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  January 24, 2006
For you in this issue:
  • Social Events and The Senior Bachelor Team
  • The Senior Bachelor Cruise- Book Early!
  • PerfectMatch.com- A great Success Story!
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    Dear Ladies and Gentlemen,

    Surgery:

    Again, my sincere thanks for the terrific support you have shown for my medical situation. It really means a lot to me. After meeting with five doctors, and given my present condition, surgery appears to give me the best chance for recovery. I have scheduled this to take place in Los Angeles Thursday, February 23.

    The Royal Family of Monaco:

    The weekly Senior Bachelor Newsletter is read by more than 25,000 people each week, and the subject will change as circumstances dictate. For many months the Search process was going on, and then the Journey, which you now know has been put on hold. I enjoy writing, especially now that I am in the waiting period (ugh!!). So.....I tried to come up with a subject everybody (I hope) would find interesting.

    Over the years I have been somewhat reluctant to talk about my "by-marriage" connection to The Royal Family of Monaco. My former wife Meg (please let me say for the record that Meg was a wonderful wife, and a fantastic mother to our 3 sons) is one of Grace Kelly's nieces. Meg's mother, Peggy (now deceased) is Grace's eldest sister. So I kind of weaseled in there as, I guess, a "nephew-in-law" of Grace Kelly. Ha ha.

    I had the wonderful opportunity to have spent a great deal of time with Princess Grace over the course of twenty years until her untimely death in 1982. I visited Monaco about 16 times, usually living in The Palace. And now, for the first time, I will relate stories and pictures heretofore only known to family members. Each week, and for the next few weeks, I will write about some of these experiences. For the folks going on the Senior Bachelor cruises to Alaska this August, you will also see many pictures and videos of the Royal Family and The Palace.

    The first time I met Princess Grace was in the winter of 1964, when she visited her hometown of Philadelphia.

    Meg and I were engaged to be married May 1, 1965 and I was very nervous. Grace would say to me, in French "courage, Richard, courage."

    I am not embellishing this story when I tell you that I hit if off with Grace immediately and vice versa. And the same with Prince Rainier (pronounced “Rain- yay”.) When I look back as to why that was, I am convinced it was because I was not after anything. Most people wanted "something" from them. I always called her Grace and the Prince just Rainier. Meg is the Godmother of Princess Caroline and Princess Caroline is Godmother to my eldest son, Richard. (And do I have a story about the christening!!!!! To be related in another Newsletter)

    (Photo- Princess Caroline and Godson Richard Roe, Jr. and Chris Roe, Palace of Monaco, Christmas 1978.)

    I was nervous about the wedding because I knew my wild and crazy fraternity brothers from the University of Maryland would all come to the wedding, and if you saw the movie "Animal House" you would know why I was nervous!!! These guys were party animals. (Ironically, this group of least likely to succeed loonies, went on to great success in their marriages and businesses. Go figure!!!!)

    My next time with The Royal Family was my wedding, May 1, 1965, and sure enough, my "brothers" did not disappoint. The reception was at Meg's house, and the Governor of Pennsylvania, the mayor of Philadelphia, and assorted other "luminaries" were around, not for the wedding, but to be around "them." Whenever Grace Kelly came to Philadelphia it was a major media event. The New York and Philadelphia papers had front page pictures of her and mentioned that she was in the U.S. for her niece’s wedding. Newsday, which has a circulation of some 3 million readers, had the following headline....."Commoner marries Royalty".....My mother loved that one!!!

    We were married in St. Bridget's Church in East Falls, a suburb of Philadelphia where Grace and her family grew up. Mr. and Mrs. Kelly, Grace's parents, were also married at St. Bridget's, as were all of the Kelly's. Our priest, Father Cartin, also participated in Grace and Rainier's wedding in Monaco. You can imagine the crowd outside of the church!! Tens of thousands of people lining all of the streets just to get a glimpse of me. Ha ha. No, of course, of Princess Grace. She was great and took a long walk waving to everybody with her INCREDIBLE smile.

