I just finished setting up my winter bike, which has a late 90's JudyXC on it. I took the fork apart, because I actually had no idea what kind of fork it was....I remember lusting after that fork when I was a kid, because it was the best mid-range fork at the time.
Lucky for me I have a spring model not an elastomer model. But that got me thinking, why did they use elastomer springs in so many of those first generation forks? It's not like metal springs are some sort of space age technology.