Saturday, September 10, 2005

Hello from Richard Roe

Update from Joe re: Blog, Sun Sept 11: I spent some time reformatting the photos on the previous blogs and renaming the blogs (adding Photos Part I, II, III and IV to the titles) for easier reference. It may slow down the downloading of the blog this one time for some. Now that I've got the photo loading figured out, I'll post some more photos of the Manhattan Beach "Meet the Senior Bachelor Event." Most of them will be from Umberto. Also, your comments on the MB Event are greatly appreciated. I realize that the initial sign up on Thursday and my estimation of times for your small group meetings were the biggest snags. For that I sincerely apologize. The good news for Chicago is that I think I have a better system in place to make it run more smoothly (so the Ladies from Chicago have to thank the Ladies from Manhattan Beach!) Once again, thank you for your patience and indulgence and for your kind comments about my family. We all had a blast meeting you! Look below for some new photos.


From Richard:

A few observations: For the current status of Chicago, please read my comment in the blog below this one and posted Friday at 6:08. To Lois, thanks for explaining the Event in MB was WAY MORE than just meeting me, as it will be in Chicago in your comments Saturday, Sept. 10 at 1:32 am. . The real story was so many AMAZING women meeting each other and making what I believe will be new, lifelong friends!! We're already talking about a reunion on the Alaskan cruise next summer!! And, yes, the most painful part of this Journey will be over the next 4 weeks. I have said consistently that there are so many wonderful women to choose from that it will be just guesswork at this point. For those of you who have sent in materials, and/or e-mails, that have not been acknowledged, I am doing the best I can, and I remain more than 1,000 e-mails behind-mainly due to the Oprah rerun 2 weeks ago. I'm running as fast as I can.. I also enjoyed anonymous' comment of Saturday, Sept. 10 at 12:35. Thanks again for the nice comments on this blog, and let's keep talking!! Richard Roe

We stopped by the Ayres Hotel to thank Ann, Sal and the Staff and they said to say "Hello!" They really enjoyed hosting the Event and miss the Ladies.

PS- Here is a recap of the newspaper articles of "The Meet the Senior Bachelor Event":

"The Beach Reporter", Friday, September 6, 2005

"The Daily Breeze", September 3, 2005

(The "Daily Breeze" article has now been archived by the newspaper and will cost you money to view. I'll post it here if I can.)

