Friday, March 4, 2011

And The Band Played On - Give Away

A Threat No One Dared Face
A Word No One Wanted To Speak
A Fight For Many, Fought by Few...

And the Band Played On is a movie that I had watched several years ago.. It's a movie about the beginning origins of the HIV and AIDS virus... The movie is full of incredible actors - Alan Alda, Phil Collins, Richard Gere, Angelica Huston, Steve Martin, Lily Tomlin, and many many more.... I bought this movie recently "used" from Amazon.... I wanted my kids to know how far our society has come... I wanted my kids to understand how tragic this disease is... How scary it could be... And I wanted them to know that millions of people... innocent people... babies... and maybe someone they know or will know is infected with this horrible disease... I wanted my kids to learn compassion... understanding... and I believe this movie is an excellent learning tool to understand the human factor of AIDS.. It puts a face to it...

I was in college when HIV/AIDS hit the airways... No one really knew what it was.. What caused it... A fear started to surface... Because no one knew how it was transferred -The people inflicted with this disease were shunned... Kicked out of school, refused medical help, fired from their jobs, and the list goes on... A real panic took place.. I remember watching one news show where an inventor made a revolving toilet seat cover in hopes of protecting people from the virus... Every night on the news there was one story or another about some one with AIDS being refused their basic rights... It was an awful and scary time....

When it was discovered that the virus was transferred by blood and sex - that brought a huge wave a fear.. especially in the unmarried crowd.. People like me... In college.. Newly sexually active.. Our only concern was not to get pregnant... Now we feared for our lives.. In 1986 - I went to a HIV testing clinic... I remember talking to a counselor... Having my blood drawn... Getting a number to hold onto.. Going back the following week giving my number back... Talking to a counselor again.. And receiving my results... Negative.. It was a fearful time...

The video at the bottom is a video from the movie (Elton John) - it's a tear jerker

I am giving away my "Used" copy of And The Band Played On... In hopes that you will share it with others.... To Win this copy -

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  1. Thanks so much for stalking me! :) I'm already a stalker here but I'll go check your other blogs too! :)

    Happy Friday!


  2. Thanks for following me. Even if you are stalking (I've never had a stalker before!). I'm now following you.

  3. Thanks so much for the follow! I'm following you now too and hope you have a wonderful weekend!

    By the way, if you're interested, I host the Be-Bop-A Blog Hop on Wednesdays. Hope you'll stop by!

  4. Thanks for visiting my blog. I'm following here & facebook.
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  5. Hey there a new follower. I am my mother more now than ever...we all become our moms. Great blog.

  6. Wow I'd really like to watch that movie. I'll have to check it out.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog...I'm glad to hear that there are people out there that love their slow cookers as much as I do...I'll have to pick up a George Forman too!!

    Mrs H

  7. I don't remember a time without AIDS/HIV, but I do remember when it really hit mainstream and Magic Johnson was on MTV talking about condoms. I think I was oblivious prior to that.

    The movie sounds great.

  8. What a darling blog. I was happy to follow you. Thank you so much for taking the time to visit my blog. I will definatly be comign back to your blog!

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  9. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I am following you now.

  10. Oh, you like Twilight too.
    Can't wait for Breaking Dawn.

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  12. I remember those days too. I also remember the many who passed away to this dreaded diasese. Terrible, terrible times....

  13. Thanks for the follow and I am now following you also thru GFC. I did not do the hop today. I was wore out today. My Fibro caught up with me and I just needed to rest. But thank you for taking the time to follow me.

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  14. I had the same experience in college that you did. I was far from promiscuous, but my roommates and i had done enough and heard enough to be scared. All of four of us got tested. All four of us were negative. I promised myself that i would NEVER put myself in a position to have worry about that again. I didn't become a prude, but certain activities were absolutely off limits without a condom.
    You describe the feeling at that time - the panic- so well.
    Thanks for visiting today. I'm following you too.

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