From the Lawrence Journal-World on Oct. 29, 1985:
- As of this date in 1985, according to the Centers for Disease Control, 14,125 people had been diagnosed with AIDS. Half of those people had died, and one-third of all AIDS cases were in New York City. The health commissioner of New York City reported that there were no signs so far that the disease was spreading rapidly beyond the two main risk groups, homosexuals and intravenous drug users. Health educators were continuing to try to explain to the general public that AIDS was not spread through casual contact.
- Parents picked up a memo that was circulating around Kansas University. Several parents took the memo to their children’s grade-school principals. The school district administrators decided to distribute the memo to the parents of grade school and junior high students. The upshot was that many parents were alarmed by the possibility that their children would be exposed to LSD if they were to handle stickers or tattoos with a blue star or cartoon characters on them. (The “blue star tattoo” story predated urban myth fact-checking websites, but police departments and hospitals are still getting calls about it in 2010.)