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===== David Thornburg ===== I was born in '42 in Cincinnati, the only child of older (near 40) parents. The folks were en route to Georgia from Fort Wayne, in a '40 Schult Master. Ohio was their return point every spring. Winters, they raised me on trailer parks in six or seven states; thirteen schools by the eighth grade. I had forgotten all this until about 1988, when I saw an old steel breadloaf in a vacant lot and said to Jan, "Looks like an Alma." We walked over to it and saw 'Alma Coach Co, Alma Michigan' on the rear, and I thought, "Now how did I know that?" This set me to thinking of the old parks. A little research indicated that the happiest days of my childhood had disappeared entirely from U.S. history. The parks themselves were all paved over, and nothing had been written about trailer life since Clinton Twiss' Long, Long Trailer. So I put a couple of years into Galloping Bungalows. It seemed important to document those two decades between 1935 and 1955 when something like six million Americans lived and worked and raised their kids in house trailers--not 'mobile homes' or 'campers' or 'RV's'. It was a good life for a child: warm and free and flexible. I'm grateful to have been there, grateful to have been able to record it. And especially grateful to Forrest and Jeri and the TCT to be invited to Camp Dearborn to see so many of the old rigs and feel once again the spirit of the parks. Everybody's bedroom should rock a little in the night winds!

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