Pages of History
The newsletter of the Naturist Education
Foundation and the Naturist Action Committee.
Volume 1, Number 5. May 2020.
Rich Pasco (1950 - 2020)
Bill Schroer with contributions from others, on behalf of the NAC
and NEF Boards
Naturism has lost a strong and active practitioner/advocate in Rich
Pasco who passed away on April 1, 2020.
Rich suffered what is believed to be a second hemorrhagic stroke during
a photo hike with a friend. Photography was another long-term
interest and passion for Rich, and it's good that he was out doing an
activity that he loved.
Rich had been subjected to a previous hemorrhagic stroke in the late
fall of 2019 and while he had apparently mostly recovered his health....he
acknowledged short term memory lapses. He also noted in an e-mail
discussion of his stroke that he had a different attitude about it than
perhaps before... "Unlike a painful injury...my stroke in early December
caused very little discomfort. The early 'head spinning' sensation
was replaced by a feeling of comfortable peace, even as I couldn’t
remember important facts."
This was remarkable as Rich, a retired computer engineer and Ph.D in
Electrical Engineering (Stanford) was all about facts, organization and
detail. In addition to being an engineer holding several US patents,
Rich was a passionate naturist and manifested that interest in not only
living openly as a naturist living in two naturist meccas (San Jose,
California and Caliente Resort in Florida) but was actively involved in a
number of naturist organizations and activities:
- Coordinator of the Bay Area Naturists club
- Published the Bay Area Naturists Club newsletter (monthly for over
- Organized the San Jose Nude Bike Ride
- Organized the Bonny Doon State Beach cleanup
- Member of Lupin Lodge
- Mentor to SCNA
- Member of The Naturist Society
- Board Member (NAC and NEF)
Rich had been a Board Member of the Naturist Action Committee (NAC) and
the Naturist Education Foundation (NEF) three times since the
organizations were founded, and was most recently two years into his
term. During our board meetings, Rich was always thoughtful,
inquisitive, contributed valuable insights and challenged our conventional
thinking about ways to move naturism forward. His significant
experience with naturism (he attended many TNS Gatherings and had homes in
both California and Florida) informed our thinking as a board. His
analytical mind often provided perspective that we may have missed in our
deliberations otherwise. While our board meetings (mostly
teleconferences) were primarily business oriented, our annual meetings,
held in person, helped all of us get to know how personable, engaging and
fun Rich was as a person. As Chair at the time I found Rich to be a
voice of reason and thoughtfulness that aided in the management of the
conversation. He brought great insight in a comfortable way to the
conversation that aided rather than inflamed the discussion.
In addition to Rich’s naturist activism his many interests included
serious nature photography (some published on National Geographic's "Your
Shot" website) , "intern" with the Human Awareness Institute, nature
walks, Scrabble playing (both real time and online), water volleyball
(nude, of course), passionate reader (he was the first to acquire and use
a Naturist Education Foundation Research Library membership card) and, a
warm, thoughtful and wonderful human being.
Rich Pasco will be missed by all of us at the NAC and NEF boards and by
his many friends, colleagues and family.
Rich reading at 19 months old.
Visiting the Land of Oobat
Claudette Richards, Comptroller and Area Representative for NAC
and NEF, and Library Consultant for NEF
I first met Rich in the late 80's, and feel very blessed to have been
able to share a friendship with him for over three decades. We
got to know each other even more-so in the early 90's as directors on
the boards of the Naturist Action Committee and the Naturist Education
Foundation, followed by many years of being NAC and NEF Area
Representatives. Given our mutual interests in history and
education and respecting our mutual attention to accuracy and detail,
it was always a joy to work together on various naturist projects
regarding researching, documenting and archiving naturist
history. In spite of being busy and productive with our lives
and our own local groups and responsibilities, we knew we could call
each other any time (and often did) for advice, support,
encouragement, celebrating, consoling, or just sharing a story or
But my life was just one of so very many lives that he touched and
changed. He lived a full life, and like his name, it was rich with
wonderful adventures. He cherished the moments in his life and was
always grateful for the good things in life. Although deeply
saddened, I'm celebrating the incredible life he lived -- a life well
lived -- and will be forever thankful for his impact on my life as well
as within the entire naturist community.
Rich was on a photo hike, something he often did, on April 1st when he
collapsed suddenly. I am thankful that he, who loved so many
friends, was not alone at the end, but with a friend and doing something
Rich passionately believed in the goodness and missions of both NAC and
NEF and supported them in various ways with his time, energy, and
money. He also provided an efficient means for Bay Area Naturists
to easily donate to support the goals of NAC and NEF.
In addition, he was very supportive of NEF Research Library's goals of
preserving naturist history since the beginning of its creation six
years ago. As the first to acquire a NEFRL library membership,
with the library having just finished digitizing some of the audio
collection, he was also the very first to use his library membership to
request and enjoy many of the old audio recordings.
Although we were able to see each other more this past year, and
connected often by computer or phone, I’m especially grateful that we
were able to share a memorable day of quality time together in
March. It was such a magical time and went by all too fast.
