The First computer arranged marriage

October 18th Celebrates The First computer arranged marriage

Today on “Days to Remember” we celebrate a show that took place on October 18th 1954 on the Art Linkletter Show.

A Blast from the Past you might say if you remember who Art Linkletter was?

Linkletter was born Gordon Arthur Kelly in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan on July 17th 1912. A Canadian-born American radio and television personality, he was the host of the Art Linkletter Show.

Linkletter had one of the longest marriages of any celebrity in America, at nearly 75 years. He married Lois Forester on November 25, 1935, and they had five children: Arthur Jack, Dawn, Robert, Sharon and Diane.

In early 2008, Linkletter suffered a mild stroke. He died on May 26, 2010 at age 97 at his home in California his eight grandchildren and fourteen great-grandchildren were with him when he died.

The infamous show that took place on October 18th 1958 was the first computer arranged marriage that took place on the Art Linkletter Show.
Television host Art Linkletter asked Paul Popenoe to help him create a way to successfully match men and women; a forerunner to today’s dating services.

Popenoe created a questionnaire of 32 items including race, religion, politics, and pets. Over 4,000 people responded to a newspaper ad to be matched. A Univac computer analyzed the surveys and picked a couple who were introduced to each other on Linkletter’s television show People Are Funny. It was a good match, and the couple got married.

In 1953 Popenoe started the advice column “Can This Marriage Be Saved” in the magazine the Ladies Home Journal, using actual case studies from the Institute in his articles. Still a feature of the magazine, the column has been called “the most popular, most enduring women’s magazine feature in the world.”

Popenoe’s own marriage was not without its challenges, but he practiced what he preached. Within the relationship the duties fell along traditional gender lines: Popenoe worked and took care of the yard and Betty was a stay-at-home mom who raised four boys. Their youngest son wrote that Popenoe was a strict disciplinarian who, despite a heavy work schedule, gave his children lots of attention.

As we remember first computer marriage on the Art Linkletter Show on October 18th 1954.

Written & Designed by JD Mitchell
jdmitchelldesigns@gmail.com

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