I remember Erik Alger , Gmac for sure...met Gary at a store in Belmont Shore when i was shopping for a winter sleeping bag and planning on spending the winter in the back country in a tee pee.. Then Gary ended up in Mammoth at the WE store ...I see Gary in vons occasionally where we engage in faux martial arts combat...Gmac had a tent set up for inahling dental pharmaceuticals in the Mammoth store...Bruce Nyberg , an old climbing acquaintance , ended up working there...? I think Jim Thomsen may have been a Kniessel rep around 85 and gave me a pair of skis...rj
Back in the 70's,long before before the Outdoor Retailer existed, the only big national show for non-ski outdoor gear companies was the Snow Snow in Las Vegas, which was at the same time as the much larger SIA (Ski Industries America)show, but in a much smaller convention center.
However, the counter-culture energy at the Snow Show, made it a much more fun spot to visit.
Then there was the year that Wilderness Experience exhibited at the NSGA (National Sporting Goods Association) show in LA. The packs & tents did not fit in well with the socks, jocks, & footballs, etc, but my business partner & I flew down for the joy of seeing friends & the promised party, stopped off in Reno on the way home, and managed to have a good time, despite it being a really bad smog week in LA. (We did also pick up some tennis & racketball lines to diversify our outdoor store's gear offerings.)