Modern Living: The Decline of Nudism

Balmy Southern California has long been a natural habitat for nudists. But now the new permissiveness has caught up with this once-daring tribe. After visiting a former citadel of the cult near Los Angeles, TIME Correspondent Timothy Tyler reports:

Mel Hocker, one of the alltime great American nudists, is still out there in the nude. But he is not smiling and carefree, the way you would imagine a nudist to be. At 60, Mel sits alone in his little office, a mass of naked wrinkles, glum, dispirited, forlorn. Forlorn because just outside Mel's screen...

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