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Posted by hostsherry on 09/30/2012 19:06:26 (52 reads)
Editorial

September 7th, 2012, Bern Loibl passed away in his home, surrounded by his family. This sudden loss has thrown the office behind a few weeks on the September issue now coming out. We appreciate your patience, understanding, and sympathy during this time of loss. Seek the sunshine and let it engulf you, as Bern was so fond of doing. Remember, when all is said and done, it all comes down to how we treated each other, on a daily basis.


Posted by Bern on 05/19/2012 13:19:27 (985 reads)
Travel


by Sherry Stafford-Loibl

My husband swears our GPS has saved our marriage! True, it has often been a blessing. Without it, each trip by car ended in navigation battle fatigue. Still, as we headed toward Toronto to visit Bare Oaks Lodge, our GPS took us to a place 45 minutes away from our destination, due to address ambiguities in the area. Calling reception at Bare Oaks, we were given the more accurate latitude and longitude coordinates, figured out how to input them into our GPS, and we arrived just in time to enjoy dinner and a soak in the hot tub.

Next morning we were able to enjoy a fine breakfast in the dining room, after stretching exercises on the deck overlooking the front lawn. Complete with swings and other climbing child-friendly lawn ornaments, there is a large expanse set with several picnic tables and plenty of space left over for Frisbee and other lawn games. The front office is unique to naturist destinations, as it is one of the few, if not the only, reception area at a naturist resort where guests are greeted by naturally undressed office personnel. The owner, Stephane Deschane, explains, “If you’re greeted by a nude person there is little question about what sort of resort you’re entering, and it sets a tone for all to feel comfortable undressed.”

Stephane took the time to personally show us around the resort, with mobile homes and a lake; the first thing one notices is how well manicured the grounds are. Every space exuded pride and personality. There is an older building at the back of the lake, slated to become a renovated yoga studio/recreation space. The long deck of that building overlooks the lake, where we found people tucked in, enjoying the sun. For those who don’t get the personal tour, Bare Oaks placed a computer table with seating in the office, where newcomers take an informative “tour” of the grounds and hear naturist rules about sitting on a towel and asking before photographing other guests. This allows new guests to get familiar with resort amenities and etiquette, before checking into their room. Thus, it is no surprise to hear favorable comments from fellow travelers and those who visit Bare Oaks frequently.

Back at the Lodge building, Bern and I decided to enjoy the pool area, where a few women and a darling little girl were loafing. There was time to reflect on the evening before and note all of the amenities included in the clubhouse building. We seem to have lucked into the only bedroom with a private bathroom. The other rooms share a generous common bathroom area, and there are laundry facilities available to all. At the end of the restaurant hallway a staircase leads down to the spacious community center that includes a flat screen TV viewing area, large selection of games and books on the many shelves, with tables and chairs for gaming or eating. The community kitchen, with microwave, sink, and large fridge, was a great place to store a few things, prepare a snack, or heat up a cool cup of tea. We looked at all the exercise equipment in the exercise area, before lazily circling back.

Does Bare Oaks have pride items? You betcha! We purchased two fine coffee mugs, and managed to lose them before getting home! But there were towels, books, and a bunch of goodies on offer for purchase.

Leadership is key to running a successful naturist resort, and we asked Stephane his secret. Leadership by example, as he works nude and requires the same of his office staff, can easily be deduced, and his passion for naturism. But there is more... Bare Oaks offers a feeling of pride, respect, and naturist ownership, for a day, week, or month. We were only there for one night, but would definitely go back for a more extended visit. With hotel rooms, plenty of RV and camping sites, Toronto and the Canadian side of Niagara Falls for excursions, Stephane invites you to beat the summer heat at friendly Bare Oaks Lodge!
... Naturally #82 — Spring 2012


Posted by Bern on 05/15/2012 21:28:51 (823 reads)
Editorial



by Internaturally's former editor, Bern Loibl

Naturally magazine is thrilled to offer this unique series of photos in the next few editions, which stared with the spring edition and continues in the summer edition. Leif Heilberg's photos have been synomymous with nudism for nearly 50 years, and we jumped at the opportunity to showcase this extoardinary record of nudism and naturism in chronological order.

