned into many hours of conversation and letters, notes, pictures and such be shared with Russ. Of all writings prior to Wanderlust this is the first time rumors, speculations, twisted histories were corrected in the time frame of 1896 to 1979. My Mother left me a collection of family items and other personal items from her days with Airstream and WBCCI. With these items Russ and I changed some of the historical miscues and added a wealth of knowledge not available prior to Wanderlust. Russ is one helleva writer and biographer.

In 2005 I went to the Springfield Rally. This was the first leg of a later trip to Kenville, NS for the dedication of the founding of the WBCCI in 1955.

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I happened to find a picture of two models in the 30's. If was captioned Stel and Helen. No, no, no, no. This picture was take with two models. Not Stel and not my Mother.

This led me to the Sierra Neveda Unit. Diane Leipper and I have been working on an informative website with family, Club, and Airstream history.

I came to this form after writing some thoughts about the possible reincarnation of the 1959 African Caravan. My comments are on the WBCCI forum. I am not in favor of putting Airstream owner's lives at risk.

So, here we are.

My interest is to share histroy with Airstream and Club members.
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Rivet PEEWEE, I salute you

I just read your posts on the WCBBI forum and completly agree with your position on the African Rally.

I also want to say I'm envious of your wealth of experience and I am really excited that you are willing to share much of this increditable history with us.

I think you will like us, We are fans of Airstream and the forum rallys are all about fun!

I really look forward to your posts.
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This led me to the Sierra Neveda Unit. Diane Leipper and I have been working on an informative website with family, Club, and Airstream history.
PeeWee, the Sierra Nevada Unit website is an amazing document of WBCCI history. I've been enjoying it for weeks now.

Thanks for sharing!!!!

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Dale,
It is great to have you on the forums and I had no idea that you lived in Arizona. I don't go to Dewey much because they closed my favorite place to visit, Youngs Farm.

I am a member of the 4CU (Four Corners Unit of the WBCCI). We are the newest unit in the club and were operating under a provisional charter until a few weeks ago when the IBT voted to grant us a full / regular charter. Earlier this year my wife, Jan and I hosted the first rally for the 4CU. It was in your back yard at Deadhorse Ranch State Park in Cottonwood. It was agreat event and everyone had plenty of FUN! Plans are being made at this time for Deadhorse II which will most likely be held in February again. Once the plans are set I will contact you with more information. We would love to have you stop by for dinner (pot luck) while we are there and maybe we could twist your arm to share a story or two about Wally and the early days of the club.

I can promise you will meet some very interesting people who know how to have fun.

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The question of my timing is a valid question...

I came to this form after writing some thoughts about the possible reincarnation of the 1959 African Caravan. My comments are on the WBCCI forum.
I am not in favor of putting Airstream owner's lives at risk.

So, here we are.

My interest is to share histroy with Airstream and Club members.
welcome to the forums dale.

sharing history is a useful notion and i hope you do.

as for the potential 09 trip, here are some topic specific places to post your opinions.

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f286...ion-31388.html

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f286...airo-8454.html

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f347...van-24626.html

this thread is your 'member introduction' time and i don't want to litter it with caravan related issues...

but IF you'd like to offer opinions related to the 09 trip in any of these other threads...

i'm sure some of us will respond.

i did read your comments on the wb' site...

oh my.

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Richard,

Sounds great.

My e-mail address: go to Sierra Neveda Unit and they have a message center for me.

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