Saturday, September 03, 2005
By Kristin S. Agostoni Daily Breeze

Bachelorettes flock to area to meet traveling MB man

In a quest that began on "Oprah," Richard Roe is looking for six single travel companions "fit, fun and over 40" to accompany him around the world.
Some got dolled up in strapless sundresses and stilettos, while others dressed down in jeans and summer capris. One made the six-hour drive from Rio Vista, while another booked a morning flight from Scottsdale, Ariz. A few brought girlfriends, yet some kept the trip a secret.
But each shared a common, dreamy goal of winning a few minutes with the eligible bachelor. Or, perhaps more importantly, getting the tanned, tall Manhattan Beach man to remember their names. Considering the size of the crowd, the latter task seemed to be easier said than done.
Hawthorne's Ayres Hotel was teeming with women Thursday afternoon as Richard Roe's worldwide search for six single travel companions shifted into high gear, including face-to-face interviews, impromptu dates and cocktail parties that continue today.
The quest that first gained steam with Roe's appearance on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" in April was expected to draw at least 500 women, many of whom booked rooms and took off work for the entire two days.
"Humbling is knowing the fact that you all spent the money and time to come here," Roe boomed from outside the hotel lobby, having just staged his entrance in an antique convertible T-Bird.
"We're all cut from the same mold," said the bachelor, dressed in a pink linen shirt and khaki cargos. "We're all single. And we all don't want to be."
The afternoon showed all the signs of the typical, cheesy TV dating show: Dozens of eligible bachelorettes vying for one man's attention, eyes focused on a pricey and impressive prize -- an all-expenses paid trip with Roe around the world, with promises of romance and, just maybe, something long-term.
But in this case the 64-year-old divorcé's offer isn't open to just anyone. Prospects must be "fit, fun and over 40," qualifications that on Thursday won him many fans.
"Very nice guy. Very down-to-earth," gushed Beth Ann Forest, 53, of Georgetown, Texas.
"He has a quick wit," said Christine Lom, 62, of Moraga.
"Sincere. Communicates well," added 50-year-old Debby Eddy, who had just returned to the hotel from having a facial.
"He cuts to the chase," she said.
Roe, who gained name recognition in 2000 after creating a documentary with his son about father-son relationships, contends his travel offer has nothing to do with attracting more media attention or creating the next reality dating show. (Although applicants are asked to sign disclaimers saying their videotaped messages "may be used in any manner or media worldwide," as determined by Roe.)
The ultimate goal, he claims, is to find compatible travel partners and prove they can come from within his age bracket, a demographic that older, single men too often overlook.
"I want the world to see how many fabulous women are 50 and over," he said. "What keeps me going is the fact that I have found myself a non-unique person in a unique position. It's about the message. ... I really am in a position where I might be able to make a change."
Roe, who has three sons and lived most of his life in Philadelphia, never saw himself living alone on The Strand in Manhattan Beach.
But in 1994 his wife of 29 years asked for a divorce, a move that left him hurt and transformed him into "an emotional marshmallow."
"I loved her tremendously. It didn't seem fair," he says of Margaret Ann Davis, the niece of Grace Kelly, in his online biography. "Instead of wallowing in self-pity, I decided to run away."
So the retired stockbroker moved to Los Angeles, where his three sons had settled with their wives and children, and started a new venture with his second-born son: A feature-length documentary called "Pop & Me," highlighting 29 relationships between fathers and sons from Los Angeles to China.
Distributed by MGM, the film won the pair appearances on CNN, ABC World News and Oprah.
It wasn't until his second appearance on Winfrey's show, one that promised to make "Your Wildest Dreams Come True," that the senior bachelor travel contest was born.
Roe has since launched a Web site -- -- and started his own blog, gift store and online newsletter. He claims it has attracted hits from thousands of prospective mates around the world.
Of course, he admits there are a few "deal-breakers at my end."
Smokers? Forget about it.
Anyone more than a "social drinker?" No thanks.
"Let me add," Roe says on his Web site, "that I have never been arrested nor had any skirmishes with the law, and never had any serious illnesses or diseases of any kind. I suspect the woman I am interested in being with will have a similar background."
He hopes to narrow his choices down to 12 and eventually the lucky six, one for each month of his trip.

-- Looks like it worked!! RR

Hey, Willemina sent in some pics of me and the '55 T-Bird. Thanks so much!

Thursday, September 08, 2005

Ladies Of The Blog

I wanted to thank all of the bloggers (well, almost all-ha ha) for adding so much to this Journey. And a Journey this is!!!!! As you have seen from my comments, getting a good hotel at a reasonable price in Chicago in September is a real CHALLENGE. We happened to get a fantastic deal with the Ayres Hotel here in Manhattan Beach and I have been trying to do the same in Chicago. Sorry for such a short blog, but I wanted to prevent "scrollitis." Is that a word???? Best wishes, Richard Roe

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

New Newsletter Going out Tuesday- Sept 6!

Thought I would alert all that there is a new Newsletter on its way. Must say I was torn between the extremely energetic and fun time we all had at the first "Meet the Senior Bachelor Event" and the Katrina disaster. Joe and I are enjoying your comments and feedback about the Manhattan Beach "soiree". Please keep the comments flowing and safe travels home. Back soon!! Richard

Joe here: By popular demand, the lovely Mrs. Franklin has provided the text of her introduction speech from last Friday evening. Please go to her website at

Sunday, September 04, 2005

Meet the Senior Bachelor- Sept 2-- What incredible women! - Photos Part IV Umberto's Photos

Sunday, Sept 4: Good morning everyone, Joe again. I promise I'll get Richard on the blog soon but I wanted to get some of Umberto's photos posted for you as soon as possible. I think you'll agree, he is a fantastic photographer. Your comments and suggestions always welcome. These are in somewhat random order.


Umberto thought the lighting was especially nice as it hit the red flower to emphasize it. Is this the "Red Hat Club?"

You can take the man out of Italy but you can't take the Italian out of the man.

These statues were brought from Italy and were so heavy they had to use a helicopter to lower them into the Ayres Hotel Courtyard!

Kaptain Kangaroo never looked this good : )

The NNBB Sisterhood Go Red Bracelet benefitting the American Heart Association and World Heart Association. Go to for more information.

Up close and personal. Could you travel a month with this man?!

I believe this is Mary Rose.

"Richard, I won't need an airline ticket!"

Thanks, again, everyone for a great kick off Event! I'll go through the photos again and post some more. Please, please post your comments and suggestions- all are very much appreciated.

Warmest regards,