MTV’s The Real World, now in its 24th season, is, as its everlasting introduction tells us, “the true story of seven strangers, picked to live in a house, work together and have their lives taped, to find out what happens when people stop being polite … and start getting real.” The show has had any number of memorable moments since its 1992 debut Stephen slapping Irene in the Seattle season, Ruthie going to rehab for alcoholism in Hawaii but it was the show’s third season, set in San Francisco in 1994, and its cast of characters that made the series a hit. This was the season that starred <a href='http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NK0xGB4Ivp8′>Pedro Zamora, who used the show as a launching pad to educate the nation about HIV/AIDS. It was a personal struggle for him as the show’s first (and only) HIV-positive, openly gay cast member. Pedro’s conflicts with his roommate the antagonistic bicycle messenger Puck almost caused him to move out, but it was Puck instead who left the house. Pedro passed away surrounded by members of his Cuban family and a few cast members just hours after the season finale aired. After his death, then President Bill Clinton praised his efforts to bring awareness and understanding to the HIV/AIDS cause.