A lesson for the younguns: before the internet came along, people would put advertisements in gay newspapers and magazines. They were just as bad (although not as graphic usually) as the current crop you find on Craigslist now. But it was ads like these that helped me meet my first gay men - in Evansville, Indiana (which wasn't groovy in the least).
Personal ads have really come a long way. I can remember when no one would admit to using the personals and now online dating and hookups have stripped away the negativity. Jerame and I have been together for almost 13 years and we met via a Love@AOL personal ad.
How'd your last personal ad experience turn out? (imgsrc)