He was known around the world in the early s as the Naked Guy, the 6-footinch 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, though stories about his death made only vague references to problems with mental illness. But in the five months since, the people who knew him best realized there was much to celebrate. They honored his short life at a public memorial on Sunday 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. There was no sign of the troubled times to come when Martinez first made his mark as a child. At John F. They met on a class field trip to the opera and traded Eddie Murphy jokes to pass the time. Their bond grew deeper in leadership class in the eighth grade.
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The Time-Warner web site www. This is the costume he wore to classes once nudity was outlawed on campus. Andrew Martinez Andrew Martinez was not some "crazy" nudist and he died a horrible tragic death. What really happened is what I have spent over two years investigating. This webpage is provided under federal fair use guidelines and for investigative purposes. My investigation is not over. If you have any information old photos, videos, etc. I am willing to pay for their use.
Later, as a registered UC student living in Le Chateau, a Southside student co-op, he entered the dining room nude each morning, carefully placed a small towel on his chair, and sat down to read the newspaper and eat breakfast with fellow students. Campus police arrested him for indecent exposure during his second year at UC while he was taking a nude southside jog. After the county prosecutor refused to prosecute, he began appearing in the buff on Telegraph Ave. When UC banned nudity on campus the Naked Guy held his ground and appeared nude for the disciplinary hearing in which he was expelled. Martinez remained in Berkeley, hanging out along Telegraph Ave.
Andrew Martinez wanted to be called the Militant Nudist, but the nickname never stuck. He was simply too gentle, too agreeable for it. In the summer of , when he was 17 and had fallen under the nonconformist spell of Henry David Thoreau, Martinez took off his clothes in public for the first time. But before he did, he went door to door, fully clothed, in his hometown, Cupertino, Calif. Later, as a student at the University of California at Berkeley, Martinez came to be known by a moniker as straightforward and genial as he was: the Naked Guy. He ate his meals nude. He went to parties nude. He even attended class nude.