someone who was a contestant on Survivor 12: Panama - Exile
January 26, 2006: CBSNews video of
a pre-game press roundtable discussion about Tina, 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:
|January 26, 2006
here to watch the full 45-min video at CBS2 Chicago
Probst: Tina Scheer.
Paul Adler: Heartbreaking.
Jeff Probst: Timber
Tina, a Lumberjill.
Tina (pre-game interview): I have spent
a lot of time in the woods, and spent a lot of time on
my own, um, you know, solving problems. I'm a female in
a male-dominated business. And uh, I've had, I've had to
struggle, a lot.
Jeff Probst: She's a, she's a, and I
say this with all due respect, but she's a very likeable
Sue Hawk to me.
Dalton Ross: Absoltely, that's exactly
what I thought. She's extremely likeable, and a huge personality.
I mean just a really big personality, and so physical.
I mean a female lumberjack, log roller. She's got all that.
The one concern I have is, the very recent loss of her
son, and the reason why she didn't make it to Guatemala.
Jeff Probst: Let's
set that up. She was a contestant on Survivor:
Guatemala. She was ready to go, and a horrible accident
happened with her son and he was killed, and we didn't
think, certainly, that it was appropriate for her to
go. She didn't. So she had a spot on the next season.
Dalton Ross: Exactly, very recent.
And uh, you know, we've seen some like, Brett Favre
throw for four touchdowns the day after his dad died,
and obviously you can pick yourself up and do that. But Survivor always
amplifies your emotions. Usually we see it in screaming
fights and yelling, but also it can make you very lonely
and sad. We saw what happened with Jenna Morasca and All
Stars, and uh, with her mother. I, I worry about
how that's going to play with her emotions when she gets
out here for a while, and she's been in
the sun, and she's a little delirious. And so I'm a little
concerned about her with that, other than that, I think
she's, she's uh, in good shape.
Shawna Malcom: I
think Tina is a very strong competitor. I mean, she's
been competing as a lumberjill for how many years now?
And she's also said that this was a way, she felt, to
honor her son. She was doing this because he was so excited
for her, when he found out she was going to get to go
to Guatemala. And she really sees it as an opportunity
for him to live on a little bit. So there's that.
Paul Adler: I think also in the early
stages, at least, they need her physicality. Because
with Melinda and Cirie on the team, who I think may handicap
them, you know? Maybe handicap them in the challenges.
Um, Jill [sic.] is really strong, Ruth Marie
is very strong. So I think that may... let her slide
by, depending on what the first challenge is of course,
Jeff Probst: I have
no concerns for Tina. And again, it's first impressions,
or second impressions in my case. But, I think she's super
strong-willed, and I agree with what you said, about her
son being a, an inspiration. And I, I just don't see her
crumbling at all. I thinks she's going to lead that group,
settle Cirie down a little bit, probably get rid of Melinda.
That's who I think would be first to go. As much as I'd hate
to see Melinda leave, because I think she needs this experience
for a lot of reasons, if she doesn't assimilate quickly.
I just, like you, I would look at those acrylic nails
and think which, which piece doesn't fit?
Paul Adler: I think they're gonna
need Jill, too. She's the only one who has any outdoorsy,
you know, survival skills. She could probably, you know,
saw down an entire forest with her bare hands. Um, I
don't see, you know, Melinda gathering firewood and chopping
Jeff Probst: Who is first to
go in this group if they go to Tribal Council?
Jeff Probst: Sorry, Melinda.
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January 22, 2006: Transcript of Tina-specific
footage from the TV Guide Channel " Survivor: Panama
- Exile Island Preview" (featuring pre-game contestant
interviews and Jeff Probst comments from circa Ep1):
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"Danni Boatwright: Wisconsin-born TIna
was already selected to be part of my cast in Guatemala,
but tragedy kept her from going.
Tina (pre-game interview): I was ten days
from leaving to Guatemala when my 16-year-old son was killed
in a car accident. Which obviously prevented me from going.
Jeff Probst: We said, 'You know, if you feel like it, and
it somehow seems like the right thing to do, you're welcome
back next season.
Tina (pre-game interview): So I just picked him up in my
heart, and, and off we go. I choose to live my life.
Danni Boatwright: And Tina's not only emotionally strong,
but a physical threat as well, especially in balance challenges.
Tina (pre-game interview): I started off as a log roller.
When I started out was in the '60s. And log rolling was the
only sport available to women.
Jeff Probst: Tina is a lumberjill. Tina is a very likeable
Sue Hawk. You can't help but pull for somebody like that."
