Friday, February 6, 2004

Play matchmaker

Five women, five men: Which ones do
you think could share a great date?

By John Johnston
The Cincinnati Enquirer

Here's your chance to play Cupid. Forget the arrows; this is as easy as clicking a computer mouse.

The Enquirer, Channel 9, and Cincinnati.Com need your help to set up two eligible Tristate singles for a special Valentine's Day blind date.

We recently invited singles to submit brief biographical sketches of themselves and tell why they deserve to be fixed up on Feb. 14. We've narrowed that list to five women and five men. Now you can help make the match. Peruse the bios and photos on this page, and cast your votes.

The winning couple will receive:

• Dinner at La Normandie. Value: $100.

• A diamond heart pendant from The Castle, discounters of diamonds and fine jewelry: The pendant is on a solid gold snake chain. Retail value: $399.

• A box of chocolates each from Fawn Confectionery.

On Valentine's Day, photographers from the Enquirer and Channel 9 will capture some of the date's finest moments. So now, on to the choices:

Voting has ended.
Rachel Lindahl
Age: 27
Neighborhood: Downtown.
About her: Went into social work after college; now an office manager overseeing 60 employees; has run a marathon.
Enjoys: Travel, live music, dancing. "Even if it's something I dislike, I'll go, just to try it out."
Looking for: Someone with good morals and likes to laugh.
Bonus fact: She spent a summer in Nicaragua studying economics.
Tim Halloran
Paula Purdon
Age: 39.
Neighborhood: Cherry Grove.
About her: Credit union branch supervisor; divorced with three children.
Enjoys: The outdoors, walks in the park, sports.
Looking for: An outgoing, intelligent man with a good sense of humor.
Bonus fact: "I enjoy spending time with my grandbabies, who melt me like butter."
LaTreece Smith
Age: 30.
Neighborhood: Golf Manor.
About her: Works in financial sales for PNC Bank; has one child.
Enjoys: Shopping, spending time with
Looking for: "A realist who won't put on a front."
Bonus fact: She's
studying to become a corporate attorney.
Mark D. Motz
Age: Turns 35 Saturday.
Neighborhood: Anderson Township.
About him: Director of alumni relations, St. Xavier High School; former newspaper sportswriter.
Enjoys: Sports, theater, music and photography.
Looking for: "Somebody who likes to laugh, even a bit off the wall. Somebody who's down-to-earth and open to a new experience."
Bonus fact: He has six godchildren, only one of whom is a blood relation.
Aaron Duke
Age: 40.
Neighborhood: Delhi Township.
About him: Works in sales; originally from Chicago; divorced with one child.
Enjoys: Sports, cooking, making people laugh, movies, music, outdoor activities.
Looking for: "An intellectual, warm-hearted, sincere woman."
Bonus fact: While working in management at the Newport Kmart years ago, he met then-Bengal Cris Collinsworth.
Age: 29.
Neighborhood: North Avondale.
About him: Works in
facilities maintenance for Cincinnati Public Schools; considers himself
"marriage material."
Enjoys: Taking walks, bowling, shooting pool.
Looking for: A woman with a pretty smile who is open-minded.
Bonus fact: "I bowled a 294 when I was 12. I'd like to do it again."
Laura Chenault Martin Hart
Age: 34
Neighborhood: Clifton.
About her: Freelance production coordinator, commercial/video production.
Enjoys: Music (from bluegrass to the symphony), dining out, cooking in, art, movies, travel, hikes, most sporting events.
Looking for: An honest, humorous, mature man who still has a playful side.
Bonus fact: She hiked the Grand Canyon twice.
Age: 26.
Neighborhood: Norwood.
About him: Works in sales for Kraft Foods; owns two golden retrievers.
Enjoys: "Burger Madness at Arthur's, avoiding the leash laws at Ault Park
Looking for: "Someone that looks back."
Bonus fact: While in
college, he traveled to Ireland to study the
poetry of William Butler Yeats and J.M. Synge.
Nicholas Hollan Catherine Flaherty
Age: 23.
Neighborhood: Clifton.
About him: Student at the University of Cincinnati; works part-time at Jeff Ruby's Tropicana and as an actor/model.
Enjoys: Sports, as well as playing football and softball; visiting museums.
Looking for: An attractive, intelligent, trustworthy, dependable woman.
Bonus fact: His acting experience includes a film for the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.
Age: 25.
Neighborhood: West Chester.
About her: A dancer/singer with a bachelor's degree in music. "I'm not into clubs and bars."
Enjoys: Exercising,
painting, drawing.
Looking for: "Someone who motivates me to be a better person."
Bonus fact: She recently performed with Carnival Cruise Lines.


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