Marietta Stories | Crazy cool stories from the community builders of Marietta, Georgia

What makes the town of Marietta, Georgia so welcoming, friendly and the center of Southern hospitality? Listen each week as veteran podcaster Bill Nowicki dives deep to tell the heartwarming, sad and funny stories from the people that make up the fabric of this historic city.
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Marietta Stories | Crazy cool stories from the community builders of Marietta, Georgia




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Nov 26, 2016

*CAUTION* This interview contains discussion of abuse. But, you need to listen!

Neill Blake lived in Marietta and chose to go to Clemson and become a forestry major, since she didn’t want to go to an all girls school. Her Mom REALLY wanted to, but she chose forestry knowing that an all girl’s school would not have that major!

Neill has lived a fascinating life that includes shootings and a mentally ill son. She is a powerful advocate for the mentally ill and their families.

You will love this fascinating and powerful interview!

Nov 19, 2016

Shuler Hensley spent his first 20 years in Marietta and his family is a part of Marietta. His grandfather, the superintendent of schools, built the stone wall around Northcutt Stadium that also scored him free tickets to Marietta football games for the rest of his life. His father was a state senator and a civil engineer and his Mom (Iris Antley) was the artistic director of the ballet.


Growing up, Shuler was good in sports and ballet and saw no conflict doing both activities, until he got to UGA. There he decided to leave for NYC and go full time into singing and acting. 


Shuler talks about his acting life, networking and being yourself. He also talks about his favorite Marietta restaurants, where he now lives with his wife and kids.


Discussed during the interview…


Shuler Awards

Shuler Awards - ArtsBridge Foundation


Atlanta Boy Choir


Robert Shaw, Atlanta Symphony


Sweet Charity - off broadway

Nov 11, 2016


Lee Ellis grew up on a farm in rural Georgia, but when he saw an airplane, everything changed. Even as a child, he longed to have control of the skies. After going to the University of Georgia, he trained to become a pilot and ended up going to Vietnam. He was captured by the Vietnamese after being shot down and spent many years in a Vietnamese prison camp.

Lee tells the story of his time in captivity and what he learned about leadership and his new book, Engage with Honor.

Click the link to get access to Lee’s books and some of his media appearances.


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Nov 5, 2016

Born in Pakistan, Shahid traveled to England with his family when he was 10 years old. 

He loves the Liverpool soccer (football). Shahid was always confident, even though he couldn’t speak the language. He struggled until college, when he picked up his game. He studied information technology (IT) and graduated in 1998. As an IT guy, he learned to listen and was empathetic to people’s struggles with technology.


Shahid shares his biggest IT tip with Bill, turn it off and turn back on again.


When Shahid looked for to change countries he considered several places: Turkey, Canada, Dubai, and great thing for us he chose Marietta, Georgia, USA.


Shahid started Kvalito with clothes and accessories, a lot with the Asian flavor. 


Kvalito comes from the international language of Esperanto meaning 'Quality' or 'Degree of Excellence'. I think he is on to something…




2145 Roswell Road

Suite 300, Eastlake Shopping Center

Marietta, GA, 30062

Tel.: 678-402-6755




Also mentioned… 

Austin Long 

Soccer Nomad Podcast



Marietta Fish Market


Jerusalem Bakery