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August 15, 2010 | By Steve Harvey, Special to the Los Angeles Times
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.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 15, 2010 | By Steve Harvey, Special to the Los Angeles Times
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.
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May 14, 1995 | LEN HALL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
San Onofre State Park has its renowned surfing beaches, a nuclear power plant and bluff-top camping along old U.S. 101. And then there's Trail 6. Swimsuits are optional at Trail 6, at the southern tip of the park. That in itself has never been a problem. But now the popular, secluded strip of sand at the foot of the trail is experiencing rocky times that threaten its tranquillity and perhaps its future, park officials warn. The problem is that people are having sex there.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 28, 2009 | KENNETH TURAN, FILM CRITIC
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.
NEWS
July 8, 1993 | MICHAEL QUINTANILLA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
August 18, 1994
Regarding the article "Nude Beach Unveils Political Dispute" (July 14), nude sunbathing is freedom from and a welcome antidote for the stress of today's hectic society and should be allowed to continue in Smuggler's Cove (Sacred Beach) in Rancho Palos Verdes. No national or state laws ban naturism (nudity) and local ordinances should not be enacted to outlaw this activity in appropriate places. Smuggler's Cove, with its hazardous, steep access to the isolated beach, is over a mile distant from the nearest residence and is the ideal appropriate place.
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.
OPINION
August 12, 2006 | Elizabeth Rosner, ELIZABETH ROSNER is the author of the recently published novel "Blue Nude."
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 28, 2009 | KENNETH TURAN, FILM CRITIC
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.
NEWS
May 9, 1987 | WILLIAM TUOHY, Times Staff Writer
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.
OPINION
August 12, 2006 | Elizabeth Rosner, ELIZABETH ROSNER is the author of the recently published novel "Blue Nude."
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 5, 1996 | SCOTT STEEPLETON
A 34-year-old transient was arrested Sunday after exposing himself on a crowded beach in Ventura, police said. Ronald Nance was booked into Ventura County Jail after police say they found him nude on the beach in front of the Holiday Inn at about 5:30 p.m., Ventura Police Sgt. Gary Atkinson said. Nance was being held Sunday night in lieu of $500 bail on suspicion of exposing himself in a public place, said a jail spokeswoman.
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.
NEWS
May 14, 1995 | LEN HALL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
San Onofre State Park has its renowned surfing beaches, a nuclear power plant and bluff-top camping along old U.S. 101. And then there's Trail 6. Swimsuits are optional at Trail 6, at the southern tip of the park. That in itself has never been a problem. But now the popular, secluded strip of sand at the foot of the trail is experiencing rocky times that threaten its tranquillity and perhaps its future, park officials warn. The problem is that people are having sex there.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 8, 1995 | LEN HALL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
San Onofre State Park has its renowned surfing beaches, a nuclear power plant and bluff-top camping along old Highway 101. And then there's Trail 6. Swimsuits are optional at Trail 6, at the southern tip of the park. That in itself has never been a problem. But now the popular, secluded strip of sand near the foot of the trail is experiencing rocky times that threaten its tranquillity and perhaps its future, park officials warn.
NEWS
August 18, 1994
Regarding the article "Nude Beach Unveils Political Dispute" (July 14), nude sunbathing is freedom from and a welcome antidote for the stress of today's hectic society and should be allowed to continue in Smuggler's Cove (Sacred Beach) in Rancho Palos Verdes. No national or state laws ban naturism (nudity) and local ordinances should not be enacted to outlaw this activity in appropriate places. Smuggler's Cove, with its hazardous, steep access to the isolated beach, is over a mile distant from the nearest residence and is the ideal appropriate place.
NEWS
July 14, 1994 | JEFF KASS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
No one typically blinks an eye in Rancho Palos Verdes when Mark Horn leaves his bathing suit in the bushes and trolls for aluminum cans on a secluded local beach. For more than a dozen years, Horn and others have enjoyed the sun's rays relatively free of any interference from cotton, nylon or city regulations.
NEWS
June 21, 1991 | Associated Press
A Western Illinois University professor who studies nude beaches and was accused of neglecting his duties as a teacher was fired Thursday by the university's governing board. The Board of Governors of State Colleges and Universities voted 8 to 0 to fire George R. Harker, effective immediately. He was the first tenured professor to be fired in the school's 92-year history, university officials said. Harker, 47, said he would appeal the decision through the university's union grievance process.
NEWS
July 14, 1994 | JEFF KASS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
No one typically blinks an eye in Rancho Palos Verdes when Mark Horn leaves his bathing suit in the bushes and trolls for aluminum cans on a secluded local beach. For more than a dozen years, Horn and others have enjoyed the sun's rays relatively free of any interference from cotton, nylon or city regulations.
NEWS
July 8, 1993 | MICHAEL QUINTANILLA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
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