I met Leif Heilberg over 30 years ago at one of the early naturist gatherings in Florida. He was busy photographing the event when I had the privilege of being one of his photo subjects. We talked about his work and my magazine, and have been in touch ever since.

Although this vibrant, lively Scandinavian has been photographing nudes since 1957, he considered himself a “nudist” photographer after 1960 when he joined a nudist club in California. He started naturist photography first for a naturist publication used by Esperantists called Naturista Vivo.

As of 1961, Leif began taking nudist pictures for Ed Lang as well, and the following year Ed asked Leif to work for him. He worked as his photographer until the end of 1969. Almost all the pictures he took of nudist/naturist locations around the world belonged to Ed Lange’s Elysium Inc. Leif was Elysium’s “Our Man in Europe,” also behind the “Iron Curtain.” For this reason, Leif’s own collection does not begin to amass until 1971, with a few earlier pictures taken in 1965, which is where we start our Viking Nudist Chronicles.

When he became a freelance photographer, he had experiences with a couple of agents, in Italy and in Japan, but neither worked out well. Finally, Terry Dell Agency in London contacted him, and through them Health & Efficiency used masses of his pictures over many years. With the death of the owner, a few of years ago, the Terry Dell Agency closed and Leif paid to get most of his images returned the him, although some had already been destroyed by then.

As a freelancer, his work appeared in virtually every nudist publication, including, of course, Naturally magazine. We love his pictures and wanted to share them with you, which is how we hit upon the idea of creating a repeating 16-page photo feature that would chronicle his work from the beginning to the present time. We can’t think of a better way to show how nudist and naturist images and sensibilities have changed over the years.

Leif’s work encompasses Europe, Eastern Block countries, the South Pacific, and the United States - mostly west coast locations. His studio - Viking Photography - derived its name from his Nordic heritage and is the inspiration behind our new feature in this and future Naturally editions. I hope you will enjoy it as much as I have when Sherry asked me to catalog and select images from his vast archive of about 150,000 pictures that fill a two-terabyte disk drive.

Beyond the naturist press, Leif has provided photos for the periodical of the Danish Youth Hostel Association and for German tabloids favored by housewives. He is also a sought-after wedding photographer.

The charismatic Leif credits his people skills with having learned English four years at school, German three years, Swedish two years, French one year, and Russian one year. But Esperanto also helped a lot, he says. “I met Esperantists in Moscow in 1959, participated in the Universal Congress of Esperanto in Warsaw, where I naturally met many Bulgarian Esperantists at the national Esperanto congress in Varna.” He got in contact with other Esperantists in several countries through the Universal Esperanto Association. “Through that,” he says, “I met various people in Czechoslovakia, Hungary, and East Germany (Die Ostzone, drueben, etc.).” He soon became president of the International Esperanto Naturist Organization. [Esperanto is considered the most widely spoken constructed international auxiliary language. Its name derives from Doktoro Esperanto (Esperanto translates as “one who hopes.”)]

I asked Leif what changes over the years were most notable in his opinion - good or bad:

“I see, with regret, some clubs going over to be swingers,” he said. “Although, individuals have been playing around for ages, I am of the opinion that this type of behavior should not be institutionalized.”

Inernaturally seconds that emotion.


Posted by Bern on 05/15/2012 13:54:00 (674 reads)
Travel News


by Sherry Stafford-Loibl

For a month I looked forward to meeting Beth Nolan and enjoying a naked yoga class with her. She had said “yes” when I asked to videotape a bit of the class toward our future video on NJ naturism, and now the day has arrived. Not knowing who might show up, we decided to invite a few people we knew were not camera-shy, my son, his girlfriend, and a friend of theirs!
Beth uses a Karate studio for her yoga that is spacious enough for 30 guests, with an outer room. This day, the outer room held a table spread with snacks and drinks, and we were delighted to see some dear friends had turned out for the event. Though Beth offers the classes every week, this class was special because of a television camera that had been invited in, and our cameras. Thus, even more of a treat that so many were comfortable with anyone knowing they enjoy being clothes-free.
Classes are located in Vernon, New Jersey. Please check Beth’s website for times and dates. She responds quickly back to those who leave an e-mail message. Though young, my son has some physical limitations. His comment, at the end of the class was “I haven’t stretched this much in years and felt so good!” Thank you to all who attended for the press, and to Beth for providing this service to the nude community. Be sure to plan to attend, when in the area


