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    San Jose Mercury News
    Linda Goldston
    Nov. 12, 2006 12:00 AM

    SAN JOSE - He was known around the world in the early 1990s as the "Naked Guy," the 6-foot-5 student who went to class and strolled around the University of California-Berkeley campus wearing only shoes and a backpack.

    Clothes were a symbol of elitism and repression, and Luis Andrew Martinez planned to spend his life challenging the status quo.

    He died at 33 in the throes of schizophrenia. Martinez's nearly 10-year descent into that dark world of jail and hospitals was too painful for his family and friends to talk about right after he killed himself on May 18.

    But in the nearly six months since, the people who knew him best realized there was much to celebrate. They will honor his short life at a public memorial today in Cupertino, the city where he was a star football player and wrestler, the city where he took his first nude walk and where his dreams to change the world were born.
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    San Jose Mercury News
    Linda Goldston
    Nov. 12, 2006 12:00 AM

    quote:
    SAN JOSE - He was known around the world in the early 1990s as the "Naked Guy," the 6-foot-5 student who went to class and strolled around the University of California-Berkeley campus wearing only shoes and a backpack.

    Clothes were a symbol of elitism and repression, and Luis Andrew Martinez planned to spend his life challenging the status quo.

    He died at 33 in the throes of schizophrenia. Martinez's nearly 10-year descent into that dark world of jail and hospitals was too painful for his family and friends to talk about right after he killed himself on May 18.

    But in the nearly six months since, the people who knew him best realized there was much to celebrate. They will honor his short life at a public memorial today in Cupertino, the city where he was a star football player and wrestler, the city where he took his first nude walk and where his dreams to change the world were born.

    Link to complete article

    nifocinphx

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    • #3

      Yes, Andrew M. did make a difference. He was a positive force in bringing out open conversation about nudism. Andrew was courageous enough to challenge the status quo.

      Cheers to him and best wishes to his family and friends.

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      • #4
        Yea, he did make a difference, but I think he pushed the envelope a little too much, but it worked out to be a positive. His nudity was not seen as being harmful and he had great support from his peers.

        Ultimately, it pushed the school campus to prohibit nudity while on school grounds. But the message had already been clearly made. Mere casual nudity is not harmful and is widely accepted, for the most part.

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        • #5
          Some Links from INA/CFI on Andrew Martinez "The Naked Guy"
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          • #6
            did Andrew Martinez (naked guy) get into trouble for walking around the university of California-Berkeley in the nude ?

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            • #7
              I admired him most for his little sign that said something like "Hey, it's only a dick...". I wonder if his sheer size was what scared some people (coupled with the fact that he was always stark naked). Anyhow, he was courageous, he was fun, and I think he made a very positive contribution.

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