‘Naked Guy’ Shuffles Off His Clothes Mortal Coil

Squeezed May 21, 2006

The Baby Boomers can have the 1960s. I’m waxing nostalgic about the 1990s, when tech stocks were up, the deficit was down so much it was non-existent, and people ran around naked on college campuses.

Well, at least one college campus. I refer to the fall of 1992, when a young man at Berkeley by the name of Andrew Martinez decided to defy all social convention and attend all his classes in the buff, au naturel, in his birthday suit, in the altogether, or whatever euphemism for “naked” suits your fancy. So notorious was he that he earned the moniker “The Naked Guy.”

Unfortunately, those carefree days are gone, and even more unfortunately, so is he. Found dead on Wednesday of an apparent suicide. In a jail cell. While awaiting trial on assault and battery.

Whether he was naked or clothed when he died was not disclosed.

Such a waste.

And he suffered from mental illness as well; the articles never said what it was, but apparently over the past decade Martinez had been bounced around from mental hospital to halfway house to jail and back again. One of his friends said that he felt that we as a society had failed him. I tend to agree.

May the Naked Guy enjoy himself at that big clothing-optional beach in the sky. I can just picture the funeral. Definitely, an open casket one. And one where the family need not worry about what suit to put on him.

2 Responses to “‘Naked Guy’ Shuffles Off His Clothes Mortal Coil”

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