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Bobby Mason
32, West Hollywood, CA
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January 26, 2006
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January 26, 2006: CBSNews video of a pre-game press roundtable discussion about Bobby, led by Jeff Probst, with Mara Reinstein (US Weekly), Paul Adler (TV Guide channel), Shawna Malcom (TV Guide), Dalton Ross (EW), Jarett Wieselman (In Touch). Transcript:

bobbyJeff Probst: All right, let's talk about the last group, which unlike you guys, who thought the younger women were the weaker group, I'm concerned about our younger guys.
Dalton Ross: I am, I am too. I'm concerned, except for of course, the Bob Dawg.
Jeff Probst: The Bob Dawg, who talks about himself as though he's a character.
Dalton Ross: Yeah, he does. Well he is a character. I think we can all agree on that, in more ways than one.
Bobby (pre-game interview): My name is Bobby Mason, I'm 32 years old, and I'm from Los Angeles, California.
Dalton Ross: He's a, a huge personality. Um, he says he's going to tone it down. But we've seen this. Can you tone it down? I sat there and interviewed everyone on All Stars, and people saying, 'I'm gonna tone it down, I'm gonna be, I've been through this before, I'm gonna keep my mouth shut.' You can't do it! You just can't do it.
Bobby (pre-game interview): I'm not like some pretty boy, soft, sensitive, caring, and considerate dude. I was like, I'm basically a modern day caveman. I'm Archie Bunker, Sam Jackson, and all these jokers rolled into one.
Jeff Probst: I'm not convinced he can't. I'm not convinced that Bob Dawg won't go out the window the second they get on the boat. And that he just becomes a guy, and maybe we get to see who he really is.
Shawna Malcom: I think to me, he may actually be very quiet, and kind of go off by himself. You know, be a little bit of a loner type. He'll go out there first, and try and to be a big personality, but actually he'll be the one that's kind of isolating himself.
Jarett Wieselman: Yeah, I mean, he said to me when I asked what was he going to miss most from his real life, he said, 'the ability just to go in my room, and close the door and have that quiet time,' which was so odd for someone...
Jeff Probst: Well it's wearing to be, to be Bob Dawg.
Jarett Wieselman: Yeah, it has to be. You've gotta turn it off every once in a while.
Jeff Probst: Is he looking for a, a wrestling contract? I mean that's the first thing I had, that Bob Dawg will become a, on cups and t-shirts.
Bobby (pre-game, explaining his many poses): That's the kings ransom, the double dragon, the warrior's honor.
Jarett Wieselman: He's looking for something, for sure.
Dalton Ross: Well he is, he's very competitive, obviously. I mean, here's a guy, he's a huge Risk player, a Monopoly player. He loves to win, win, win. But he also loves... to be Bob Dawg. And are those two things gonna be able to play in tandem, or against each other?
Jarett Wieselman: The other thing is with his competitive nature, because once he wins, he wants everyone to know he's won. You know, so I think that may be a big problem, after the tribe starts going.
Jeff Probst: Well, we will manipulate the game to get rid of him, if he's gonna talk. We'll do what we always do: we'll just rig it, and get rid of him.
Jarett Wieselman: Well then there's no problem.
Paul Adler: There are a lot of things that don't fit with him. I mean, I don't really buy the whole package. Because he's a lawyer, and he does play Risk, and he, all these very sort of cerebral things. And then on the outside, he's got the tattoos, and the family crest on his arm.
Bobby (pre-game interview): This is my family coat of arms. [On the other arm:] Two headed lion looking forward and backwards. Looking backwards at the dudes I've smashed, and looking forward to the dudes I will soon smash.
Paul Adler: Something just doesn't fit. I mean I, it almost reminds me of Courtney, who, maybe he doesn't quite know exactly, what he is.
Jeff Probst: If I had to guess, I'd say Bob Dawg is less lawyer than anything else. Which is not to take away from the education and all that. I mean that's a huge achievement. [various inaudible muttering from the group]. Okay, so we've talked, we've covered Bob Dawg. Obviously a hude character, and uh, and big enough to kick all of our asses. So maybe we should end it by saying how much we enjoy him.
Jarett Wieselman: We love you, you're going to win.
Dalton Ross: What happens if Bob Dawg and Shane get on the same tribe? You know, what happens when they mix up? Think about what would happen there, it's like nitro and glycerine.
Shawna Malcom: Bob Dawg would eat him for breakfast.
Dalton Ross: You think so? And then strike a pose?
Jeff Probst: You never know, unlikely, uh, pairings.
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January 22, 2006: Transcript of Bobby-specific footage from the TV Guide Channel " Survivor: Panama - Exile Island Preview" (featuring pre-game contestant interviews and Jeff Probst comments from circa Ep1):

"Danni Boatwright: And finally, meet Bobby. His talk is as big as his well-muscled body. But can a guy who refers to himself as 'Bob Dawg' make it all the way to the million-dollar payday?
Bobby (pre-game interview): In terms of the survival stuff, I mean, I figure the tougher it gets, the better it is for me. Because I'm a genius, and I'll figure it out. I don't know how to make fire, but I do know how to destroy people, and I'm bringing that to the table.
Jeff Probst: He went to Stanford, and has a law degree. But he walks around, talking about like he's a World Wrester, you know, or something. So, I really don't know.
Bobby (pre-game interview): I think the things that are gonna help me are the fact that I'm buff, and I'm bold, and I'm beautiful. I think the things that are gonna hurt me are the fact that I'm buff, and I'm bold, and I'm beautiful. There's no way for me to fly under the radar."

January 9, 2006: Officially revealed as a contestant on Survivor: Panama - Exile Island on the Early Show.
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Bobby's bio, from the CBS Survivor: Panama site:
Bobby Mason grew up in South Central Los Angeles, where he lost three friends over the years to gunshot wounds. When Mason reached high school, his parents facilitated his admittance to one of the top college prep schools in the country, The Harvard School (now known as Harvard-Westlake) in North Hollywood, California. While at the Harvard School, Mason was exposed to a diverse community of children from varying cultural and economic backgrounds and varying degrees of privilege. Mason declares he had experiences and made lifelong friendships with people that he otherwise would probably never have encountered or been exposed to. He honed his dream of being a scholar/athlete at the highest levels and was able to realize this when he was admitted to Amherst College in Massachusetts.

In 1996, Mason received his Bachelor of Arts degree cum laude in political science from Amherst, where he had also played baseball. He went on to attend Stanford Law School, graduated in 2000 and is currently an attorney in Los Angeles. He previously worked as an assistant to a sports agent and a consultant at a consulting firm.

Mason is a member of the American and California Bar Associations, Black Entertainment and Sports Lawyers Association, Black Sports Agents Association, National Association of Record Industry Professionals and Los Angeles Music Network.

In his spare time, Mason enjoys working out, any competition, fantasy baseball, drawing, reading and comic books. He describes himself as dominant, loyal, malleable and stubborn. He is most proud of being an all-around good guy. He was on "Blind Date" in 1998.

Mason is currently single and living in Los Angeles with his dogs, Bolo and Dog. His birth date is August 20, 1973.

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