The Naked Truth

An excerpt from Dermot Cole’s, Amazing Pipeline Stories: How Building the Trans-Alaska Pipeline Transformed Life in America's Last Frontier


Along with mood rings, pet rocks, and other fads of the mid-1970s, streakers blazed their way through the pipeline camps. The practice of running naked through public places began on college campuses and had its own anthem, The Streak, by Ray Stevens. 

On the pipeline, the first streakers to be photographed were “The Magnificent Seven,” a group of men who ran through Atigun Camp, the “Shangri-La of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline,” on December 18, 1974. 

Shouting “Merry Christmas!” and “Ho-Ho-Ho!” the men followed a route that took them through the warehouse, light truck park, Arctic walkways, and the theatre. All this on a thirty-two-below-zero night.

At Galbraith Lake, streakers were required to follow pipeline regulations. There was a streaking roster for the different trades, and prizes for “Streaker of the Month,” such as a one-week vacation at Prudhoe Bay.

“In a nod to project safety requirements, all streakers are being required to wear bunny boots and hard hats,” the Campfollower newspaper reported.