It's good to hear from you. You probably only want bright stars,
and you might do a Google search for that, but another way is to
use the NASA archive services.
Go to http://legacy.gsfc.nasa.gov/db-perl/W3Browse/w3browse.pl
. Under "Popular Catalog Choices", click "Hipparcos
Main" then at the bottom, click "More options." At
screen, unclick the things you don't want and click on the things
you want. So if you only want positions and a magnitude (V, for
example), only click on "ra", "dec", and "vt_mag".
You might have it sort by ra by clicking the other button next to
it. Now if you only want stars brighter than some amount, such as
3rd mag, put "< 3" in the box next to "vt_mag".
Then, down at the bottom, use the pull-down menue from "Output
Format" to select the format you want.
That should do it.