CORNELIUS Forget the Internet. Gordon Engle is using Charlotte’s busiest interstates to find love.
The divorced “40-something” said he was tired of online dating sites.
“When a married woman writes you – and you find out she has a husband and three kids – you kind of go, ‘I’m wasting my time. I should put up a big billboard,’ ” Engle said.
That’s exactly what he did.
The billboard is simply a photo of Engle playing the guitar with the words “...I’m Gordy. Let’s have dinner.” A website is listed below it.
Engle, who goes by Gordy, said he ran the idea by his friends before dropping $5,000 on the billboard ad on Interstate 77 near I-85 in north Charlotte.
“From the beginning, I thought it was a great idea,” said friend Jeff Charles. “It’s a ’Gordon idea,’ and I want to do everything I can to help him.”
Added Charles: “I’m really amazed he doesn’t have someone already.”
The website HelpGordyFindLove.com includes photos, his bio and a questionnaire for interested women. Engle admitted he spent far too much time in his early years working.
“I used to be a workaholic. I’m not anymore. I want more now,” said Engle, who still runs businesses on three continents. He also has a home in Sweden and lives there part time.
Engle is confident the billboard approach will work for him.
“What a great story to tell my grandkids, right?” he said.