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Dan Barry
52, South Hadley, MA
Former astronaut
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Bruce Kanegai
Cirie Fields
Courtney Marit
Dan Barry
Danielle DiLorenzo
Melinda Hyder
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Nick Stanbury
Ruth Marie Milliman
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Shane Powers
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Date, source
January 24, 2006
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January 24, 2006: CBSNews video of a pre-game press roundtable discussion about Dan, 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:

danJeff Probst: Dan Barry, astronaut.
Group: Awesome, blast off! I think hands down, our favorite of the group.
Dan (pre-game interview): I'm Dan Barry, from South Hadley, Massachusetts. I recently retired from NASA as an astronaut, in April. And um, now I'm building robots.
Dalton Ross: I think we all really liked him the most. I do worry about him when he gets out there though, because he's looking at this as like an experiment, very observational. He builds these robots, unless he's like building a robot assassin that's gonna go out and kill everyone else, I don't know if he's gonna make it to the end.
Paul Adler: Yeah, I think the same thing. I think he's like playing the game in his head a lot. When he gets out there and gets right in the challenges, I don't know how he's gonna do. But, warm heart, I mean uh, so well-intentioned, he does see this as a life experiment more than anything else. I think he's, um, a great person, I'm not quite sure how that translates into a great player.
Shawna Malcom: Although he was able to explain the robotics to me, like in layman's terms. You know, like he has the ability to communicate and not be too scientific, I think.
Jarett Wieselman: He definitely can take something that's very complex, and break it down and make it really simple, which I think will help.
Dalton Ross: He also should be able to handle the elements though. He's been, I mean training for an astronaut is about as brutal as it gets, so, you know, I think he'll be able to handle all that stuff.
Paul Adler: I think it's dangerous when people go in saying 'I want a great life experience' and not going in with a strategy to win the game, so, which I didn't get from him at all. So....
Jeff Probst: But, I agree, I mean it does seem like he's approaching this in a way that the other 15 people are going to be liking him. We're all going to be having this great experience together. On the flip side though, he seems very adaptable. He seems like a guy that might figure out on Day 4: not working, going to Plan B. I mean, an astronaut! Just, I would think the mental preparation alone has gotta prepare you a little bit for a game like this.
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January 22, 2006: Transcript of Dan-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: Family man Dan has also done a bit of flying - in space.
Jeff Probst: He's a former astronaut. Astronaut! (whistles) He's been up. So in terms of playing this game, I think he's very well suited.
Dan (pre-game interview): Survivor is a very interesting model for long-duration space flight. Because it's exactly what long-duration crews are gonna have to deal with. And that is, how do you get along with this diverse group of people in a stressful situation? Being able to tolerate how other people do stuff is a really important skill to have."

January 9, 2006: Officially revealed as a contestant on Survivor: Panama - Exile Island on the Early Show.
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dan, shane old guys lose? dan speaks

Dan's bio, from the CBS Survivor: Panama site:
Dan Barry was born in Norwalk, Connecticut, but considers South Hadley, Massachusetts his hometown. He is a former astronaut who currently spends his time building robots for his own company, Denbar Robotics. Barry's work and research has been supported by the National Institute of Health, the National Science Foundation, the Grass Foundation and the American Heart Association of Michigan. He has five patents and has had over 50 articles published in scientific journals.

For his work and accomplishments, Barry has received numerous special honors and awards over the years, including the 1971 McMullen Engineering Award, the 1984 Young Investigator Award from the American Association of Electrodiagnostic Medicine, an Honorary Doctor of Science degree from St. Louis University in 1996; the Vladimir Komarov Diploma from Federation Aeronautique Internationale in 1998; an Honorary Life Membership from the United States Tennis Association in 1999, inclusion in the list of 100 Most Notable Princeton Graduate School Alumni of the 20th Century in 2001, and both the Paul J. Corcoran Award from Harvard Medical School and an Honorary Doctor of Science degree from Beloit College in 2003.

Barry is a member of the American Association of Electrodiagnostic Medicine, Association of Academic Physiatrists, Sigma Xi (a scientific group), Association of Space Explorers and the United States Tennis Association.

In 1971, Barry graduated from Bolton High School in Alexandria, Louisiana. In 1975, he received a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Cornell University. In 1997, he received a master of engineering degree and a Master of Arts degree in electrical engineering/computer science from Princeton University. In 1980, he received a doctorate in electrical engineering/computer science, also from Princeton. In 1982, he received a doctorate in medicine from the University of Miami. In 1985, Barry completed an internship and a Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation residency at the University of Michigan. He was then appointed by the University of Michigan as an assistant professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and in the Bioengineering Program. He spent the summers of 1985-1987 in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, working in skeletal muscle physiology at the Marine Biological Laboratory.

Barry was offered tenure at the University of Michigan in 1992. At the same time, he was selected by NASA to train at the Johnson Space Center and opted to relocate to Texas. He completed one year of training and qualified for assignment as a mission specialist on Space Shuttle flight crews. A veteran of three space flights, Barry has logged over 734 hours in space, including four space walks. He retired from NASA in April, 2005.