Posted by Bern on 05/15/2012 13:45:54 (603 reads)


Another great issue of Naturally magazine goes to press. The summer edition continues with part two of The Viking Nudist Chronicles, a photo feature that you won't see anywhere else.
Theresa O'Shea returns with a study about naked dreams, asking the question: "What do naturists or nudists dream?"
Besides members and subscribers photos and a calendar of events, we've got stories on clothes freedom in Scotland, Anigua, San Francisco's World Naked Bike Ride, and all the fabulous places visited by Leif Heilberg in his chronicles. Please subscribe for your copy today. The summer issue mails June 1st.


Posted by NaturalCuracao on 05/11/2012 11:47:54 (407 reads)
Travel

The Natural is the only clothing optional resort on Curaçao. Most of our guests are (naturistic) couples. You can be nude, or not; just do whatever you feel comfortable with!
We offer apartments and brand new, luxurious bungalows, all with a spacious porch and an amazing view.

Our small scale resort is nestled in an area of outstanding natural beauty where you can spot pink flamingos and parrots. No mass tourism, hardly any traffic and very close to the most beautiful beaches, dive- and snorkling spots. Willemstad, the lively capital of Curaçao, is only 20 minutes away by car.


Posted by Bern on 02/06/2012 15:58:54 (751 reads)
General News

Internationally acclaimed naturist photographer, Leif Heilberg, has undergone surgery for a complete hip replacement. His wife, Lee, tells us that he is currently in recovery, and we wish him well.
Naturally magazine has contracted with Leif to publish a historical perspective of his work in chronological order. The new spring issue will include part one of his nearly 50 year of naturist photo journalism. Each subsequent edition will include another 16 pages of images to the present time, with information and descriptions of where each image was taken and the current status of each location.
Be sure to catch the new edition, available in March, 2012.


Posted by Bern on 11/23/2011 11:35:13 (1877 reads)
News

John Forier, who purchased the resort in 2007, was killed in a car crash in Texas.

By Keli Sipperley
A memorial service is planned for Monday, Nov. 28, for Paradise Lakes Resort owner John E. Forier of Lutz.

Forier was killed Sunday, Nov. 20, when the 1997 Mercury SUV he was driving veered off a roadway.

Forier's girlfriend, Pam Tanner, was a passenger in the vehicle, Paradise Lakes comptroller Stephanie Gibson said. She was taken to a Texas hospital.

Tanner is in critical condition, but specifics are unknown by the resort at this time, Gibson said.

The 1997 Mercury SUV Forier was driving veered off a roadway Sunday evening, according to ConnectAmarillo.com, a Texas news website.

The Texas Department of Public Safety said Forier overcorrected back, which sent the SUV skidding across both lanes, according to ConnectAmarillo.com

Forier, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was ejected and pronounced dead on scene, the news report stated.

According to the news report, Tanner — who was unidentified at the time of the report — was wearing a seatbelt.

Everyone at Paradise Lakes Resort is still hoping for a recovery for Pam, and our thoughts and prayers are with the families, Gibson said.

The memorial for John Forier will be held at 5 p.m. Monday at the resort.


Posted by Bern on 06/30/2011 14:28:46 (2525 reads)
Travel

Internaturally recommends that you Sun Your Buns this Summer at The Terra Cotta Inn Nude Sunbathing Resort with their Great Summertime Room Sale
Summertime is the most popular time of the year for vacations. And The Terra Cotta Inn Clothing Optional Resort and Spa located in beautiful, sunny Palm Springs, California wants to encourage you to try a nude sunbathing vacation with them. And to make the experience an even better value, Terra Cotta is having a "Sun your Buns" room sale this July and August.
Read more!


Posted by Bern on 05/20/2011 13:08:05 (1453 reads)
Site News

Due to excessive spamming, the Internaturally Members' "comments sections" had to be shut down, while we take some time to clean up the many unsavory abuses by spammers.
We're sorry for the inconvenience and promise to restore this feature in the near future.
Those people responsible have lost all membership privilges.


