Alaska Men Mag-azine, a self-help matchmaking bi-monthly magazine, has matched many couples in the past and plans to do what it can for karate instructor Corey Green.
Susie Smutz, president and editor of the magazine, said men are usually nominated to be in the magazine by friends, businesses, moms and ex-wives. The magazine contacts the nominated parties to see if they are interested in being featured.
Green, 22 and owner and instructor of Green's Karate, was nominated by a parent of one of his students to be in the magazine in the category of a modern-day hero, said Smutz.
The magazine came to the Kenai Peninsula in early April to interview Green and find other interested men.
Green will be featured in the next issue of Alaska Men, but he also has been chosen to represent the state of Alaska in the upcoming "All About Men" issue of Cosmopolitan Magazine.
Smutz's husband, Patrick, designed a special World Wide Web site for Cosmopolitan. It consisted of pictures of Green and three other candidates under 30 years old. From that, Cosmopoli-tan chose Green to represent Alaska, Smutz said.
Magazines are not the only media Alaska men are featured in. Smutz said she has taken eligible Alaska men to be on "Oprah Winfrey," "Regis and Kathy Lee," "Joan Rivers" and "Good Morn-ing, America."
"This is what we do, we do takeout," Smutz said.
Green's mother, Rebecca Bishop, said she was the first to tell him to go to the magazine. She said she has told all four of her sons to do it.
"My mom's been hounding me for years to get into the magazine," Green said.
Green, taking the advice of his mother, called Alaska Men only to be told he had been nominated. Soon after the phone call, Smutz interviewed and photographed Green and another man from the peninsula.
A spokesperson from Cosmo-politan Magazine said Green was chosen mainly for his diverse interests and passion for teaching karate.
"I am still shocked," Green said.
Green has two black belts, both in Japanese Shito-ryu karate, and teaches karate in Soldotna and Nikiski. He also spends five nights a week as a disc jockey.
Green said his goal is to find the right person for himself. He is looking for an intelligent, vivacious, fun and energetic woman who would share interests with him, he said.
Green's mother is excited about her youngest son being featured in both Alaska Men and Cosmopoli-tan.
"I think it is absolutely fantastic. Corey is very outgoing and people orientated," Bishop said.
Green boarded a plane for Los Angeles Sunday morning for an interview and photo shoot for Cosmopolitan. He said, for him, this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
Smutz said by three to six months after the men are featured in Alaska Men, most are taken, either married or in serious relationships. If they are not taken, they usually reappear in future editions, she said.
"They are supposed to let us know when they are taken," she said.
Green said he was told to expect a lot of mail from women. Smutz said, depending on the man, men have told her they received a couple hundred replies on average.
"I expect to find a plethora of women, but I'm not expecting anything in particular," Green said.
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