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September 4, 2008

MATCHMAKER: Patti Novak is teaching the world about romance

TWO BY TWO: Ken-Ton matchmaker advises the nation on matters of romance.

By Michele DeLuca

delucam@gnnewspaper.com

Patti Novak is making national headlines for her skills as a matchmaker.

Owner of Buffalo-Niagara Matchmakers Inc., located in the Town of Tonawanda, Novak has been recently featured on “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” “Rachael Ray” and last year, had her own show on A&E; called “Confessions of a Matchmaker.”

With a new book coming out in December and another new TV show in the works, her matchmaking career is smoking hot. Even her love life has fallen in place as she readies to marry the man of her dreams.

She recently took a few moments to talk with Niagara Living about her jet-setting adventures of the heart.

QUESTION: So, what was it like being on Oprah?

ANSWER: I hate to compare it to having a baby ... because there was nothing like having my daughter ... but you know how you don't remember having the baby? You have the baby but the whole experience is so surreal? That's how (being with) Oprah was. She was awesome. If you like her, you should like her ... and we had 4,000 fresh hit on our Web site after the second appearance on Oprah’s show in July.

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Q: What happened to your A&E; show?

A: There’s a lot of stuff that people didn't know that went into the show. It was a decision ultimately made by A&E; (to cancel), but I think it was a decision that was really truly, ultimately the best for me.

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Q: How on Earth did you ever start being a matchmaker?

A: I would say I started in grade school ... I was voted to be the next Ann Landers. I wasn't the cutest girl in the world. I had a little “fugly” stuff going on, but my girlfriends were beautiful. I kind of lived through them vicariously.

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