    (Photo- Ma Kelly, Grace's mother and the 3 Roe boys, background- Peggy Kelly, circa 1974.)

    One of the many reasons I was nervous was that at Meg's house there was a pool. Needless to say it was only a matter of time until my fraternity brothers jumped in, fortunately fully clothed!! And to top that off, four months before the wedding, in January 1965, I received my Draft notice to report IN ONE WEEK for active duty. That meant 8 weeks of boot camp in North Carolina and then straight to Vietnam. I wasn't afraid to go to war, but I was afraid of losing Meg!! We had just become engaged at Christmas (but did not tell anybody) and now I was being shipped off to Vietnam. In a panic, I called my Draft Board in New York City, and a Mrs. Ragor answered the phone. Now folks you have to know that so many people were trying to get out of going to Vietnam, and they all had the most outrageous reasons for not wanting to go. Guys were trying everything, and I mean everything. And this being New York City, they had heard all of the stories. I asked Mrs. Ragor if I could get married in boot camp. Mrs. Ragor told me she could tell that I was very much in love, and wanted to know if we had established a wedding date yet. I asked her why. She said that married men were not being drafted at that time. I told her "You bet we do" and I would call her back shortly with the details. At this time I was living in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, where Meg attended Bucknell University. We called Father Cartin and reserved May 1, 1965 for our wedding. A quick call back to Mrs. Ragor and she said if I could prove this was true, the Board would consider a deferment UNTIL May 2!! Another call to Father Cartin and he sent a telegram informing the Board of the official date. (Please understand I was willing to go and in no way tried, nor asked, for a deferment, but this is how things turned out. In fact, in January 1960, I enlisted in the U.S. Army for a 3 year hitch but an injury prevented me from going). Oh, I forgot something. While talking with Mrs. Ragor earlier, I told her if I was deferred, she could come to the wedding, and of course Princess Grace and the rest of the Royal Family would be there. Sure enough, in the receiving line, a lady Meg and I did not recognize was there. Mrs. Ragor had taken the train to Philadelphia, and she had the time of her life, despite all of my New York friends over-imbibing and begging her for ways to avoid getting drafted!!!!!!

    Next week I will relate the christening saga where Princess Caroline, ten at the time, was the Godmother, and one of the funniest men on earth, a giant 6' 5” leprechaun fraternity brother of mine, Patrick Joseph Rooney, was the Godfather. I've been waiting 40 years to tell this story!!!!

    (Photo- Monaco, 1974, Princess Grace and Maria Callas, Richard Roe and Patrick Joseph Rooney)

    P.S. An interesting bit of trivia. John Brendan Kelly, the father of Princess Grace, won three Olympic gold medals (in rowing), and he had the largest construction company in America. One of the buildings he helped build was the UN building.

    Richard Roe
    Senior Bachelor

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    Social Events and The Senior Bachelor Team

    Joe Franklin is a major help with the website and in all facets of this endeavor, Stuart Wolf is a wonderful publicist and marketing expert, and Umberto is our photographer and videographer. This is the Senior Bachelor team.

    As you know, we have affiliations with Holland America Lines and PerfectMatch. We are diligently working with our affiliates to add men to our social gatherings, cruises, and other social activities. We hope to have some new and exciting announcements very soon from meetings we are having with Holland America Lines and PerfectMatch this week. As always, please stay tuned!!!

    P.S. I just found out that Dr. Pepper Schwartz from PerfectMatch will be on The Today show this Thursday morning, January 26. Be sure to check it out. She is the relationship specialist for PerfectMatch.

    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 Richard@seniorbachelor.com 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 Shawn@seniorbachelor.com 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!

    PerfectMatch.com- A great Success Story!
    FUN, FIT, FREE and FABULOUS

    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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