Former HCHS student is ABC's newest "bachelor"
By Justin Brimer
A former Hart County High School student will be on the ABC hit, "The Bachelor," this fall.
Brad Womack, known as Brad Pickelsimer while at HCHS, attended classes as a sophomore and junior from 1989-1990. He later changed his name to his biological father's name.
His grandfather, Dan Womack, lives in Hartwell and said Brad got involved with the show shortly after his twin brother, Chad, got married.
"Chad asked him, 'What is wrong with you? Why can't you find a wife?'" Dan said. He said when the show was picking young women to be on the show, several of them mentioned dating Brad. The producers checked him out and chose him for the show.
For those who do not know, "The Bachelor" is a popular television show that sets up successful, good-looking and eligible singles in a modern version of "The Dating Game."
The show's goal is to find a wife for Brad. He will have 25 single women to meet and date.
Each week Womack will reduce the ranks by eliminating contestants until two women remain.
He can then ask the winner to marry him, or at least continue their courtship.
Dan said his grandson does not have to marry anyone from the show, but "he said 'Granddad, I'm going into this with an open mind.'"
He said Brad has never had a problem dating beautiful women, but the 34-year-old is thinking about settling down.
Unlike other bachelors featured on the show, Brad is a self-made man.
He was born in Atlanta, and now lives in Austin, Texas, where he and his brother own and manage four lucrative bars.
He made his money by prospecting for oil in Louisiana and South Dakota.
Brad and his brother decided to invest together and open one bar in Austin, which is a college town with a similar nightlife to Athens.
The plan worked, and they went on to open three more bars in Austin.
Brad visits Hartwell a few times a year, to see his father, Steve Womack, and other family members.
Dan said although Brad is not allowed to talk to anyone from home, he threatened to quit if he could not call his grandfather.
However, attempts to contact the show for an interview or a photograph were unsuccessful.