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OPINION
November 13, 2012 | Patt Morrison
Alvin Roth earned his 2012 Nobel Prize in economics for market design and matching theory - creating ways to pair "buyers" and "sellers" happily and fairly when price isn't a primary consideration. For instance? Kidney exchanges, in which cost can't legally play a role but donors and recipients with just the right assets and needs still must find each other. Roth's algorithms can be used to make good matches in even the thorniest situations: bringing the lovelorn together with potential mates, and bringing together the right charter and public schools with the right students.
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SCIENCE
June 3, 2013 | By Melissa Healy, Los Angeles Times
For more than a decade, the online dating site eHarmony has pitched itself as a company that matches singles with romantic partners who are looking for lifelong relationships. Now a study funded by the Santa Monica-based firm offers scientific evidence that husbands and wives who met online are more satisfied with their marriages than couples that met the old-fashioned way. In a nationally representative survey of 19,131 people, researchers found slightly less marital contentment and slightly higher separation rates among people who met their spouse at work, on a blind date, in a bar or at a club.
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REAL ESTATE
December 2, 1990
I am a broker, with 20 years experience in residential real estate. Robert J. Bruss presents complicated issues in a straightforward manner and I often use his columns to get an idea across to clients. But I must take exception to "Whom Does the Realtor Really Represent?" (Nov. 4). Comparing a real estate agent representing both buyer and seller with an attorney representing both parties in a divorce is not valid. In my view, a truer comparison would liken the agent to a matchmaker.
SPORTS
June 2, 2013 | By Lance Pugmire
Mike Low, a mixed martial arts matchmaker, remembers when he had trouble finding enough talent for his local fight cards. Not anymore. "Four years ago, I'd have to look for fighters, gym to gym. Now I get 50 emails a day from people pitching their fighters from here. And they're usually pretty good fighters," he said. The Ultimate Fighting Championship has taken hold across the country and the sport's boom has spawned about a dozen second-tier MMA pro circuits in Southern California.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 29, 2012 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
"The Matchmaker" is a surprise. It sounds like a throwback to an earlier, more traditional style of Israeli filmmaking but it instead provides a view of that country that's as satisfyingly eccentric and unexpected as anything we've seen. Written and directed by the veteran Avi Nesher, nominated for seven Israeli academy awards and winner of the lead actor and actress prize, "The Matchmaker" is set largely in 1968 and presents itself as the familiar coming-of-age story of a 16-year-old boy. But, as it turns out, the boy's story is only a part of a larger, more compelling dramatic mosaic and what he learns about the vagaries and perplexities of the human heart is only interesting because of the complex, unusual adults he learns it from.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 24, 1985 | BURT A. FOLKART, Times Staff Writer
Clara Lane, the whiskey-voiced matchmaker who reigned as Cupid's queen for nearly 50 years, has died in a Glendale hospital, it was learned Tuesday. The self-styled "merchant of loneliness," who once estimated that she had brought together more than 25,000 couples, was 85 when she died Monday. At one time, her ads (usually accompanied by her photo) ran in hundreds of newspapers across the country. They trumpeted, "You Don't Have to Spend Another Weekend Alone!"
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 23, 2011 | By Raja Abdulrahim, Los Angeles Times, COLUMN ONE
The one-line email that greeted Mohammad Mertaban came straight to the point. "Mertaban, find me a husband, k? I await your list of potential suitors," wrote a woman who lives on the East Coast. Mertaban was not surprised, although he knew the woman only slightly. "If it comes from a brother or sister whom I don't know very well, I know that she would do it out of frustration, desperation or a strong desire to get married," he explained later. An information technology project manager who lives in Fullerton, Mertaban, 30, has grown accustomed to urgent requests — by phone, email and in person — since he began dabbling in matchmaking for friends and acquaintances about eight years ago. Those he helps are observant young Muslims searching for a modern path to marriage that stays true to Islam.
SPORTS
June 2, 2013 | By Lance Pugmire
Mike Low, a mixed martial arts matchmaker, remembers when he had trouble finding enough talent for his local fight cards. Not anymore. "Four years ago, I'd have to look for fighters, gym to gym. Now I get 50 emails a day from people pitching their fighters from here. And they're usually pretty good fighters," he said. The Ultimate Fighting Championship has taken hold across the country and the sport's boom has spawned about a dozen second-tier MMA pro circuits in Southern California.
SPORTS
February 14, 1986
Mickey Davies, a longtime fight promoter and matchmaker in Los Angeles, died of cancer Thursday. Davies, 67, had worked as a matchmaker for the Forum until his death. He had also made matches for the Olympic Auditorium and had promoted fights here and across the country.
MAGAZINE
December 6, 1987
"A Grand Tour of L.A.'s Kingdom of Rock," by Robert Hilburn (Oct. 25), overlooked business managers, who can act as the support system for personal managers, the reporting entity for agents, a sounding board for the attorneys and the matchmaker for new management when the old isn't working. It may very well be the manager, attorney and agent who lead an artist to fame, but it is the business manager who leads the artist to retain his fortune. Lisa Fremer Beverly Hills
ENTERTAINMENT
April 29, 2013 | By Alan Eyerly
Teen Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) marry Tyrion "the Imp" Lannister (Peter Dinklage), a man twice her age and half her size? Incestuous Queen Cersei (Lena Headey) marry Sir Loras Tyrell (Finn Jones)? A handsome young man, surely, but one who finds knights more attractive than ladies. Who's behind this seemingly bizarre matchmaking? As we learn in Episode 25 of HBO's "Game of Thrones," it's Tywin Lannister (Charles Dance), a pragmatic tyrant motivated by power and wealth, not romantic niceties.
