Tuesday, May 29, 2007

The Dark Side of Naked City

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.

29 comments:

Wcstflyer said...

In the 1970's and 80's Dick Drost's Naked City, actually a small tacky surreal collection of plywood and tin-foil structures, represented a cross between a blue collar strip joint and a beer chugging stop for long distance truckers. During the summer months strippers turned nudists paraded around a crude stage while men howled with approval as they quaffed liquid courage and added to their already exploding stomachs.

At one point the FAA even put Naked City's 2300' grass runway on the Chicago VFR sectional chart, though they should have warned about the strips deteriorated condition. A Piper Cherokee and a Pacer met their demise attempting to take-off from the tall grass.

Drost fancied himself a Svengali. Runaways, girls in their mid-teens, tended to his every need as he spent the day being pushed around in his wheelchair. What hypnotic hold he had over these girls was as mysterious as the man himself. He was by all accounts sexually dysfunctional but perhaps had a benign version of a Manson-like cult personality which ultimately may have led to his downfall.

When Drost left for the West Coast after a molestation charge a bit of dubious nudist history thankfully left with him.

steve said...

wcstflyer--Thanks for visiting, and for the additional info. I'm not surprised. As I said in the post, what appeared to be a clever concept turned out to be sick.

Anonymous said...

I wouldn't say that Dick was completely dysfunctional sexually. I used to hang around his place near Homeland, California in the early 90's and shoot "home videos" for him. His equipment worked just fine, the ladies just had to do all the work. His western palace was called NCLA for Naked City Los Angeles. It is sad about the thing with the young girl though. He almost got into similar problems out west.

Lonnie said...

My wife and I visited NCLA in Homeland a couple of times in 1993. The place was run down and quite gross. Drost would by old mobile homes and have them moved to the property to rent them out. Thay had no electricity, heat, or running water. They were a way to sleep there if you lived far away.
The main club house area had a decent stage and the XXX Room. This was a little cleaner but still not great. There was a pool outside the club house but it was not usable. There was quite a bit of mold there and frogs in it when my wife and I where there.
On the upside, I have a great video of my wife dancing nude on state in his Miss Nude Riverside contest. The video has some good footage of her dancing and letting some of the patrons (male and female) suck and lick her ample body parts. Later we did venture into the XXX room where a nice young lady serviced both of us while the male patrons took care of themselves.

Anonymous said...

FUCK YES.......NUDE NAKEDNESS.....LOVE THEM ALL......

Anonymous said...

His fathers name was Al Drost. And yes Dick was kicked out Indiana for 10 yrs for child porn.,He died pennyless in Cal. in a state nursing home. here some facts about him he knew about 16 diffrent languges didnt know them well but knew some.,he tryed his hand in selling jets and helicopter's. and all the girls that worked for him had to get a tattoo of the naked city logo on there hip. there is a movie around some where about the history of it I seen it but could never find it again. I worked there in 1985 for one year and that when i saw the film ., when I left I had about 3000pic of diff ppl and some famous ones that came to the camp in the 60s and 70s but Al Drost caught me taking them out and had a fit lol he said that the ppl in the pic could sue him and so I did get to take them. but the most famous person I ever seen out there was Sammy Davis Jr. when I was a kid He came there by helicopter., and I seen few porn stars John Homes, and few others. I lived on the back side of the camp on privte proprety with my family I had a very good friend that lived in camp with his mother and sister and step dad. and we road dirt bikes on the 350+ acres that NC owned so I been around the camp from 1976-1985.

jujubees68 said...

@ Anonymous: I'm wondering where you found the information that he died? I am trying to find something to support that and I can't find anything. I'm not denying your statement, I'm just curious how you know. I, unfortunately, worked for Dick for a couple of days before I realized that I just needed to get out of there. I know that there were a few videos that were taken of me and I'd like to be able to get them back.

Jerry said...

