Journalist RANDY SHILTS Journalist RANDY SHILTS. He's national correspondent for the San Francisco Chronicle. His Book, "And the Band Played On," was one of the earliest books written about the AIDS epidemic and it's impact on the gay community. SHILTS' new book is about gay life in the military, "Conduct Unbecoming: Lesbians and Gays in the U.S. Military, Vietnam to the Persian Gulf." (St. Martin's Press). SHILTS started the book in 1988, before the current debate about gays in the military. SHILTS, himself, now has AIDS.