Acid Heroes

September 28, 2013

How I first heard about AIDS

Filed under: Backwords from Ace — Ace Backwords @ 5:27 pm
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The Transamerica pyramid and the San Francisco skyline. San Francisco, California, USA.


Its funny how I first heard about AIDS.  It must have been around 1982. I was working as a San Francisco bike messenger at the time.  Special T Messenger Service.  The owner of the messenger company — who  was part American Indian (maybe 10% Indian, one of those deals)  –-  decided to start a subsidiary company as a tax write-off.   American Indian Delivery Service.  Or, AIDS Delivery Service as we were called.

Things were going great until about half way through the year of 1982 when all of a sudden all of the secretaries in downtown San Francisco  started giving us funny looks every time we burst into their offices and proudly declared:  “Hey, I’ve got an AIDS delivery for ya!!”  In fact, they looked at us like we were trying to hand them a poisonous turd or something.

Well my friends, AIDS Delivery Service turned out to be a very poor working business model.  And by the end of the year AIDS Delivery Service would be one more casualty of this great and terrible plague.




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