'Survivor' Brkich Gives Museum Bikinis
Sunday June 27 11:02 AM ET
The firefighting display at local museum is creating a lot of heat, thanks to a bikini donation by Survivor winner Amber Brkich. Brkich, who got $1 million and a fiancee while winning "Survivor All-Stars," was arguably the biggest draw for the 200 people who turned out for an exhibit Saturday celebrating firefighters in her western Pennsylvania hometown.
The Beaver Area Historical Museum exhibit is anchored by a hand-operated pumper from 1836. But Brkich has her own exhibit from her time on "Survivor Australian Outback" and "Survivor All-Stars." Items on display include the bikinis she wore, a boomerang from an immunity challenge, a leather canteen and a blindfold.
Brkich and officials with the Beaver Area Historical Museum did their best to find a link between the 25-year-old reality-show contestant and the 170-year history of firefighting in the area.
History doesn't necessarily have to be old, explained Mark Minor, a museum board member. "There are people making history right now in 2004, and Amber is certainly one of those," he said.
Brkich, meanwhile, tried to downplay her role.
"Those guys (firefighters) are the real survivors. They're out in the community every day, and they deserve a lot of credit for the work they do," Brkich said.http://tv.yahoo.com/news/ap/20040627/108835932000.html