Robert Dodenhoff '74 Publishes “The Man Test”


Robert Dodenhoff, Class of ’74, has just published “The Man Test” (Sourcebooks, Inc, Chicago, Ill.  Copyright 2001).  “The Man Test” is an essential and comprehensive guide (eight chapters) containing the information every man should learn and master:


Home renting/buying, Manners & Etiquette, Career & Employment, Transportation, 
Finance & Negotiation, Urban & Outdoor Survival, Domestic skills, Health, Nutrition & Lifestyle

Dodenhoff is a devoted single father committed to raising his own boys (Alex, 12, Brett, 16 and Conner, 18) to be independent, self-confident and successful men.  As an accomplished entrepreneur, Dodenhoff spent many years buying, operating and selling radio stations throughout the east.  He also co-founded, and later sold,, a web-based company specializing in delivering fresh seafood overnight throughout the United States.  In addition, he’s the founder and president a non-profit education company offering web-based advice to youths on life-critical issues.  Dodenhoff is currently the owner and President of American Drug Testing (occupational drug-testing company), and OvernightDNA (DNA testing company)—both based in Charleston, SC.  Dodenhoff and his companies have appeared in print, television and internet, including USA TodayThe Wall Street JournalThe Food NetworkThe Associated PressNPR RadioPC World, and Network World.  Many of the activities he enjoys with his boys are backpacking, snow skiing, golf, traveling, and boating.  During his spare time, Dodenhoff plays drums in the original/cover band Put Tudy on the Train.  Robert received a Business Administration Degree with high honors from Rochester Institute of Technology.   The Man Test is available at bookstores nationwide and online at


Some example questions: 
A bear is about to attack you. You should...
(a) Run away as fast as you can
(b) Slowly back away, speak softly, and avoid eye contact
(c) Stand tall, act aggressive, and shout

(True/False) Your chances of surviving a plane crash improve 40% by sitting towards the front.

(True/False) You should always ask permission before attempting the first kiss.

 In a hurricane, what are you most likely to die from?

(a) High winds and flying debris
(b) Government rescue efforts
(c) Inland flooding
(d) Starvation

 In today’s complex society, we’re confronted with thousands of difficult decisions, confrontations, and choices.  Which one of the hundreds of career paths to follow?  Should I rent or buy a home?  How do I put out this grease fire?  Where should I invest my money?  How can I get the best price for this car? Will they allow this through airport security? etc.  How we respond to these challenges determines our ultimate success.  The more prepared we are—the better our chances of succeeding.  Conversely, notbeing prepared may lead to an unfulfilled life full of frustration and disappointments.  Preparation comes from knowledge—and without the knowledge—we simply resort to “guessing”—often with disastrous results.  This is the sole purpose behind “The Man Test” – to provide this valuable knowledge.