Posted by hostsherry on 02/09/2011 10:25:06 (4721 reads)
Travel News

March 27 (rain date April 10th) World's only authentic re-enactment of the ancient Pentathlon near Monticello, FL. For directions and further information, visit www.tallahasseenaturally.org/greek_athlet.html or call (850) 222-1886.


Posted by hostsherry on 11/30/2010 16:36:35 (3924 reads)

The group, Young Naturists America has announced a Nude Year's Eve Party in Manhattan to end 2010 and ring in 2011. If you're between the ages of 18 - 30, check out their web page at www.youngnaturistsamerica.com and perhaps join their New Year's celebration!


Posted by hostsherry on 11/30/2010 15:57:47 (2257 reads)

Our December issue is now available through our office at 973 697-3552, or here on our website! This issue contains sale items suitable for holiday gifts, as well as some interesting information on how to take better naturist photos. That's not all you'll find, but is a small mention of some of the goodies included for our naturist friends. Sign up for a full year (4 issues) for $32.95 and they'll come right to your mailbox AND give you a 5% discount on any and all product you might order through out the year!
"Naturally" magazine is a publication of Internaturally.


Posted by hostsherry on 10/29/2010 9:47:51 (2784 reads)

Renaissance to Impressionist artists have painted nudes, and you can buy the cross stitch pattern to create them yourself in thread! Difficult to find in most stitchery shops, these nudes will keep your fingers busy fireside or poolside this winter! Consider this gift for a friend who truly enjoys stitchery and nude recreation, and you've got a winning combination for a gift at $15 - $25.


Posted by hostsherry on 10/15/2010 10:35:30 (3300 reads)

Internaturally is offering three naturist calendar choices for your 2011 notes. With full color, high-spirited prints on top and plenty of space in boxes below to note your naturist outings, select from Worldly Friends, Worldly Guys, or Worldly Gals for $25. A Fabulous Gift Idea!


Posted by hostsherry on 10/06/2010 11:14:11 (2477 reads)
Internaturally Tours

Naturists will love the small resort with free beach bus on Gran Canaria. Owned by Spain, and so close to Africa that the sand on the beach has been blown over from the Sahara Desert, this island offers us a week of interesting diversions. We'll have the opportunity to ride a camel through the dunes, visit a cave city with residents and businesses, horseback ride, SCUBA, and more. All breakfasts are included in the price, and three dinners are included. Each oversized room has a mini-fridge for your snacks, and if you don't want to explore the local foods with us for three nights, you may stay and dine (charged separately) at the resort.
Let Sherry be your tour guide, and try something different this year! We love the Caribbean resorts, but wanted to offer you something delightfully different in a naturist venue. Call 973 697-8099 for info. - priced at $996 for a single, $1110 for a couple...with the meals we've mentioned and airport transfers! JOIN US!


Posted by hostsherry on 10/04/2010 12:26:03 (2032 reads)
Travel News

There's only one cabin left on the sail leaving from the BVI on January 30th, through February 5th, 2011...so if you've read our articles about sailing on Endless Summer II you'll know how special this is! Be in the sun in February, with breakfast served daily, most dinners, lunches, and snacks, some tours, sites, snorkeling & more, for $5,000 cabin. Call Sherry today at 973 697-8099!


Posted by hostsherry on 09/10/2010 15:36:26 (1941 reads)
members

Put all indredients that follow in food processor, turning machine off and on in short bursts until blended:
1/2 cup light olive oil
2Tbsp/ coder vomegar
1 clove garlic
1tsp. salt
1 tsp. pepper
1/4 tsp. ground cloves
1/2 tsp tumeric
pinch saffron
1 cup loosely packed fresh mint leaves

