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    A "Pioneer" in Sexual Experimentation has Passed

    The Standstone Retreat is legendary. It's founder, John Williamson, has died.

    Honestly, when I saw the item on Yahoo, I thought former Net "Super John" had succumbed.

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — John Williamson, a pioneer of the 1960s sexual revolution as co-founder of Topanga Canyon's Sandstone Retreat, where nudity and free love once took place with abandon, has died at age 80.

    Williamson died of cancer March 24 at a hospital in Reno, Nev., said his wife, Barbara Williamson. The pair had lived on a Northern Nevada ranch for the past 18 years, taking in abandoned lions, tigers, cougars and other big cats.

    They were a young newlywed couple in 1968 when they bought a cluster of rundown buildings on 15 acres overlooking the Pacific Ocean and turned it into the Sandstone Foundation For Community Systems Research.
    It offered seminars on human bonding, relationships and sexuality, but its Sandstone Retreat, where as many as 500 people would gather on weekends to frolic in the nude, swap spouses and engage in group sex, quickly made its existence in the bohemian canyon notorious.

    "We actually had open sexuality and nudity, but it was optional. Everything was optional," Barbara Williamson told The Associated Press on Thursday. "We provided a wonderful, wonderful environment in a natural setting, and that natural setting just sort of gave people permission."
    As the retreat's frontman, Williamson became known as the "messiah of sex" — a title his wife said he always carried proudly.

    The couple, together 47 years, exchanged partners themselves and it never put a strain on their relationship, said Williamson, who is writing a memoir of those years. They believed that monogamy wasn't fulfilling people's sexual needs and, as a result, was preventing them from living life to its fullest.
    Many celebrities were said to have paid quiet visits to Sandstone over the years, and Williamson joked Thursday that she likely "saw more naked Hollywood stars than any other woman."

    Author Gay Talese has said he spent a substantial amount of time there, much of it naked, when he researched his 1981 book, "Thy Neighbor's Wife" on the sexual revolution. Sandstone was also the subject of a 1975 documentary.

    It was reading Ayn Rand's book "Atlas Shrugged" that John Williamson said prompted him to quit a defense-industry job in electronics and move to California in the early 1960s. The book portrays a society in which people, fed up with government and industry controlling their lives, walk away from their jobs.

    But Williamson continued to work in a mainstream job, running an electronics company, until he met his wife when she came by his office one day in 1966 to try to sell him insurance. A few weeks later they were married, and soon after they were planning Sandstone.

    Although membership flourished, Barbara Williamson said, the retreat never took in enough money to pay the bills. They sold the property in 1972, and Sandstone closed a couple years later.

    After an effort to build a tribal community in Montana foundered, the couple moved to the San Francisco Bay area, then to Nevada. There they began to take in big cats whose owners wanted to get rid of them.
    At the time of his death, Williamson was attempting to turn their property into a wild animal sanctuary and educational center.

    In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Sheila Ellington, and a granddaughter.

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    fitting that JIs resident sex analyst posts this.

    Please, my condolences to you and yours.

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    Quote Originally Posted by southparkcpa View Post
    fitting that JIs resident sex analyst posts this.

    Please, my condolences to you and yours.
    LOL. What a trip that must have been in the 60s.

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    I wonder if Barbara is worthy of the Time Machine Bang?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Apache 51 View Post
    I wonder if Barbara is worthy of the Time Machine Bang?
    In a word, no. (That's her on our left with husband, John). Okay, maybe for 32's librarian fantasy.

    John looks like my childhood dentist.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Borgoguy View Post

    but it was optional. Everything was optional," Barbara Williamson told The Associated Press on Thursday.
    Translation: We just opened the gates, waited for the hordes of defenseless, mentally ill, wild-eyed societal cast-outs to pour in and we *****d the **** out of them.

    Then we called our Hollywood friends and they came and *****d the **** out of them too.

    Good times.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Borgoguy View Post
    In a word, no. (That's her with husband, John). Okay, maybe for 32's librarian fantasy.

    John looks like my childhood dentist.

    I don't know about that, fix the hair, lose the glasses their could be a hot little pixie in there, we already know she is up for anything. Maybe a Speed Racer fantasy?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 32green View Post
    Translation: We just opened the gates, waited for the hordes of defenseless, mentally ill, wild-eyed societal cast-outs to pour in and we *****d the **** out of them.

    Then we called our Hollywood friends and they came and *****d the **** out of them too.

    Good times.


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    Right? Plus, anything you contracted could be cured with a course of anti-biotics.

    The most amazing part of the article is that they purchased (probably for a song) a group of ramshackle buildings on 15 acres of land overlooking
    the Pacific Ocean. Can you imagine what that property is worth today?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Apache 51 View Post
    I don't know about that, fix the hair, lose the glasses their could be a hot little pixie in there, we already know she is up for anything. Maybe a Speed Racer fantasy?
    Godspeed.

    Actually, you're right. Most likely, she's attempting to look "clinical" in that shot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Borgoguy View Post
    In a word, no. (That's her on our left with husband, John). Okay, maybe for 32's librarian fantasy.

    John looks like my childhood dentist.

    +1

    Look closely, theres a pretty woman under that John Lennon in the Liverpool Boys Academy get-up.

    Lil AUdrey Hepburn-esque.

    I would make her call the police.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Borgoguy View Post
    Godspeed.

    Actually, you're right. Most likely, she's attempting to look "clinical" in that shot.
    She could look a little like that lil chic in ''The Following ''.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 32green View Post
    +1

    Look closely, theres a pretty woman under that John Lennon in the Liverpool Boys Academy get-up.

    Lil AUdrey Hepburn-esque.

    I would make her call the police.

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    Yeah, you and Apache convinced me. I'll change my "no" to a "yes" for her inclusion on the Time Machine Bang manifest.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Borgoguy View Post
    Yeah, you and Apache convinced me. I'll change my "no" to a "yes" for her inclusion on the Time Machine Bang manifest.
    I'm not saying she's a starter, but she could ride the pine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Apache 51 View Post
    I'm not saying she's a starter, but she could ride the pine.
    LOL. Plus, you know there is no orifice or sexual situation one could pitch which would be frowned upon or denied.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 32green View Post
    +1

    Look closely, theres a pretty woman under that John Lennon in the Liverpool Boys Academy get-up.

    Lil AUdrey Hepburn-esque.

    I would make her call the police.

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    Like a kid spending 3 days at Disney World without ever going on a single ride, southside finishes his weekend at Sandstone Retreat.

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    So this guy was basically a Charles Manson who didn't kill people?

    Sent from my XT907 using Tapatalk 2

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    Not a single mention of southside yet?

    I am disappoint!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jetstream23 View Post
    Like a kid spending 3 days at Disney World without ever going on a single ride, southside finishes his weekend at Sandstone Retreat.
    Quote Originally Posted by southside View Post
    Not a single mention of southside yet?

    I am disappoint!

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