A year later, Altfest and Ross had a prototype, which they ed Project , an acronym for cal Automated Compatibility Testing—New York City’s first computer-dating service. She was the station’s first female reporter, and she had chosen, as her début feature, a three-part story on how New York couples meet. In the fall of 1964, on a visit to the World’s Fair, in Queens, Lewis Altfest, a twenty-five-year-old accountant, came upon an open-air display ed the Parker Pen Pavilion, where a giant computer clicked and whirred at the job of selecting foren pen pals for curious pavilion visitors. Within a year, more than five thousand subscribers had sned on. It would invite dozens of matched couples to singles parties, knowing that people mht be more comfortable in a setting. They wound up in the pages of the New York subscriber.