Opening for the Masses

Joe’s museum is officially open. Several groups of people arrived about 30 minutes before the museum officially opened on Monday morning, which was really exciting to see. In its first day, approximately 200 people went though and close to 30 memberships were sold. Both are fairly good numbers considering it opened on a Monday and school is in session. I’m going to be really interested to see how the first weekend goes.

I was really excited to be there for the ribbon cutting and official opening, and I know Joe was glad I was there as well. Everyone from my station was there, which was neat, and the astronomy program manager’s wife surprised him by getting the morning off work and showing up. Like she said, it’s not every day your husband opens a museum.

tellus opening

tellus opening

We talked to some of the guests on opening day, and they all loved it. Next week, the school groups start, and there are more than 16,000 kids signed up for school tours. I just can’t wait to see what the first week totals are.

Family and Fossils

Joe’s museum opens on Monday, and last Sunday we took our families for a sneak peak during Employee Family Day. Boy, did we have fun. I had been there just a couple weeks before for our company barbecue, and it was amazing to see how much had been added in that short amount of time.

The museum is nothing short of spectacular. When you walk in, you enter the Great Hall with an Appatosaurus skeleton.


There are four galleries to see: a mineral gallery, a fossil gallery, a transportation gallery and a children’s area. The mineral gallery contains minerals found here in Georgia as well as throughout the country and the world. There is a display of birthstones and a periodic table with samples of most elements. The rare and radioactive elements are represented by pictures. The table takes up an entire wall, and I can’t wait to see it when it’s finished. I know it’s going to be amazing.

The fossil gallery contains numerous skeletons of dinosaurs, fish and other mammals. It’s fascinating because the skeletons are true to size. Those animals were massive! The T-Rex skeleton was on display in the former mineral museum, but that building was so small that there was only enough room for T-Rex’s head. Now, his head and body are reunited. I’m sure he feels a lot better now.

One of my favorite parts of the fossil gallery is the Megaladon mouth at the end. It is 9 feet wide and close to 5 feet tall. I told Joe it would make a great photo op if it was brought down off the display case, don’t you think?



The transportation gallery is just as cool with replicas of all eras of transportation. There is a Bell-47 helicopter.


And a replica of the Apollo capsule and the cockpit of a Jetstar airplane.


The children’s gallery is probably my favorite. I could spend hours in there, as could any other adult I’ve talked to. There are so many neat activities. I can’t wait to take Harry there when he comes back this summer.




There also is a planetarium, the only digital one in metro Atlanta or north Georgia. It’s incredible. I could sit in there all day. I’ve seen one of the three shows, and I can’t wait to see the other two. One is about the skies here in Cartersville, and it will be neat to see that and then go home and look at the night sky.

And, of course, we took a family shot in the fossil gallery. I was surprised we were able to round everyone up! We all seemed to be in various places in the museum.


So, those of you living in Chattanooga need to come check out our new museum! And, for any of you who may travel to Atlanta, make sure you put this on your itinerary. It’s absolutely amazing and definitely worth the trip.

Weekly Winners — 12/07/08-12/13/08

All bundled up
snuggled up

snuggled up

Christmas in Cartersville
christmas in cartersville

christmas in cartersville

christmas in cartersville

A Torch’s Flame
christmas in cartersville

All Wrapped Up (taking after the most recent episode of “The Office”)
wrapping matt's office

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An “Office” Wrap Party

My boss and I are big fans of “The Office“. We watch it every Thursday night, and on Friday mornings we text lines from the previous night’s episode to each other. It’s a lot of fun.

Last night, though, I got an even better idea. In the opening scene, Dwight walks into the office to see that Jim has wrapped his desk and chair in wrapping paper. I pulled out my cell phone and sent our morning show host a text that said, “We have to wrap Matt’s office.”

And today, that’s what I did. When Matt went to lunch, Joe and I took over his office and wrapped it. It only took us about five minutes, and it was some of the most fun I’ve had in a while.

wrapping matt's office

We did his table, computer monitor, keyboard, mouse and calculator. Matt thought it was hilarious and even asked me if I was going to put the pictures on our station’s fan page on Facebook. I can’t wait to come up with my next “Office” prank!

Obama Makes History

More than 40 years ago, African-Americans couldn’t drink from the same water fountains and use the same restrooms as Caucasians.

Today, we have our first African-American president. Today is a historical moment in our country’s history, and all Americans know that. There were very few newspapers left in our city as I discovered while driving around trying to find copies for my dad. Everyone wants something to remember today.

I love elections, and last night was no different. Today, I was feeling quite down after yesterday’s high. I get so energized on election day as I prepare to head off to the elections office and call in all the local numbers. Elections are one of the things that we journalists live for. People depend on us. Our team rocked yesterday. We had fabulous commentary in the studio, and we had several contract workers and my own husband out at numerous polling locations calling in raw numbers. It was a team effort, as it always is, and it was stellar coverage — definitely the best in the area. Days like yesterday make me proud to be a journalist.

Cartersville’s Newest Morning Show Hosts

It’s going to be a Schulman overload on my station’s morning show on Friday. Our morning show host will be gone, so Joe and I are doing the show for the first hour. I was a little hesitant to do it on my own because, well, I’m not nearly as funny and witty as Kevin is, but I figured I’d be fine doing it with Joe. He’s funny enough for the both of us. Here’s the promo we made for it, which will run tomorrow.


In other news, I’m leaving here in about 30 minutes to head to Duluth to meet up with my sister-in-law for the New Kids on the Block concert. I cannot even tell you how excited I am. It’s going to be a fun night — a long night, but most definitely a fun one. At least I have something to cover tomorrow night so I will be able to come in to work late. Now, I just hope I can roll out of bed in time for my weigh in.