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Shane Powers
35, Los Angeles, CA
Actor: You may remember me as "Guy #1" and "Video pirate"
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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 Shane, 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:

shaneJeff Probst: Okay, let's go through them one by one. We'll start with the older guys. So what we've done at the beginning is divide them into four groups. Older men, older women, younger men, younger women. Let's start with the older guys: Shane Powers.
Mara Reinstein: Colin Farrell, slash Dave Navarro, slash Tommy Lee.
Shawna Malcom: He was the first person I interviewed and he's still the most memorable.
Dalton Ross: If he's as good at strategizing as he is playing with his hair, this guy's got the million dollar check already.
Shane (pre-game interview, playing with hair): I think that, that how I'm going to blend in is that I'm probably gonna be looked at as a bit eccentric, um, but the thing is that if I'm eccentric and I'm interesting, and I'm clever and I take off my shirt, and I have a bunch of tattoos, and I have this long hair, and I have this like, for whatever reason, hip-slick-cool-guy image, a lot of that will be disarmed by my self-effacing humor....
Jeff Probst: Well, you know in casting he was, uh, very well prepared in that nonchalant way. Of 'I'm not trying at all.' He seemed to have his - which isn't necessarily a bad thing or even unusual, especially when you're in casting because it's such a... foreign environment. You do find people are a little more nervous. Do you guys buy him? Do you think he's for real?
Shawna Malcom: I think he knows what he's doing. He came in and took his shirt off immediately. Like that was the first thing, and showed off all of his tattoos, and....
Paul Adler: Yeah, he has this like little ball of energy, that's like bursting at the seams. First of all, he smokes three packs of cigarettes a day, and he was also wearing a patch. Um, I think his energy, if it keeps up, is probably going drive a lot of people nuts.
Dalton Ross: Major withdrawal symptoms are headed his way. Fifteen shots of espresso, three packs of cigarettes a day, a day. He's in some trouble. I think around day four, if not earlier.
Shawna Malcom: He was already cranky yesterday.
Mara Reinstein: And a little abrasive, too.
Jeff Probst: Is the, uh, is the abrasiveness something that is still, is also part of the put on? Or do you think he's already just getting, you're starting to see some of him coming out?
Mara Reinstein: Uh, my interview he rambled around a little bit at the end. I mean, it was just 20 minutes in an air conditioned room. So, I don't know how he's gonna do on the island.
Paul Adler: I don't, I don't think he's long.
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January 22, 2006: Transcript of Shane-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: But will Dan and the others be able to tolerate Shane, the youngest of the older men's tribe?
Shane (pre-game interview): I've watched the show from the get-go, and I was fascinated by the Machiavellian nature of it all. I really thought that I'd be great for the show, and I used to watch the show all the time and yell at people, because they were making a vital error. And I was just through yelling at the television. So now I'm here, and I'm gonna yell at some other people.
Jeff Probst: I like him as a character, but if he plays the way he's been showing us, he'll be a short-timer.
Shane (pre-game interview): I'm here to win!"

January 9, 2006: Officially revealed as a contestant on Survivor: Panama - Exile Island on the Early Show.
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Shane's bio, from the CBS Survivor: Panama site:
Shane Powers was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska. After finishing high school, Powers moved to Los Angeles.

In 1999, Powers and two business partners established a boutique specialty marketing company with the goal of effectively branding products. On the side, Powers makes time to coach his son's football team. Previous employment included work as a club promoter and restaurant manager.

Powers describes himself as witty, outgoing and funny. His most important accomplishment, still in progress, is raising his son. His hobbies include basketball, softball, writing and frequenting bookstores.

Powers believes he can be the Sole Survivor because of his unmatched communication skills. He believes he is also a physical threat and has the ability to manipulate people and not have them be resentful. If he wins, he wants to buy some real equipment and a great field for his son's football team.

Powers currently resides in Los Angeles under the watchful eye of his son, Boston. His birth date is November 28, 1970.

January 7, 2006: Compiling various tips we've received about Shane...

- He's in his late 30s, has a number of tattoos, and is skinny. Possibly originally from the Midwest.
- He's reportedly on the tribe of "older" men.

While it's not clear that Shane is "very small," it appears he may be a match for the "very small man" mentioned in ChillOne's spoiler posts. At the least, he should last a while, and starts out on Terry's ("Military guy"'s) tribe.

Date, source
December 29, 2005
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December 29, 2005: Survivor Sucks poster suvivorofchrist posts a few hints about a potential contestant:

- "my friend in LA tells me that there is some guy in hollywood throwing around the notion that he is going to be on the upcoming season of survivor. he works in the club scene or something like that. i think his name is shane (or some rhyming equivalent). that is all that my buddy knows, but he is reliable."
- "short dark haired guy. throws clubs."

Later, biancaxxx adds the following: "I've just heard that Shane is young."

Note: We've heard Shane is on the tribe with the older men.
Date, source
December 11, 2005
December 11, 2005: As first pointed out by MayanSun at Survivor Sucks:

Wireimage has a picture showing Shane, ever the aging Hollywood hipster, making an appearance (with, naturally, Danny Masterson), at "Jeniffer Goldman and Jenine Leigh's Birthday Party. Location: Los Angeles, California United States."

This event was, of course, a mere two days after Shane's return from Panama.

Wireimage has a number of other pictures documenting Shane's Hollywood scene hanger-on-dom, if you enter "Shane Powers" in the search box on their main page.

Then there's also this, from Shane's own site. Presented without comment:

Date, source
1994-2002: As tipped off by the keywords for Shane's website (Meta Keywords: shane, powers... actor, film, tv... my, so, called, life, rock, from, sun, black, scorpion, bloodfist, luster), Shane has a reasonably-sized body of acting work enshrined in the Internet Movie Database's listings.

Our favorites: Under "Notable TV guest appearances":
- "3rd Rock from the Sun" playing "Mugger" in episode: "There's No Business Like Dick Business" (episode # 6.10) 16 January 2001
- "3rd Rock from the Sun" playing "Video Pirate" in episode: "Youth Is Wasted on the Dick" (episode # 5.15) 21 March 2000
- "My So-Called Life" playing "Guy #1" in episode: "My So-Called Life (pilot)" (episode # 1.1) 25 August 1994.

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