Warren County Scoutmaster to be ‘Survivor 7’ contestant
Among 16 competing for $1M
By Laura Dempsey ldempsey@DaytonDailyNews.com
Finally, after six long and, to widely varying degrees, satisfying seasons of Survivor, there’s finally a contestant from Ohio.
Lillian Morris, who lives in Loveland in Warren County, was revealed Thursday to be one of 16 Americans chosen to compete for $1 million in a remote location off the coast of Panama. Morris is, at 51, Survivor 7's oldest cast member in a crew that skews slightly older — right around 30 — than previous installments.
On the Today show, Morris introduced herself as the “proud Scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 617 in Cincinnati, Ohio."
It wasn’t known whether Morris applied by sending a videotape to the show’s producers, or if she showed up for the “cattle-call” casting session at Newport on the Levee in February. What is known is that WKRC-TV (Channel 12) in Cincinnati has consistently ranked Survivor No. 1 in local ratings polls, and the Newport casting was seen as a way for the show’s producers to thank the tri-state area for the continued support.
Morris was introduced on the Today show in a segment taped before the contestants were whisked away to the the Pearl Islands, near Panama, where the pirate-themed Survivor took place.
She wore full Scouting regalia, and was stuck with the uniform: One twist this season is that the “survivors” were stranded with only the clothes on their backs, whereas previous contestants were allowed to bring clothes, a random “luxury item” and various tools that helped mitigate the true survival nature of the challenge.
The players left in early June and returned in August, sworn to secrecy about their involvement in the show.
Morris and her husband of 30 years, Lonnie, have two grown children, Clayton and Megan.
She earned an associate’s degree in accounting from the University of Cincinnati. Coincidentally, one of her teammates is UC Law School graduate Andrew Savage, 40, who practices in Chicago.
Neither Savage nor Morris are Ohio natives: Savage was born in New York, Morris in Maine.