Digital Archaeology: Codex (Floppy Disk) #8 (part 18)

It’s been a while but here’s another post in this long running series. :)

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, 16, 17).

This post contains a chat log from the Close Encounters Sig Conference on October 12th, 1985. The subject was nominally adult magazines.


    Close Encoutners Sig Conference of October 12, 1985 - 

*Connie just joined CLE-SEX MAGS & WHY READ THEM (3 members now)**
** the person who suggested this weeks topic
 1) .Marti> John..
 1) .Myself> isn't even going to be here tonight
 1) .Myself> can u believe that?
 1) . who suggested it My??
 1) .Connie> who suggested it, John?
 1) . Marc??

 1)  ** Dick just joined CLE - CENTERFOLD (7 members now) **

 1) .Myself> E
 1) .Myself> hi dick
 1) . er tropical?
 1) JOEY> Hi Dick.
 1) . Hi Dick!
 1) .Dick> hi all.
 JOEY> She took her hubby out for his birthday, John.
 . true my
 . imold enough  (hiding diaper pins)
 .Connie> I have a whole list of questions from RODM about the
          conference topic tonight since he could not be here.
 . connie--* wore him out HUH?
 . Well thanks to WHOEVER started it I have a clean closet
 .Myself> yes tiggy, I am sure u r.
 . ellen-* hehehehe so does Mark!!
 .Connie> <right, Tiggy, right - acutally I'm the one who's worn out!>
 . (and I'm 25 cents richer)
 .Myself> ellen, that should just abt pay this weeks dues in the
          Myself fan club
 . hahahaha  you THAT cheap????
 .Myself> of which you are a charter member
 . awhhh thanks :::blushing:::
 . just drop it in the bed ellenk
 . You mean <> am YOUR fan or YOU are <> ? [:grin:]
 .Myself> now to the topic
 .Myself> Liz suggested we ask why men 
 .Myself> buy these various magazines.
 JOEY> Maybe?
 . lots of women actually
 .Myself> Yes, I am sure that it is for the good journalism and the
          fine art - right?
 .Dick> brb
 . Great pictures! I use them sometimes in my artwork
 . WE know ellen!
 . and LOVE the stories
 . sure ellen sure
 .  =* tee hee *=
 . I *do* buy both mags
 . but then I buy New Yorker too [:grin:]
 .Dick> returned
 .Myself> actually there are a number of such publications ranging
          from Penthouse to the really porn stuff
 . never heard of New Yorker Ellen
 .Myself> lets leave out the garbage though
 . oops gotta go help a new sysop see ya!
 . - signed off -

  ** IDEL just joined CLE - CENTERFOLD (7 members now) **

 .Marti> Hi Idel!!!
 . idel Idel!
 .greg> Hi Marti!
 JOEY> Hi Idel.,
 .greg> Hi Tigg! Joey!
 .greg> been a long time since I've seen some of yu folks...and it's
        good to see you!
 .Myself> wlcm bck greg - u were missed.
 .Marti> Good to see you greg!!!
 .Myself> now as I was saying -
 .greg> really? so who was the lousy shot, John...? 
 .greg> ga
 .Myself> first - why do folks buy these mags - besides the high
          quality reporting, and good stories <huh!>
 JOEY> !
 .Myself> ga joey
 JOEY> I like the pictures.
 JOEY> ga
 .Myself> right, and don't 4 get the pretty colors too
 .Myself> what yuck marti?
 . and the scratch and sniff now too!
 .Marti> ??
 .Myself> ga marti
 JOEY> I always tell the truth.
 .Marti> Well I don't buy them because...
 .Marti> I'm too embarassed to buy Playgirl...
 .Marti> and the others don't turn me on except for the few times..
 .Marti> there is a man involved...
 .Marti> a lady with her legs spread is not exactly a turn on for
 .Marti> nothing good looking about female genitals!! GA
 .greg> !
 .Myself> guess it depends on your point of view - actually there must
          be something good (looking or otherwise) since nearly every
          normal male keeps trying to get inside them.
 .Myself> ga greg
 .greg> I bought them when I was
 .Myself> not really greg
 .greg> late teens and 20s. As I got older, I stopped...
 .Myself> I