'Littlest Groom' is a typical dating show
By Ellen Gray
GLEN FOSTER is probably used to people asking him if he's crazy.
There was, for instance, Pat Croce, whom the 4-foot-5 Foster approached a few years ago at a Slam Dunk for Diabetes fund-raiser, first asking for Croce's autograph and then offering himself up as a junior mascot for the 76ers.
" 'Are you crazy?' Foster recalls the then-Sixers president asking.
Foster assured him that he was.
But apparently not enthusiastically enough for the high-energy Croce.
" 'Convince me that you're crazy,' " Foster, now 23, recalls Croce telling him.
It took a massive shout of "I'M CRAZY!" to persuade Croce, but the Warminster native and Archbishop Wood High grad was soon hard at work as Lil'G, the sidekick to Sixers mascot Hip-Hop, a highly athletic job for which Croce, he said yesterday, trained him personally.
Now, though, Foster probably won't have to shout - or run around in a costume - to convince people that he's a little crazy.
Because people thinking you're crazy pretty much goes with the territory when you're the star of a Fox "reality" show.
Yes, Foster, a dwarf who now works in Tulsa, Okla., doing sales and tech support for a cell phone company, is "The Littlest Groom."
And while some of the Chicken Littles of this world are regarding the two-part dating special, which will air Feb. 16 and 23, as yet another indication that the sky is falling - while others of us think it fell some time ago - Foster's insisting it's anything but that.
"There's nothing exploitative in this whatsoever," he said, describing the show as an opportunity for him to meet a wider selection of women who are "little people" - though the show will also introduce him to some average-sized women who'll be competing for his attention.
In his pre-"reality" show life, "I've dated more average [sized women] than little people," Foster said, while admitting a slight preference for women closer to his height because "we have an automatic bond...it's more of an icebreaker."
He remains, he said, friends with "pretty much all the girls I dated." Currently he lives with his 3-year-old Jack Russell terrier.
Even the show's title doesn't bother him.
"Obviously, they had to do a play on words," he said. "That's to be expected."
But is Foster, who's talking about moving back to this area - where his "supportive" parents, an older sister and a younger brother all still live - really ready to settle down at 23?
"Anything's possible," he said, sounding like many a TV bachelor before him. "If I met that perfect somebody, I'm definitely open to it."