January 12, 2006: Local
paper in Maine (home of Tina's lumberjill show) profiles their
|January 12, 2006
|Emily Burnham , for
the Bangor Daily News
"Mainer on Survivor
'Timber' Tina Scheer may
get a chance to put some of her lumberjill skills to
the test when she's surviving in the rainforests of
Panama on the new season of Survivor, which
premieres at 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2, on CBS.
Scheer, the owner and emcee of the Great
Maine Lumberjack Show in Trenton, which operates every
night during the summer, was selected to be one of 16 castaways
Panama. The 45-year-old world champion lumberjill
can't personally comment on her experience on the show,
since CBS doesn't want to give anything away regarding
the ending, but friends and family seem to think she
has an excellent shot at winning it all and taking home
the big prize - a million bucks. That'll buy her a lot
of wood to chop.
Allison Melton, a lumberjill who worked
at the Great Maine Lumberjack Show and who has traveled
to various logging sports competitions with Scheer, received
the news that Timber Tina was going to be on Survivor just
a few days ago. 'She disappeared for a while,' said
the University of Maine senior, who had not heard from
her fellow lumberjill for a short period toward the end
of 2005. 'But
we had absolutely no idea she was going to be on Survivor.'
Scheer, who splits her time between
Maine and her hometown of Hayward, Wis., had told everyone
she was going to British Columbia on lumberjill business,
when she was actually roughing it in Central America.
Her sister Judy Hoeschler, who lives in Wisconsin and
is herself a world champion log roller, had no clue at
picked her up at the airport in Milwaukee,' Hoeschler
said. 'And I said "God, you're really tan. Is it
that sunny in British Columbia?" She's very clever about
keeping it a secret. All she ever says is "I was awesome."'
has won world titles for logging sports in both North
America and Australia. She's a champion log roller, and
is also one of few women who competes in underhand chopping
and crosscut sawing.
Another thing people didn't
know was that she had originally planned to be on the
show the previous season, Survivor:
Guatemala. She had applied to be on the show last
year, confiding only in her 16-year-old son, Charlie,
and when she was selected as a contestant, she didn't
tell a soul. When Charlie was killed in a car crash last
spring, those plans were put on hold.
it's more than just a game show for Tina. It's been a
long year of grieving and coping, and the choice to appear
on Survivor was
a difficult one. 'I think all the emotions surrounding
the circumstances has made this a really hard journey
for her,' said
Hoeschler. 'She misses Charlie so much, and this
has been such an ordeal for her, that she just needed
to do this. It was something they'd started together.'
Feb. 2, we'll see just what Scheer managed to pull off
while she was surviving down in Panama. Melton thinks
it's her dynamic personality that will see her through
'I bet she's going to do really
well, just knowing her personality,' said Melton. 'She's
probably got some tricks up her sleeves. She's a sneaky
'She's pretty tough in both the
physical and mental departments,' said Hoeschler. 'She's
an extrovert and an entertainer. Any girl that can log
roll and swing axes has a pretty good chance, I'd say.'"
|January 9, 2006: Officially
revealed as a contestant on Survivor: Panama - Exile Island on
the Early Show.
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Tina's bio, from the CBS Survivor:
|The youngest of six children born into a logging sports
family, Tina Scheer learned how to log roll in Northern
Wisconsin when she was seven years old. She feels all
of her childhood memories are good ones and credits her
mother for raising six children by herself.
the owner of the World Champion Lumberjills, "Chics
with Axes," a traveling group of female lumberjacks.
She is also owner of The Great Maine Lumberjack Show,
which is based in Trenton, Maine. She competes regularly
as a lumberjill and is also a logging sports promoter.
In addition to touring the country, she has traveled
to Australia ten times with her exhibitions. She also
traveled to South Africa, Germany and New Zealand. She
has been featured in CBS's Challenge of the Sexes, MTV's
Real World, National Geographic, Sports Illustrated and
Women's Sport & Fitness.
After Scheer was accepted
to participate in SURVIVOR: GUATEMALA, her only child,
Charlie, 16, was killed in an auto accident one week
before she was expected to leave. In spite of this tragedy,
Scheer was determined to complete the SURVIVOR adventure
that they had started together. She describes herself
as outgoing, funny and adventurous. Scheer feels her
greatest achievement, apart from the privilege of being
Charlie's mom, is promoting women in a man's sport.
Having grown up in the woods,
Scheer is most comfortable in the outdoors. She is an
avid hiker and biker, kayaks regularly and does X-C skiing.
Scheer currently splits
her time between Hayward, Wisconsin, and Trenton, Maine.
