Reality show's bachelor is divorced deliveryman
Jun. 16, 2004 08:43 AM
LONGMONT, Colo. - The latest bachelor on the NBC reality show "Who Wants to Marry My Dad?" is a divorced delivery man for Frito-Lay who says he "can't think of a better way to meet someone."
Marty Okland is this season's bachelor whose daughters pick his new love from 13 women over a three-week period. Okland said he heard a casting call on the radio.
"I was ready for a new lease on life," he said Monday. "My girls are 29, 27 and 24. I was married for 27 years to a wonderful lady, and now I'm ready to find someone special. I wanted to give this a try."
Okland, 47, said he and his ex-wife are still friends and that she's in favor of the TV show. Of course, he had to run the idea by his daughters.
Daughter Nicole, who lives in Hawaii, told her father he would always wonder if he didn't try "and so I did it," Okland said.
He called daughter Brooke, the only daughter who lives in state, and asked her to drive to Denver with him for final auditions.
"She was surprised when I told her what I was doing, but very supportive," he said.
While the filming was exhausting, Okland said he also found it exhilarating.
"It was nice to see things from a different perspective," Okland said. "I can't think of a better way to meet someone. You're not being set up by friends or family or meeting at a bar."