Funny thing, that; Gretchen was probably the only reason I started watching Survivor in the first place. Gretchen was a “local” of sorts (from Clarksville, about 40-odd miles up the interstate), and the Nashville of 2000 was still small enough for someone being on a nationally televised show like that to seem like a Big Deal.
Poor dumb naive little me was initially all about the surviving part of Survivor, and I was all set to quit the show after Gretchen’s eviction; I mean, couldn’t the other players SEE Gretchen had some of the best survival skills out there?
(Yes, doofus, they could; why do you think they voted her off?)
In any case, I was already ready to walk at that point; my wife had gotten stuck on the show, though, so we kept watching. Now fast-forward a couple of decades later..... 😂
Better times, anyway.