Cook orzo to package directions. Meanwhile, carefully roast pepper under broiler, turning fequently. When charred, put pepper in paper bag and fold top over tightly. Allow to steam 10 minutes. Drain orzo and spoon into bowl. Stir in dressing until well blended. Arrange lettuce leaves on salad plates. Top with orzo and serve.
Step 2: 1 12oz. pkg. orzo pasta
1 red pepper, halved and seeded
1/4 cup chopped fresh chives
1 cup coarsely chopped pecans
1 cup currants
2-4 Red Leaf or Romaine lettuce leaves
"Cooking In The Nude" book series is available at Internaturally.com


Posted by hostsherry on 08/24/2010 10:52:14 (1992 reads)
Travel News

While you're wondering where you'll go to get out of the snow this winter, check with Internaturally Travel to help find a destination that fits your wallet. 973 697-8099 is the travel direct line. We're offering a great price on a trip to Gran Canaria Island and there are other destinations that will warm your bones through those cold winter months. From a quiet and secluded spot like Playa Sonrisa, to an all-out party atmosphere in Jamaica, there is something nude for everyone! Cheers naturally, Sherry


Posted by hostsherry on 08/24/2010 10:30:20 (6812 reads)
members

Some wonder where all the young people are, in naturism...Internaturally suggests that you check out Young Naturists America on Facebook and become part of the group!


Posted by hostsherry on 08/04/2010 11:50:48 (2161 reads)
members

True Love Leaves - Prep time 20 min.
Pear and Avacado Salad w/Pear Dressing
3 green onions, minced
1 Comice pear, pealed, cored, and diced
2Tbsp red wine vinegar
1/2t. salt
1/4t. fresh ground pepper
1/4 Cup light Olive oil
Put onions and pears in food processor and process until smooth. Add vinegar, salt and pepper. With processor running, add oil in slow, steady stream until smoothly blended.

1 Bunch Red Leaf lettuce
3 Comice pears, peeled and cored
3 Avacados, peeled, pitted.
Arrange lettuce on chilled plates. Slice avocados and pears into thin slices. Alternating pear and avocado slices, fan fruit on top of lettuce. Drizzle with dressing.
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Posted by Bern on 05/27/2010 10:51:49 (2558 reads)
Past Issues


Get a full year of Naturally on CD. These are PDF files that are easily managed, copied, read, and with high quality images, just like the glossy magazine. Each CD includes 4 editions, plus a PDF edition of the Internaturally Catalog. Intended for use on your computer.
Available now are 2008 and 2009 CDs, which include issues 66 through 73.
Naturally on CDs


