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Date: Fri, 25 Jun 1999 17:14:56 -0700
From: "Bill Anderson" <>

Sorry to hear about this Al.  When I charge people $100 for the work I do, I guarantee my work unequivocally.  If your child was sick, would you take him/her to a discount doctor to save a few bucks?  I would wager the answer is NO.  My $100/hr becomes a bargain when all things are considered.

So why would anyone think that CompUSA or Staples or any other "fast food" computer store would give you a bargain on knowledge which does not come easy?  I don't have a clue.

Caveat Emptor is right.  Common sense should prevail and tell anyone that CompUSA employees don't make enough money to know their ass from an EIDE interface, and trust me, they don't.  Spread the word. . .

Best regards,

Bill Anderson, CsD (Doctor Of Computing)
Naked Hoof®  ##  

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Subject: Here's the book...
Date: Tue, 18 May 1999 15:56:12 PDT
From: "Larry Winfield" <>


Thank you so much for doing this....

I've posted the book on three short pages of my website for your convenience.  You can find the first page on:

There are two short short stories and a dozen poems.

Thanks again; this is so cool....

Larry  ##

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Subject: House Bill 2218: NEIU, the Legislature and Misrepresentation (fwd)
Date: Wed, 19 May 1999 22:27:10 -0500 (CDT)
From: Yahale R Yadede <>

I learned on April 16, 1999 that legislation, HB 2218, had already passed the House over a month before, imposing changes on the position which I currently hold, Student Member of the Board of Trustees of Northeastern Illinois University (which has seven members appointed by the Governor and one member elected by students).  Among other provisions, the Student Trustee would be required to be an undergraduate, thus eliminating the eligibility of graduates, and would be limited to only one term of one year, while on the other hand, officers of the Board would have their terms extended to two years.  Although Board Chair Dan Goodwin and NEIU President Salme Steinberg have official responsibilities to follow policies set by the Board of Trustees, they did not bother with niceties like seeking approval from the Board for policies changing the rules governing itself.  On March 3, 1999 Steinberg appeared as a proponent of the legislation in the House Higher Education Committee and on April 21 Goodwin appeared as a proponent in the Senate Education Committee.

Steinberg's action was not made known to Trustees at any meeting either before or after March 3.  Nor was Goodwin's appearance and action as a proponent made known to Trustees.  I only learned of the legislation's existence by receiving a State Government publication summarizing many pieces of legislation.

Four students, including myself, went to Springfield, to the April 21 hearing.  Senator Arthur Berman roundly condemned Board Chair Goodwin, saying to him "Shame on you!"

In spite of Berman's and democrats' concern about the abuse of proper procedure and the rights of students, Committee Chair Dan Cronin spoke to the effect that the sponsors in the House must have known what they were doing when they sponsored it and got it passed, so he insisted on going forward and passed it in Committee, 6-4.

For further details and background, please contact me:

Hale Yadede
NEIU Student Trustee

PS: this is on the agenda of the Illinois Board of Higher Education Student Advisory Committee, which represents students throughout Illinois, for our June 5 meeting.  ##

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Subject: - the new starting point for literary searches
Date: Sat, 22 May 1999 01:07:51 -0400 (EDT)

LACEY, WA - May 20, 1999 (PM) -- The online literary world is complex.  Great electronic resources await fiction writers, poets, screenwriters, songwriters, journalists, and others, but where are they?  In the past, long link lists at prominent literary sites and broad categories at macro search engines have been the only help, but often these tedious searches brought back poor results or none at all.  A group of writers and literary scholars who were tired of this problem created Pilot-Search,, the new source for online literary searches. is a free online search engine - comprised strictly of literary links.  Pilot includes over 10,000 searchable links.  With over 250 categories Pilot covers Book Reviews, Interviews, individual writers like  Tennessee Williams, Ghost Writing Services, e-Text, MFA Programs, Short Story Contests, and much more.  Pilot links to the internal pages of big sites like Salon, Project Gutenberg, and the New York Times Book Review, but it also links to the pages of smaller sites like, Scribendi!, and E-Script Workshop.  Each day in the Featured Pages section, Pilot-Search spotlights five worthwhile articles or sites.  Pilot also has an up-to-date Events Calendar for happenings on- and off-line. will celebrate its official launch on June 1st, but users are invited to take a sneak peek at the fully functional site now online.  Registering all individual articles, literature, interviews, services, and other literary URLs is not only welcome but strongly suggested.  Just go to, and click "Add a Site" to register your URLs.

Want to add the Internet's premier literary search engine to your Web site?  Simply copy the search box code from, and give your users the power of Pilot-Search.  With Pilot on your site, continually updating cumbersome pages of links will no longer be necessary.

For anyone wanting to find literary resources faster, is the best guide online.  Bookmark it today.

