July 8, 1993 |
Let the naked truth be told: Regardless of anti-nudity laws at Southland public beaches, tens of thousands of Californians-- sans swimsuits--bare it all. Al Spencer is one. For sure, he's not your typical shy guy. Not this card-carrying nudist sitting on a beach chair near a canyon named in his honor, taking in the rays--uh, fully--from head to toe. With Nude Recreation Weekend starting in 48 hours, Spencer, a 70-year-old retired psychologist, is getting a jump on the national observance.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 15, 2010 |
Retired lifeguard Nick Steers still remembers the day he helped rescue an injured swimmer at Venice Beach while onlookers gathered around him. "I'm on my hands and knees and I look around and all I see are crotches" and other private parts, he said. "Everyone was nude. " As he recalls, the injured swimmer was also devoid of a bathing suit. It was 1974, the summer of Venice's nude beach. Until then, Venice had been a relatively quiet area except for the occasional beat of a bongo drum.
August 28, 2009 |
Like the name of the West German radical terrorist organization whose tale it tells, "The Baader Meinhof Complex" is a fascinating hybrid of a film. Even though its purpose couldn't be more serious, its style could hardly be more pulp. Which is probably fitting for a group that started out with high-minded goals and ended up robbing banks and blowing people away. Though few people in the U.S. remember its exploits in detail, the actions of the Red Army Faction, usually called the Baader Meinhof Gang after its two most prominent members, largely defined the history of Germany in the 1970s, and the group remains a subject of enormous interest in that country.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 11, 1995
Re American Album, "Ordinance Puts Nudists in Middle of Lawsuit," Aug. 31: On behalf of nudists/naturists everywhere and the national organizations representing us, the Naturist Society and the American Assn. for Nude Recreation, we wish to express our gratitude to The Times for elevating the level of discussion surrounding public nudity from purely local to nationwide. It was satisfying to find that The Times recognized and reported the struggle that nudists/naturists are waging in Florida with politicians and bureaucrats at all levels of government to ensure their constitutional rights to practice the nudist lifestyle at Playalinda Beach.
August 12, 2006 |
Perhaps i am not the only one who finds it harder to get naked than to be naked? How to master the strange impracticalities of buttons and bra hooks? How to keep smiling while persevering in those over-the-head and around-the-ankles moments? Now that nude-beach season is in full, um, swing, taking things off is once again a public matter. It comes with the additional difficulty of hot sand under one's feet and the unavoidable, inescapable truth that gravity always wins.
May 9, 1987 |
The North Sea island of Sylt has plenty of things going for it: a splendid mix of sea, beach, dune and sky, a reputation for nude sunning and swimming, and a chic clientele that has made it West Germany's most fashionable summer resort. But Sylt has one thing going against it. The breakers are washing away the sand, eroding the beaches and dunes. And the erosion is aggravated by winter storms. The island is literally returning to the sea.