A summary for those that haven’t been keeping up with this series:
I found a bunch of 5.25″ disks at a thrift store a number of years ago. I finally got around to acquiring a 5.25″ disk drive and extracting the contents a while back. Since then I have been posting the contents here.
Based on the contents, at least some of these disks 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 on one of the disks: “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, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15).
The contents of this post is from a document called RONPOEM.DOC. Apparently the Close Encounters SIG had a poetry section and this is one example…
.lt Intimations of Intimacy by Ron Mazur Intimacy is an exquisite event of Being in touch. Intimacy is crying together with shared feelings of joy or suffering. Intimacy is the liquid communion of mutual sucking. Intimacy is hate defending dashed dreams and ruined hopes yet seeing the other's value in spite of emotional disasters. Intimacy is freedom and commitment in creative tension. Intimacy is the agony of apology and the grace of forgiveness. Intimacy is acceptance of each other with humor and warmth when the masks, postures, and roles have been stripped away. Intimacy is a massage by loving hands. Intimacy is what we neglect when we have it and become desparate for when we lose it. Intimacy is a sudden smile and open eyes which say, "Yes, I know." Intimacy is a myriad of delights which bodies together can share under the multitudinous sensual benedictions of Nature. Intimacy is an exquisite event of Being in touch. .el