Digital Archaeology: Codex (Floppy Disk) #8 (part 4)

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.


    # 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.
    #2          11-OCT-1985 17:34:45                                        MAIL
From:   BOS1A::CABUYS       "CONNIE"
 To:     BOS1A::JOEY,CABUYS      
 Subj:   RE: Playboy
 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.
MAIL> d 1
MAIL> d 2
    #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
    #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!
 P.S. When we talk next REMIND me - "To the Hour!"
    #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 !
    #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 b