AIDS took a licking on August 28, when the U.S. Postal Service announced that tennis ace Arthur Ashe would become the first HIVer to net his own commemorative stamp. Ashe, the first African-American man to win the U.S. Open (1968) and Wimbledon (1975), slammed prejudice both on and off the courts: He ranted against South African apartheid and traveled the U.S. to teach about AIDS. Sports Illustrated named him its 1992 Sportsman of the Year—its cover shot is reprinted on the stamp—shortly before his death on February 6, 1993.

And if you’re volleying around some stamp-y ideas of your own, you can go to We’re asking folks who should be the next HIVer postal pin-up: Hunky actor Rock Hudson? NWA rapper Easy-E? Or perhaps ‘80s supermodel Gia? Personalized stamps may soon be a reality (visit for more info), but until then, stick your suggestions to POZ.