Strange Messages From Beyond? FORUM: Archive - After July 12, 2003: Strange Messages From Beyond?
Top of pageBottom of page   By Funkyone D J Dollar BILL ( on Thursday, July 03, 2003 - 10:08 pm:

I don't know if anyone else has been recieving cryptic e-mails from other SoulfulDetroit members including Lowell and CleoHarvey.I don't know if it is a virus , if someone is scouring the boards for spam purposes or I just haven't got my secret decoder ring!Anyone else getting these or know what's happening?

Top of pageBottom of page   By Ralph ( on Thursday, July 03, 2003 - 10:16 pm:

These things have happened periodically in the past. Try and ignore them.

Top of pageBottom of page   By Funkyone D J Dollar BILL ( on Thursday, July 03, 2003 - 10:19 pm:

Right-O!Was just wondering?Feel free to delete this thread now that I know it's not just me.

Top of pageBottom of page   By Ritchie ( on Friday, July 04, 2003 - 04:10 am:


I was going to post this morning, so I'll post here.... to warn everyone that there is another spate of virus-infested email messages on the go. You may have read in the media that email-delivered viruses are currently on the increase, and I can certainly confirm this.

This manifested itself in the community of SD Forum members some time ago, resulting in an epidemic of bogus emails - with viruses attached - apparently sent by Forum members to each other. Unfortunately, it now appears to be happening all over again. Yesterday, I received several emails with virus attachments, one of which proved that the SD Forum is again under attack. The bogus message (allegedly "from" another SD member) used an email address which I have only ever posted once - on this Forum, so there's no doubt that the Forum was the source.

As was advised in the earlier outbreak, I suggest everyone make sure that their virus-scanning software is up-to-date, and if you're not using any - get some! I recommend the free AVG software, which is available at:

Email addresses are "farmed" from Bulletin Boards and Forums such as this by automated "robots" - who are not as intelligent as humans. As a safety precaution, I suggest that posters do NOT type their email addresses in the box when posting here. If it is necessary to publish your email address (such as when asking another member to make contact), type it in the body of the message in a way which will be easily understood by humans but will be ignored by the robots, for example:
yourname @
instead of the usual:

If in any doubt about any new message in your inbox - just delete it. And, shoot on sight if you receive any message which purports to be an "EKlez worm removal tool". Don't be fooled - the tool actually INSTALLS the virus, so stop it dead in its tracks. No-one is immune from this virus menace, but we can all take precautions to limit the dangers.

Top of pageBottom of page   By Carl Dixon London ( on Friday, July 04, 2003 - 04:41 am:

Nice advice Ritchie - I use AVG. Good stuff.
I have not received any 'forum' based emails yet, but am ready for them - ha ha. However, I must say, I get in the region of 50 spam emails a day now. I never realised I had so many things wrong with me. Maybe my doctor is involved with this. I get diet pills to viagra!!! Business proposals and scams from Nigeria. Plus disgraceful emails with the the usual sewer stuff.

Top of pageBottom of page   By Funkyone D J Dollar BILL ( on Friday, July 04, 2003 - 09:40 am:

I have been getting quite a increase in e-mails like this lately as well!I have AVG running to so I guess that's why the body of the messages comes out scrambled or blank.I was pretty sure CleoHarvey didn't have any pictures of The Spice Girls for me anyways!LOL

originalfunkyone(at)hotmail dot com

Top of pageBottom of page   By motownboy ( on Friday, July 04, 2003 - 10:30 am:

I heard on a national news program that on this Sunday, July6, there is supposed to be some kind of organized "hack-a-thon" where hackers are in some kind of hacking competition.......This is a link to one of the artcles on the topic.

Top of pageBottom of page   By Ralph ( on Friday, July 04, 2003 - 12:55 pm:

I just got one from Sue Withall with a subject line " Honey " . Sue, I knew this had to be a fake. You have called me many things but to my recollection, never " Honey '.

Top of pageBottom of page   By AnnaKonda ( on Wednesday, July 23, 2003 - 10:54 pm:

Goodness! How many experts there are-- it's unbelievable. I always loved the Tempts, but David Ruffin really sent the shivers down my spine. I am really, really interested in his story as a man, not a star. What, in the world destroyed him? I am currently writing a book (in German) based on his life. While I was researching, I really got interested in him and would like to write his biography-- a well researched book that does not contain trashy stuff. I envision something scholarly rather. Unfortunately, there's a wealth of musical info available, but almost nothing about his life off-stage. I am looking for more details about his childhood,for example. Are there any classmates or other friends around who would volunteer to tell me something about him?
I know this project will swallow whatever time I can spare, but I think David Ruffin is worth a serious book.
Any suggestions from Vickie, for example?
Thank you all.
I'm so glad I found a Forum that is not only about shallow gossip.

Top of pageBottom of page   By Teresa Tesla ( on Wednesday, July 23, 2003 - 11:26 pm:

A Sheltie barked at me today, said that STUBASS came out of the closet ...

Top of pageBottom of page   By STUBASS ( on Wednesday, July 23, 2003 - 11:52 pm:


Top of pageBottom of page   By Teresa Tesla ( on Thursday, July 24, 2003 - 12:06 am:

Hmm -- that Sheltie used to be pretty reliable. Not like the retrievers next door, they lie like rugs ...

Top of pageBottom of page   By STUBASS ( on Thursday, July 24, 2003 - 01:04 am:


Top of pageBottom of page   By B. Foster ( on Thursday, July 24, 2003 - 05:59 am:

With respect to Anna's comments, I'd like to say that shallow gossip gets a bad rap these days. There are a number of aspiring authors on the forum, who are attempting to write "serious" books about people of significance in music. But gosh, the "scholarly" stuff Anna would like to write about has already been written about by "scholars" and professional journalists (several of whom, like Sue Whitall and Jim Gallert, can be found on this forum). This means that to sell some books you must write something that appeals to the general public - the same folks who watch reality TV shows and buy the Star and the Inquirer. So when they thumb through the index of a book, and see entries like:

church choir.................52
early childhood..............14-21
high school
.....academic record.........43-44, coach.........39-41
perversion, sexual...........180-250
.....crisco, use of..........193
.....wet suit................161
recording contracts
.....early exploitation......121-3

whaddya think they're gonna be drawn to?

Top of pageBottom of page   By Eddie Welk, Champagne Music drinker ( on Thursday, July 24, 2003 - 07:16 am:

Well, I never read trashy books. If a book talks about things like A&P, or Y&W, I put it back on the shelf immediately. But Crisco is a time-honored product and a few of the performers on my cousin Larry's TV show always talked about the new uses that they found for this handy cooking aid. I'm sure they used it in the kitchen, Larry would never hire perverts.

Top of pageBottom of page   By K Smith ( on Thursday, July 24, 2003 - 07:29 am:

A&P...well maybe (if things were just right), but I draw the line at Y&R and M&M. That's really sick!

Top of pageBottom of page   By AnnaKonda ( on Thursday, July 24, 2003 - 11:19 am:

B.Foster: Thanks a lot for the authors you mentioned. I've never heard about them, but I'm going to look them up right away.
Of course I know what you're talking about-- sales ranks etc. But I am fortunate enough to write for other reasons than money, and I was thinking about something like the "Black Americans of Achievement" series published by Chelsea House: books that I can send to my nieces and nephews without beeing ashamed of what seemed to have interested me first and foremost: Inquirer style "facts."
Does that sound less snobish?

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