I actually remember this and the news media reports at the time. I was a young kid, and glimpsing the controversy made me want to find my way to my buddy's house (he had the set of books and dice) to play all the more badly :)
I play D&D a lot when I was I kid. I also attended a Lutheran school as a child. We had a school assembly about the evils of D&D. I remember the example they gave of players putting orc babies in catapults and splatting them against walls. Me and my friends sat in the gymnasium feeling very persecuted. Letters were sent to parents and I had to explain to my parents that we played good guys.
Ahhh... to be part of history!