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

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

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Love,

Rod

#61 1-OCT-1985 01:35:17
From: BOS1A::RODM
To: CABUYS,RODM
Subj: real

My Beloved Darling,

I wish I could find some way of telling you just how very much I love
you!

Talk to you soon!

Love,

Rod

#3 1-OCT-1985 19:01:20
From: BOS1A::CABUYS “CONNIE”
To: RODM,CABUYS
Subj: flags in Close Encounters sig

Sweetheart,

I’m going to set up some flags on your account in Insiders as
follows:

“A” flag – allows you to edit and delete Forum messages and display
complete entry log

“E” flag – allows you to edit announcements and experiment with
Forms.

“D” flag – allows you to access the database maintenance features.

“V” flag – vendor flag in Shopping.

I will also be forwarding to you some messages from Insiders Sig
regarding the Forms program.

Experiement as you wish with these flags – however please do keep me
informed via dmail of any changes you do make. And by all means
*don’t* let this new toy run your bill up and out of sight!

I’ll notify John that I’ve set up these flags for you but would
prefer that you not make it public knowledge to others for now.

I love you very, very much!

-Connie

#4 1-OCT-1985 19:03:06
From: BOS1A::CABUYS “CONNIE”
To: JOHNMYSELF,CABUYS
Subj: flags

I’ve set flags A,E,D, and V for Rodm.

I’m not sure yet but I may be setting A & D for Joey if he’s
agreeable. Will let you know when I do.

I love you!

-Connie

#9 1-OCT-1985 21:07:58
From: BOS1A::JOHNMYSELF
To: BOS1A::CABUYS,JOHNMYSELF
Subj: RE: flags

I remember a e and d but what is v?

#10 1-OCT-1985 22:48:48
From: BOS1A::CABUYS “CONNIE”
To: BOS1A::JOHNMYSELF,CABUYS
Subj: RE: flags

V has to do with Vendors for the shopping area, dear.

Tho I’m not sure *exactly* what it has to do! [sigh]

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