Posted by Bern on 05/27/2010 10:35:56 (1399 reads)
Internaturally Tours


How would you like to play in Sahara sand dunes at lunchtime, then sit in a lush tropical garden for dinner? When you visit Gran Canaria with us next winter, you will. Magnolias Natura is located on the southern end of the volcanic island, Gran Canaria, off the western African coast. Sun shines daily, with spring-like temperatures on the coolest days; but we’ll try to avoid those cooler days by traveling in early March. With 28 rooms on offer, you’ll get to meet all the other guests around the pool or in the restaurant, where we will breakfast daily. Bern and I are leading a group there Saturday, March 12, 2011, departing Saturday, March 19, 2011, and invite you to join us! We have been advised that February is still a little chilly, and perhaps has a few more showers than we would experience in March, when the island bursts into even fuller bloom than you can imagine.
A 10-minute walk, or free bus service several times a day, gets you to the sand dunes and beach. Playa del Ingles is Spanish for Englishman’s beach, and is a very large, long beach with room for everyone. Textiles are on one end, nudists on the other. Sprinkled along the beach are refreshment stands and first aid stations, but no food. So we’ll all chip in with fruits, cheeses, salami and crackers, etc. to have something to snack while soaking up the sun. The sand dunes are formed by Africa’s Sahara Desert during wind storms. So, you get to enjoy the desert sands from another continent and the cooling breezes by the ocean – quite an extraordinary experience!
Of all the Canarian Islands, Gran Canaria is the lushest, with plenty of things to do. For instance, you could truly experience that Sahara Desert feeling on a camel-ride tour of the dunes and along the beach, where you will probably spot your nudist friends taking in the sun. I’ve never ridden a dromedary, but look forward to that adventure on this trip!
Bus service is grand on the island. There are several outings that might be of interest. On the eastern edge of the mountains, Guayadaque is a national park with breathtaking views, and lush green valleys filled with almond trees. However, the “barranco,” or valley, is more known for its caves, most of which are in use either by farmers or other locals who have converted them into homes. One such area has been carved into a village, complete with cobbled walkways, a church, bar, and street lamps – all from caves! Follow the road as it climbs up through this valley to find the restaurant “Tagoror,” again a spectacular cave with space carved inside for more than a hundred in one sitting with more tables enjoying the spectacular views at the mouth of this cave. Tables and chairs are carved from thick oak trees and the food is excellent. Try the set menu (around €10 for 3-4 courses) for some superb, traditional Canarian food.
An aboriginal museum is located on the road from Maspalomas to San Bartolome and close to the village of Fataga, Mundo Aborigen is best accessed by car. The No.1 bus service runs every 20 minutes from Puerto Rico. This is a museum, situated in a National Park that is supported by the Canarian Government. Aborigen World shows everything about the first inhabitants of the islands – the Gaunche. The aboriginal history has been recreated in the form of a village with a separate museum. You’ll learn about their world of magic, religion and burial rites; see how they lived, their homes and farms. Various shows and demonstrations make this a fascinating day trip. There are also a restaurant, parking, souvenir shop and gardens.
Some prefer the underwater world, and we have a different kind of experience available on Gran Canaria. From the port of Mogán, to the east of Magnolias and reachable by bus, you journey to the sea floor in a yellow submarine! “Sinking times” are at 10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 13:00, 14:00, 15:30, 16:20 and 17:10 o’clock. Journeying to the bottom of the sea, the submarine has high-tech equipment that assures you won’t end up staying down there! Eight voyages daily, seven days a week.
Skydiving is something I haven’t tried yet, but then, I’m not going to. You don’t need any experience or medical certificates, and only 15 minutes of training as all jumps are tandem jumps with a qualified (certified!) instructor. A 20-minute flight takes you to 12,000 ft where you freefall to 4,500 ft before the parachute will (hopefully) open. Parachutes are equipped with “Cypress- Hightech-Emergency release systems to help make everything extra safe.” Jumps are daily, except Mondays, and the whole thing can be either filmed or photographed for you.
Now, this outing has my name on it… El Salobre Canyon Horse Farm – called “The Black Horse.” The tour starts at the ranch and takes you through the surrounding countryside for 90 minutes. Spectacular, Canarian scenery and amazing views over Maspalomas, are the highlight. There’s some free lounge time around the ranch upon return, or a dive into the pool! Lunch on the ranch, and then back to Magnolias Natura by around 14:30 - 15:00 o’clock. For inexperienced riders there’s an easy one-hour tour, while the more experienced riders go through the countryside on a more challenging route through the woods and a little into the mountains. There are riding routes of 60 minutes, and 90 minutes for €22-50 including lunch and swimming.
We can’t forget our other underwater world – SCUBA. The diving center is located in the Europa Center in Puerto Rico in the south of the island of Gran Canaria and can be reached easily by bus. From here we have access to all the best diving the island has to offer. They are based in Puerto Rico but offer free pickups from Playa del Ingles and Maspalomas, so getting outfitted won’t be a problem.
Another adventure will be checking out local nightlife and restaurants! We shall enjoy our stay at Magnolias Natura, on a half-board basis every other night. So dinner is included the first night, we’ll explore and eat out on Sunday night. Magnolias will feed us dinner Monday night, and Tuesday evening we’ll explore… you get the idea! Those content to stay near the pool and their new friends can dine at Magnolias for an additional charge.
The rooms are large – plenty of space to spread out our suitcases and collect souvenirs. Each unit includes a kitchen with fridge for those late-night snacks!
You’ve read now that there are a number of excursions to enjoy. You can see the picture of a lovely pool awaiting your exploration at Magnolias Natura, and your happy hosts, Bern and Sherry, can’t wait to share with you this exotic island for our winter break. We just have to be patient through February, so we get the warmer temperatures and the lush glory of the island in March. Sign-up sheets are available now.
Call Sherry at 973-697-8099 today!


Posted by hostsherry on 06/03/2009 15:22:38 (2593 reads)
Editorial

REMINDER.... all cell phone numbers go public in June and
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to receive sale calls.

