By Starla Pointer • Staff Writer • 

Seniors find fun with 'The Dating Game'

“Bachelorette No. 2, what’s your idea of a perfect date?” Andre asked Betty Plummer during the humorous version of the old TV game show.

Plummer, a former professional dancer dressed for the holiday in red and white, answered coyly. “I have a couple ideas,” she cooed. “You might like one of them.”

The emcee, Marketing Director Beth Faylor, watched Andre’s face light up. “Betty’s full of the devil, you know,” she told him.

The crowd, mostly residents of the McMinnville complex, laughed and applauded.

That’s exactly what Faylor wanted to hear. She organized “The Dating Game” because she and the residents love to have fun.

Andre had more questions to ask the other bachelorettes.

“I’m very shy. How would you get me out of my apartment?” he wondered. Jean Armentrout assured him she wouldn’t have any trouble.

Then Andre asked Dorothy Holst, “I take a nap at 2 p.m. every day. Will you change my routine?”

Holst had some fun with her answer. “What could be more fun than both of us having a nap at the same time?” she responded, making the crowd scream with laughter.

But it was Shirley Wise’s answer that led Andre to choose her for his date. Asked to describe a romantic date, she talked about sharing a nice steak, then retiring to the hot tub.

When the applause died down, even Faylor couldn’t top that. “I’m speechless,” she said.

Andre and Wise, along with the other bachelorettes, were treated to a special prime rib dinner in a private dining room. They were joined by the contestants from a second round of “The Dating Game,” bachelorettes Dottie Bowser, Sharron Heinrich and Betty Hanson and bachelor Philip Wright, who was selecting a date for his 92-year-old father, Alvin Wright.

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