Man wears personal ad: 'Wanted: a wife'

CORVALLIS, Ore. -- In an age of online dating and Craigslist hookups, an 82-year-old Corvallis man has gone back to advertising basics wearing a personal want ad around his neck.

"Wanted: a wife," reads the bold-print sign, fastened loosely around Sandy McCulloch's neck with string and paper clips.

Below the bold computer print, McCulloch has written a message for anyone passing by"this is not kidding."

"Ask for what you want, plainly and clearly," said McCulloch at the Old World Deli in Corvallis. "If you don't ask you will probably never receive."

McCulloch said he started wearing the sign in the lobby of the deli when a female friend in Corvallis told him there were many eligible, single women in town.

She jokingly told McCulloch he should wear a sign, an idea that he took to heart.

At 82, McCulloch said he is not looking for what his younger self would have wanted in a wife.

"At this point, I'd love to find the perfect companion," said McCulloch.

After three failed marriages before he was 39 years old, McCulloch said he has learned from his mistakes.

"If I may be so bold as to say, I've cleaned up my act," said McCulloch.

But not just any bride will do, said McCulloch.

On his sign, he has listed four criteria for what he is looking for in a wife: she must be over the age of 60, love books, have a sense of humor and live in Corvallis.

"I won't leave this town," said McCulloch. "I love this place, and at my old age it's the perfect place for an old man."

"My life is built around books," said McCulloch, who has published nine books of short stories. "If they don't like books, it's a lost cause."

However, he said he is willing to bend on one of his requirements.

"If a gorgeous 40 or 50-year-old came along and said I'm too young, but I want to do this, I would do it," said McCulloch.