The Press: Last Man on Earth

"How strong are your instincts for survival?" the San Francisco Chronicle asked its readers three weeks ago. "Could you, an average city dweller, exist in the wilderness tomorrow with little more than your bare hands?" Having raised this nuclear-age question, the Chronicle announced that it was dubbing Outdoors Writer Harvey R. Boyd "The Last Man on Earth" and setting his entire family to a six-week survival test.

"Bud" Boyd, a paunchy 41, his wife Betty, and their children, Susan, 15, Sharon, 12, and Bruce, 8, packed into the wilds of Lower Lipstick Lake,...

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