San Diego, California (June 2001)
"Survivor" is a television series that
was first broadcast in the U.S. in 2000. The show is the true story of 16
persons who competed to win $1 million by outwitting, outplaying and outlasting
the others. Each
week, the group voted one of the members out of the tribe until only two were
left. At that point, the tribe members who had been cast out voted for the
person they felt should win the money.
have been two "Survivor" shows so far. The location for "Survivor
1" was on an island near Borneo. The show was broadcast during the
summer of 2000 and
was one of the highest rated series ever shown on American television. The
winner, and probably rightfully so considering the lame competition, was a guy
named Richard Hatch. Most people remember Rich as the gay guy who walked
Actually, I was pulling for the sweetheart Colleen and then
the crusty old Navy SEAL, Rudy. Anybody but that idiot Sean, who had somehow
mustered up the intelligence to get through Medical School... what a dolt.
"Survivor 2" was broadcast in 2001 and was shot in the Australian Outback
with a new and much cuter group of Americans. I was pulling for the honest guy Kel but after he got booted out fast, I started pulling for the sweetie
Elisabeth and the affable old guy from Kentucky, Rodger. Of course, nice guys
rarely finish first, but I was glad to see my fellow Doritos-lover, Tina Wesson,
beat that strange dude
from Texas, Colby. I'm still trying to figure out Colby's relationship
with his mother...
I get to Australia, I'm going to see about visiting the site where they filmed
"Survivor 2." By the way, I'll probably be doing a lot of primitive camping
in a similar environment during my travels across Australia. But, of
course, I'll have Doritos.
left: Rudy was my favorite dude
from Survivor 1. He and my Dad were both in the U.S. Navy's "Scouts &
Raiders" program in World War II, the precursor to today's Navy SEALS. He
even looks like my Dad.
right: Here's the whole crew from Survivor 2, in the Australian
Outback, when they were young and naive.
left: My favorite contestant from Survivor 2 was fellow Doritos fan,
right: ... but who could forget Amber from Beaver,
Pennsylvania? There's a joke there somewhere, but I digress.