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My Message on the 30th Year of the AIDS Epidemic
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By Kevin Maloney

June 3, 2011

1981 was a happy time in my life. I was 5 years old, and my favorite toys were my Pound Puppy, Glo Worm, and my new bike. This was also the year I started kindergarten, and I still remember my kindergarten teacher Ms. Cambell and learning my ABC's via the "Animal People".

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This was also the year I learned to swim, and my Dad taught me how to ride a bike without training wheels. I would play my Atari and Coleco Vision all day, I loved those games Frogger and Donky Kong! I had one of the hottest Hot Wheels around, and a huge collection of Garbage Pail Kids and Matchbox cars. I remember numerous sticker books.

I would play and watch TV all day. I couldn't get enough of Tom and Jerry, Sesame Street, and Mr. Rogers. When it was not my turn to watch TV I would watch MASH with my Father and General Hospital with my Mom -- I remember the ever famous Luke and Laura wedding on General Hospital.

I looked forward to sleep overs at my cousins on the weekends, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, MJ on MTV, Saturday morning bowling with my Mom and Dad, and nearly daily shopping trips to the mall with my Mother.

As a child growing up in the '80s I was definitely the epitome of a Toys R Us Kid. I was oblivious to what was happening in the big World around me. Aren't we all at that age? My Parents did a good job at shielding me from all the sorrow and negativity that was going on in the World. All the while, my parents, hoping my future would only know joy and happiness.

As I was turning 5 and continued growing up in the '80s; AIDS began to rear its ugly head and spread with vengeance ...

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