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Amy Carlson Gustafson, for the Pioneer Press
January 13, 2007: Gary's local paper manages to squeeze out a few words about him (which is far more than the majority of the cast received):

"Ramsey man is on next 'Survivor'
   Could the next Survivor be a Minnesotan? School bus driver Gary Stritesky is among the 19 contestants chosen for Survivor: Fiji, the 14th installment of CBS' hit reality show, the network announced Friday.
   Stritesky, who was raised in Silver Lake, attended St. Cloud State University and a barber school, working for 14 years as a barber. He's competed in inline skate marathons and likes biking, canoeing and camping. While CBS is mum about the show's details and has banned Stritesky from interviews until his time in Fiji comes to an end on the series, they did allow his wife, Diane, to talk a little about her husband's big adventure.
    'This is something he's wanted to do for so long,' says Diane, who helped her husband train for the show by making sure he got in his gym workouts. 'We've watched the show since it first started - every episode. I said go for it. We're very excited for him that he's gotten that opportunity to actually live out a dream.'
    'People will love him because he has the best sense of humor,' Diane says. 'He just really makes people feel good and he's a fun person to talk to.'
    The Striteskys have four children, two grandchildren and a couple of miniature dachshunds."

Full casrJanuary 12, 2007: Gary's official bio, from the CBS S14 site...

Born and raised in Silver Lake, Minnesota, Gary Stritesky attended Silver Lake High School where he participated in football, basketball, track and baseball. He then attended St. Cloud State University and also trained at Brooks Barber School which ignited a 14-year career as a barber. He also participated in a real estate program at Anoka-Ramsey Community College.
    Stritesky currently works as a school bus driver and carpenter. He recently built a six-unit townhome complex for senior citizens in Silver Lake, Minnesota. He was previously in the military, stationed in Vietnam for eight months in 1971. He has also worked as a taxi cab driver and landscaper. In 1990, Stritesky spent a year living in Melbourne, Australia, with his family during his wife's teacher exchange program. In 2002, they returned to Perth, Australia, for another year as a result of his wife's second teacher exchange program.
    Stritesky has competed in multiple inline skate marathons. He also enjoys biking, canoeing and coaching. He spent many years coaching his children's soccer, baseball, basketball and football teams. At least once a year, Stritesky travels to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, taking part in portaging, canoeing, fishing and enjoying the solitude of the northern Minnesota lakes. He has biked in many areas of Minnesota, including leading a scout group to camp and family trips. He also participated in a cross-country biking adventure while in Australia.
    Stritesky currently resides in Ramsey, Minnesota with his wife of 34 years, Diane. They have four children, Aaron, Alison, Leah and Kara and two grandchildren. His pet bulldog, Dobber, recently passed away. They have since adopted Harley and Blaze, two miniature dachshunds, and just returned their pet snapping turtle, Snappy, to the wilderness. Stritesky's birth date is September 16, 1951."
January 12, 2007: Officially revealed as a Survivor: Fiji contestant on CBS's The Early Show.

Hannah Storm: "55-year-old Gary Stritesky says his wife wants to know when he'll finally grow up and get a real job."
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December 17, 2006: Jeff Probst's voiceover from the Survivor: Fiji preview (replete with actual contestant photos, as far as we know) that aired during the Survivor: Cook Islands reunion show:

Coming in the new year... Survivor turns the tables on two tribes, as one lives the life of luxury, while the other is left with virtually nothing. For the first time, there will be 19 new Survivors. This diverse cast, with lifestyles ranging from a Harvard-educated lawyer to a once-homeless street performer, will be forced to battle each other more fiercely than ever before. Crawling with thousands of deadly sea snakes, Exile Island will be more treacherous than ever. This time, two immunity idols and a twist will drastically complicate the game. And one of the most controversial decisions ever made by a Survivor will have America talking. Who will outwit, outplay and outlast all the others? Join us next time, for the premiere of Survivor: Fiji."

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