First Name: Mark
Last Name: Maxham
Street Address: 3619 Hillcrest, Belmont CA 94002
Phone Number(s): 650-888-1069 (cell & voicemail)
DOB: 8 April 1968
Marital Status: single (girlfriend)
Current Occupation: director of engineering, eUniverse Inc.
In which other occupations, if any, have you been employed (please
list previous three):
What is your level of education, and what school(s) did you attend?
MS electrical engineering, Rice University
Name three of your favorite hobbies:
Please list any other allergies you have (medications, food, hay fever, dust,
etc.) and your current treatment for them:
I am allergic to poison oak and poison ivy. Mild cases I just let
run their course. Really bad cases get steroid cream.
List three adjectives that best describe yourself:
What is the accomplishment you are most proud of?
I'm most proud of the summer I spent as a camp counselor, though
I'm not sure that is exactly and "accomplishment". If you mean some
sort of individual achievement, I would say that completing my 100+
page master's thesis in four semesters was really satisfying.
Do you have any pets? If so, please list their name and type:
What's your favorite TV show?
The Upright Citizens Brigade
What's your favorite movie?
Strictly Ballroom. But limiting the answers to one, that's downright
mean. I can give six or seven answers on a genre-by-genre basis.
What's your favorite music?
Lately I've been listening to a lot of trip-hop and house, but I
also have a soft spot for 80's bubblegum pop and 70's art rock.
Describe your perfect day:
I wake up having no responsibilities and idea what I'm going to do.
What magazines do you read?
The Economist, Wired
Do you belong to any affiliations or organizations?
Not actively; I'm not much of a joiner. I pay my dues to the AOPA
(pilot's association), ACM (geek stuff), UPA (ultimate), and Sierra Club.
Do you have any body art (piercings, tattoos, etc.)?
Just a couple of gold hoops in one ear.
What is your favorite sport?
Ultimate -- I have been an addict for thirteen years. Ultimate
emphasizes mutual respect between teams and among players; it
requires athleticism and skill and cooperation; it's insanely fun.
Ultimate players also form an international community.
Who is your hero and why?
Thomas Jefferson. He was a free-thinker, a true renaissance
man, well-learned in architecture and natural history and literature.
More importantly, as a primary author of the Constitution, he's directly
responsible (IMHO) for the tremendous freedoms enjoyed in this country.
While he did own slaves, at a time when virtually everyone in his position
did, he also wrote the rules that led to the inescapable conclusion that
the slaves must be freed.
List three items that you would take to the Survivor! island,
if allowed, and why:
The dilemma here is do I give the "serious" answer or the
"quirky" answer. If I'm being practical-minded, I'll say:
What skills do you bring to the island that would make you
a useful member of the group?
I can hunt and fish; I am pretty good with my hands; I can
swim well and climb trees; I can lead when needed and follow
when needed; I know a lot of jokes and stories.
Which former "Gilligan's Island" castaway would you be most identified
with, and why?
The Professor. Well, 90% Professor, 10% Gilligan. I know a lot of
random stuff, both practical and arcane, but I also like to goof off
and have a good time. But if I was the Professor, I would have
figured out how to fix the damn boat.
What personality traits will make you a valued member of the
Creativity; patience; generosity; the ability to be equally comfortable
leading or following, as needed.
What types of people would you choose to have with you on the island?
I would pick team players with a wide variety of talents; people who can
communicate and teach well, so that everyone can learn each others' useful
What types of people would you NOT choose to have with you on the island?
Hotheads, whiners, egomaniacs.
Why do you believe you could be the final Survivor?
I get along well with all types of people, and I believe my lack of pretense
would make me less likely than others to get booted.