Still continuing the exploration of the contents of this floppy disk (see the first part here, second part here and third part here). It’s amazing how much information can fit even on a 5.25″ floppy disk when it is all text. This disk is from a batch I picked up at a thrift store a number of years ago. At least some of them were apparently 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.
A specific definition of this SIG was found in a previous document: “This SIG, known as “Close Encounters”, is a forum for the discussion of relationships that develop via computer services like the Source, CompuServe, and Delphi. Our primary emphasis is on the sexual aspects of those relationships.”
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. This document (DM1016.DOC) contains more love letters, plans for a couple of hotel meetings in Orlando and St. Petersburg (including an ASCII map), discussion of managing underage interlopers, a request to a Playboy Playmate for an autograph, a trivia contest, a survey and more. Some of the “ARNE” related stuff is also here from the first document from this disk. This is apparently the original log and you can see commands where certain e-mails were saved out to the ARNE.DOC file.
dir MAIL # From Date Subject 1 BOS1A::JOEY 10-OCT-1985 Playboy 2 BOS1A::CABUYS 11-OCT-1985 RE: Playboy 3 BOS1A::PRINCESS 11-OCT-1985 she's doing it again 4 BOS1A::RODM 11-OCT-1985 summons 5 BOS1A::RODM 12-OCT-1985 missed again! 6 BOS1A::RODM 12-OCT-1985 sex mags 7 BOS1A::RODM 12-OCT-1985 survey 8 BOS1A::JOEY 13-OCT-1985 Whereabouts 9 BOS1A::RODM 14-OCT-1985 reminder 10 BOS1A::RODM 14-OCT-1985 copy 11 BOS1A::CABUYS 14-OCT-1985 Close Encounters SIG & Age Restriction 12 BOS1A::ARNE 14-OCT-1985 arne 13 BOS1A::JOHNMYSELF 15-OCT-1985 reply to joey 14 BOS1A::JOHNMYSELF 15-OCT-1985 joey's message 15 BOS1A::JOHNMYSELF 15-OCT-1985 kids 16 BOS1A::JOHNMYSELF 15-OCT-1985 kids 17 BOS1A::RODM 15-OCT-1985 A Special Delivery Copy for you! 18 BOS1A::ARNE 15-OCT-1985 beinf.g ornery 19 BOS1A::JOHNWG 15-OCT-1985 Could you please give me an explanation 20 BOS1A::CABUYS 15-OCT-1985 RE: reply to joey 21 BOS1A::CABUYS 15-OCT-1985 RE: joey's message 22 BOS1A::CABUYS 15-OCT-1985 age question 23 BOS1A::CABUYS 15-OCT-1985 The Question of Age 24 BOS1A::CABUYS 15-OCT-1985 Explanation about Arne 25 BOS1A::CABUYS 15-OCT-1985 dmail exchange with Arne regarding age q 26 BOS1A::CABUYS 15-OCT-1985 sig royalty reports 27 BOS1A::CABUYS 15-OCT-1985 RE: A Special Delivery Copy for you! 28 BOS1A::CABUYS 15-OCT-1985 Weekend message 29 BOS1A::CABUYS 15-OCT-1985 phone calls 30 BOS1A::ARNE 15-OCT-1985 ages 31 BOS1A::CABUYS 15-OCT-1985 problem & solution to # of mail waiting 32 BOS1A::CABUYS 15-OCT-1985 answer from kaplan 33 BOS1A::CABUYS 15-OCT-1985 Sexual Trivia Contest 34 BOS1A::CABUYS 15-OCT-1985 My *whereabouts* 35 BOS1A::KAPLAN 15-OCT-1985 RE: Sexual Trivia Contest 36 BOS1A::RODM 15-OCT-1985 Confession 37 BOS1A::JOHNMYSELF 15-OCT-1985 reply to G 38 BOS1A::RODM 16-OCT-1985 Reservations 39 BOS1A::RODM 16-OCT-1985 Map 40 BOS1A::RODM 16-OCT-1985 Surprise look who and when!