I went to NCLA with my G/F, model Sabrina Jürgens, a few times in the late 1980's for Drost's contests and the place was not too bad then, if you brought your own camper. Swimming pool was clean and she always won $$$ but never 1st, that was for the model Drost would book through agents like Jim South. But it was always fun and rewarding as a lot of amateurs and some pros would book Sabrina for private shoots. I shot a couple of pro-am pornos there (may still available in Homegrown Calssics?). We met Ron Jeremy there and he became a good client. -- Anyway, the place burned down in one of those CA bush fires and with the $2 mio insurance settlement Drost reopened in Palm Springs. I called him a few times, but we never checked the new place out (too far, too hot, too small). Sorry to hear he's dead, he always was fair to us. I regarded him as the Stephen Hawking of porn and the swinging scene. RIP Dick! Jerry

Anonymous said...

Jerry, your gf should have given D!ck some head and would have won. I gave that advise to Tami Monroe in '92. She did and she won. I had a lot of great times up there even though I never got to do that brunette with the black widow tat. I did get to screw his female driver, and two of his models. Good times, yeah, good times.

Anonymous said...

Wow.. I didn't know that Dick Died. I was "baby love" and worked there for most of 1995.. I had several adventures there and participated in a few contests. I would Love to get my hands on any videos from 1995.. Any suggestions?
I was also Dicks secretary/Driver and would love to hook up with some of the girls from that time..

R M said...

The only place I know where you can get the 1976 documentary about Drost is at cinemageddon.net -- a torrent site with tons of oddball forgotten movies.
At this moment, they are down due to a hacking incident, but will be back soon (they say).
Movie title is Miss Nude America.

Stu O said...

Wcstflyer's description of the place in Roselawn in the '70s is spot on. I was a helicopter pilot based out of Midway in '78 when Dick began hiring me (using my employer's aircraft) to fly celebs and contestants for his Miss Nude America contests from O'Hare to Naked City. I'd pick them up at gate H1 and had to listen to some fairly stimulating sounds all the way back. Dick wanted to buy a helicopter and get into the business of selling them. Because of my industry contacts, he offered me a full time job living and working on premises. But the premises were as Wcstflyer describes, and the women who lived and worked there weren't what I would call appealing. Nor did they smell very good. One of them told me that if I got caught "dipping my pen in the company inkwell", I'd get both my legs broken. Not to worry - I wouldn't have screwed one of them with a rented penis. But the whole affair was rather seedy, made me feel unprofessional, and probably wouldn't have furthered my aviation career. So I respectfully declined Dick's offer.

Dick was a strange guy, but I liked him a lot. He was always fair and friendly with me. He struck me as a man with serious medical issues. I never heard rumors of him messing with minors, though some of those strippers-turned-nudists certainly looked less than 18. He rode around in the main building in his electric wheelchair with a fox tail attached to some sort of antenna and closely attended by a bevy of scruffy looking nude women. I was just sorting through some old papers today and found a birthday card he sent me in '79. He had a naked beauty on his lap, presumably a contestant, and he scribbled To Stu O - keep it up - the helicopter, that is. Ha ha. And he signed it. Brought back memories, some good. Sorry to hear he's passed on.

Anonymous said...

Its called The Miss Nude America Contest and i have seen it on Amazon but you would have to spend your kids collage fund to get it.

Anonymous said...

Who's is Dick Drost?...from what I know its the name of an airplane that broke down at ohare in the 70's. A bunch of mechanis named it cuz it sat there for so long. One of the guys even painted the name on the plane so they had something to call it. I heard the inside smelled like a wet toolbox with a black sock in it. Truckers used to like to try and get on it and fart in it. Heard it never flew until like 1986 where a few guys flew it to indiana but it ran out of gas and sat on some highway for a few days. Just imagine the smell on that plane.....damn.

Anonymous said...

I remember that shitbox plane..i believe it was'73 bcuz that was the year i threw my wallet on stage at a three dog night concert. I was one of the mechanics that handled that fiasco. Besides the water pump the exhaust system was shot..i also remember the nasty wet toolbox that smelled like black socks. The cockpit was another mess..i remember there being a pile of mens shredded fruit of the looms next to pilot chair

Anonymous said...

