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Indy stories from 1995: Facing AIDS, the Internet, developers

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We strolled through the Indy's 1995 archives this week. First, an excerpt from an account of an AIDS victim. Nineteen years ago, AIDS was a thing. It still is; we just don't talk about it as much anymore.

From "Facing Aids: a ten year survivor," by Greg Worthen, July 5:

When [Gair] Ovérs recalls the masseuse, his voice betrays no emotion or animosity. His eyes, however, brighten with pain. He had moved to Colorado Springs after visiting friends and falling in love with the beauty of the area.

"I met this masseuse at Wild Oats and I booked a session with her. It was the first time she had worked on someone with AIDS and ... she said, 'Well, I wish I would have known because I would have brought my rubber gloves.' ...

"Then, in the middle of the massage, she said 'You know, I have to tell you this. I see you standing on a precipice.' And I said 'I know, and at the bottom of the precipice is the fires of hell, right?' She said, 'Right.'"

And then there was the Internet: Was it a force for good, or evil?

From "It's the End of the News as We Know It," by Dan Bischoff, July 19:

The Net, hailed in the '80s as a unifying force that would bring people together, now seems to be contributing to the splintering of our society. ... In the wake of the Oklahoma City disaster, all sorts of people ... started to call for regulating the kinds of political speech allowed in cyberspace.

The mainstream press, still catching on, has expressed a degree of outrage at the posting of bomb-making recipes on-line that rivals its reaction 27 years ago to the "How to Make a Molotov Cocktail" cover of the New York Review of Books. And although the New York Review piece was never connected to any specific act of protest, the FBI is already reported to be searching the Net for "evidence" related to the bombing — a capability no one even knew the bureau had before April.

And there was the need for room.

From "Dozing and bulldozing: The history of open space in Colorado Springs," by Cara DeGette and Kathryn Eastburn, July 26:

In the 1970s, Coloradans became alarmed when developers discovered how lucrative it was to take a scenic mountain vista and build rows of opulent homes up the sides. ... In 1970, less than a quarter million people lived in El Paso County. If current trends continue, the population will be twice that size by 2000. ...

From the clogged arteries of Interstate 25 to visions of the city's northeast subdivisions that seem to stretch to Kansas, the realization is clear: people are feeling claustrophobic.

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