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Promoting Romance, Adventure and Recognition for People of All Ages! )
  January 17, 2006
For you in this issue:
  • Message from Vicki- "I'll never forget...."
  • Message from Gael- "He's not done with us yet!"
  • The Senior Bachelor Cruise- Book Early!
  • A great Success Story!

    Dear Ladies and Gentlemen,

    I cannot tell you how great it was to have received more than 1,000 e-mails of encouragement and support these last few days. My three sons have spent virtually three straight days with me, playing volleyball, going to dinner, the movies, and just plain hanging out. And, I have spent a lot of time with 5 of my 7 grandchildren. This really helps a lot and I am extraordinarily thankful to all of you.

    I just had the results of a bone scan, taken to determine if the cancer has spread, and I finally "passed" a test, and for now it appears the nasty little thing is localized. Given the fact that this is an "aggressive" type of cancer, surgery will probably give me the best chance for recovery. There is a relatively new type of surgery, a robotic surgery called Da Vinci, as in Leonardo. I have consultations with two leading urologists this week and will also consult with radiation therapists and then make a decision asap.

    Now, you ask, how will this affect the Senior Bachelor endeavor? And by the endeavor I mean my personal quest to find a soul mate, which has been put on hold, and the much greater mission of Promoting Romance and Adventure for People Over 45 and Especially Over 50!!! In fact my illness has a "benefit" to the latter, in that instead of traveling for another 4 1/2 months, I will devote myself to 1) Getting healed 2) Advancing the greater mission above.

    For the benefit of new readers, some of the steps we have taken to promote the mission above, was to try and create a fun atmosphere for social gatherings and also to be associated with organizations, including dating services, to help as many women and men as possible, and especially to get more men involved. We have proven with our get-togethers in Manhattan Beach and Chicago last fall, that even if our social meetings are mostly women, we can have fun. However, most will agree if we can also have some nice, good men involved, that would be even better.

    To that extent we have an affiliation with Holland America Lines and PerfectMatch. I hope to go on many cruises a year, starting with two to Alaska this August- click here for more info. We also have met with PerfectMatch, who caters to clientele 45 and over, and we have recommended their services for the past six months, and have been quite pleased with their organization, cooperation, and results. This is the reason most of the weekly Newsletters will have information on both organizations included at the bottom. We are also looking into any and all other possibilities to include wonderful men and women 45 and over in our growing group.

    Folks, these things take time, and they have to start somewhere. The cruises and PerfectMatch are good starters and we will continue to explore other opportunities. I understand that cruises may not be in everyone's budgets, and we will also be looking at other events that will fit everyone's budgets. And I continue to encourage you to spend 15 minutes and take the free PerfectMatch Personality Profile. It really is good and we have reported several success stories. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain!!! Please click here. You can also help by making referrals to sign up for the weekly Newsletters.


    Richard Roe
    Senior Bachelor

    Click here to see more photos from our Journey!

    Message from Vicki- "I'll never forget...."

    Richard and I said good-bye in Rio and promised to keep in touch, and hoped to possibly spend some more "fun" time together down the road. But neither of us had any idea that the road was about to get very bumpy. Richard's first words to me after receiving his diagnosis were, "Well, Vic, we never know what life has in store for us, do we?" Like always his first thoughts were not of himself but of the others that he thought he was letting down by putting the rest of the trip on "hold."

    However, some things I know for sure- this is a great guy, with a great family and loads of people who love him!! He puts himself at the bottom of the list EVERY time. All of us who care so much about him at this difficult time will only allow lots of love and support to flow his way. If anyone has any different ideas I promise I will send my good friend Gael-in-Chile to hunt them down and make them sorry!! She might only be 92 pounds but, trust me, you don't want to mess with her!! O.K., that's that!!

    I just found a blog from back in December where someone asked, "What was the favorite part of your trip to Brazil?" Somehow that question doesn't seem as important now as it did them. However, the trip with its many locations WAS over the top "perfect" because that's how Richard does things but it's definitely not what I will remember the most. Over time I'm sure I'll forget many of the trip details but I will NEVER forget the "little things," the "special" things that involved the people that I was with. And, I will never forget the man (Richard Roe) that I got to know so well.

