Dirty, rotten SOB: I'm Cathryn Blue's mother. I read your article ["The White Coat Club," by Craig Malisow, August 17] and wish to thank you with all my heart for writing it. I can tell you what happens when a so-called respectable doctor goes beyond his expertise in examinations. In 1998, or thereabouts, my husband and I were seeing an MD practicing in El Paso. He had checked my heart and lungs with a stethoscope, checked my throat and ears, etc. He asked me if I'd had a Pap smear and breast exam lately. I told him I had very recently had that done by my gynecologist. I was sitting at the end of the examination table wearing a cotton smock-type robe. He came to my right side, put his right hand into the top opening and fondled my breasts. (I know the difference between examination and fondling.) I then felt his erect penis touching my right hip. He then excused himself and told me to get dressed as he left the exam room. Of course, there was nobody else in the room except him and me. I didn't realize what had just happened until I got dressed, paid my bill, left and got to my car. Then it hit me! I had just been molested by a dirty, rotten SOB of a doctor. I wanted to report it but didn't. I thought it would be my word against his, and who would believe me anyway? After all, I was a woman. I'm very proud that my daughter stood up for her rights and those of others. Thank you again for helping her to set the world straight on Dr. (?) Leonard.
Steve's Birthday Suit
Morning news: I loved your article about the nudist camp ["Losing It," Been There/Done That, by Steven Devadanam, August 17]. I read it out loud to my wife in traffic. We couldn't stop laughing. Thanks for making our morning.
Tacky: I am from Oklahoma, and I remember my first-time trip, but unfortunately it appears you did not do your homework. Nudity is about self-acceptance, and to make fun of others or talk about others was very tacky, especially when they were trying to be hospitable to you. And the headline "Everything Goes"? That gives the totally wrong impression of a resort. I really think a follow-up letter ought to be written to apologize. Even though you were trying to relay what was going through your mind, the few people who were there and read your article will know who is being talked about, which goes against what the nudists mean when they say acceptance.
Wacky: When I read your article online last night, I was literally jumping for joy! Thank you, thank you, thank you. We are impressed! The article is just wonderful -- well-organized and well-written, it flows easily along the chronological path of your experiences. You made me sound like someone I'd like to meet.
Since we're all so comfortable with our bodies, it never occurred to us that you were uncomfortable if someone brushed against you. I assure you it was accidental and had no other meaning. We're sorry for your discomfort. Next time you come out, you will be much more at ease! We hope that's soon, as you'll be the toast of the camp.
I heard from several Natural Horisun people this morning -- they're all out buying up copies of the Press today. I hope to get one myself when we're up there this weekend for Wacky Watermelon Weekend. Thanks again, for everything. Take care and come to see us. You will always be welcome!
Lucille (last name withheld by request)
Natural nudism: We are family nudists, and we really enjoyed Steve's article on the Natural Horisun camp. The world needs more places like that. Thanks for being a myth-buster and for telling Houston that we have safe havens for families to enjoy nature here in the United States, just like our cousins in Europe and Africa do.
The American Association for Nude Recreation, by the way, is the National Rifle Association of nudists. They strive to educate people about the inherent wholesomeness of the nudist lifestyle; they go to bat against misguided legislation that seeks to criminalize nudism; and they will defend in court those who are unjustly arrested for being nude in remote areas. Learn more at www.aanr-sw.org.
C'mon, folks, it's time to step out of your living rooms and enjoy the great outdoors as God intended.
Dale & Tanya Gerber
P.S. We weren't giving Steve looks because he was still wearing his shorts at first. To tell you the truth, we were admiring his beauty. I actually did a for-real double take! As he said, most of us are middle-aged and less than perfect. He is a very handsome young man, and we were delighted to see him there. I'm quite sure that he turns heads wherever he goes, and it was only his self-consciousness that made him think we were judging him.
Been done: I've been an addicted Houston Press reader since the first issue. It is a staple of my required reading each week, and I have never felt compelled to respond to an article. However, Steven Devadanam's story prompted me to write. This subject of nudist/naturalist experiences has been done before, many times. What's new about Steve's take on the concept of going without clothing? His reactions to seeing naked bodies and contact with the other naked bodies has been written about before. What's new and/or newsworthy about his article? It's tired, sophomoric material. This article makes me think of the kind of salacious news junk that the local television stations present during the sweeps time of the year to increase viewer numbers. I hope this is not a precursor of the kind of article that Devadanam will be presenting in the Houston Press in the future. The byline of Been There/Done That does imply that we, the readers, have been there and read that. That is a poor excuse for journalism from a forward-thinking newspaper.
Gracias, guys: Thanks for the kind words ["The Edge of the Spotlight," Wack, by William Michael Smith, August 24]. First of all, I've known William's son Lance a few years and think he's a great complement to Hayes Carll's superb talent. Second, it's great to see such objective reporting in the Press with your many influential, unnamed sources who are supporters of mine. Yes, it's true I have on occasion asked about a room I've never played to see if the PA I'm bringing is adequate. And it's great to know that people are actually listening to some unreleased tracks from some shelved Sugar Hill sessions, and my Kinky campaign song. It's true I'm not part of the Houston Press Awards pantheon, and haven't had any releases consigned at the now-defunct Cactus. Well, any Press is a good Press, I suppose. Thanks for an all-out slam, and kudos to the vituperative ex-girlfriend who must be dating one of you guys!
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Contrary to what we said in "The White Coat Club" (by Craig Malisow, August 17), Cindy Boling was not married to Steven Guilliams. She told the Houston Press that her attorney advised her to file for divorce under the common law doctrine. However, she states that the two were never actually married.
And in "Parish Predators" (also by Craig Malisow, August 17), we stated that the Texas Department of State Health Services contracted with Dynamic Health Care for Medicaid services. The story should have stated that the contracting agency was the Texas Health and Human Services Commission.
The Press regrets the errors.