Willsboro Sitting with a table of friends at Johnny’s, Thurston Clarke looked up at the screen, waiting to see his daughter.
Clarke’s daughter, Sophie, is one of the 18 contestants on the new season of the CBS Television show, “Survivor.”
“I am as interested and as uninformed as everyone else who’s watching is,” Clarke said. “It has been fun to see people’s reaction to this and it has been a very busy fall for her.”
Clarke reacted each time someone started cheering, a sign that Sophie was on the television screen. He, along with everyone else, watched as she competed in the challenge, and was equally as shocked as the rest of the crowd when the first name that was produced from the ballot box for leaving the island was Sophie’s.
In the end, though, Sophie remained on the island for the second week of the show’s run.
Clarke said that he is rotating his viewings between the Willsboro restaurant, with his wife who works in Washington, D.C., and Sophie, who is going to medical school at Mount Sinai.
“It’s an entertaining Wednesday for me,” Clarke said. “It’s fun to come and see it with my friends. I watched the first week with Sophie and some of her friends down in New York City, and she gave a little speech at the beginning and talked between the commercials.”
Clarke again stated how much his daughter wanted to be a part of the “Survivor” phenomenon.
“Sophie was obsessed with this show for 10 years,” Thurston said. “She was determined to be on it. When she auditioned, she kept it very secret from all of us. We don’t know anything about what happened or where she placed because they all left and came back at the same time.”
Clarke said that Sophie has not felt too hassled by the attention that has come from the show.