Holy shit, yes it was '73 I remember that 3 dog night concert!!!...I also remember that crap junk heap of an aircraft. I was the guy that certified its unairworthiness. When I first walked on I saw that toolbox full of wet black socks, big red flag there. And there was a green haze towards the back near seat 28a, smelled a lot like fishermans warf on st patricks day. And the cockpit...yep....that was a whole other mess....I remember the shredded looms, I thought to myself, how the hell did these get there.....and why....no way this plane was getting off the ground.

Anonymous said...

I went there from 1976-1981 I worked at the restaurant with Karen and Zazz. I won the miss Nude america contest in 80 and the lady godiva contest. wish I still had those pictures. Cant really see Dick raping anyone, he had MS and was wheel chair bound.A five year old could have kicked his ass. Is he really dead? Really weird time in my life. Memories good and bad, thanks mom

Anonymous said...

Anonymous of 3:00 am: You said you worked in the restaurant with Karen and Zazz. There was a beautiful blonde nudist that also worked there about that time. She was interviewed, totally and completely naked, on the TV show "Real People" while working in that restaurant. She said she also worked as a legal secretary in Chicago. On that show also was a brunette who was sitting at a table, naked, who said "I met this guy in a bar in Chicago who told me about this place. Seems like you always meet someone in a bar who changes your life." Do you recall any of these nude memories?

Anonymous said...

It is kinda amusing to see all these comments about naked city. Some very real first hand accounts and some very speculative comments. We visited Naked City just after Dick Drost was made ot leave the state of Ind. We found a run down dirty miskept resort that would have turned us off if we had not met someof the permanant residents there. Those people lived in the back of the resort.. and kept their living areas neat and spotless. Naked City was actually a couple of different places with in itself. If you were able to venture to the back of the property.. you found some very decent peole... who cared about their campsites.. while up front.. the part that everyone first saw.. was nasty..

Anonymous said...

I was 1 of thoes minors in summer of 85 a tall brunette 16 yrs old started out working in the "back room" with other girls my age cutting the tshirts they sold . my aunt lived on the property and my cousin the same age also worked cutting tshirts they rented one of these small houses behind the round house. when my mother div we went to stay with them and eventually rented a trailer for a few months . after the he figured i was comfortable enough working nude it moved on the being a personal assistant and helping Diane take care of him and eventually working the front counter checking in people and being up front with the 'adults" pretending i was 18 they knew how old i was , end of summer it moved on to sleep with me or you get to be on the street . needless to say that wasnt EVER going to happen . i knew he was sleeping with my friend whom he was tring to adopt and i had a friend off grounds whos mom i told and we spoke to the police and i told them where he kept all the hidden vid tapes "although i didnt realize what was actualy on thoes surveilance tapes" we were all being recorded working in back , which was said wasnt being taped , because obviously thats illegal ,and also how they found out he was sleeping with my friend :( its too bad i was too young to realize what was happening till it was too late . it wasnt all bad i made some good friends there . My interactions with that man and his sick girlfriend runied a perfectly good time in my life and today if that bastard was alive id sue him for everythng he has . im not sorry to hear hes dead but i def know if theres a hell he's getting what he deserves for what he did ,

Anonymous said...

I frequented Naked City in the late 70's and 80's and met a lot of nice people thee from all over. Thanks to the sexual freedom of the place I discovered my true self.The atmosphere weas safe and freindly and I never witness any violence. Wish I could get up there again.

Anonymous said...

@jujubees68 - Unfortunately if you worked there and were in any of the contests your videos and photos are probably all over the internet. Dick was selling some on his website and of course with all of the paid customers with their own equipment, well, you can imagine how many are floating around. I shot contest videos for him during 1992 and still have all of my camera masters. I also have a few of the Cover Girl Sunday sessions. No "little girls" in my stuff though, all legal.

William Kazak said...

