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Chet's CBS S16 site bio
January 5 , 2008: CBS eventually gets around to putting up their Survivor: Micronesia site, which includes Chet's bio (below):

"Chet SURVIVOR: MICRONESIA
Age: 48
Home Town: Ford City, PA
Occupation: Pharmacy Customer Service/Pageant Coach

    Chet Welch currently works in customer service for a pharmacy that supplies nursing homes and hospitals with resident-specific medications. He has been in the pharmacy business for 20 years. After finishing high school, he attended college classes in business and music.
    Welch has lived in Ford City, Pennsylvania, in the same house his entire life, but has traveled throughout the United States. He enjoys swimming, hiking, kayaking, dancing and yoga. Welch describes himself as magical, determined and unknowing. He is most proud of having coached 11 Miss Pennsylvania pageant contenders to win the title (he is a pageant coach for Miss America in his spare time). He believes the fact that he is fit, intelligent, crafty and street/country smart will help him go far on Survivor.
    Welch continues to live in Ford City, Pennsylvania, with his significant other. Having rescued animals for 40 years, he currently houses his three dogs (Forrester, Chance and Savanna), along with 15 sheep, 75 ducks and three cats. His birth date is October 22, 1959."

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Entertainment Weekly
January 3, 2008: Entertainment Weekly (mostly Dalton Ross) handles the cast-release chores for Survivor: Micronesia. Included is Chet's pre-show interview and Probst's comments:

"THE ROOKIES: CHET WELCH
AGE: 48
OCCUPATION: Beauty pageant coach
HOMETOWN: Ford City, Pa.

CHET SAYS: ''I play outside the box. I know how to stand out, and I know what I need to do.''

JEFF PROBST SAYS: ''Chet works in the pageant world. He produces winners and he will do whatever it takes to get his pageant girl to win. If he plays this game the way he plays in the pageant world, then he is definitely a force to be reckoned with. If he doesn't, he could be going home soon. He has sort of been playing a version of Survivor for the past 20 years in the pageant world, and he gets this game."
December 16, 2007: CBS shows clips of the non-All Star contestants in their preview of S16/ Survivor: Micronesia. Neither sound bites nor images of Chet made it into the preview, however, unless he's in the group shot below.

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SurvivorSkills
December 10, 2007: DanieuBleau of Survivor Skills reports that the name of the Survivor: Micronesia contestant mentioned by CobySucks should be Chet, not Curt:

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We recieved a tip on one of the contestants - Curt should be changed to Chet.

What about this possible -- Chet Welch?"

DanieuBleu also included pictures of Chet and a 2003 article about him (we've included it below).
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CobySucks at Survivor Sucks
December 3, 2007: Someone named CobySucks reveals the following at SurvivorSucks's S16+ forum:

"Like i said i will NOT spoil the actual game but i don't think cast spoilers ruins anything. here are some names i have found out and this is all I know about them at this point...

Mary-fake tits
Mikey B- LA guy
Truck- new Rupert type/big guy
Curt- works for Miss America/Universe

and then there is supposedly another older lady who goes kind of whacko and tries to cut her fingers off with a machette????"

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Pageant News Bureau
2006-ish: Pageant News Bureau, media home of previous Survivor contestant articles (Danni Boatwright, etc.), runs a story on Chet Welch's behind-the-scenes activities.

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Chet Welch, pageant wizard
   The local director is the hero of every pageant system -- the one who quietly cultivates the garden and then stands back when the beauties are in full bloom. Many directors do it for little reward and infrequent thanks. And many do it year after year.
    We don't mean to say that every director is perfect. Some are horrid. But the good ones are priceless. They're the kind of people who get too little honor.
    Chet Welch came to our attention quite by happenstance. (We weren't looking to profile a director.) But at a recent national pageant, Welch went beyond the call of duty to be helpful to the PNB team.
    It wasn't that he was looking to curry favor. He was being equally gracious to everybody. He was the nicest person in the room, a PNB staffer said, 'the only one who seemed utterly happy to be there.'
    Welch is from Ford City, Pa. He directs several events for the Miss Pennsylvania Pageant in the Miss America system -- Miss Armstrong County, Miss Allegheny Valley, Miss Southwestern Pennsylvania and Miss Three Rivers. In his 23 years as a director, he has produced 11 Miss Pennsylvanias. He received the 2005 Volunteer Award from the state pageant organization in 2005.
    At this point, because he's the kind of man he is, he would want us to stop talking about him and just tell you about the girls. OK, anything for a hero. But keep Chet Welch in mind...."
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Viriginia Kopas Joe, for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
July 9, 2003: Excerpts from an extremely lengthy local newspaper article about Chet's pageanteering, from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

"Beauty pageant coach is the power behind crowns
   Chet Welch never gets the Monday morning blues. He has a job he likes so much he does it for free.
   Beauty pageant coach Chet Welch has mentored eight Miss Pennsylvanias, including the current Miss Pennsylvania, Melissa Wills.
    Welch of Ford City is a beauty pageant coach. Those on the circuit say he is in fact 'The Coach' to get if a contestant really wants to be a winner. He has mentored eight Miss Pennsylvanias, including the past five to hold the title. And of that accomplished quintet, four have made it to the semifinals of the ultimate in walk and talk: The Miss America pageant. One of his "girls," as he ever-so-paternally puts it, was second runner-up in the Big Show.
    And you wonder why Welch puts in an average of four hours a day, after his day job as a pharmaceutical customer service rep, with a smile.
   ...Welch doesn't charge. Nor is he paid for being executive director of the Miss Armstrong County and Miss Southwestern Pa. contests or a pageant producer. Everyone involved in all levels of the Miss America organization is a volunteer.
   ...So, how does a mild-mannered hometown boy ("I was born, raised here, went to Ford City High and have no desire to live anywhere else") become the driving force in the always competitive, often caricatured and, some say, cutthroat world of beauty pageants?
    'I really like it,' Welch says .He must. Welch, 43 and single, got involved when he joined the Ford City Jaycees back in 1981 and his committee assignment was to find sponsors for a local girl who wanted to enter the Miss Pennsylvania contest. That was right up his alley. He remembers being so smitten by the face of Miss America featured annually on the Kellogg's Corn Flakes box when he was young that he begged his mother to buy the cereal. A cereal he didn't even like.
   ... Connie Klug of Gibsonia, a colleague at Omnicare Long Term Care Pharmacy, gushes. 'He cares about people, whether they are clients or pretty contestants.'..."

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