Sunday, September 05, 1999

Dating doc 'Soup' server

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Hey, look who's dishing out chicken soup? It's Cincinnatian Dave Coleman, a k a The Dating Doctor.

        Remember? He wrote a dating column for The Enquirer in the early '90s, but we didn't see him much 'cause he was on the road 200 days a year being the Dating Doctor at colleges.

        The way it works is, he gets a roomful of students and does a two-hour interactive bit — tosses beach balls; does a survey on the worst pickup lines ever — then gets the kids talking about dating.

        He's still on the road 200 dates a year, but he also found time to write one of the stories in yet another Chicken Soup title: Chicken Soup for the College Soul (Health Communications; $12.95).

        His short and true “The Boy Under the Tree” is about a painfully shy lad named Tom and a counselor, Kevin Randall, who pulls him out of his shell so well that by the end of a week in camp, Tom is the life of the party. That's followed by a surprise, and sad, ending.

        On a more cheerful note, Coleman's new book — Date Smart! Stop Revolving and Start Evolving in Relationships (Prima; price TBA) will be published on Valentine's Day 2000. Written with relationships expert M. Richard Doyle, it's everything you ever wanted to know about dating.

        PAY UP: Just wondering: If a celeb took the shirt off his/her back, signed it and gave it to a charity to auction, which celeb would get the most money?

        Madonna. We found out last week at a T-shirt auction at Newport's Syndicate, where auctioneer Harry Howard sold shirts between sets of the Legends in Concert show.

        Thrown by the Imperial Sovereign Queen City Court of the Buckeye Empire, the AIDS Volunteers of Cincinnati fundraiser had 18 shirts from Cher, Lauren Bacall, Liz Taylor, Lily Tomlin, Brad Pitt, Dolly Parton, Madonna and others.

        Madonna's shirt fetched $1,550 with a little goading from Grace Rodriguez, who plays Madonna in Legends.

        Best line? Florist Dennis Buttelwerth. He popped $1,050 for a Cher shirt, then muttered, “The price of flowers is going up.” Councilman Jim Tarbell bid on it, too.

        Second best line? “Omigod, we made the auctioneer strip. That's not a good thing.” That came after a T-shirt model doffed his shirt and someone yelled, “you too, Harry.” He did, then offered the pants for $5,000. He didn't get it.

        ON THE MOVE: Who would have thought it? Somebody from Cincinnati setting trends in New York.

        But that's what fashion designer John Bartlett is doing. Bartlett, formerly of Anderson Township and a 1994 Summit Country Day grad, is leading New York fashion talent out of Greenwich Village and SoHo and into a neighborhood so obscure they had to make up a name for it: NoMad (a k a North of Madison).

        According to a half-page story in a recent New York Times, since Bartlett moved to NoMad awhile back, Tommy Hilfiger vice president Greg Winkelman has done the same. Ditto Barneys VP Jason Weisenfeld, trendy hair designer Antonio Prieto, Elle fashion director Marin Hopper and designer Eva Lowell.

        Reason? It's cheap (a one-bedroom is $300,000 vs. $500,000 in the Village) with large apartments in grand old buildings.

        Knip's Eye View appears Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday. Have an item to report? Call Jim Knippenberg at 768-8513; fax: 768-8330.


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