When a young Stella Groschel heard of her friend's plans to join a marriage bureau in her search for a husband, she was shocked to the core. I thought it was rather on the dangerous side and something that only really desperate, peculiar people would consider." Since then, however, Stella has learned to see matters from the other side.It was the Forties and, quite simply, respectable girls just didn't do that sort of thing. Now aged 83, she can lay claim to the title of the country's oldest and most long-standing matchmaker, still dispatching affairs of the heart at the country offices of her own dating agency."Old men always want a young dolly bird, and the plainest girls still like to think they can get themselves a millionaire," says Stella waspishly.Today, she still sports the steely, scrutinising gaze that has been her principal professional tool during her 50-year career - a career she fell into by accident to distract herself from an unhappy marriage of her own (the irony of that inconvenient fact does not, of course, escape her).
But some things remain comfortingly constant, among them people's expectations - which are, she says, on the whole, generally unrealistic.Forbes was eventually persuaded to confess to the murder of the diminutive Kenia Monge, leading the authorities to her grave; he received a life sentence in return.Disturbing and inspiring though this tale of depravity and survival may be, this programme could have been cut by at least half an hour because much of it is taken up with lengthy interviews that should have been severely edited if not excluded altogether.On the air since 1992, Dateline is the longest-running prime-time program on NBC.Our work has been honored time and again with broadcast journalism’s highest awards.Brands currently working with Dateline Platinum include Speed Dater, Laterlife, Solos Holidays, SPICE UK, Midsummers Eve and Nexus, with talks ongoing with other major leisure brands.College campuses across the nation are concerned about dating violence. – I furiously ruffle through my drawers to find a pair of clean underwear. I furiously race out the door, buttoning my coat as I wait for the elevator. His credentials read like a resume that my mother would be extremely proud of: tall, Indian, med student, comes from a wealthy family.I haven't done laundry in weeks, and today's outfit of jeans and an old knit sweater with a small hole in the armpit is a testament to my desperation to find the only clean outfit I have. – "I'm so sorry I'm late, I just got out of work late!Fifty years ago, this woman set up Britain's first modern dating agency and created a giant industry.20,000 lonely hearts later (including her own) her views on the changing mores of romance make fascinating reading.