read 1 #1 10-OCT-1985 20:43:34 MAIL From: BOS1A::JOEY "JOEY" To: CABUYS Subj: Playboy I'll make a copy and mail it to you. Have you read the article? I wasn't impressed. Maybe you will be. Hugs, Joe MAIL> #2 11-OCT-1985 17:34:45 MAIL From: BOS1A::CABUYS "CONNIE" To: BOS1A::JOEY,CABUYS Subj: RE: Playboy Joey, I haven't read the article. I'm almost sure tho that it's like several others I have read. Anyway - not my place to judge I just need it along with reprint permission I hope to get because it's pertinent to the sig. -Connie MAIL> d 1 MAIL> d 2 MAIL> #3 11-OCT-1985 21:55:04 MAIL From: BOS1A::PRINCESS To: CABUYS Subj: she's doing it again Marti and joey are in co right now... oh well, ppor oor guy cant warn him or would look like sour grapes such is life au revoir peggy MAIL> d MAIL> #4 11-OCT-1985 23:46:38 MAIL From: BOS1A::RODM To: CABUYS,RODM Subj: summons My Beloved Darling Connie, I was called to the house to make an 'appearance' after being gone so much! I was hoping to find you here but life is not ALWAYS so kind! I am still floating around a bit from the amount we have been together!!! Oh Darling, I LOVE YOU so Very, Very Much!!!!!! I have been advised of the plans for tommorrow night!! and they don't include th e Co! I will call you as soon as I can!!! I have to go for now! I LOVE YOU I LOVE YOU I LOVE YOU I LOVE YOU Love, Rod P.S. When we talk next REMIND me - "To the Hour!" MAIL> d MAIL> #5 12-OCT-1985 15:04:27 MAIL From: BOS1A::RODM To: CABUYS,RODM Subj: missed again! My Beloved Darling Connie, I called your house from my office and Dennis told me you were still at work and since you have been working so hard and long on what I assume is the 'bad debts' I decided not to call you at your ofice fice but should be able to talk to you tommorrow! I LOVE YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I guess that,s it for now ! SOON! Love, Rod MAIL> d MAIL> #6 12-OCT-1985 18:20:52 MAIL From: BOS1A::RODM To: CABUYS,RODM Subj: sex mags My Beloved darling Connie, I only have seconds to send a survey I started in reguard to tonights conference PLEAS add its basic ?'s to the co tonight and I would LOVE t o see the replies. You know I would be there if at all possible and I would LOVE to pose these ?'s I have one comment to make and that is to ask the woman how many do every time t hey find access to an adult mag read it but would never admit how much they read or how often they read such mags!!! Survey in next message I LOVE YOU!! Love, Rod MAIL> file survey. Folder SURVEY. does not exist. Do you want to create it (Y/N, default is N)? y Folder SURVEY. created MAIL> #2 12-OCT-1985 18:22:18 SURVEY. From: BOS1A::RODM To: CABUYS,RODM Subj: survey 1. Do you have or did you ever have a subscription to an 'adult' Magazine? 2. Do you or have you ever purchased an adult magazine? 3. Do you or have you ever purchased adult magazines for at least 4 consecutive months? If you answered yes to either question 1 or 3 Continue. If you answered answered "no" to all the questions got to question @@. 5. Did you read or view all the magazines to some extent? 6. Did you purchase or receive more than one title adult magazine? 7. When viewing an adult magazine did you: a. Look at the pictures b. Read the 'letters' c. Read the articles d. Scan the pages and read what gets my attention e. All of the above 8. What type of adult magazines have you viewed? a. Adult material - Playboy, Penthouse, Playgirl, etc b. Light Pornography which portrays sexual activities or subjects without 'graphic' language or explicit photographs c. Sex related 'manuals' or 'guides' d. Explicit sex stories with explicit language and/or pictures @@.When time allows and you have an adult magazine available do you ever pick it and view it? MAIL> read #1 13-OCT-1985 08:03:28 MAIL From: BOS1A::JOEY "JOEY" To: CABUYS