YOU WILL BE CHARGED FOR THESE CALLS!
Even if the message is saved on your phone, you will be charged
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It is the National DO NOT CALL list. It will only take a minute
of your time. It blocks your number for five (5) years.
You must call from the cell phone number you want to have
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Posted by Bern on 04/15/2009 15:17:55 (3176 reads)
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A Utube love story on the run.
Streakers' Romance


Posted by Bern on 12/02/2008 5:08:28 (3814 reads)




























Lee Baxandall (front and center) at the 1986 Eastern Naturist Gathering


TO : All naturists

Dear Naturist,

The Naturist Society has announced with profound sadness that its founder, Lee Baxandall, has died in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Baxandall, who had suffered from Parkinson's Disease, was 73 years old at the time of his death on November 27, 2008.

Baxandall began his work as a naturist activist more than 30 years ago. With a background in writing and publishing, Lee's naturist passion led him in 1976 to form the Free Beaches Documentation Center, which he located in his hometown of Oshkosh. By 1980, Lee had founded The Naturist Society (TNS), and TNS had presented its first Gathering for naturists. 'Clothed with the Sun,' the flagship publication of TNS in its early years, was renamed 'Nude & Natural,' or more simply, 'N' magazine in 1989. Today, the magazine has a staff of professional and volunteer writers, but in the early days, much of the content of the magazine was pure Baxandall.

Lee was also the initiating force behind other familiar naturist organizations. In 1983, it was a Baxandall idea (and $70 in seed money that Lee pulled from his own pocket and gave to Murray Kaufman) that led to the TNS special interest group that would become Gay Naturists International. In 1990, Baxandall jump-started the Naturist Action Committee as an adjunct to TNS. The Naturist Education Foundation followed in 1993.

For the decades of the 1980s and 1990s, 'Lee Baxandall's World Guide to Nude Beaches and Resorts' was the standard companion for those seeking information on naturist destinations throughout the world. Each edition of the World Guide reflected Lee's naturist philosophy, not only for growing numbers of naturists, but also for the benefit of an expanding mainstream audience. Baxandall's World Guide is the inspiration for 'The World's Best Nude Beaches and Resorts,' a recent TNS publication that carries on the tradition.

In 2002, recognizing the inevitable effect of his declining health, Baxandall transferred ownership of The Naturist Society to a carefully selected handful of longtime associates. TNS is necessarily a dynamic organization that responds to the changing needs of its members. Nevertheless, owners Nicky Hoffman Lee and Margaret Thornton have remained remarkably faithful to the vision of Lee Baxandall.

DETAILS AND ARRANGMENTS

His wife, Johanna, has announced a secular memorial service for Lee.

Saturday, December 6, 2008
2:00 PM
Seefeld Funeral Services
Oregon Street Chapel
1025 Oregon Street
Oshkosh, Wisconsin 54902

Lee is survived by his wife Johanna, by his sister Ann, by his son Phineas, by two grandchildren and by thousands and thousands of naturists.

Lee's life and his deeds have affected and influenced many people. Nicky Hoffman Lee of The Naturist Society is compiling specific remembrances of Lee Baxandall. If you have a story you'd like to share, please send it to Nicky by e-mail at: nickyh@naturistsociety.com.

Complete obituaries will appear in upcoming issues of The Newsletter and N magazine. Tributes to Lee Baxandall will be a part of Naturist Gatherings and Festivals in the coming year.

The directors of the Naturist Action Committee and the Naturist Education Foundation join with the ownership and staff of The Naturist Society in marking, with respect and appreciation, the passing of an exceptional individual.

"Body acceptance is the idea. Nude recreation is the way."
- Lee R. Baxandall (1935-2008)

Naturally,
Bob Morton
Executive Director
Naturist Action Committee

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Naturist Action Committee (NAC) - PO Box 132, Oshkosh, WI 54903
Executive Director Bob Morton - execdir@naturistaction.org
Naturist Society: Nicky Hoffman Lee - nickyh@naturistsociety.com
Online Rep. Dennis Kirkpatrick - naturist@sunclad.com


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