July #49 : Memo Demo - by Gabi Horn

POZ - Health, Life and HIV
Subscribe to:
POZ magazine
Newsletters
Join POZ: Facebook MySpace Twitter Pinterest
Tumblr Google+ Flickr MySpace
POZ Personals
Sign In / Join
Username:
Password:

Back to home » Archives » POZ Magazine issues




Table of Contents

The Power of One

The Power of One: Senegal

The Power of One: Uganda

The Power of One: Zimbabwe

The Power of One: Zambia

World Weary

South Africa's Moment of Truth

Back to the Roots

Chain Reactions: Medicine Woman

Chain Reactions: Poetic Justice

Chain Reactions: Ray of Hope

Chain Reactions: Reluctant Witness

Guest Editor's Letter

To the Editor

Bath Sides Now

Walk the Talk

Rubber Suit

Memo Demo

Dread Locked

PWAs vs. Y2K

Jail Break

Say What

Gender Agenda

Simon Nkoli

Obits

POZarazzi: Spring Sprung

License to Kill

Keep HOPE Alive

POZ Picks

Show & Tell

The Holistic Truth

Get Over It

Sugar on Top

Cheer to Adhere

Gene Pool

Cream Puff

The Protease Prison

Out in Africa

Where to Find It

Grandma’s Recipe

Grace Under Pressure



Most Popular Lessons

The HIV Life Cycle

Shingles

Herpes Simplex Virus

Syphilis & Neurosyphilis

Treatments for Opportunistic Infections (OIs)

What is AIDS & HIV?

Hepatitis & HIV


email print

July 1999

Memo Demo

by Gabi Horn

Letter pushes envelope

Activists thought they might have to eat their words last April when the mail brought notice from the San Francisco AIDS Foundation (SFAF) announcing salary slashes and policy changes they had been soliciting for months, such as increased representation by PWAs on the board. “The reduction in my salary from $200,000 to $90,000 is a sacrifice I must bear,” stated the letter, which was printed on SFAF stationary and signed by executive director Pat Christen. “I am here to fight AIDS, not get rich. If it means more clients will live longer, I will tighten my belt.”

But upon rereading the two-page missive, many wondered if it wasn’t too good to be true. Two days later, they learned that the letter was a forgery—culprit unknown. SFAF quickly punched out a response, squelching such pipe-dreams as Christen’s cut in salary, which is actually $175,000 annually.  

“The letter was a brilliant satire,” said SFAF gadfly Michael Petrelis of San Francisco’s AIDS Accountability Project. “Many people have asked whether I authored it, and although I didn’t, I’m honored that they think of me in this context.”

Trying to find the forger would be foolery, said SFAF’s Gustavo Suarez. “What should we do—hire a detective? Offer a reward? Whoever wrote this letter is trying to force us to follow an agenda. We’re not getting caught up in what is at best peripheral and basically immoral.”

But the letter succeeded in pushing the envelope: The San Francisco Examiner and Associated Press subsequently published the prank.




[Go to top]

Facebook Twitter Google+ MySpace YouTube Tumblr Flickr Instagram
Quick Links
Current Issue

HIV Testing
Safer Sex
Find a Date
Newly Diagnosed
HIV 101
Disclosing Your Status
Starting Treatment
Help Paying for Meds
Search for the Cure
POZ Stories
POZ Opinion
POZ Exclusives
Read the Blogs
Visit the Forums
Job Listings
Events Calendar


    andais
    Red House
    West Virginia


    Reginaldb06
    Dallas
    Texas


    usuallyhappy
    Palm Springs
    California


    pozsmith1
    East Bay
    California
Click here to join POZ Personals!
Ask POZ Pharmacist

Talk to Us
Poll
Are you a regular coffee drinker?
Yes
No

Survey
Pop Watch

more surveys
Contact Us
We welcome your comments!
[ about Smart + Strong | about POZ | POZ advisory board | partner links | advertising policy | advertise/contact us | site map]
© 2014 Smart + Strong. All Rights Reserved. Terms of use and Your privacy.
Smart + Strong® is a registered trademark of CDM Publishing, LLC.