In 1987, The Oprah Winfrey Show
visited the small town of Williamson, West Virginia. The town had been thrust into the national spotlight when Mike Sisco, a local man with AIDS, jumped into a public swimming pool. While this would not be news in 2010, it was a lightning rod for anger and fear about AIDS and homosexuality in 1987.
Read how the town reacted to Mike when Oprah first visited Williamson.
Though Mike passed away in 1994, he changed his hometown forever. Twenty-three years after Oprah's first visit, some of the citizens who spoke out have returned to the Williamson Field House, where the original show was filmed, to reflect on whether their opinions have changed with time.
Published on September 15, 2010