Her birth date is November 17, 1960.
|December 22, 2005: The
True Dork Times receives additional info confirming that Tina
was a contestant on Survivor: Panama - Exile Island.
July 1, 2005 : Scribe's
Oasis poster macintosh recounts
some sad news about Tina, who appears to have been considered
|July 1, 2005
|macintosh at Scribe's Oasis
"So close yet such a tragic ending...
It came to my attention a while ago that another contestant from Maine MIGHT
be on the newest edition of Survivor Guatemala. I was waiting to make sure
the filming had begun before telling the info I had.
First it was another female.
a lumberjill no less. You have heard of a lumberjack, well females are called
lumberjills. Yes this lady was no ZOE or some steroid enhanced beast, she was
a lovely lady who ran a lumberjack show here in Maine.
Her name is "Timber" Tina Scheer and you can read more about her
HERE at this link
But sadly a tragic accident recently most likely snuffed any chance she had
of being the next winner of Survivor Guatemala. when her 16 yr old son died
tragically in a car accident just before filming began...
if they liked her enough to select her for this season keep
your eyes open for Survivor 12."
July, 2002: Tina pulls off an upset win
in the seminfinals of the Women's Timber Endurance event at
the 2002 ESPN Great Outdoor Games (Note: Strangely, Tina seems
to have ended
up in 4th place, behind Allyson Clark):
Excerpt from an article on the win (linked at right):
- "Tina Scheer, the lowest-seeded competitor
in the Women's Endurance competition, pulled off perhaps the
biggest upset so far in the ESPN Great Outdoor Games when she
defeated last year's gold medal winner on Friday.
Scheer, of Hayward, Wis., upset defending champion
Sheree Taylor of New Zealand in the quarterfinals. Then she defeated
Alyson Clark, another New Zealander, in the semifinals. The wins
mean that Scheer will square-off against Penny Halverson in the
Scheer said nobody expected her to beat Taylor — except,
possibly, herself. She said she did not qualify for last year's
GO Games because she had not competed in enough events. But she
fared well against most of Friday's competitors in another tournament,
plus she had trained these past three weeks with last year's
men's endurance champion Jason Wynard of New Zealand.
'To come in here the underdog — I mean,
I'm the eighth-place seed — just made me very relaxed,'
Scheer said. 'I
was thinking, 'What have I got to lose?' Nothing.'
Taylor won the gold medal last year in a time
of 69.9 seconds, a full 10 seconds faster than the next closest
time. The New Zealand native was a solid favorite to repeat this
The women's endurance competition involves
three events. First, the women use a chainsaw to make two cuts
through a block of wood that is 16 inches in diameter. Then,
they run to the underhand chop, which involves using an axe to
chop through an 11-inch block of wood. When the block is severed,
the women go to the single buck, where they use a large saw to
cut through 16 inches of pine. It usually takes a time of less
than 90 seconds to win a quality competition."
|Summer, 2001: Tina
finishes in second place in the Women's Timber Endurance event
at the ESPN Great
Outdoor Games. Note: Google is
filled with similar stories of Tina's competition results. Feel
free to peruse them at your leisure.
1980s - present: "Timber" Tina is
the founder, owner and host of "Timber Tina's
Great Maine Lumberjack Show," in
Excerpts from the show's web
- "Tina made her entrance into logging sports at the early age
of 8. She is the youngest member of the world famous logging
sports 'Scheer' family. She grew up in a small town in Northern
Wisconsin that is host to the World Championships. Along with
three other siblings, Log Rolling was her springboard into the
sport and it has literally taken her around the world."
- "During her career she has traveled to competitions or exhibitions
in more than 45 United States, 7 Canadian Provinces, South
Africa, New Zealand, Germany and she has produced Lumberjill
exhibitions in 5 Australian States on 10 different trips! She
has won World Titles in Logging Sports in Australia and North
America. She has been featured in National
Illustrated, Women's Sport & Fitness, Paul
Harvey Show, CBS's Challenge of the Sexes & The
Morning Show and MTV's
Real World! She recently won the Silver Medal competing
at The Great Outdoor Games on ESPN!"
- "In the off-season you
can look for Timber Tina and The World Champion Lumberjills
- CHICS with AXES traveling show! It is an all-female team
of logging sports athletes that travels the Fair & Festival
circuit in North America. And some of you may have seen Timber
Tina announcing on the Stihl Timbersports Series, the #1 event
in logging sports on ESPN. She has traveled with the competition
to give play-by-play action on the Champion Lumberjacks for
over a decade. The Great Maine Lumberjack Show was host to
ESPN and the Stihl Series in 1997, 1998, 2000 & 2001!"