In a recent post about the Sun Aura Nudist Resort of Roselawn, Indiana, I mentioned that it had once been known as Naked City, and that it had hosted the annual Miss Nude Universe Contest. I had thought the club's earlier moniker a clever one, and was curious about the time when it was Naked City. My research revealed some interesting, as well as disturbing facts.
The resort itself began as Club Zoro in 1933, when it was founded by Chicago lawyer Alois Knapp, "the father of nudism in America." Dale and Mary Drost acquired the site later--probablly sometime after the Second World War. Their son, Dick Drost, took over the resort in 1968, renamed it Naked City, and began holding the Miss Nude Universe contest. The club was popular with truckers because it included a truckstop where the waitresses were nude. Along with the Miss Nude Universe contest, there was the "Erin Go Bra-less" dance on St. Patrick's Day, the Un-Fashion Show, and the Miss Nude Teeny-Bopper contest.
That last contest should have set off a red flag, but it didn't. It turns out that Drost was charged in 1985 with molesting a 13-year-old girl and with showing obscene materials to minors. Eventually he pled guilty to 10 sex-related misdemeanors and agreed to stay out of Indiana for 10 years. As a result, Naked City closed in 1986.
Its successor is strictly adults-only. And even though its name isn't as clever as Naked City, we don't have to worry about children being exploited at the Sun Aura Resort.
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