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Terry Deitz
47, Simsbury, CT
Commercial pilot, LCDR in U.S. Naval Reserves
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Date, source
February 4, 2006
Joe Adelizzi for the Asbury Park Press
February 4, 2006: Paper from Terry's high school area reports on their fauxlebrity alumnus:

"Former SJV star tries to survive Exile Island
Deitz vies for prize on Survivor

   Terry Deitz has always known where he was going. What he doesn't know these days is how long he'll remain a Survivor. He made his debut as one of the contestants on Survivor: Panama — Exile Island Thursday night.
   Ken Szyarto, the athletic director at St. John Vianney in Holmdel, was watching closely to see how the former Lancer handled the adversity. He has confidence that Deitz will do just fine. 'I'm excited for him,' Szyarto said. 'We've known about it since December. We announced it to all the kids at school that a former student would be on the show, and they should watch and root for him.'
    ... Deitz, 46, is a member of the St. John Vianney Hall of Fame. He was a quarterback, a wrestler and the catcher on the Lancers' baseball team for three years. He was the captain for all three sports before he graduated in 1978 and made his way to the Naval Academy, where he played baseball for four years.
   'That figured,' Szyarto said. 'His father (George) was the baseball coach at Matawan for years. Him and his brothers, Mickey, Skip and Tommie used to go to all the games.' His dad passed away in December, Szyarto said, and none of other family members live in the Shore area.
    Deitz spent his naval career as a pilot, including a stint as an F-14 flight instructor. He was married in 1992 and has two children. He retired in 2001 and currently works for American Airlines and lives in Simsbury, Conn.
    'We're all rooting for him,' Szyarto said. Deitz survived the first show, but CBS does not allow the contestants to speak with the media during the running of the show. The show airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. on CBS."

Date, source
January 26, 2006
Click here to watch the full 45-min video at CBS2 Chicago
January 26, 2006: CBSNews video of a pre-game press roundtable discussion about Terry, 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:

terryJeff Probst: What about Terry? Another, a fighter pilot.
Terry (pre-game interview): I'm Terry Deitz, from Simsbury, Connecticut, just west of Hartford. I'm 46 years old, a pilot for American Airlines and a retired Navy fighter pilot.
Shawna Malcom: I think he's, you know, a great personality. I love the fact that he came in and said, you know, 'top gun, that's what I did.' You know, and now that he does Pilates. You know? I just love that there's this fighter pilot, this tough guy, doing Pilates. Like I love that image.
Jarett Wieselman: He does seem to have a lot of sides to his personality. He's very easily adaptable, and I think he's very ready to take a leadership position, but if his tribe is sort of against it, he's also ready to fall into the background.
Dalton Ross: How are he and Shane going to co-exist? That'll be very interesting.
Jarett Wieselman : I think Shane co-existing with anyone might be a problem, to be honest with you. Between the withdrawal and his sort of, cocky, 'I've already won the game.' You know, might be a problem.
Mara Reinstein: I dunno, I can't see those older guys putting up with Shane. I fell like, you know, 'I've been an astronaut,' 'I've been a pilot,' Like, 'Who are you? You're a club promoter!' I dunno, I just don't see it.
Jeff Probst: I don't even know, though. I don't know that the, quote unquote, 'older guys' will look at Shane and say, 'just 'cause you're a club promoter, not an astronaut...'.
Mara Reinstein: Well, no, but it gets all Shane-like on him. I don't, I just don't see it. I mean, he pulls an attitude? Which he will.
Jarett Wieselman: The other three people in his tribe definitely are very fit. And if you've been smoking three packs a day for like 20 years, you know, running is gonna be really tough.
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January 22, 2006: Transcript of Terry-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: The older men's tribe is represented by a diverse group of characters, starting with pilot Terry.
Terry (pre-game interview): We were watching Tom get his million dollars a while back, from Palau, and my wife looks over at me - who is even more competitive than I am - and says, 'Would you like to do that?' And I was like, 'Hell, yeah!'
Jeff Probst: If Terry can get in with the right group of people, and keep numbers on his side until he gets to an individual part of the game: watch out! That dude could win it.
Terry (pre-game interview): Bring it on!"

January 9, 2006: Officially revealed as a contestant on Survivor: Panama - Exile Island on the Early Show.
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Terry's bio, from the CBS Survivor: Panama site:
Terry Deitz was born and raised in Matawan, New Jersey, by his mother, Peggy and father, George. He has three brothers, Mickey, Skip and Tommie, and one sister, Pegi.

Deitz attended St. Joseph's Grammar School in Keyport, New Jersey, where he played little league baseball, football and basketball. He was also an avid swimmer and a member of the dive team. He then attended St. John Vianney High School in Holmdel, New Jersey, where he earned 11 Varsity letters in football (quarterback), baseball (catcher) and wrestling. He received All County and All Conference awards and made All-State Baseball 1st Team. In addition, he was Varsity Captain for three sports.

