Saturday night CBS held a grand party to celebrate 10 years of Survivor. An estimated 214 former contestants (including the show's original Final Four) brought their loved ones for a night of long-overdue reunions and excited first-meetings.
As a fan since the broadcast of the series first episode, I was over the moon to be walking around with a red Villains buff on my wrist, introducing myself to anyone and everyone.
Richard Hatch ducked through for a brief thirty minutes, an event that sent past contestants scurrying to his side. Despite the unfortunate jail drama, you can tell that Richard still casts a long shadow in the Survivor world, and one contestant even admitted to being star struck.
In a reality TV subculture where Russell is regarded as the life of the party, little of what Richard was once vilified for seems that important. Russell tried to starve and dehydrate his tribe. What did Richard do? Form an alliance?
I had a flattering encounter with one of my Survivor crushes that left me speechless. When I asked Survivor: Samoa's Marisa Calihan for an interview she said, "You're the guy who wrote that article, 'My TV Girlfriend Got Voted Off in the First Episode.'" I probably looked like a dog who had been caught with his face in the refrigerator. Somehow I'd imagined I was writing into a void.
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