Digital Archaeology: Codex (Floppy Disk) #8 (part 2)

Continuing the exploration of the contents of this floppy disk (see the first part here). This disk is from a batch I picked up at a thrift store a number of years ago. As I have been digging through these disks, it has become obvious that at least some of them were once owned by someone named Connie A. Buys who used to run the “Close Encounters” Special Interest Group (SIG) on Delphi in the mid 1980s.

My understanding is that a SIG, as it relates to Delphi, consisted of forums, live chat and files to download centered around a particular topic or theme. In this case, “Close Encounters” was about relationships and sex, particularly as it related to the online world of the day. Everything was text based from whatever terminal program you used to dial in to Delphi’s servers. Many of these disks have forum messages, e-mails and chat session logs. All of this is pre-internet stuff and I don’t know if there are any archives in existence today of what was on Delphi in the 1980s. In any case, much of this stuff would have been private at the time and some of it is quite personal.

I’m splitting up the contents of this disk (descriptively labeled “File Disk”) since it contains a number of documents, some of which are pretty long. The second document I’m posting (DM1001B.DOC) is a series of e-mails, some of which are, um, love letters and some of which are administrative in nature about running the SIG. All are from October 1st, 1985.


DM1001B.DOC

#58 1-OCT-1985 00:08:51
From: BOS1A::RODM
To: CABUYS,RODM
Subj: curious!

My Beloved Darling Connie,

I am simply dying of curiousity about something and I hope you don’t
mind my asking and more importantly I hope you don’t mind answering.

I was on-line and typing to John Sunday night and he asked if we were
still together and my reply was “no! All gone! [sigh]” and
IMMEDIATELY he typed back “brb sending mail” and I would have put
money on it that he that very instant sent mail to YOU!!

He would disappoint me I THINK if he didn’t – SO what I am asking is
did you get mail from John that was originated at approx. 11 PM
Sunday!!!

I am NOT asking WHAT it was but just from his behavior I have to
believe that he was sending it to you!! PLEASE! answer my curiousity!

NOSEY AREN’T I !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Love,

Rod

P. S. The entire system [DELPHI] crashed before I could finish
talking to him!

#59 1-OCT-1985 01:23:46
From: BOS1A::RODM
To: CABUYS,RODM
Subj: !

My Dearest Delicous Darling Connie,

I LOVE YOU I LOVE YOU I LOVE YOU I LOVE YOU

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Love,

Rod

#60 1-OCT-1985 01:33:03
From: BOS1A::RODM
To: CABUYS,RODM
Subj: !!

RODM>> its past your bedtime – so LET’S go to bed!!!

My Dearest Delicous Darling Connie,

I LOVE YOU I LOVE YOU I LOVE YOU I LOVE YOU

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