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WELCOME PEOPLE READERS AND OPRAH VIEWERS!
My sincere thanks to all of the readers of People Magazine who have signed up for the Newsletters and placed comments on my blog page. Please note that there have been four previous Newsletters and you can easily read them by going to www.seniorbachelor.com and clicking on the Newsletter Page.
While I feel this is undeserved, in the current People Magazine, dated June 27, and available on newsstands through Thursday, June 23, with Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise, and Matthew McConaughey on the cover, they chose yours truly as one of the "50 Hottest Bachelors." I must admit, for a variety of reasons, not the least that I am 64, that I was surprised to be selected. You might be curious as to how something like this happens.
I was lucky enough to have been in People Magazine in June 2000, for a three page feature with my son Chris, concerning the film we made, Pop&Me. This was right after we appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show- just like this time. For sure, if you have been a guest on a previous show like Oprah, or in a magazine like People, you have a leg up for a follow up. Oprah has a huge reach as the # 1 show in television for over 15 years. The People editors heard about Senior Bachelor, and they were doing a special issue on bachelors. A freelance writer and author, Strawberry Saroyan (the granddaughter of William Saroyan) conducted the interview at my home in Manhattan Beach, California about six weeks ago. That was followed by a "photo shoot". (I would like to add that Strawberry has a great book out, titled "Girl Walks Into A Bar," published by Random House. A review from Booklist said "Saroyan's introspective, truthful memoir gets right to the heart of what it means to be a young woman today; many will identify with her questions, her musings, and her fears." This is a good read.)
During the photo shoot, I realized right then and there how some models and actors let things go to their heads. (No, this will not happen to me. I know who I am and where I came from and I am in no way a "celebrity.") There were seven people there treating me like a rock star. A makeup person, who was even tweezing my eyebrows in between shots. A full van of clothes and a stylist. A terrific camera shooter, Reggie Casagrande, and two of her camera assistants. A few Newsletters ago, I extended the deadline for submissions to September 16, and the departure date for sometime in November, and I said I would explain why in a later Newsletter. Well, this is the "later Newsletter." I knew the article was coming, but was not allowed to say a word to anybody, and I wanted to be fair to the people who saw the article to have time for submissions, if they so choose.
By far, the two most frequently asked questions are 1) What will be the ages of the women on the Journey? 2) How will you make the final choices? First, I'd like to say that it is not just me making the choices, it is "her" and me making them jointly. I said on the Oprah show (but it was edited) that I did not want to be sitting there like Donald Trump and saying "You're fired!" Rather when I meet a women, I believe she will be evaluating me as I am evaluating her, so the final decision is two-way, not just mine. (The picture on the left is of my three sons at "you know where" in 1978.)
As to the ages of the women on the Journey, as you know (if you saw Oprah that day) I said 40 and over. Oprah said "what if she's 38 ½?" I'm not one to dismiss anything my favorite woman (as of right now- ha, ha) says, so I said "sure." To say that I received e-mails and comments on the blog page about this would be understating the case. I have received over 1,000 e- mails and blogs chastising me about including women "in their thirties." For the record, I have no intention, as of today, of including any woman who is in her thirties, or younger, to dispel any dirty old man thoughts. The odds weigh heavily that all, or most, of the women matching up the best will be 50 and over. If a woman in between 40 and 50 sent in the requested information and seemed to be the perfect traveling partner, I feel I would be remiss in not providing her an equal opportunity. Bottom line, I feel, as I have said in a previous Newsletter, and based on extensive feedback, there is a strong possibility that there may be more than one woman for six months, conceivably up to six women for one month at a time. This affords the opportunity to more women to have a fun trip, and affords me the opportunity to get to know more women. And again, all or most, of the women who choose me and vice versa, will be at least 50. Now there, I've gone ahead and said it!!!!!
As to how to make the final choices (let me repeat this is a two-way process), of course, I have to wait until the deadline for submissions, which is September 16. After viewing all of the tapes and reading the biographies, I will contact those who seem to be the best matches. (I know, I know, "what are the best matches criteria?" you ask. That will come in a future Newsletter.) Starting in July and through September, I plan on visiting various cities and meeting the women who appear to be the best matches. The TENTATIVE schedule calls for Los Angeles in late July or early August, Chicago August 26 and 27, and Philadelphia, New York City and Atlanta in September. For my many Canadian friends who have written, Canada is a possibility as well, as are other cities if the situation warrants. All dates will be announced in future Newsletters. I am entertaining the thought of posting on my website (and I might ask Oprah if they are interested) potential finalists, so you can send in your thoughts. However, I would only do this with the express permission of any of the women involved. In making the final selections, I would take into consideration your comments. Also, a panel of women who know me very well, will interview the finalists and give me their opinions. Many people have questioned why am I using a panel. I love the idea because I believe a woman's intuition is so much better than a man's in many cases, and this is one of the cases!
An idea that I am presently working on would be for all of the finalists (I will guess 12-15 women) would all get together along with myself and the panel at a resort for a week or so. Logistically, this makes enormous sense, and let's face it, a week at a resort like the Greenbrier, for example, isn't the worst thing in the world! Ultimately, I will make the final decisions and then hope that the women I have chosen will want to travel with me. I would appreciate your thoughts on these matters, but PLEASE go to the blog page on www.seniorbachelor.com and post your comments. This is by far the best way to communicate with me (versus e-mails), and the Newsletters are the best way for me to communicate with you. It has not been easy for me to post a blog a day but I will do my best to post a couple a week. As I said, I do review them daily.
A reader sent in the following comment. "When I submitted my application to join you on your Journey, it truly helped me think very hard about what I am seeking for the next stage of my life's journey. Whether I am chosen or not, I already have a plan of action to move to the next chapter in my life that I hope will allow me to forge new, and stronger relationships and create the possibility for me to meet a soulmate." A reader from California said, "I don't believe this is a contest, but a wonderful opportunity to meet someone special." Another reader from Mauritius (an island off of the African coast) quoted W. M. Lewis. "The tragedy of life is not that it ends so soon, but that we wait so long to begin it."
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I remain respectfully yours,
Richard Roe, The Senior Bachelor
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