BUSINESS
December 13, 2012 | By Andrea Chang, Los Angeles Times
Neil Clark Warren thinks he's the best match for EHarmony Inc. In a move that caused his friends to call him crazy, the 78-year-old EHarmony founder came out of retirement in July to become chief executive, looking to resuscitate one of the most recognized online dating services that was struggling amid increased competition. "We'd gotten a bit lost," Warren said recently at the company's Santa Monica headquarters, decorated with hundreds of photos of couples who met on the website.
OPINION
November 13, 2012 | Patt Morrison
Alvin Roth earned his 2012 Nobel Prize in economics for market design and matching theory - creating ways to pair "buyers" and "sellers" happily and fairly when price isn't a primary consideration. For instance? Kidney exchanges, in which cost can't legally play a role but donors and recipients with just the right assets and needs still must find each other. Roth's algorithms can be used to make good matches in even the thorniest situations: bringing the lovelorn together with potential mates, and bringing together the right charter and public schools with the right students.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 26, 2012 | By L.J. Williamson
Even objectivists yearn for romance. Adherents of Ayn Rand's philosophy may strive to live with an emphasis on the power of reason and objective reality, but that didn't stop Stephanie Betit and Jamie Hancock from falling so crazy in love that they'd constantly email during work, talk on the phone until 4 a.m. and drive for nine hours to see each other. Frustrated with her love life, Vermonter Betit, a 32-year-old special-education coordinator, wondered aloud to a girlfriend, "How the heck do you meet people nowadays who are intelligent, don't do drugs, don't drink and are serious about life?"
WORLD
September 25, 2012 | By Ramin Mostaghim and Emily Alpert, Los Angeles Times
TEHRAN - Iranian ministers have fretted for years about a "marriage crisis" in the country. The average age when people wed has climbed since the Islamic Revolution of 1979, causing concern among officials, as well as family elders, that Iranians may stray from a traditional pious path by staying single too long. Now a government minister says the country needs to legalize matchmaking websites to nudge Iranians to get hitched at younger ages. Mohammad Abbasi, the country's sports and youth minister, recently said he hoped to come up with rules for what may amount to a sort of Match.com or eHarmony suited for the Islamic Republic.
BUSINESS
July 22, 2012 | By Andrea Chang, Los Angeles Times
The gig: Jeremy Verba, 49, became chief executive of online dating site EHarmony Inc. in August 2011, replacing Greg Waldorf. The Santa Monica company matches singles looking for long-term relationships; 34 million people have used the service since it was launched in 2000. The company uses "relationship science" to predict compatible matches and says that on average, 542 people marry every day in the United States as a result of being matched on EHarmony. Education: Received a bachelor's degree in architecture from MIT and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
BUSINESS
July 22, 2012 | By Andrea Chang, Los Angeles Times
The gig: Jeremy Verba, 49, became chief executive of online dating site EHarmony Inc. in August 2011, replacing Greg Waldorf. The Santa Monica company matches singles looking for long-term relationships; 34 million people have used the service since it was launched in 2000. The company uses "relationship science" to predict compatible matches and says that on average, 542 people marry every day in the United States as a result of being matched on EHarmony. Education: Received a bachelor's degree in architecture from MIT and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
SPORTS
June 29, 1986 | Steve Springer
The art of matchmaking has been going on for centuries. Putting together couples who would make love, not war, used to be pretty steady work. But there isn't much call for it anymore. The matchmaker of today spends his time in dirty gyms and smoky arenas, looking for matches that will produce anything but love. This is the boxing matchmaker. Although he deals with a sport known as the sweet science, his job is not an exact science.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 29, 2012 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
"The Matchmaker" is a surprise. It sounds like a throwback to an earlier, more traditional style of Israeli filmmaking but it instead provides a view of that country that's as satisfyingly eccentric and unexpected as anything we've seen. Written and directed by the veteran Avi Nesher, nominated for seven Israeli academy awards and winner of the lead actor and actress prize, "The Matchmaker" is set largely in 1968 and presents itself as the familiar coming-of-age story of a 16-year-old boy. But, as it turns out, the boy's story is only a part of a larger, more compelling dramatic mosaic and what he learns about the vagaries and perplexities of the human heart is only interesting because of the complex, unusual adults he learns it from.
WORLD
May 2, 2012 | By Robyn Dixon, Los Angeles Times
KANO, Nigeria - He should be tall. Kind, of course. And generous, especially when it comes to buying all those little trinkets that a woman desires. "A little handsome," but not too much, says Altine Abdullahi. "It's a danger. " In northern Nigeria, it is a truth almost universally acknowledged that a woman of a certain age, and in a certain situation in life, must be in want of a husband. But if the woman in that certain situation is a divorcee or a widow, finding a husband isn't easy, even without the shopping list of desirable qualities ticked off by Abdullahi (a divorcee)
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