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Fateful Reunion
After successfully developing a highly advanced computer that can predict future events, a scientist and his fiance use it for entertainment at a party. The fun stops when the machine foretells the death of one of their fathers.

Air Dates:
First Run - July 21, 1975
Repeat - November 26, 1975
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A couple of buddies get together on D-Day every year for a reunion to re-live their World War II days in France. One man's daughter and the other man's son are now engaged to be married and they are living in New York - the site of this year's reunion. (The other man lives in Iowa where he is the president of a bank.) Doug, the son of one of them, is a computer engineer and has been involved in the development of a hand-held computer that can only be described as a sort of "Magic Eight-Ball." People ask it questions, and it prints out an answer on a small tape. He and the other man's daughter are getting ready to attend a charity fund-raiser and use the computer to tell people's fortunes as a way of raking in donations. Before they leave, the young lady demonstrates the computer to her father and future father-in-law. But, it provides some disturbing answers to the questions they ask it - and that sets the stage for the rest of this adventure. Reply With Quote

A scientist invents a super computer that can tell the future. He and his fiancee use it as a party favor and it tells them that one of their fathers (two old war buddies) will miss their next reunion because they'll be dead.

Goofy little tale about a computer that can read the future, or at least parts of it. The owners of the computer can think of nothing more profitable from this amazing device than to stage parlour tricks as a fund raiser (when they could be asking the future of stock prices and sporting events). Their fathers are old war buddies and make annual reunion visits. The computer predicts that next year there will be no reunion. (da dummmmm)

Not too bad of a listen, if not a little over dramatic at times. I thought it interesting that they had developed a computer so advanced back then that it could recognize speech (still not the best today) and then consider a reply based upon some sort of data that was entered into its memory. Memory at that time was so small that to get all the information they were discussing into it would've made it non-portable. However, most people probably don't realize that so can stretch their belief a bit more than I can.

This episode is actually a great documentation of the pre- Microsoft/Apple PC era we live in now. If you are of a certain age, you remember when computers took up a room, and had whirling spinning discs and buttons and knobs, and usually belonged to government, universities and corporations and institutes. Cultural Anthropologists could use this episode as a time capsule of how people thought about and feared computers as they were being developed. Much science fiction at the time mirrored humans uneasiness with the thought of the human brain being eclipsed by machine and what those consequences would be. Now with our IPads and PC's it's difficult to remember how people were feeling as the computer age was rearing up - these types of stories remind us about how people were distrusting those machines. If you were born in the sixties or before, you are a phenomenon- the only generation to have seen the computer age develop: from a black and white TV with tubes, Polaroid and Kodak camera with detachable Flash, and a typewriter- to a calculator, to a word processor, to a computer, to a PC, to the Internet, to color then flat panel TV, to microwaves, to a cell phone, to a digital camera, to a Smart Phone, to a laptop, to a Tablet, to an iWatch and the Cloud. WE SAW IT ALL!!

Fateful Reunion was my absolute favorite, the ending made the hair go up on my neck!!! 😬

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