By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (May 31, 2024) – In this edition of Fun with Maps we acknowledge the start of America’s version of TV’s survival show.

Sole Survivor

The TV series Survivor was envisioned by British producer Charlie Parsons and initially was aired in Sweden of all places in 1997 as Expedition Robinson.

The American version premiered on May 31, 2000, hosted and produced by Jeff Probst with executive producer Mark Burnett.

It is still going strong with the same key production people.  Audiences continue to like the premise of strangers working together, but then eliminating each other to win as sole survivor.  Social studies and human behavior studies in one.

The show “Survivor” just concluded season 46, with typically 2 seasons per year.

The cast tends to go to exotic places, like Borneo in season 1, Kenya, China, Brazilian rain forest, Nicaragua, Panama, Thailand, Cambodia, Samoa, and so on.  In the last 14 seasons the Survivors were left on remote islands in Fiji to find food, fire, idols to save them, and to compete.

This map by Elwe is from 1792 and shows the Spice Islands, with Borneo in the upper left in green.

Borneo-Spice Islands Circa 1792 (Credit Steve Kovacs)

Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.

Visit his antique map boutique world-on-paper online. Watch for his daily feature Steve Kovacs: Fun with Maps here on Loveland Beacon.