Digital Archaeology: Codex (Floppy Disk) #10 (part 2)

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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 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 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 be in such archives even if they existed.

This post includes the contents of CLEC01.DOC. The file is dated October 26th, 1985 and contains a chat log about marriage, specifically regarding the question 'Why get married?'.

See the previous post here.


 ** New group name "CLE - WHY MARRY ?" selected **

** NJOHNSON just joined CLE - WHY MARRY ? (2 members now) **
** JOEY just joined CLE - WHY MARRY ? (3 members now) **
** RBS just joined CLE - WHY MARRY ? (4 members now) **
** Dick just joined CLE - WHY MARRY ? (5 members now) **

Myself> ATTN:...
Myself> is time to discuss (or discover) the reason for marriage.
JOEY> Hi Dick.
Myself> one thing is certain before we start...
Myself> Lawyers were invented AFTER the fact.
RBS> brb
RBS> - signed off -
NJOHNSON> Your sure about that now?
Myself> Yes, when they saw the possibilities in marriage - they
immediately started
Myself> specializing in the creation and maintainance of divorce

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