Naked City was the first nudist resort that I visited. This was probably in the late 70's. I went on contest day. I arrived early and I sat outside the fence near the swimming pool as I waited for the contest to start. I admired the pretty girls with their boy friends/husbands getting some sun. I took B&W pictures with my camera during the contest and I went home right after the contest. Maybe John Holmes was a judge that day. I dont remember. I eventually went back by myself and I tried out the nudist lifestyle and I went to a few more contests there and I took more B&W pictures, which I still have. I might put them up for sale on eBay some day. I tried going to a couple of contests across the street at Ponderosa Sun Club but I could not stand the fence nor Ron Jeremy so I did not go back on contest day. I did manage to shoot a few pictures of Hyapathia Lee bfore her breast implants. She was gorgeous. Over the years, I have gone back to Sun Spot, as it was called after Drost and now to Sun Aura. Most of the guys are chubby and ride around on those stupid golf carts instead of walking through the forests, swimming or playing volleyball like the previous nudist crowd did there. I actually met Char and her mom one day there. She was the girl in the court case. Char was nude in the little pool/tub along the side of the Round House as Drost was sitting in his wheel chair talking with her. Char was very beautiful and a friendly girl. Totally innocent looking. Her mother, a nudist, should have looked out for her. The guy I worked for in Chicago, took photos for Drost on contest days. I remember that old airplane. I also, remember seeing a plane take off and land in that air strip which was all grass. By the way, I have that VCR tape of Naked City. I bought it off eBay many years ago. Sorry to hear that Drost died. He had so many medical problems. I met his father and mother at Naked City also.

Anonymous said...

My wife and I used to visit NCLA in the early 1990ies and it was a really exciting place to go. It was like being in your own, homemade, porno movie. We especially enjoyed having sex anywhere you wanted to do it and we got really excited when people would watch us.We would ask an onlooker if he would take pictures of us and that was always very exhilerating. It is true that the facility began to run down and we eventually stopped going.

Brian Blank said...

My family used to attend Naked City in the 1970’s. I started going when I was 14 yrs old. I had friends there and we would ride our minibikes on the trails, then strip down and go swimming.

I have written a history of the camp and Dick Drost through historical research, personal stories from family & friends, and interviews with celebrity judges (Tom Dreesen) and Miss Nude America pageant contestants (Hyapatia Lee and Valerie Craft).

I am very interested in talking with any of you who visited Naked City in Roselawn, Indiana or NCLA. If you'd like -- you can remain anonymous. Please contact me at blankexpression at hotmail dot com.

Anonymous said...

I was a member of NCLA for four years .I even bought an SUV to get up that dirt road without ruining my car. Dick always treated me with respect and fairness. So sad to read that he has died. After a fire in the area (main building clubhouse was not destroyed) he moved to Desert Hot Springs. He called the place Dick Drost Mansion. I only visited there twice was a total bummer for. Me.It was just a house in a normal looking neighborhood . During both visits Dick was alone with just a clothed handyman there. No other nudists.I left frustrated and never returned. When NCLA was going well it had a seedy aura about it but was great fun when cool people were there. Nudists and swingers

Anonymous said...

http://xhamster.com/movies/313278/miss_nude_contest_1970_039_s.html

Gerald Katz said...

After the fire, Dick moved to Palm Springs, and then Desert Hot Springs. Marie bought a little house there near thr Desert Hot Springs Spa Hotel and Dick lived with her until he died. The Homeland property was taken over by the original owner who fixed it up a lot but got sick himself and passed away. The last of the girls that I saw was Baby ? , the one who had often shaved her head or had a Mohawk. She moved to San Diego and I've seen her at Black's beach. I'm still living in Perris and I've finished my solar powered home.

Anonymous said...

We lived a few hours away from Dick Drost's Naked City in Roselawn, Ind. and in the early 70's it looked like a seedy trailer park, although for a 17 yr old wanting to see naked chicks we didn't care. Because we couldn't get in normally we found a way to get in thru the woods after dark and what i recall is NEVER seeing any hot naked chicks but old fat women and men sitting around campers.
At the time there was a round domed building over top a round shallow pool that had a trampoline over it and i guess you bounced up and down.
There was a door mat in front of the door that said "Welcome to Naked City" and we stole that and took it back to our school and we gave it to one of the young new teachers who kept it under her desk.
I found out later my brother was having sex with her...