12/19/2012 04:39 pm ET

Sandy McCulloch, Oregon Man, Is Looking For A Wife With This Sign

Recently people have used signs to punish their wayward children on Facebook or on street corners. But Sandy McCulloch has an entirely different purpose in mind for the sign he wears around his neck. He wants to find a wife.

That's right, the 82-year-old bachelor from Corvallis, Oregon has taken to wearing a handmade sign around his neck to find his next Missus, the Associated Press reports. The sign reads, "Wanted: A Wife," followed by handwritten requirements: the future Mrs. McCulloch must be over 60, live in the same town, love books and have a great sense of humor.

McCulloch told the AP his sign is serious. “People look for a wife for different reasons when they are 20 or 25 than when they are my age,” McCulloch said. “I’m looking for companionship.”

The writer -- who was divorced three times before 40 -- got the idea from a hospital greeter he met while waiting for a friend who worked at the hospital. After the greeter checked on McCulloch three times to ask if he needed any help, he responded, “There is one piece of assistance you can give me. I need a wife.”

While the greeter wasn't "The One," she did give him an idea: wear a sign advertising that he's looking since the hospital is full of single women. McCulloch ran with the idea a week later after a second hospital greeter agreed it could work.

McCulloch and his sign made their debut at a local fair, where he got tons of approval from the crowd. He even met a woman, and spoke to her for an hour. But she didn't meet his age requirement so they've only remained friends.

“The response was rather amazing and delightful,” he said. “It’s the closest I’ve ever come to being a rock star in a room full of people.”

McCulloch is quite the catch -- the published author has led an interesting life full of literature and travel. He plans on wearing the sign at his town's local fair, library, the hospital lobby and Starbucks for good measure.

“In all honesty, I don’t know if this will lead to anything," McCulloch told the AP. "If nothing else, it has been a lot of fun.”

We wish him the best of luck.