panic over skin cancer, TNS was justifiably Recreation.”)

Along with a name change, TNS embraced a fresh emblem. TNS member Carl Hild
suggested early on that a simple, cryptic
Symbol was desired, one that would allow
fellow naturists to comprehend one another
without the need to blatantly advertise
one’s preference for nudity. Hild provided
some rough sketches from which designer
Jack White adapted the slanted capital N
for TNS. Now the “N,” standing foremost
for “nude,” “naked,” and “natural,” Lee
Baxandall has pointed out, may additionally be
associated with other affirming words like
“Fine” or “nurturing.”

Nude & Natural magazine has continued the tradition of journalistic excellence
established by Clothed with the Sun. No
other magazine, newspaper, or newsletter
printed in English comes close to N in its
depth and breadth of coverage of newsworthy events relating to non-lewd societal
nudity. N in size alone nearly doubles most
other naturist publications around the
world. TNS is proud to be the leader in
covering naturist history, social commentary, arts coverage, travel reports, and other
naturist-related matters.

Skinny-Dipper Shop
In January 1990, TNS decided to make use
of its Oshkosh office storefront on Main
Road by starting the Skinny-Dipper Shop.
The shop sells magazines, T-shirts, DVDs,
books, and other TNS goods. It was
also a walk in source for folks looking for
Advice about local skinny dipping
opportunities.

The public was generally accepting
of the shop’s very observable naturist existence
in the heart of Oshkosh. City ordinances
prohibited displaying nude photos within
sight of people walking by outside of the
Shop, so one had to come inside the store
to find a copy of N magazine and other
TNS goods. Still, the notable
signs and displays in the window let everyone know that skinny-dipping was a part of
Oshkosh.

In 2002 the TNS office moved to
a newer building several blocks off Main
Road, and though there is much less foot
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Lee Baxandall… Naturist Hero

From the time I first met Lee Baxandall in 1979, he took me
under his naked “wing,” so to speak, and mentored me in all
things naturist. I admired his fiery and driven free spirit
and multi faceted life. From his love of art, theatre, and literature to his belief in freedom from censorship and government domination, Lee faced life headlong, fighting bigotry
and close-mindedness every step of the way. Throughout the
very starting of the original naturist movement Lee fought
for pupil and societal rights. Eventually, he founded the Free
Beaches Documentation Center in his hometown of Oshkosh,
Wisconsin. Its inaugural publication was called Clothed with http://nudismphotos.net/posts/my-first-visit-to-a-clothing-optional-resort/ , which is how I first discovered TNS. Lee and TNS became
a source of great strength in the early years of our 40-year-plus
battle to keep Wreck Beach in British Columbia both undeveloped and free.
I accepted Lee’s invitation to my first TNS naturist assembly
in the mid-80’s at Lupin Lodge, outside of Los Gatos, California.
So started many years of camaraderie as Lee, through the
Naturist Society, mentored us through a multitude of Crash
Plage battles. And buttressing his support consistently, was his tower
of strength, his precious Johanna.
A kaleidoscope of images come to mind of Lee: The
Fantastic photograph of him, Phineas and Johanna frolicking in a
Exuberant tropical pool, the one from a previous World Guide…he and
Johanna on the cover of N Magazine while they were at the
INF Congress in Europe…his astonishing sense of humor and excellent
Intellect (he was so bemused by the fact that I raised 1500
crickets in my float house, that he gifted me with a solid silver cricket belt buckle which I still cherish.)…his impassioned
Addresses at TNS Gatherings, and his unyielding defense of
Nudism… Lee on the TNS naked bus tour of Europe (but particularly his naked grocery shopping in Cap d’Agde). It was my
great honour to have been granted the 2006 Baxandall Naturist
Leadership Award “in recognition of exceptional volunteer service on behalf of nudism.”
Lee has left us an unparalleled naturist legacy, but preceding
all, his love and loyalty made him our great pal.
Blessed us!

Lee presenting Judy Williams a Lifetime TNS
membership.

Lee Baxandall attended the
second Camping Bares Deep
Creek campout in February 1977
three years before he founded
the Naturist Society. It’d to
be the spectacle of large numbers of nudists dancing around a
raging campfire in freezing
winter weather that sold him on
the plan for a national fkk
organization.
Bob Holden

We are eternally indebted, Lee. We salute you with love,
Judy and Your Wreck Beach Family
For what it is worth, you and the others at Naturist
Society headquarters are in my ideas. I am
sorry to hear of Lee Baxandall’s passing.
http://nudismsite.com/tube/day-visitor-to-a-nudist-club/ was a visionary
and an inspiration to
us all.
Mike Abramson

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