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Amy Bentley-Smith , reporting for the Long Beach Gazette
September 14, 2006: Local press mentions JP's weight loss from filming (hat tip: Prydefull):

"Local Bartender, Volleyball Coach Becomes 'Survivor'
   Can a local volleyball coach and bartender be a survivor? Only the upcoming season of Survivor: Cook Islands will tell.Tonight (Thursday) is the season premiere of the hit CBS reality television show, and one of its 20 contestants is Long Beach resident John 'J.P.' Calderon.
    Calderon is not talking about his fate on the show — his contract with the producers prohibits him from discussing the details. But if being athletic is key to winning, Calderon has as good a chance as anyone, say his co-workers at The Silver Fox, where he tends bar part time.
    'He’s very in shape,' The Silver Fox manager John Barnes said. 'I know he is competitive and he is somebody who is out to win.'
    Calderon’s main competitive outlet has been on the volleyball court. The 30-year-old is a former Long Beach State men’s volleyball player (1997-98), and after graduating in 2000, served as assistant coach for the women’s volleyball team for five years. Currently he is head trainer for the all-girls Mizuno Long Beach Volleyball Club.
    Barnes said he didn’t know much about Calderon’s time on Cook Islands but said one thing was evident: Calderon had lost weight while he was gone. 'Hopefully that means he lasted a while,' Barnes said.
    Calderon, a Southern California native, having been born in Santa Monica and raised in Marina del Rey, will be a member of the Hispanic Tribe. This season’s Survivor divides contestants by race, which has been stirring up controversy among the show’s fans.
    To cheer on Calderon, The Silver Fox, one of the city’s most prominent gay bars, will be have its televisions turned to Survivor each Thursday night beginning with tonight’s premiere. Survivor airs at 8 p.m. on CBS. 'All of us at the bar are very excited for him,' Barnes said."
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August 23, 2006: Officially revealed as a Survivor: Cook Islands contestant on CBS's The Early Show. From his official CBS bio:

   "Born in Santa Monica, California, John "J.P." Calderon grew up in Marina del Rey, California. He received a full volleyball scholarship to California State University, Long Beach, where he played on a nationally ranked Division I Men's team. He graduated in 2000 with a Bachelor's Degree in speech communications.

Calderon spent five years as an assistant coach for the nationally ranked Long Beach State University Women's Volleyball team. He also coached many youth teams to medal at the Junior Olympics. In 2004, Calderon began a pro-beach volleyball career. In addition, Calderon is currently co-director and head trainer for the all-girls Mizuno Long Beach Volleyball Club. Calderon enjoys being a mentor to kids and hopes to one day open a sports facility for children. He is also dedicated to helping young girls receive college volleyball scholarships.
    Calderon is an accomplished swimmer and has been outrigger canoeing since he was very young. He is a self-proclaimed fitness fanatic who loves to spend time in the gym, and enjoys lifting weights, running and hiking. Calderon also does occasional print and fitness modeling.
    Calderon's mother passed away from breast cancer when he was nine years old and his father passed away last year from a brain tumor. Calderon hopes to work with charities and organizations designed to benefit cancer research.
    Calderon currently resides in Long Beach, California, with his Jack Russell terrier, Frankie. His birth date is September 5, 1975. "
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