From 1978 to 1982, Deitz attended the United States Naval Academy. While there, he played four years of Varsity Division I baseball. In 1982, he was ordered to the USS Enterprise aircraft carrier as a Ship's Officer in the Weapons Department, where he handled ship's defense systems. He was also Officer of the Deck qualified, which enabled him to run the ship for the Captain on a four-hour watch rotation.

In 1984, Deitz was ordered to the US Navy flight school in Pensacola, Florida, where he learned to fly a Navy T-34 turbo prop. He earned jet grades and was sent to Meridian, Mississippi for T-2 and T-A4 advanced jet training. After he obtained his Navy wings, he was ordered to NAS Miramar in San Diego, California, for training in the F-14 Tomcat. In 1986, he began flying the F-14. In 1987, he was a pilot with the Fighter Squadron-51 (Miramar/Deployed on the USS Carl Vinson CVN-70).

Deitz met his wife, Trish, six days before his last six-month cruise. They had three dates, and then he went away for six months. They eventually married on October 5, 1991.

From 1990-1992, Deitz conducted shore duty as an F-14 Instructor pilot. In 1992, married life with family aspirations triggered his decision to leave the active duty Navy.

He was honorably discharged from active Navy and entered Navy reserve. He was then hired by American Airlines as a commercial pilot. In 1994, he and his family moved from San Diego to Simsbury, Connecticut to be able to fly out of New York and Boston. While employed as a commercial pilot, he was also hired by the Naval Reserve Logistics Squadron-52 where he flew the DC-9 worldwide out of the Navy air station in Willow Grove, Pennsylvania. He was later promoted to Commander and eventually retired in April 2001.

Beginning in 1995, Deitz continued to fly with the Navy Reserve and was promoted to Commander. He had also moved over to the wide body Airbus A-300 at American Airlines to fly both London and Caribbean routes. He retired in April of 2001.

Deitz presently resides in Simsbury, Connecticut with Trish and their children, Kayla and Daniel. He continues to fly with American Airlines, piloting the Airbus A300. His birth date is October 10, 1959.

January 5, 2006: Identified as a contestant on Survivor: Panama - Exile Island here at the True Dork Times. Thanks also to biancaxxx from Survivor Sucks for extensive assistance with the research.
Date, source
December 5, 2005
ChillOne at Survivor Sucks
December 5, 2005: Longtime Survivor Sucks poster ChillOne releases some info about the cast of Survivor: Panama - Exile Island. One man who fits Terry's profile is featured prominently in a number of game-specific spoilers. A spoiler-free excerpt:

"Military guy ... with Air Force roots and possibly even an astronaut. His name is Barry (or Jerry). Might be the leader and most in control."

(There's much more, check this thread at Sucks for more info. Also archived here on this site).

Date, source
Simsbury Taveneers
2004-2005: Member of the Simsbury Taverneers, a "vintage Base Ball" team, based in Simsbury, Connecticut. While his bio and picture have been removed from the team site, game results from 2004 mention his hitting exploits:

"The Taverneers played an extremely strong game with excellent hitting, fielding, and base running. A notable string of hits was made by Terry Deitz who hit 3 triples; one of which went nearly all the way to the right field wall!"

Pictures from the game are available at the Taverneers' site. From these, our best guess - by process of elimination - of Terry's picture was below: Update - biancaxxx has found the correct picture, as noted here at Sucks. Correcting accordingly.

Date, source
January 21, 2000
St. John Vianney HS Hall of Fame
January 21, 2000: Biographical sketch (last modified on this date) from his Hall of Fame page at St. John Vianney High School's site:

"Presently a pilot with American Airlines, flying out of New York and Miami and a Lieutenant Commander in the Naval Reserves, flying a DC-9. Resides with his wife Trish and new 6 ½ month old daughter Kayla in Simsbury, Connecticut."

Date, source
- St. John Vianney Hall of Fame site biography
- Also listed as part of USNA Class of '82
Spring, 1982: Again according to his biographical info on the St. John Vianney High School Hall of Fame site, Terry attended the U.S. Naval Academy, graduating in 1982. Among his sports activities there:

"Started 4 years of Varsity Baseball reaching the NCAA Division I Eastern Region Finals in 1979 and the final sixteen in 1982."
Date, source
Spring, 1978
St. John Vianney Hall of Fame site biography
Spring, 1978: Graduates from St. John Vianney High School (New Jersey), where he's now enshrined in their athletic hall of fame. Among his high school sports exploits:

"- Football, 20-5-1 three year record
Quarterbacked SJV to: First time in state playoffs; First regular season undefeated record; All time career leader total yardage 2,878 (3 seasons)
Named to First Team All County, All Shore, Parochial All State teams Senior year
- Wrestling, 4 Varsity Letters; 61-16 four year recordFirst District Champ. & First Regional Champ.
First SJV State Final Participant named to First Team All County, All Shore, Parochial All State Teams Senior year
- Baseball, 86-31 Four Year RecordParochial State Payoffs 3 years
Monmouth County Invitational Tournament 4 yrs.
Tournament Champs 1978, Voted MVP
Ranked #1 in NJ 1978
Senior Year – 1st Team All County, All Shore, All State, & NY Daily News All State Team"
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