Remembering Dorchester

From the pages of The Banner

25 years ago

Hood College junior Yibeli Galindo and her boyfriend at the U.S. Naval Academy have a passionate electronic mail relationship going, having sent an estimated 1,000 messages over an e-mail computer system linking both campuses.

“We tease each other that we to come up with h-mail (hug mail) and k-mail (kiss mail) next,” said Ms. Galindo of Columbia, South America.
Until then, however, the two will have to display their emotions by typing colons followed by parentheses.

“If you put a semicolon on the screen and a parenthesis, and tilt your head, it will look a little like a face winking at you,” Ms. Galindo said. “You can get pretty creative on e-mail. It’s just a lot of fun.”

Hood College pays a $14,000 annual access fee to Southeastern Universities Research Association Network, which recently provided Hood a gateway to Internet, an international computer network primarily for research centers and colleges and universities.

E-mail romance was not exactly what administrators had in mind when they allowed students to open accounts on the system. But they don’t seem to mind the students making personal contacts with other students linked to Internet around the world.

Christine Matthews is director of computing affairs at Hood. “I think what’s happening right now is that it’s a novelty,” Ms. Matthews said. “I think in a while, students will calm down and start using it in an academic way.”

50 years ago

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100 years ago

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Dave Ryan is editor of the Dorchester Banner. He can be reached at dryan@newszap.com.

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