Continuing with this series of posting the contents of various 5.25″ floppy disks I found 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’ve been splitting up the contents of this disk (descriptively labeled “File Disk”) since it contains a number of documents, some of which are pretty long. A 5.25″ floppy disk can still hold an impressive amount of info when it is just text. (see the previous parts here: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5).
The document included in this post is a letter written by Connie A. Buys to Forum Magazine with a request to reprint one of their articles on Delphi.
2947 West 3rd Street Jacksonville, Florida, 32205 February 16, 1985 FORUM Magazine Rights and Permissions 1965 Broadway New York, New York 10023-5965 Re: Reprint Permission Request The JULY 1984 issue of FORUM Magazine carried an article titled "The X-Rated Computer" by Jack Martin. I manage an electronic special interest group on a computer system known as Delphi. 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. I would like to have your permission to reprint the article named above for the benefit of our membership. If you need any further information in order to grant permission to reprint this article, please let me know. Very truly yours, Connie A. Buys, SIG Manager Close Encounters