Today we are going to take up the brief study of one of the true curiosities of late 20th century American life-a substrata of the population that I shall here designate as the Van Culture. Little has been written about this, so I feel strongly that it is time to put it down for the record.
The Van Culture, though an offshoot of an earlier tribe called the VW People, should not be confused with those floating bedroom devotees of California. It also has little in common with the Camper Crowd, although there are some superficial points of resemblance. Obviously, their vehicles have some similarities: unwieldiness and the ability to be used for sleeping as well as for lugging large crowds over the landscape. After that, the resemblances cease. . .