Eugene Callen (who died in 1978) and Lee Baxandall agreed that a continuation of these strand events should take place nationally. Both recognized that to make steady inroads on the American people’s perspective of strand nudity, public relations and the media must be used to good effect. To that end, the two guys developed the idea for a National Nude Weekend to be held each year in July by all interested groups. Initially word about National Nude Weekend was spread through independent youth publications. In the 1970s these periodicals were common, and if they received a press release telling about a big, public nude event, they were certain to print it. By the 1980s, such publications were less common, and news of the Weekend had to be issued through mainstream news agencies like the AP and UPI. This still worked, but now the news was transmitted by the press as titillating reading for a more traditional readership. By the time The Naturist Society was created in 1980 it was the de facto coordinator and main advocate of this annual occasion. In 1992 FKK oversaw the expansion of the Weekend into a seven day Nude Recreation Week. Other major naturist and nudist organizations in the 1990s have gained by taking part in this public calendar approval of social nudity. Each July, FKK and other naturist organizations receive hundreds of phone calls from inquisitive media representatives trying to determine what is going on. It gives FKK the opportunity to explain the principles of nudism, and to alert members of the public to the clothes-optional chances in their areas.

The Free Beaches Documentation Center

In addition to establishing National Nude Weekend, Baxandall and Callen agreed that a center to keep the primary materials of the clothes-optional movement was wanted. Baxandall volunteered to use his Oshkosh facilities to house these files and to have Oshkosh be the actual location for a new Free Beaches Documentation Center. Initially, the FBDC concentrated on collecting info pertaining to naked swimming areas (i.e., free beaches), but soon expanded to concern itself with all elements of clothes-free use of public properties. It meant to maintain documents such as posters, flyers, manifestos, news items, photos, legal documents and marketing paraphernalia to be used by pupils and writers with serious interest. The FBDC rapidly expanded its original targets to include publishing and distributing a newspaper. In June 1976 the first issue of Free Beaches was spread. Copies were available for the price of a gift to the FBDC. Subsequent problems, produced once per year through 1980 and undergoing name changes, were titled Free Beaches Sunand finally Sun. The tabloid supplied updates on where readers could recreate bare, and it kept them abreast of challenges to their naturist liberties. Sun contained nudist erection describing the enjoyment of social nudity, offered everyday surveys about societal attitudes about the body, and alerted readers to special events that naturists would probably be interested in.

In October 1979, the FBDC formed a workshop for the yearly convention of the National Recreation and Parks Association held in New Orleans. http://nudistsplace.com/nudist-photos/my-first-public-nude-expericence/ was the very first time a naturist or fkk group had participated in this national event. The workshop was attended by about 150 alarm middle and top-level park supervisors. Baxandall and Jan Smith opened with a 23-minute, professionally created slide and sound show titled “Nude Recreation In America.” After the slide show Baxandall successfully debated Lawrence Hadley (now retired from Cape Cod) and two other part manager panelists on the merits of naked use of Truro beach. In March 1981, Baxandall, Durand Steiger, and Jake Satin Jacobs offered a similar workshop at the regional California and Pacific Northwest Recreation and Park Conference held in San Diego, California. John Fitz-Gerald gave yet a third workshop on October 5, 1983 at the National Recreation and Park Association’s annual convention. After 1985, the American Sunbathing Association (now the American Association for Nude Recreation) would sanction an interest in nude recreation on public lands and has participated in similar conventions through the 1990s.
1980-1981: A “Naturist Society” is Formed, Naturist Gatherings Are Arranged, and the First Edition of the World Guide To Nude Beaches & Recreation Is Sold

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