A Dallas-based Dating
service that offered an aviation twist to the age-old dating game
remained closed today after federal agents seized its records last
Captain Date promised well-bred young women dates with
high-earning American Airlines captains and first officers. But
because the service did little or no fact checking, the girls wound
up paired with lowly regional pilots, freight dogs, and in one case
a $9/hr flight instructor who ate nothing but Heinz Baked Beans for
Some men were pilot wannabes; many were married already, and one
had two wives at home in Utah. The few actual American pilots
turned out to be furloughed guys with really, really high seniority
numbers, who were paid by the company to create the illusion of
more pilot members.
"You could call it being a gigolo," admitted one former Fokker
100 FO, who begged us not to use his name, "but when Arby's turned
me down for not being typed on Fryolator, I was desperate."
"They screened out only
a very few, obvious phonies and losers," Assistant US Attorney
Mindy Greenbaker told reporters. She could only remember the name
of one dating-service reject. "Dennis Kucinich."
The other side of the equation was just as bad, Greenbaker told
the press. Captain Date promised "lissome, sweet-natured, heiresses
and debutantes. That's not what the pilots got. Some of these gals
had crack habits; a couple looked like East German women
Why were the pilots so slow to report being taken advantage of?
It might have been embarrassment, law enforcement sources report.
"It wasn't just pilot licences and trust funds that were phony," a
source close to the investigation told us. "Most of the "girls"
were referred to Astro Date by Dr. Bollinger's sex-change clinic in
Captain Date founder Frank Lorenzo was unavailable for