Michael Allio, an Akron-area single father and widower, became Twitter's favorite dad when he appeared on Season 17 of "The Bachelorette" with Katie Thurston.
Allio was in Thurston's Top 4, but quit shortly before his hometown date to be with his young son, James.
In the nine months since he left the set, Allio has been using his newfound fame to promote his nonprofit, the L4 Project, which he created in honor of his late wife, Laura.
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The Beacon Journal interviewed Laura in 2018, and recently, Allio agreed to an interview at their Copley home.
Here's what we learned:
1. If not for Laura, who was a big fan of "The Bachelorette," Allio never would have appeared on the show.
2. Allio did not leave the show because of the single call with his son James that was aired on the show, and the fact that it was a quarantine season played a factor in his decision to leave.
3. He recently auctioned off a piece of show memorabilia for charity.
4. He could have talked to "The Talk" co-host and "Dancing with the Stars" alum Amanda Kloots of Canton "for days" at their Christmastime dinner at Burntwood Tavern.
Read the full story here: Michael Allio of 'The Bachelorette' reflects on fame, family, love and loss
The entire interview will be available soon on the Beacon Journal's Now You Know Akron podcast.
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This article originally appeared on Akron Beacon Journal: Four things we learned about Michael Allio