[SIGCIS-Members] Media query about 1960s computer dating systems

Marie Hicks mhicks1 at iit.edu
Wed Oct 5 12:01:29 PDT 2016

Thanks, Janet--I actually have an article on early computer dating coming
out next month in Ada (http://adanewmedia.org/). I'll drop them a line.



Marie Hicks, Ph.D.
Asst. Professor, History of Technology
Illinois Institute of Technology
Chicago, IL USA
mhicks1 at iit.edu | mariehicks.net <http://www.mariehicks.net> | @histoftech

On Wed, Oct 5, 2016 at 1:46 PM, Janet Abbate <abbate at vt.edu> wrote:

> See below. If anyone has information to share, please contact her directly.
> thanks,
> Janet
> Begin forwarded message:
> >> From: Emanuele Berry <emanuele at gimletmedia.com>
> >> Date: September 26, 2016 11:46:55 AM EDT
> >> To: abbate at vt.edu
> >> Subject: Background interview for Gimlet Media
> >>
> >> Greetings,
> >>
> >> My name is Emanuele Berry. I'm a producer/reporter with Gimlet media.
> I'm working on a story about Operation Match, one of the first computer
> based dating services. In researching this story and speaking with the
> founders of the organization, I've found that nobody has been able to
> explain how the computers actually worked in the matching process. This is
> why I'm writing. I'm hoping you might have time for a quick phone call
> where you could help break down how computer models in the 1960's worked,
> particularly how a system similar to TACT would run. Any assistance or
> direction would be greatly apprcaited. Please let me know if you think you
> can help.
> >>
> >> Gimlet Media is a company founded last year by a group of former NPR
> producers to make documentary podcasts on a variety of subjects. Our shows
> are like radio shows, but are distributed on the Internet, and they are
> downloaded 5 million times a month by people all over the world. I'm a
> producer with a show called Afterwards, which revisits old news stories
> from the past 50 years and through interviews with the people involved
> tells our listeners about what's happened since then. The show will launch
> this fall, and will be distributed nationally.
> >>
> >> Best,
> >>
> >> Emanuele Berry | Gimlet Media | Producer | 517-899-5002 |
> Emanuele at gmiletmedia.com
> Dr. Janet Abbate
> Associate Professor, Science & Technology in Society
> Co-director, National Capital Region STS program
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