    I'll never forget the dinners we shared, the stories we told and laughing 'till it hurt!

    I'll never forget asking Richard straight-forward questions and getting really, really "honest" answers!

    I'll never forget Richard being worried about me and the women to follow and hoping that we'd all feel comfortable with this "unusual" adventure. I'll never forget Umberto drawing me this crazy diagram in his attempt to help me make sense of it all and then me wishing that I'd kept that hysterical piece of paper!

    I'll never forget the day (and the moment) when nothing felt awkward any more and everything became "easy" and "comfortable" because Richard made all of that happen sooner rather than later!

    I'll never forget the long walks on the beach with Richard and talking about the things that we both valued the most...enjoying life, having fun and being grateful for wonderful kids, grandkids and good friends!

    I'll never forget strolling down to the internet room in the middle of the night because I'm a terrible insomniac and being surprised to find Richard there because he's one too and then stopping everything and just talking!

    I'll never forget looking my WORST in the heat and humidity with grass stains and pigtails and Richard telling me that I looked "cute" and then him asking to borrow my camera so he could take a picture!

    I'll never forget always being asked where "I" wanted to go to dinner or if "I" wanted to change the itinerary for the day and Richard making everything "all about Vicki!"

    I'll never forget Richard holding my hand for all take- offs and landings (since I HATE both) and assuring me that we'd probably be O.K., but with Varig Airlines you just never knew!

    I'll never forget Richard always wanting to know more and more about MY life and listening with great interest!

    But most of all I'll never forget saying good-bye to this incredible man and NOT wanting to go!

    As you can see, we ALL can do all of these thing without traveling to a foreign country and that's what I learned the most from Richard Roe.


    I will always be grateful for meeting Richard "big Rich" Roe, or as Umberto says, "the bull!" I will never forget this man who has brought so much fun, friendship, laughter and love into my life. I know there are many, many others who feel the same way. Everyone please keep him in your thoughts and prayers as he fights this difficult battle.

    I have always believed that things happen for a reason and I believe that Richard has been called for something greater than "the Senior Bachelor." I know he will rise to the challenge and ultimately give back even more than he's already given to all of us- if that's possible!

    I look forward to watching Richard turn this negative into a positive and I have no doubt that he will do it with great dignity and class.........

    With much love,


    Some photos from our Journey:

    The Amazon!

    Iguaza Falls

    Message from Gael- "He's not done with us yet!"

    Back to my arrival day in Santiago, Wed. Dec 28, 2005- Richard, told me everything about his potential medical situation within hours of my arrival. Shook me a little- but Richard seemed OK with it and I felt all would be fine as he seemed to have it all under control.

    Wed. Jan 11, 2006- It's another beautiful day in Chile- but for us it's D-Day!!! 9am today we find out the results of Richard's biopsy. R seems fine- probably tense. I AM tense- probably seem fine. OK it's 11am and still no call!! R and U are filming and catching up on stuff. I'm trying to stay out of the way- I think I'm gonna do the STRESSED WOMEN THING- I'm going SHOPPING !!!

    I got back from the mall (4ish), just before R and U returned from the hospital. They walked through the gate and didn't notice I was sitting there- NOT GOOD. 5pm Richard came to find me- diagnosis- aggressive cancer- go home NOW !!!! I think in that moment I stopped breathing. Partially because I was scared for R, partially because I was gonna be DAMNED if I was going to burst into tears !!! 8pm Richard left for the airport and home.

    Thurs. Jan 12 Umberto and I went to American Airlines, changed my ticket for departure Friday. I'm sad to leave Chile and all the lovely people we've met- sad to end at the beginning. Sooo concerned about R that none of it matters. R said I could continue on the trip- can't do it. It doesn't feel right to continue without him- besides, there would be no pleasure in it- I'm going home.

    Sat., after a not so good flight, I arrived in Boston at noon with no sleep and a heavy heart. Thankfully R left a message on my cell wanting to know I arrived safely. Always the gentleman. I will miss our time together and am very grateful for the time we had. My hope is that Richard will be able to accept the offers of help and support from all the senior bachelor people. He's helped so many people and I don't think he really realizes the magnitude of what he's started. He's always so focused on THE CAUSE , which is Promoting Romance and Adventure for People 50 and Over. Hopefully the people of that cause and Richard will be focused on the real issue- regaining his health.