He showed me various naturist projects he wanted my help with and we
made plans to do so, we spoke of our ancestors, we compared our
medications and aches & pains just like a couple of old folks, we
shared Dr Seuss and other quotes and John Prine lyrics, we spoke of
personal growth, of caterpillars and butterflies, of love and loss, of
the preciousness of life and the acceptance of death, of our
longstanding friendship and adventures over the years, and laughed so
hard we cried. And, like always, he departed with a warm extended
embracing hug as only he can give.
Looking back, one of my earliest recollections of Rich was of a
conversation we had in the late 1980s regarding taboos in general, our
society's taboo restricting or prohibiting the showing of select body
parts, and the direct impact it has on us as naturists. We spent
hours sharing our thoughts of how certain behavior declared "unfit" for
one group by custom or religion could be perfectly acceptable to
another, and how regulations created and based on moral judgments,
religious beliefs, or cultural norms could suppress entire subsections
of society. He shared with me a fable with an insightful
perspective that he had written entitled, "The Taboo of Oobat" which was
later published in Nude & Natural
Fast forward 30+ years later. In March while visiting with Rich we
noted our observations of more and more people starting to wear face
masks. I told him that although the masks were now being worn
because of COVID, I occasionally thought of his fable when I would see
someone wearing a mask. He was surprised that his story had left
such a lasting impression and was so memorable to me.
So, in memory of Rich, consider treating yourself with a brief visit to
the land of Oobat.
If you have a copy of the 12.4 N
magazine from 1993, now might
be a good time to re-read “The Taboo of Oobat”.
If you don’t have it, be aware that you can easily request a digital
copy of the article from the NEF Research Library, and they will gladly
send it your way.
[Editor's Note: Anyone is welcome to put in a "Research
Request" for N
12.4 pages 59-65. The form is available at
under "Get Connected". We normally ask for a donation along with
the request, but in this case we'll fulfill the request for free.]
As the story begins,
"Let's go for a moment to the mythical land of Oobat.
In Oobat, as in our modern Western world, certain parts of the body are
designated 'private' and certain very natural and normal bodily actions
are restricted to married couples in private. But in Oobat, a
different set of parts and acts are so selected...."
One of many who wish Rich well on his journey beyond physical
Doug Hickok, NEF Chair
The month of May -- where did it go? It seems like only a few
days ago I was sending out the April newsletter. Time flies when
you're busy, I suppose.
If the month of May felt like it dragged on forever, get in touch
with us and we'll put you to work!
This newsletter was intended to be somewhat retrospective, opting
to announce things we've done instead of discussing things we're
currently working on. The list of things we, both NAC and
NEF, have been working on recently is HUGE! For being
unpaid volunteers, most board members have been clocking quite a few
hours each week, or entire weekends, to getting these projects moving
All the amazing announcements from those numerous projects are
forthcoming. Maybe next month, maybe next year. It all
depends on the size of the task at hand, and how many hours we can
allocate to it.
We'd appreciate your time, or we'd appreciate your financial
donation (so we can hire some help). We certainly can't do
it without your support, and we hope you feel the same
gratification as us every time a milestone is met and an announcement
Donate to NEF: Mail or online
Doug Hickok, NEF Chair
"Finally," some might say. "It's too early," others might
say. Whether we agree or not, states have been lifting the
COVID-19 lock-downs that have been in place for the last couple of
months. This means nudist beaches and resorts are cautiously
re-opening as well.
Haulover, for example, is being re-opened by the county on June
1st. Restrictions are in place though, like observing social
distancing rules and wearing a face mask as appropriate.
The larger resorts are re-opening after making some changes.
For example, Bare
(in Canada) lays out the changes pretty well and still has
plenty to offer to visitors. As an interesting note, they
state: "We are not allowed to open the pool but you can use the
lake at your own risk."
Smaller resorts, however, may have a tough year ahead. My
nearest resort, VVRC
has closed the pool and pool area, where everyone generally
congregated. They've also cancelled the big fundraising events
(Nude Car Show, Nude Olympics). Beyond those things, there
really isn't much else to do on the 17 acres they own. I expect
that many of the smaller resorts will be faced with the same
If you're able to visit the beaches and resorts, this would be a
good year to do it. They will need your support.
Treasures of the Library
Doug Hickok, NEFRL Director
The last of the series highlighting some of the interesting items in
our audio CD collection. If you're a library member, you can
listen to any of these albums by requesting the audio tag numbers.
Perhaps the biggest collection of music we have is the George
Formby collection. Two box sets (audio140 and audio141),
each containing five CD's of songs from the showbiz legend. During
the 1930s and 1940s, he became the UK's highest-paid entertainer with
his light and cheeky ukulele songs. Out of the 240 songs we have,
at least 7 contains lyrics about nudist camps or going naked. (The
set contains some written notes so you're able to find these songs and
see the lyrics.)
For modern music that is certainly to the point, a less popular band
called "Modern Man" released a CD in 2007 titled "Assisted
Living" (audio178). It may not sound exciting at all, but
there's one track that's pure gold. "Folk Music in the Nude" is a cute
song that would fit right in at any nudist venue. They talk positively
about going to a nudist venue in Paw Paw West Virginia (likely Avalon)
and playing music with others, with lyrics like "Ain't nothing better
than a weekend together singing folk music in the nude."
