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  January 31, 2006
For you in this issue:
  • Social Plannings
  • Cute Kid Pics!
  • The Senior Bachelor Cruise- Book Early!
  • PerfectMatch.com- A great Success Story!
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    Dear Ladies and Gentlemen,

    I am writing this Newsletter from the Los Angeles International airport. It is Monday, January 30 at 7:30 in the morning. For the past two weeks I have been poked, prodded and pricked so many times I feel like a pinata. I've seen five doctors and have had many tests and scans and now the two surgery dates are set. On February 7, I will have long awaited cataract surgery, and on February 23, I will have my prostate gland carved out and then hope it has not spread its nasty business.

    Although I have been home less than three weeks, I had the travel bug, and decided a little R&R would be very therapeutic. I will spend the next five days in the mountains of N. California and just read and write. No doctors, no tests, no needles, just some good clean mountain air.

    I recall Dr. Pinto, the urologist in Santiago, Chile saying to me "Richard, your world is about to take some dramatic turns." I then knew the next sentence would confirm that the biopsy I had done was positive. Of course the first reaction is one of shock. I had thought all of the hard part was behind me. I first had this idea about ten years ago, and approached The Oprah Winfrey Show in January of 2004. I was called in January of 2005 to tape the segment, which was broadcast in late April and rerun last August. 2005 was a year of 70-80 hours of work, with Joe Franklin helping at least half of those hours. And now My Wildest Dream Was Coming True. Or so I thought. To quote Julian Lennon's words in Pop&Me "man plans and God laughs. Right on, brother.

    I am approaching the acceptance stage. I still forget I have the Big C. I wake up in the morning, and think about my day, and then it hits me like a ton of bricks. S__t, I have cancer!!! This happens at least once every hour, but slowly, and painfully, it is sinking in.

    Darn, my flight is delayed and I may miss my connection. But you know what, I don't care. I love any kind of a terminal; plane, bus, train or boat. I love the hustle and bustle in these places. And the fact that people are going.....somewhere. And so am I. I feel like a shark, and always like to be on the move.

    I cannot thank enough the more than 1,500 women and men who have e-mailed me with their support. Shoot, even some of my "not-so-great-fans" have sent nice messages. I must say this is where the women have it all over the men. I have answered about one-half of the messages, and will respond to all as soon as I can. Don't be afraid to e-mail me. I now have the time to read and respond!!

    Princess Grace and the Oscar

    The very yuppie photo of me below in my pink slacks and no socks was taken by Princess Grace in her private apartment in The Palace of Monaco in 1974. Grace won the Oscar in 1954 for her performance with Bing Crosby in "The Country Girl." I commented to Grace that I had never seen the movie, and in a flash she called her projectionist and we watched the film together. Mr. "Pop" Kelly, Grace's father, had given Grace and Rainier a wedding gift by refurbishing an old garage into a terrific theater with 35mm projection. This is a memory I will forever cherish. Princess Grace was a wonderful person and a great mother.

    (Photo- Richard with Oscar given to Grace Kelly in "Country Girl." Monaco Palace, 1974)

    The Christening

    In 1967 my one year old son Richard had his christening. It was at St. Bridget's Church in East Falls, Pennsylvania, where I was married, and virtually all of the Kelly's were married, including Grace's mother and father. I was extremely nervous because Princess Caroline, who was ten at that time, was the Godmother and none other than my 6'5" leprechaun fraternity brother from the University of Maryland, one Patrick Joseph Rooney, was to be the Godfather. What was I thinking!! Pat is a great guy, but nothing, and I mean NOTHING goes according to plan when he is involved.

    Now picture this. This big bear of a man, with a huge, oversized Jack Nicholson type smile, twinkling blue eyes, would do the most outrageous stunts, and then flash that big grin, and you had to smile!! I should not have been surprised when on the Thursday before the Sunday christening he called me with the following message. "Richenious (his nickname for me), this is Looney Tunes (my nickname for him), don't worry, no matter what you hear, I'll be there." BE THERE!!!! What do you mean, you'll be there. Again, the Governor of the state, mayor, and other so called dignitaries would be on hand, just like my wedding. Not to see me, of course, but to see "her," Princess Grace. And almost every media outlet would be covering the event. There were literally thousands of people lined up, outside the streets of the church, hoping to see that famous smile, and maybe take a picture.

    Now I had arranged for Pat to spend the night before the christening with me to semi-ensure the fact that he would show up. But he insisted he would be at the church and on time. Well at the church and on time he was. His ENTIRE HEAD was swathed in a huge headdress of bandages. He looked just like the Indian guy in Orphan Annie!!! Worse yet, he walked down the street waving AND SMILING at the throng as if they were there to see him!! OMG. what was going on I wondered. It turned out earlier in the week Mr. Patrick Joseph Rooney had been involved in a very bad accident (no one else injured) and literally the top half of his scalp had to be stitched back to the other half. As if that wasn't bad enough, after the christening we went back to Meg's mother house for the reception and within fifteen minutes the numerous young kids were running around screaming. Mr. Patrick Joseph Rooney of course was on prescription medicine and not supposed to drink alcohol, but he is Irish and this was a party. Pat had declared himself 'THE SON OF FRANKENSTEIN" and had scared the bejeebers out of all of the kids there.

    It gets worse!! He proceeded to unwrap all of his "turban" and ran around calling himself Zipperhead. Yet another indelible memory.

    (Photo: L-R Meg Roe, Pat Rooney, Richard, Bill Cosby, Sally Rooney- Monaco circa 1975)

    Postscript. Pat went on to be a very successful business man, great husband and father, and now has three grandchildren. Go figure!!!

    We have experienced some problems with readers not being able to see the photos in last week's Newsletter. Please visit www.seniorbachelor.com and on the Newsletter Page you will be able to see the photos. Sorry for any inconvenience.

    Richard Roe
    Senior Bachelor

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    Social Plannings

    Joe and I had conference calls this past week with Holland America Lines and PerfectMatch, coincidentally both located in Seattle. We are trying our best to have both organizations contact men on their client lists 45 and over, and tell them about the two Senior Bachelor Cruises to Alaska this August. After all, Umberto and I can't dance with everybody!! Having said that, in fact the best recruiters of men to the cruises will be you. This way the men will have been "vetted." I will be sending out a cruise Newsletter shortly, but only to the people who have signed up for it. If you would like to receive it, please e-mail me at richard@seniorbachelor.com and let me know.

    We also will announce details of parties and activities the day before each sailing in Seattle. Keep this in mind when you book your airline tickets. Details to follow at a later date.

    Cute Kid Pics!

    A friend of mine sent me these fun photos of kids. I think we all wish we had a camera when we've seen our kids or grandkids in these situations!

    Enjoy! RR

    This saying from Joseph Campbell was attached:

    "We must be willing to get rid of the life we've planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us."

    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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