    My wish for 2006 is perfect health for Richard and for each and everyone of us. Stay tuned- I can absolutely promise you, Richard isn't done with us bachelor/bachelorettes yet !!!

    Love, Gael

    Here are some photos from our Journey:

    The Beach at Vina Del Mar

    Atacama Desert

    The Senior Bachelor Cruise- Book Early!
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    Things are heating up with the Alaska Cruises! I do plan to keep my "date" with all of you and host these two incredible Senior Bachelor kick off cruises. We have lots of fun things in store which we will be sharing with you shortly. Let's just say that, even if you have cruised before, you will come back saying you have never been on a cruise like this before!!

    I exchanged emails with Shawn, our Personal Cruise Consultant, and she wants me to remind you that these two cruises are in the "peak" of the Alaska cruising season. They are very popular in their own right- much less with the added attraction of having us party-ers on board! So please start checking your travel calendar and, if you think there is a chance you want to go, contact her ASAP. Your deposit goes directly to Holland America Lines and is completely refundable up to 75 days before the cruise. People seem to book the better cabins first so at least call her to check availability.

    For information about the Senior Bachelor Cruise, click here! Remember to send me an email at if you need a cruise cabin mate to save the single supplement. We've already matched up a whole bunch of people and I will be able to help you even while on the Journey. Or you can contact our Personal Cruise Consultant, Shawn, at or call 1-800-355-3017 Ext. 4294 Mon- Fri, 9:00AM to 6:00PM, PST.

    To submit the Online Cruise Booking Form, click here! A great Success Story!

    I love hearing from you about your experiences with PerfectMatch! I share them only with the writer's permission- usually given enthusiastically because they are excited to share their success. Fits nicely with our New Year's Resolution theme:

    From Connie in Canada:

    Hi Richard,

    Have been keeping in tune with the travels of you and the others senior bachelor girls and Umberto. It is my pleasure to wish all of you a happy Holiday and I can sympathize with your missing your 7 grandchildren. I am about to embark on my journey to northern Canada and then Tucson to visit my family. The greatest news- I have met the "perfect match" on PerfectMatch. Having been leery of these dating sites and had 2 terrible experiences, I tried PerfectMatch figuring Dr. Phil and you support it and then was on a flight recently and saw the movie 'Must like dogs'- I joined up. Norton was the only person who appealed to me and since Nov.29th-- we have come to know one another and also families have met and I who love animals- he has 2 horses, 3 dogs and a cat! I have a precious cat also.

    Good luck-- will stay tuned in. Cheers, Connie

    Ladies and Gentlemen, many of you have taken the free PerfectMatch Compatibility Profile to learn more about themselves to get better prepared to meet and date. You should try it out, too.

    One of the criteria for the 22 Finalists was to take the Free Compatibility Profile and I used the results in making my decisions.

    I did take the Free PerfectMatch Compatibility Profile, and it described me to a "T." It was simple and took less than 15 minutes. Of course, the proof is in the pudding, and only time will tell how this service works for you. My recommendation is to take the Free Compatibility Profile (click here to try it), and if you like what you see with the Profile results, and your budget can afford it, give it a try, and then later tell me your feelings. Good luck. We all are looking for our Perfect Match!!!

    Many people have asked about our association with PerfectMatch. After seeing Duane Dahl, the founder of PerfectMatch on Dr. Phil this past June, and doing some research, we felt this was a company we would like to start an association with to see what kind of results they might provide. I know from working with the Oprah folks how careful they are to research their guests, as does Dr. Phil, and this encouraged me. (Photo courtesy of "Merry Mary".)

    From Linda- "You asked for feedback regarding PerfectMatch. I have subscribed to several online relationship sites with varying amounts of success. However, I believe PerfectMatch has combined the most succinct and efficient program available for those of us with the mature status. Not only is help readily available if needed, the site navigation is seamless. I believe the questionnaires are very well done and if participants answer truthfully, the potential for finding the "perfect match" is excellent."

    From a reader in Georgia- "I never desired nor felt the need to join a dating service. On a lark, I decided to try the free personality profile with PerfectMatch. I was floored and amazed how right on they were on about me."

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