Thursday, July 21, 2005

Maybe he doesn't want to marry you: Washington resident Robin Naidoo was surprised when his name appeared in August's Marie Claire under the title "These 50 Great Men Want to Marry You!"

The 32-year-old postdoctoral fellow for the World Wildlife Fund said a rep from the magazine contacted the nonprofit and asked about men who fit certain criteria (we're guessing single and handsome). "A handful of us sent in our picture and a short description, but I was kind of surprised when they picked me."

The personal-ad-style spread features photos of men from across the country (Naidoo's was a large one) with details about their work and dating lives (he's passionate about his career studying deforestation). "I thought it was going to be, 'Here's some men and this is what they do.' It was more about people in this age bracket who aren't married yet," he said.

Naidoo, who has received 75 inquiries, says he had never read the magazine before this issue. Although he has already been recognized in public, this bachelor says he has no plans to capitalize on his newfound fame.

But he is open to dating.

Mr. Familiar

Any John Robertses in the house? lists 23 men in the metropolitan area as having the same name as the new Supreme Court nominee.

Silver Spring resident John W. Roberts , 78, said friends are cracking jokes: "They said, 'I see your son made the nomination for the Supreme Court.' " He laughed. "I've been saying John Roberts -- he's a news commentator on CBS -- is my other son." (As a matter of fact, that John Roberts reported on John G.'s nomination. John W . is a retired director of customer service for the U.S. Postal Service.) lists John Roberts as a folk singer in New York, owner of a car dealership in Tennessee and a woodcarver in Oregon, among a zillion other things. He's a busy guy. St. John Roberts was arrested six times, exiled four times and martyred in England in 1610. Added note: Two of his fingers are preserved in abbeys.

According to the Social Security Administration, the name "John" has been ranked in the top 20 of the most popular names for American males for 100 years. Judging by the number of John Robertses around Washington, we think at least a quarter of the Johns' last names must be . . . you know.

For an Iron Lady, an Ironman

If you think she's tough in the boardroom . . . . A Bethesda woman will compete in the Ironman CEO Challenge on Sunday, and this won't be her first time.

Carri Bennet , head of the Washington consulting firm Bennet & Bennet, will join 18 executives in Lake Placid, N.Y., to swim 2.4 miles, bike 112 miles and run 26.2 miles. Last year she won the female division in 17 hours. We're tired just thinking about it. The 43-year-old mother of two said she trains up to 20 hours a week, usually around 5 a.m.

Bennet, who describes herself as "chubby" and "not your typical-looking Ironman competitor," said she doesn't think she'll win but still looks forward to the competition and the ones that will follow: "Some people are addicted to alcohol, other people are addicted to triathlons."

End Note

· Former secretary of state Madeleine Albright showed off her singing ability at a book party Tuesday night in Washington. Host Chris Black said Albright led the partygoers in "Take Me Out to the Ballgame." The crowd was gathered to celebrate the release of Thomas Oliphant's new novel, "Praying for Gil Hodges: A Memoir of the 1955 World Series and One Family's Love of the Brooklyn Dodgers." So how was Albright's voice? "She was fine," Black said noncommittally.

-- Compiled by Korin Miller from staff reports

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