Wally and the Curtis Wright Trailer - His Post-WWII Legacy

Posted on Thu, Dec 26, 2013 @ 08:00 AM

Sometimes the art of business is difficult to explain. Why did Wally Byam design and work for Curtis Wright at the end of WWII? Why didn’t he start up Airstream? Why did Wally ever go back into manufacturing trailers?

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Wally's Other Vehicle

Posted on Thu, Dec 19, 2013 @ 07:01 AM

Wally Byam traveled with two wheels. His Solex bike, with a small motor on the front wheel, carried him on the 1956 European Caravan. You might see him on a Caravan with a collapsible bicycle or a two wheeled miniature motorized scooter. On the African Caravan, he mounted a Vespa motor scooter above the front bumper.

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Caravan America and the Birth of the Wally Byam Foundation

Posted on Thu, Dec 12, 2013 @ 08:30 AM

A Merry Christmas, Season's Greetings, and a Happy and Prosperous New Year.

What is Caravan America?

When Wally Byam became ill, his wife Stella Byam and the Airstream Executives discussed how to honor Wally after his passing.

They came up with the Wally Byam Foundation (1961–1977).

"PURPOSES…to help achieve a greater knowledge of the daily life and cultures and of the history and aspirations of peoples in our own county in all the Americas, and around the world - and thus to enhance international understanding and goodwill…

to further the concept of travel by trailer as a unique and an increasingly rewarding medium for the advancement of such education and communication on a people-to-people, person-to-person basis; and to that end, to encourage improvement in the environment in which such travel takes place, both at home and abroad…"

For fifteen years various programs were carried out by the Foundation. Airstream, General Motors, the Wally Byam Foundation and National Geographic provided for Caravans, and individual tours across the United States.

American diplomats were given the opportunity to familiarize themselves and their families to the greatness of the United States. Larger groups came from the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Japan and the United Nations diplomats.

The question might be, as usually asked, what might Wally think? His pride in the Foundation’s accomplishments might give the sparkle in his eyes that was so familiar to those who knew him.

During this Holiday Season, have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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More from Morocco: Why Wally Loved Africa

Posted on Thu, Dec 05, 2013 @ 07:00 AM

Did the dream of Africa enchant Wally Byam? As a youth did he read Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs or writings by Dr. David Livingstone and Henry M. Stanley? Where Wally’s African aspirations came from were known only to him.

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