Subj: Whereabouts Just to let you know, Connie. I will be working nights Monday through Friday this week. I can still do whatever you need, will just have to be done in the wsee ee hours of the morning when I get home. The week after, I will be on vacation. I will be home through Wednesday and Thr ursday I will be leaving for Memphis. Will return sometime Sunday. Hugs, Joe MAIL> d MAIL> #2 14-OCT-1985 02:39:21 MAIL From: BOS1A::RODM To: CABUYS Subj: reminder From: BOS1A::CABUYS "CONNIE" 9-SEP-1985 17:22 To: BOS1A::RODM,CABUYS Subj: RE: poetry resend Sweetheart, Your entire message was so very special to me! ANd of course, I know how very special that song is! There's just one thing that would prevent me from posting it and that is a legal question involving the copyright of the words. I'm sure we would have to have written permission to pu ost it inthe forum and we will have to provide proper acknowledgement to all persons involved in its writing. I can take care of getting copyright permission if you can locate an address where I can request such - and then we wait for a while - but the wait will not change the meaning or our feelings! I love you and miss you! When can b we be together again? Love, Connie MAIL> read 3 #3 14-OCT-1985 02:55:42 MAIL From: BOS1A::RODM To: CABUYS Subj: copy From: BOS1A::RODM 20-SEP-1985 16:20 To: CABUYS,RODM Subj: resend w/copyright info So very often today songs are writen with little or no continuity to the lyrics, the lyrics are burried by the intensity of the beat or rhythm of the music, but every so often a song 'makes it' that has the beauty that the one I am sending has. There is a lot of background to why I am so affected by this song and some of that might have even prevented my even hearing it but life has grabbed my attention and caused me to find new beauty in places I might never have gone. Until recently I didn't listen to much music at all and CERTAINLY NOT country music but my life was affected by several people and after emerging from a 'cave' in which I was hiding I started hearing the words to songs, seeing the fantastic things life has to give, and learned the importance sharing, feeling, and loving if life is to be worth living. I hope that everyone that reads this knows already or will realize very soon exactly who they would recite or sing these words to and perhaps give them to that person as the 'flower' for that day! ** "You Decorated My Life" (D.Hupp/B. Morrison - Pub. by: Music City Music) All my life was a paper, once plain, pure, and white 'Til you moved with your pen, changing moods now and then, 'til the balance was right Then you added some music, every note was is place And anybody could see all the changes in me, by the look on my face And you decorated my life. Created a world where dreams are a part And you decorated my life by painting your love all over my heart You decorated my life! Like a rhyme with no reason in an unfinished song There was no harmony, life meant nothing to me, until you came along And you brought out the colors. what a gentle surprise Now I'm able to see, all the things life can be, shining soft in your eyes And you decorated my life. Created a world where dreams are a part And you decorated my life,by painting your love all over my heart You decorated my life! **Written by: D. Hupp / B. Morrison Published by: Music City Music, Inc. Permission to publish these lyrics may be gotten by written request from: Mr. Bob Beckham Combine Music, Inc. 35 Music Square East Nashville, Tenn. 37203 Request should state how reprint is to be used and that it is for Non- Commercial Use. (Combine Music now owns all assets of Music City Music) MAIL> file up lig tup Folder ULITUP does not exist. Do you want to create it (Y/N, default is N)? y Folder ULITUP created MAIL> A::JOHNWG 15-OCT-1985 Could