Since Avalon hosts Avalonfest, a 3-day music festival, it wouldn't
surprise me if Modern Man has performed there. Some other lines
are "You don't need no pants, to enjoy a country dance. And you
don't need no bra, to sing along with kumbaya." The only
strange moment of the song is when they bust into French.
Speaking of performing music, Shadowdancer is a duo band who
normally plays traditional Celtic music. Their 2008 album
"Tradition with a Twist" (audio212) includes two songs that
aren't traditional. Per their CD insert, "We've also added two
original tunes including 'Make it Small' which is our theme song and, at
the request of our local fans, an incursion into silliness with 'Outdoor
Nudist Wedding' which is based on a true story." Per the lyrics,
one tricks the other into playing at this gig for some extra money, and
neither are going to partake. "I'm here to play, there ain't
no way, no clothes that I'll be shedding. I'll wear my pants and
I won't dance at the outdoor nudist wedding." The
description of the event is pretty clever too: "Things big and tall,
short and small, providing new sensations, things firm and round,
things hangin' down, there's area violations!" Sadly, this
song does venture into sexual context towards the end, which is when
they bolted to the car.
Jason Danieley and Marin Mazzie, from Broadway musical fame,
released a duet CD in 2005 titled "Opposite You" (audio176).
Most of the CD consists of beautiful love songs. And then there's
a song that isn't -- "Nellie the Nudist Queen". I have no idea
what to make of this one. You have to hear it for
yourself. It describes Nellie as a city gal "more than 9/10 pure",
who gets abducted and taken to a nudist camp. She's elected to be
their nudist queen, apparently to recruit others while making trips to
town undressed. What follows is a rapid string of funny puns that
you won't catch in one listen of the song.
Lastly, a smooth blues track by Dr. Duke Tumatoe, "My Baby is
a Nudist" (audio131) is a notable mention too. Apparently "she's
proud" and when she "cuts the grass in summer, she draws a
crowd." He also describes a solution to Jehovah's Witnesses
at the door -- "I sent my baby to answer it and they don't come back
no more." Play this at your nudist venue and I'm sure the
ladies will be dancing.
NEF's Covert Mission during COVID
Doug Hickok, NEFRL Director
After numerous months of discussions, a couple months of planning, and a
very difficult and risky five days, NEF has acquired a very special large
donation. This is the story of the trip. The donation itself
will be formally announced in the coming months.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, we're supposed to stay home. But
NEF had a donation that needed to be picked up in person, from a high-risk
donor in his 80's, who has a condition that is progressing at a rate where
we probably couldn't wait until next year. The significance of the
donation, and the risk of waiting, made it clear that we needed to get
this done as soon as possible.
We live in a pretty safe place. Our rural home is in a county
with a very low case count. The donor also lives in a safe place,
also rural in a county with a very low case count. How do we get
from A to B, and back, as safely as possible? The absolute
last thing I want to do is pick up a viral hitchhiker on the way to a
The route from Wisconsin to the east coast crosses through some places
with the highest COVID case counts -- New York state, Pennsylvania, and
Chicago. Ohio and Indiana aren't exactly safe states either.
The main route is interstate 90. It's a tollway almost the whole
way, which means the service plazas are the only free places to stop, so
every COVID-carrying traveler is funneled into these small places.
We didn't want to risk it.
Our plan was simple; self-quarantine inside a mobile unit. The
donation probably could've fit in a pickup truck, but an RV would
certainly be more comfortable. We split the difference and rented a
cargo van for a good low price.
Chateau de Penske, far away from Villa de COVID.
We brought our air mattress for the nights. We brought our food
in a luggage container, none of which needed to be cooked or prepared and
all of which could be eaten while driving. We brought our drinks in
a 5-day cooler (which did last all 5 days). And most importantly, we
brought a portable toilet. I wouldn't recommend that to anyone else
but it worked.
Facilities at Chateau de Penske, our 1-star resort.
With almost everything stacked to the ceiling at the ends, the air bed
fits comfortably in the middle. (The cooler had to sit outside as
there was absolutely no room left.)
During the journey we only left the van to stretch our legs, far away
from anyone, or to fill up on gas. The gas stops were
pay-at-the-pump, with a mask and disposable gloves.
The drive itself was almost 20 hours, which we broke up into two 10
hour days of travel, each way. At least the 20 hours back felt
slightly quicker. If that wasn't miserable enough, it was mostly
rain during the whole five-day trip. It certainly wasn't an easy
road trip, but it could've been worse too. It could always be worse.
Despite the challenge, it was a success! Four wooden crates, plus
a bunch of other stuff, hundreds of pounds in total weight, was
successfully moved to the NEF Research Library.
That was the easy part. Now we need to spend countless
hours sorting, cataloging, promoting, and moving parts of it to and from
new places. If there's anyone in the Oshkosh area willing to help
with these tasks, or any other library tasks, please get in contact.
Assembled and published for NEF
and NAC by Doug