Region 5’s Jerry and Louise Humble recently had the occasion to spend 7 days in Chicago watching the filming of a portion of the TV show “Chicago Fire” that utilized their 1972 Airstream. The opportunity arose when Louise was looking over the WBCCI web sites and noticed an interesting article on the Region 5 site.
The article noted that the producers of “Chicago Fire” were looking for an Airstream trailer of the early 1970s vintage and included a phone number for a contact at the Airstream dealer “US Adventure RV” in Chicago. Jerry contacted him, he in turn gave Jerry the contact number of the owner of a company called “Picture Cars” who, after talking to Jerry, then contacted the studio. Louise sent pictures of their rig and the producers agreed that it was what they wanted.
After Jerry spent an extremely busy week getting the rig road ready for the 300 mile trip, the Humbles pulled the rig to the Cinespace Chicago Film Studio which is located a few blocks west of the Chicago Loop. There they were able to observe the modifications made to the trailer prior to its being towed to the location site. A studio employee then towed the rig to the site which was a parking lot in a recreation area on Lake Shore Drive. The next step was preparing the parking lot so that it looked like an RV park. This consisted of blacking out the parking stripes and setting out utility pedestals made of plywood and PVC pipe along with picnic tables, trash cans and grills. The Humbles then watched the final “dressing” (adding of interior props for realism) of the trailer before rehearsals and filming. The episode was aired April 15 on NBC and the trailer survived.
As part of a very interesting week in Chicago, Jerry and Louise were given a private tour of the studio and the sets of the shows “Chicago Fire” and “Chicago PD.”
The set crew surveys the interior in preparation for new flooring and props.
A fake utility pedestal made from plywood and PVC pipe.
On location at Lakeshore Drive & Belmont in Chicago.
Film & sound crews on scene.
Finished interior after “dressing” for the scene.
More cameras and crew on scene.
The March issue of the Electronics Communication Committee News & Views newsletter is available.
Camping last weekend at Pyramid State Park near Pinckneyville, IL.
The WBCCI Electronics Communication Committee’s February “News & Views” newsletter had some interesting articles and impressive photography.
The producers of the hit TV series “Chicago Fire” is looking for a 70s Airstream similar to the one pictured below to appear in the background of an upcoming episode. They need the trailer for one or two days and are willing to pay about $300 per day.
If you have a matching trailer and are interested, please contact Bryan Kendall at Airstream of Chicago, email@example.com, 815-726-1900.
Only 40 more days until Spring.
Alumaflamingo Region 5 Luncheon
For many years there has always been a Region 5 Dinner at the Florida State Rally in February. I just want to let you know that the tradition is continuing.
The event is now called Alumaflamingo 2014. But that does not mean we can’t get together. It will be on Thursday evening, February 20, 2014 at 5:00 PM at a place called Phillippi Creek Village Restaurant & Oyster Bar, located about 5 miles from the fairgrounds. We will be in a separate dining room and will order from the menu. You can “experience casual waterfront dining at the place to go for seafood”. They also have a more traditional menu.
The restaurant is located at 5353 S Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34231 (941) 925-4444. Tickets will not be sold or required. If you can make it, just show up. If you know you are coming, you can email me or call to let me know. We will also have a sign-up sheet at Alumaflamingo.
It would be nice if we had some kind of idea how many might be planning to attend. We hope you join Karen and I for a casual Region 5 dinner at the Phillippi Creek Village Restaurant. Lets keep the tradition going.
Region 5 President
Region Five Community Service Project
OVER $1,200 OF CASH AND PERSONAL CARE ITEMS DONATED AT 2013 RALLY!!!!!!! Thanks for you generosity.
WBCCI has a long history of community service in towns where our rallies are held. This years Region V Rally in Carrollton, Kentucky – September 11-15, 2013 is no different.
We will be supporting the Women’s Crisis Center, a nonprofit social service agency committed to lead the community in the social change needed to end domestic violence, rape, sexual abuse and human trafficking. This organization has grown to serve 13 counties in northern Kentucky. They offer a wide variety of programs such as a 24 hour hotline, shelter program, children’s advocate program, and elder abuse program just to name a few. Additional information can be found on their website at http://www.wccky.org/. They would appreciate our support with monetary donations or any of the items listed under their Donations/Wish List. We’ll be learning more about the Women’s Crisis Center at the Region V Rally. This organization provides a great service to the surrounding communities and is certainly worthy of our support.
Mary Jo Brown
Region V Community Service Chairman