you please give me an explanation 13 BOS1A::CABUYS 15-OCT-1985 RE: reply to joey 14 BOS1A::CABUYS 15-OCT-1985 RE: joey's message 15 BOS1A::CABUYS 15-OCT-198rea select age 2 messages selected MAIL> read 1 #1 15-OCT-1985 00:07:55 AGE From: BOS1A::JOHNMYSELF To: CABUYS Subj: reply to joey From: BOS1A::JOHNMYSELF 15-OCT-1985 00:05 To: BOS1A::JOEY,JOHNMYSELF Subj: RE: Kids Leave it be for now. However, shouild the subject matter warrant, we will simply exclude them by closeing the conferec nce As long as they behave, and there is not "sexually related" material being discussed, I can't see any trouble. Otherwise, it might be a good idea to explain the why and wherefore of it. MAIL> #2 15-OCT-1985 00:08:48 AGE From: BOS1A::JOHNMYSELF To: CABUYS Subj: joey's message From: BOS1A::JOEY "JOEY" 13-OCT-1985 20:47 To: JOHNMYSELF Subj: Kids Joyn hn, There are two kids in CLE conference tonight named Glynn25 and wil1. They have progiles files here that ss tate they are 14 and w 13 respectively. I haven't said anything to them. Thought I would let you handle that. If you want me to say anything to kids on here in the future let me know. Joe MAIL> 7 BOS1A::CABUYS 15-OCT-1985 RE: joey's message 8 BOS1A::CABUYS 15-OCT-1985 age question 9 BOS1A::CABUYS re 15-OCT-1985 Tahe Questiond of Age 10 BOS1A::CABUYS 15*OUTPUT OFF* MAIL> MAIL> read 1 #1 15-OCT-1985 00:11:12 MAIL From: BOS1A::JOHNMYSELF To: CABUYS, JOEY,JOHNMYSELF Subj: kids I will set the membership bits for these two so that they will be restricted to the general information section of the sig. As per my previous reply to Joey, I see no harm in them being in non-sensitive conferences, though they will have to be excluded from certain types of discussions in keeping with sig policy and the contract. MAIL> file age MAIL> 985 00:16:26 MAIL From: BOS1A::JOHNMYSELF To: @SIG,JOHNMYSELF Subj: kids Noticing that wil1 has already been set to '0' topic access, I have likewise set glynn25 to '0' topic access. MAIL> file age MAIL> #3 15-OCT-1985 02:13:39 MAIL From: BOS1A::RODM To: CABUYS,RODM Subj: A Special Delivery Copy for you! 269 15-OCT 01:21 Noteworthy News RE: Most Memorable lines (Re: Msg 263) From: RODM To: CABUYS (NR) I REALLY like that line but the ratio doesn't apply I have written these lines that relate to my "long distance love" and maybe some others in the sig might relate them to their own love relationship Always in my heart, Often on my mind, Too seldom in my arms Distance has us apart, Time often is unkind, But this never harms Such love in my heart, And after the time unwinds, A dream will be ours Rod MAIL> d MAIL> #4 15-OCT-1985 08:22:50 MAIL From: BOS1A::ARNE To: CABUYS Subj: beinf g ornery Well, connie, looks like i'm in the process of being canned for rom the sig... guess you're just doin' your job....would "We'll always have Parie s s" be laying in t on a bit too thick? arne MAIL> d MAIL> #5 15-OCT-1985 10:17:45 MAIL From: BOS1A::JOHNWG To: JOEY,JOHNMYSELF,CABUYS Subj: Could you please give me an explanation of this? Thanks, John From: BOS1A::SERVICE 14-OCT-1985 13:28 To: JOHNWG Subj: I think ARNE didn't like being excluded from Close Encounters.. From: BOS1A::ARNE 13-OCT-1985 00:04 To: SERVICE Subj: Close Enc SIG Dear Service, When I started using Delphi heavily about a mon*OUTPUT OFF* MAIL> MAIL> d MAIL> #6 15-OCT-1985 18:07:06 MAIL From: BOS1A::CABUYS "CONNIE" To: BOS1A::JOHNMYSELF,CABUYS Subj: RE: reply to joey What's this about? I didn't get a copy of the original message. MAIL> d MAIL> #7 15-OCT-1985 18:07:59 MAIL From: BOS1A::CABUYS "CONNIE" To: BOS1A::JOHNMYSELF,CABUYS Subj: RE: joey's message oops - should have read further before I sent the alst. MAIL> d MAIL> #8 15-OCT-1985 18:28:37 MAIL From: BOS1A::CABUYS "CONNIE" To: ARNE,JOHNMYSELF,JOEY,CABUYS Subj: age question Arne, I honestly have no reason to *not* believe you about your age. I was simply trying to clear up a misunderstanding before it got out of hand, but it appears I was too late to do that. I see no reason, now that you have answered my question, to bar you from the sig and conferences. I do regret and apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you, and very much regret that such circumstances have caused you to have a bad opinion of us. Please do understand that I was doing what I felt was necessary as Sig Manager in accordance with the terms of my contract with Delphi. If you wish to discuss this any further, please do call me collect at (904)-388-2531. I do wish I had been on line at the origination of all this problem because I would have accepted your offer at the time about making the call. -Connie A. Buys, Sig Manager MAIL> d MAIL> #9 15-OCT-1985 18:33:06 MAIL From: BOS1A::CABUYS "CONNIE" To: @MGRS,CABUYS Subj: The Question of Age It's true that we are having kids show up in the sig. And it's true that we are having adults show up who are offended when asked their age. From this date on, I will personally handle any question about age. Until I can handle it, if I'm unavailable at the time of its occurrence, then the member is to be treated as any other member of the sig. Remember the users are paying our way here. We must not be harsh, or appear offensive or unkind to them and they require handling with kid gloves. This sig is young yet but has a good potential if we cultivate it carefully Thank you both co-operation and understanding it this. -Connie MAIL> file age MAIL> d You aren't reading a message MAIL> #10 15-OCT-1985 18:52:32 MAIL From: BOS1A::CABUYS "CONNIE" To: JOHNWG,CABUYS Subj: Explanation about Arne John, In my next mail to you, I will send a copies of all mail messages that have been exchanged about Arne's age. I value your advice on this, so if, after you review it, you feel that I mis-handled it in any way, I would appreciate hearing from you. Also I would like to talk on the phone with you some time soon if you can let me know when you can be available. (As for me, I'll be out of town from Thursday thru Sunday of this week, tho I will be checking on line often.) -Connie MAIL> file arne Folder ARNE does not exist. Do you want to create it (Y/N, default is N)? n MAIL> file arne.doc Folder ARNE.DOC does not exist. Do you want to create it (Y/N, default is N)? y Folder ARNE.DOC created MAIL> #11 15-OCT-1985 18:53:00 MAIL From: BOS1A::CABUYS "CONNIE" To: JOHNWG,CABUYS Subj: dmail exchange with Arne regarding age question.... #11 14-OCT-1985 19:47:26 MAIL From: BOS1A::CABUYS "CONNIE" To: ARNE,@MGRS.DIS,CABUYS Subj: Close Encounters SIG & Age Restriction Hello Arne, It has come to my attention that there is some question about how old you are. One of the membership requirements we have in Close Encounters sig is that one must be 18 years old or older. This information has been included in many areas of the sig, including the non-member message and new-member messages available to you when you first accessed this sig. It is a formal part of my contract with Delphi that I must enforce to the best of my ability. This information is also available to you in the Announcements> Membership section of the sig for review at any time and other such notices calling *all* sig members attention to this have been posted to be read automatically upon entry to the sig. Just in case you missed it, tho, I would like to quote as follows: "Member*OUTPUT OFF* MAIL> MAIL> file arne.doc MAIL> #12 15-OCT-1985 18:56:07 MAIL From: BOS1A::CABUYS "CONNIE" To: KELLY,CABUYS Subj: sig royalty reports Hi Kelly, I wanted to drop you a quick note to let you know that I've not gotten sig royalty reports for August or September. Could you send me copies (I know there's very little royalty - money-wise - involved but I