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 loca