Survivor Palau winner Tom Westman now sells insurance

Tom Westman, who won Survivor Palau two years ago, is now an insurance salesperson.

He was a New York City firefighter, and left that shortly after the show aired to become a motivational speaker. Now, he sells “group life and disability insurance to brokers, who mostly don’t know — or care — that he skewered a shark with a machete to feed his starving ‘Survivor’ tribe on the Pacific island of Palau,” The Hartford Courant reports.

“I always did feel that there was something else out there. I had a nagging sense that something had missed me, and corporate America is something I wanted to be part of,” Tom said, marking the first time ever someone sincerely said “something else out there” was in fact working for corporate America. Now he works for “The Hartford Financial Services Group and takes the 5:44 a.m. train in from Sayville on Long Island, where he lives with his wife,” every morning.

He says the $1 million became $540,000 after taxes, and it “paid for three college educations [for his kids] with 39 days of work. That’s a dream opportunity.”

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Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.


Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

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