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Matchmaker hooks up Tampa millionaire
A 33-year-old Tampa native and Internet mogul gets a date and an earful about why he's still single on the next episode of the Bravo reality series "Millionaire Matchmaker." Michael Prozer, who says his Internet money exchange business is worth $400 million, can't find Mrs. Right. And self-proclaimed dating expert Patti Stanger knows why. "What's with the hairdo?" says the ever-blunt Stanger as she watches a video of Prozer introducing himself wearing numerous necklaces."He's so retro with all that jewelry," she adds with a disapproving whine. Matchmaker Stanger, who sort of resembles Morticia Addams, sees potential but notes Prozer's appearance suggests he is "in an arrested development state" and is "like a kid that never wants to grow up." But he lives in a 33,000-square-foot mansion on 26 acres and he has a private jet. Divorced with two young children, Prozer is a former musician and co-founder of Xchangeagent Inc., a West Palm Beach-based online money exchange service South America and Europe (like Pay Pal). He hasn't been available for interviews but the episode was available for preview. On it he explains that while he has no trouble "finding girls." "It's finding one that can deal with my lifestyle that's a problem," he says. So he turns to Stanger, the bossy, blunt, outspoken manager of The Millionaire's Club, an elite Los Angeles-based matchmaking service for lonely rich guys. Stanger says Prozer needs someone "sophisticated" to lift him from being "trailer park trash" at heart. She also suggests a makeover: possibly get a chin implant, drop the Moe of the Three Stooges haircut; and cut back on the bling. He rejects the advice and ventures onward to a mixer in Los Angeles that the Matchmaker arranges with potential dates who look like candidates for "The Bachelor." Also at the mixer is Stanger's second wealthy bachelor, a narcissistic Beverly Hills cosmetic surgeon who is very picky and very wimpy. Prozer picks Alanna, a "commercial broker" of French/Irish decent. Wearing a loud T-shirt with sequins, he whisks her away on his jet to Florida where things go downhill fast. Find out what happened on "Millionaire Matchmaker" at 10 p.m. Thursday on Bravo. FIGHTING VIOLENCE: ABC Action News on WFTS, Channel 28, has been focusing on raising awareness about domestic violence with a six-week campaign involving news reports and public service announcements. "Taking Action Against Domestic Violence" also provides information about services and help available to victims of violence in the Tampa Bay area. The centerpiece of the campaign is a one-hour primetime special at 8 p.m. Friday with reports by WFTS community affairs director Lissette Campos, and "ABC Action News" anchors Wendy Ryan, Deiah Riley and Brendan McLaughlin. A Web site also has been designed for this campaign. The site can be accessed from abcaction news.com by clicking the Domestic Violence link. The site includes information on local services and shelters, safety tips, signs of abuse and the first steps to getting out of an abusive relationship.