Computer dating service

You: (1) Suggest going to a movie instead (2) Monopolize your roommate’s date leaving your roommate with only one noble alternative.(3) Dance with your date, smiling weakly, but end the evening as early as possible.

Today, she still sports the steely, scrutinising gaze that has been her principal professional tool during her 50-year career - a career she fell into by accident to distract herself from an unhappy marriage of her own (the irony of that inconvenient fact does not, of course, escape her).

It shows that, contrary to what was previously believed, the first computerized dating system in either the US or the UK was run by a woman.

For Valentine’s Day, 1961, the cartoonist Charles Addams—of Addams Family fame—drew a futuristic cover for the New Yorker.

It showed a massive, wall-sized computer, with hundreds of blinking lights, ejecting a tiny paper card with a red heart on it for its operator, who was dwarfed by the computer’s hulking form.

The drawing of the computer was supposedly based on the huge SSEC (Selective Sequence Electronic Calculator) mainframe that IBM had shown off in its Madison Avenue showroom in New York City from 1948-1952.

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