For more information, please contact:

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Tel. (615)463-8867
2406 Belmont Blvd., Suite B
Nashville, Tennessee 37212-5504
Media Kit: was created by the staff of Pif Magazine,, and Zine-X,  ##

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Subject: Re: Hello!
Date: Sun, 27 Jun 1999 13:51:27 PDT
From: Gustav Persson <>

Dear Al "blacklisted journalist" Aronowitz!

I'm so grateful you replied to my letter!  I hope you'll reply to this letter as well! :-)  But I'm from sweden, so I didn't understand everything you wrote! :-(  But if you'd like to publish my email on a webpage, then just do it!  Of course I'll let you do that without having to pay or anything (if that was your point)! :-)  I too think that this world is too greedy, just look at how the internet has changed, everyone's trying to make money by selling books, cds, cars, arranging auctions etc.  Why can't people enjoy giving away things for free?  On my homepage I have a lot of free music, free programs and games!  Here's the address  I have a lot of facts and soundfiles with Beatles, Oasis, Dylan etc.  Please visit my Dylan biography (and free mp3 page) at  Where in the text could I write something about you and what you meant to the meeting between Beatles and Dylan?  You know that better than anyone I'm sure!  Since I'm from Sweden I will hopefully never buy anything from Comp USA!  Are you jewish?  Just wondering (your lastname sounds jewish) since I admire the jewish people and what they've contributed to the world! :-)

Bye! /Gustav  ##

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Subject: go!
Date: Mon, 12 Jul 1999 23:05:32 -0500
From: christian divine <>

just bounced across your site. awesome. keep it up. i'm working on a book about 1960's films and your site is great inspiration.

peace. christian  ##

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Subject: onward
Date: Sun, 18 Jul 1999 15:26:36 -0500
From: christian divine <>

feel free to post my e-mail...your site is the best read of the year, bar none.

why don't you have a book deal to publish this stuff? it's fucking priceless.

peace. christian  ##

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Subject: In appreciation . .
Date: Fri, 23 Jul 1999 21:28:54 -0400
From: "Greg Barry, MCP" <>
To: <>  

Dear Mr. Aronowitz,

I came across your site the other day while doing a search.  I would like to tell you that I really enjoy the articles you have there, especially those from Manuel Menendez on Cuba.  I have visited the Island twice (illegally, of course), to visit friends and to get a 'taste' of what the place is all about.  Needless to say, don't believe the shit some people say that it is 'the perfect democracy' 'cause it sure as hell ain't!  Please relay my thanks to him.  More needs to be said about that tortured land!  Thank you very much.


Greg Barry  ##

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Subject: Something to ask Manuel
Date: Mon, 26 Jul 1999 18:04:57 -0400
From: "Greg Barry, MCP" <>
To: <>  

AL:  I am about half way thru 'The Saga of Manuel Menendez' and I have a question that I would like you to pass on to Manuel.

As quoted in the article:

In 1975," he wrote, "I joined Radio Havana, the regime's official shortwave station."  He describes himself as having been an "efficient apparatchnik," although he "always avoided entering the Party."

"In 1978 I was ordered by the deputy-director, Jose Prado, to write an editorial about the 'violations of human rights in the United States.' I was in a small office adjoining the main newsroom, with three of my colleagues.  By then I was fed up with the Castro regime, and was leading a sort of schizophrenic life, pretending what I didn't feel.  I could not contain myself any longer, and exploded. I made a remark to the effect that 'these fucks have the gall of talking about human rights and they are violating each and every one of them.'  One or more of my colleagues denounced me.

In my clandestine travels to Cuba (I did not get a licence from our Treasury department) I made the acquaintance of several people who work with Radio Havana Cuba.  I would like to know if he knew Arnoldo Coro, who was the co-founder of the station.  Arnie, as he likes to be called, told me that he was not a member of the Party, either, but manages to hold a high stature not only within the station, but also in other circles.  He is also very knowledgeable about what is going in behind the scenes as it relates to Cuban/US relations.

Rule number one when traveling in that country for me has been that things are not always as they appear.  If Manuel knows him and could share some background info, it would be appreciated.  Thanks very much.  Keep up the good work with your site!!

Greg  ##

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Date: Fri, 23 Jul 1999 21:59:33 -0400
From: "Bill Ciarallo" <>
To: < 

loved your insight and sharing..into garcia.and dead. also.the premise....blacklisted...we still exist.................sigh.................blooz  ##

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Subject: Linda McCartney
Date: Tue, 27 Jul 1999 08:12:49 EDT

I read an excerpt from you article on Linda McCartney and absolutely loved it!

I think she was a fabulous woman and has inspired me in many of the ways I live my life.  Its great that you shared your feelings about her with the public as I feel she was only treated "somewhat" fairly by the press and public since her death.

You are reaching the people!


Nadine Franklin  ##


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