He tells what he'd do differently the second time around

By David Hochman
Updated July 05, 2000 at 04:00 AM EDT
B.B. Andersen, Survivor
Credit: Survivor: Monty Brinton

After building his team’s hut and locating their fresh water source, B.B. Andersen, 64, a retired construction contractor from Mission Hills, Kan., realized his hard work wasn’t as important as playing well with others. But his Pagong teammates, fed up with his crankiness and controlling behavior, said ”buh-bye” to B.B. after just six days.

What’s the first thing people say once they recognize you?
Most of them say ”We agree with you.” Almost everybody brings up the work ethic issue and they say, ”Hey, we think you were right. ‘Sorry you left.”

Did the Tribal Council set seem as cheesy in real life as it does on TV?
I was impressed. I thought it was appropriate, and we had a serious job to do. Those crew people worked their hearts out and I think they did a hell of a job.

What’s your biggest regret about the experience?
I don’t think about regrets. The only thing I wished is that I smiled more. I’m a pretty intense person, but I also like to have fun. I don’t think I was as serious as I came across on TV.

What did you do on your application video?
I showed myself riding a motorcycle, I showed myself with my dog, I showed myself reading a newspaper because I read a lot, and I had four friends give a little testimonial.

Were you satisfied with your luxury item?
Oh yeah, I think my beach towel was wonderful. I would not change that again ever. The only thing I might have done was instead of bringing a cotton one I might have taken along a synthetic one that would dry out easier.

Do you know who won the $1 million prize?
No, I do not. I do not have the slightest inkling. No one does, unless somebody ratted. Nobody told me anything, in fact. I think the security on this thing has been excellent.