Digital Archaeology: Codex (Floppy Disk) #9 (part 5)

A summary for those that haven’t been keeping up with this series:

I found a number of 5.25″ disks at a thrift store several 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 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 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.”

This service was text based and was accessed via whatever terminal program you used on your computer 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 probably wouldn’t exist in such archives even if they existed.

This post includes the contents of LOSTDA.DOC. This is an STD survey. I’m not sure how or if it was incorporated into the ‘Close Encounters’ SIG on Delphi.

See the previous post here.


This is a survey that was handed out at a panel on STD - sexually 
transmitted diseases.
Please read it; fill in your own copy of it and send it to:

        Ruth B. Kaplan
        P. O. Box 330
        Old Westbury, N.Y.  11568
Ms. kaplan asks you to feel free to add any additional comments, stories, or
ideas you may have.  Also you may remain anonymous if you choose.  And she 
pledges not to contact you if you do not wish it.
She is doing this survey in connection with a book that she is writing.  When
you send her your copy of this survey you might mention that it was the 
survey that was handed out at the NASFIC Science Fiction Convention in 
Austin, Texas over Labor Day weekend 1985.

P. I. General Information:

1. Optional:  name
2. Optional:  address
3. Do you wish to be contacted for a follow-up? Yes?   No?
4. Where did you grow up?
   Northeast   Southwest
   South       Great Lakes
   Midwest     Outside Continental U S
   Rocky Mountains   
   Moved around: Northwest   Other
5. Were you raised practicing an organized religion? Yes?  No?
   If yes, what?
P. II.  Personal Information:

1. Age?
2. Male?  or Female? 
3. Partner of preference?
   Male?   Female?    either?   neither?
4. How many partners have you had?
   0  1-5  6-10  11-20  more  don't know
P. III. Experience with sexually transmitted disease:

1. Optional:  have you ever had a sexually transmitted disease or
   veneral disease (vd)? Yes?  No?
   if yes, which?
   was it treated by a doctor?
   how did you feel about it?
2«áHavσá yo⌡á eve≥ kno≈n someonσ wh∩ haΣ a sexually transmitteΣ ì
   disease? Yes?  No?
   relationship to u?
   which sexually transmitted disease?
   how did it affect your relationship?
3« Doe≤á fea≥ oμ catchinτ ß sexuall∙ transmitteΣ diseasσá affec⌠ ìè   your sex life? Yes?  No?
   if yes, how?
   if no, why not?
4. How would you know if your partner had a sexually transmitted disease?  
   what would you look for?
5. How & when would you tell an established partner you had caught a 
   sexually transmitted disease?
   a new/prospective partner?
6. Where, how & when did you first learn about sexually transmitted disease's? 
   what did you hear?
7. How would you feel if a prospective partner asked you if you had a sexually 
   transmitted disease?
   if you had a sexually transmitted disease would you lie?
8. If you heard a rumor that one of your partners had a sexually transmitted 
   disease, what would you do?
   would you confront them with it?  how?
9. If you thought you had a sexually transmitted disease, would you go
   to your usual doctor? Yes?  No?  
   if not why not?  where would you go?
10. If there is anything not covered by the survey you would like to tell me
about, please do it here:

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