Barry currently lives in South Hadley, Massachusetts with his wife of 24 years, Sue. They have two children, Jenny and Andy, and one dog, Windy. He enjoys flying, tennis, sailing, ultimate Frisbee and running. His birth date is December 30, 1953.

Date, source
January 7, 2006
MayanSun at Sucks
January 7, 2006: MayanSun from reports hearing that Daniel T. Barry (M.D., Ph.D.), astronaut, was possibly a contestant on Survivor: Panama - Exile Island.

"I got a tip at SurvivorFever around mid December from someone who thought perhaps that astronaut Daniel T. Barry is on the show. He was supposedly missing during filming, claimed to be 'at Cape Canaveral' but returned on Dec. 12th thinner and with a full beard. Later seen (late Dec.) with beard shaved and putting some weight back on."

- In agreement with this, the True Dork Times also heard that there was a contestant named Dan, possibly an astronaut, who starts off on the tribe of older men.
Date, source
Dec. 2005 - Jan. 2006
S12 contestant thread, Survivor Sucks
ChillOne's spoiler thread, Survivor Sucks
December, 2005 - January, 2006: A rough outline of astronaut-related contestant rumors and research done in the S12 contestant thread and ChillOne's spoiler thread at Survivor Sucks:

- On December 5th, 2005, ChillOne kicks off the festivities with this sentence: "Military guy has Air Force roots ... rumored to be an astronaut! Named Barry or Jerry."
- December 8th, 2005 - Amid the many searches, the mysterious Shadow Government posits: "Would one of the sontestants be former U.S. Astronaut Daniel T. Barry (Retired).?"
- December 18th, 2005 - Wickchix, posting a number of spoilers, mentions: "I heard the astronaut was..." (read the linked post for a game-related rumor).
- December 28th, 2005 - Summarizing some research conducted jointly with Survivor View, biancaxxx suggests: "Well since it's possible there could be an astronaut I'm gonna explain one of my reasons for thinking it's Daniel Barry:
   It was registered 24 Oct 2005, by his son. The website says "This site is coming soon. Thank you for your patience."Why else would he register a website if it weren't for Survivor? I'm sure there are a million of reasons, but the timing does fit with when they were meant to register websites."
- January 7th, 2006: A couple more posts suggesting Dan Barry was the astronaut, and was a contestant (see above section), including some potential spoiler information from SurvivorFever.
Date, source
Daniel T. Barry's astronaut biography at the Johnson Space Center, NASA
June, 2005: We can't do justice to Dan Barry's extensive list of educational and space career accomplishments in a crappy little blurb on a Survivor-related web site. So we direct you instead to his complete NASA biographical sketch, also linked at right.

For a summary, we'll just copy a couple of sections:
Daniel T. Barry
Photo credit: NASA
"EXPERIENCE: Following graduate school at Princeton University, Dr. Barry was a National Science Foundation postdoctoral fellow in physics at Princeton. He then attended the University of Miami Medical School, graduating in 1982. He completed an internship and a Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation residency at the University of Michigan in 1985. He was appointed as an assistant professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and in the Bioengineering Program at the University of Michigan in 1985, and his tenure was approved by the Regents in 1992. He spent the summers of 1985-87 at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, supported by the Grass Foundation for work in skeletal muscle physiology and as the Associate Director of the Grass Foundation Fellowship Program (1986-87). His research primarily involved biological signal processing, including signal processing theory, algorithms, and applications to specific biological systems. The applications included acoustic signals generated by contracting skeletal muscle, electrical signals from muscle, and heart sounds. He has also worked in prosthetic design. Dr. Barry’s work has been supported by the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the Grass Foundation, and the American Heart Association of Michigan. He has five patents, over 50 articles in scientific journals, and has served on two scientific journal editorial boards.

NASA EXPERIENCE: Selected by NASA in March 1992, Dr. Barry reported to the Johnson Space Center in August 1992. He completed one year of training and qualified for assignment as a mission specialist on Space Shuttle flight crews. Dr. Barry has worked on primary payload development, the Shuttle Avionics Integration Laboratory (SAIL), portable computing issues for Space Shuttle, Chief of Astronaut Appearances, flight clinic ombudsman, source board member for the NASA Space Biomedical Research Institute (NSBRI), Astronaut Office team lead to NASDA, the Japanese Space Agency, Chief, ISS Hardware, US and International, and a tour of duty with the Office of Biological & Physical Research and the Office of Education, NASA Headquarters, Washington D.C. A veteran of three space flights, STS-72 (1996), STS-96 (1999) and STS-105 (2001), Dr. Barry has logged over 734 hours in space, including 4 spacewalks totaling 25 hours and 53 minutes. Dr. Barry retired from NASA in April 2005 to start his own company “Denbar Robotics” where he currently builds robots."

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