I can't think of anyone more deserving of this recognition than the man who had business cards printed with the title "Oshkosh Ambassador!" That would be George Ramin, of Houston, TX. George has attended every Fly-In at Oshkosh + the last one at Rockford. He's a Life Member of EAA and a great supporter of the organization.
But possibly his greatest contribution and reason to be honored in this way is his "missionary work" in encouraging people with a passion for aviation to experience Oshkosh. He has directly or indirectly been responsible for hundreds of airplane enthusiasts (and even some non-airplane nuts) attending what we now know as AirVenture.
To take away the excuse that "I don't have a place to stay," George reserves (and pays for) 100 dorm rooms every year. That way he can always find sleeping quarters for anyone who decides on short notice that they want to make the pilgrimage. What is known as "The Texas Group" in Gruenhagen Hall now includes many Californians and others George has met around the country.
That includes many, like myself, who come back every year. This will be my 40th, and some others in the group aren't far behind. And it's all because George made it possible and encouraged me in the first place. Whether it's providing a place to stay, matching up open seats with riders, or offering advice on flights and bus schedules, George is there for EAA.
Another great contribution George made was loaning the Museum his beautiful red Luscombe Phantom, so that all visitors to Oshkosh and the EAA Museum could see the lovely lines of this rare antique. It was on display there for some 15 years, and is probably the only Luscombe Phantom most Museum guests have ever seen. It also appeared behind Paul Poberezny in the photo that was used with his column in Sport Aviation for many issues.
All in all, I'm sure anyone who has been touched by George's love for EAA and Oshkosh would agree that he is exactly the type of person worthy of this recognition.
EAA #61196 - Lifetime, Century Club #92