Friday, January 28, 2011

Made for Each Other! - Heart Throbs #130 (February/March 1971)

Ah, computers! Where would we be without them? Obviously we would not be reading this blog, but we also would not be indulging in this delightful Don Heck illustrated story from Heart Throbs #130 (February/March 1971) about the early days of computer dating! "Made for Each Other!" introduces us to Jean, a young woman who runs a computer dating service.

Smitten by Mr. Paul Davis, a new client, Jean asks her assistant (an older gentleman by the name of Dan) to ensure that her punch card is matched up with Paul's card. Dan tries to tell Jean something after running Paul and Jean's cards through the computer, but thinking he is going to lecture her for "cheating" she cuts him off and immediately calls Paul to let him know they are a match. Paul and Jean go on a date and have a lovely evening full of fine food, rollerskating and a show at the movies.

After having such a great time, Jean feels a bit guilty for having "helped Cupid along a bit." Just as she is about to confess over what she had done, Paul makes a confession himself. He too had asked Dan to make sure their punch cards were matched up! Though Jean is delighted over their mutual feelings for one another, she realizes that Dan shouldn't have done such a thing for a client. Paul makes Jean promise that she will go easy on Dan. The next day at work, Jean confronts Dan about what he did for Paul. Paul has a confession of his own, however; he never tampered with the cards -- the computer matched the two lovebirds up!

The characterization of grouchy computer operator Dan in this story is great, plus I love the infusion of a technology! Believe it or not, there is actually another DC romance story about computer dating, also from 1971. But that my friends, we will save for another day!!!

Have a wonderful and warm weekend!!!

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