JACKSON CENTER, Ohio — During the year after Wallace Merle Byam graduated from high school in Portland, Oregon, his mother and stepfather died within several months of each other. As he would do many times in his life when he needed to organize his busy mind, Wally got out a pen and paper and began to write. It was 1916, and the affirmations Wally committed to paper that day would end up guiding him until his death in 1962.
Fifteen years later, Wally Byam founded Airstream in a small, Los Angeles warehouse. His simple prescription for happiness steered him as he designed and refined what would become the world’s most recognizable travel trailer.
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