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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Aug 27, 2017

As a child, Betty Peardon’s Mom brought her to the Marietta City Cemetery and raked the magnolia leaves from her ancestor’s graves . Her Mom told her stories, some of whom fought in the Civil War. The most prominent is William Phillips, a Civil War General that was friends with the governor. Betty tells the story about Jefferson Davis (president of the confederacy) dislike of Phillips and the mysterious tie to a woman.  


Also, Betty described what happened to her ancestor’s home on Waterman Street and what they did to protect the silver and their 9 year son when the war came to their door.


Betty kept building her knowledge throughout her life and attended meetings with other genealogical enthusiasts called the “ancient broads” (her brother Bill’s term). 


This is a fascinating journey into one families life from before the Civil War. With all the controversy around Confederate symbols and the Civil War, maybe it good to just listen. Betty has some ideas and perspective that might help.

Aug 20, 2017

Everyone in Marietta needs to thank Matt Rooke. He put us on the national social media map and increased our cool factor by about 10,000! Did I mention he is the father of 3 boys under the age of 5 and until recently was a stay-at-home Dad?


How did Matt win the first America’s Most Chubbies Dad? 


It was not easy, competition was stiff. But Matt was confident. He posted every day and beat out 1800 other Dad’s.


What did he win, how did he beat out those folks and what was it like waiting to hear whether or not he won? You’ll get all that plus how he met his wife, manages to work out (he can lift 500 lbs), all the while making dinner.




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Aug 16, 2017

Ok, could you build a team, website, learn to aerodynamically build a balsa wood race car, find sponsors and compete in a national race? This week on Marietta Stories, I interview Arul Gupta and Poojan Mehta, 15 year old guys who were part of a team that, constructed a car from styrofoam, created a website, found sponsors, and competed nationally through F1 in schools. 


F1 in Schools is a worldwide competition consisting of several teams of kids aged 11-18. In this highly competitive league, teams of 3-6 develop cars utilizing computer aided design and other related tools. However, the complexity of what we do reaches beyond mere engineering and into business/marketing, graphic design, and possibly most importantly if considering real-world application, team management and cooperation. Then, each of these skill sets developed throughout the team process is put to the test at regional, national, and world level competitions. As a result, F1 in Schools has created a system which effectively develops and enhances students’ learning experience through their interests as well as by teaching necessary real-world situations/applications.


Arul is a rising junior at Wheeler High School and has chosen to partake in F1 in Schools to further his knowledge and experience with business communication/management skills. He is the Team Lead which entails a variety of tasks from team time management, to ensuring accuracy/value of all work, to constantly keeping the team organized and on task. He is able to bring to the team a background in a variety of areas through classes such as AP Chemistry, AP Physics 1, and an intro to Business/Tech class. Arul also has qualities of leadership and competitiveness which he adds to AeroFlow through his spot as Team Captain on the High School Varsity Tennis Team, as well as through national-level tournament competition.


Poojan is a rising junior at Wheeler High School and the Head Engineer on the F1 in Schools AeroFlow Racing team. He strives to accomplish CADing and building an F1 car that can exceed expectations. His decision to take on this role come from the valuable skills and knowledge he has attained in classes such as AP Physics 1 and 2, Engineering Concepts, and Intro to Drafting and Design. Poojan possesses the important characteristics of dedication, time management, and leadership abilities which he has utilized so successfully as a build member on BEST Robotics and the Wheeler Track and Field Team.

Aug 8, 2017

We took a stroll through Markay Gallery during this month’s Marietta Square Art Walk and had a fun time playing “Gallery Golf” with gallerist and hole-in-one extraordinaire, Amber Markay Byrd. We met up with gallery artists, their families and two very special gallery guests, Michael Shaffer professor at KSU and Carey Cox of Johnny Walker Realty. The highlight of the night was host, Bill Nowicki meeting Brooklyn, Eric Staveness’ 3 year old daughter. “Brookie” as they call her, sure had some sweet things to say about her father and all of the castles and playhouses he designs. Enjoy the show!

Aug 6, 2017

“Space. Capital. Community.”  These three words best describe IgniteHQ, one of the newest organizations to root itself near Marietta Square.

The resplendent, state-of-the-art coworking space outfitted with private offices, conference rooms, and lively communal areas is home to several startups and small businesses, but as COO Catherine Pearson explains, IgniteHQ is not just a coworking space, but an ecosystem of entrepreneurs, enterprises and investors influencing Georgia's entrepreneurial landscape.

Mark Deal, tagged along for the show. Here's what he had to say... 


"I have known Bill Nowicki and his podcasts for years. It was a pleasure to connect him with IgniteHQ for this story. Join us on this audio journey as we take a tour of the new coworking space in Marietta." 
~Mark Deal
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Aug 5, 2017

Stephanie Coston of the Marietta Square Experience Branding Project and Philip Goldstein, one of the City Councilmen, talk Marietta strategy and future plans.


Connie Sutherland, the Director of the Museum talks about her experience with Gone with the Wind, her favorite scene and how jewelry from the movie made its way to Marietta.


I also speak with Martin Nolan, Executive Director/Chief Financial Officer of Julien’s Auction about the movie and the auction that is coming up in November 17 and 18. 


Finally, I speak with Christopher Sullivan , owner of the collection on how he became a collector and why he loved the book and the movie.

Aug 2, 2017

Brian grew up eating Korean food for every meal, but became engrossed in the Food Channel in the 5th grade. His grandmother allowed him to bake and enjoyed making pancakes from scratch, American food that the family loved.


After several years of training and practice, Brian and his wife, Kerry decided to break out on there own and opened Spring Restaurant on the Marietta Square. 


It’s obvious how much care, creativity and excellence Brian and Kerry put into the menu and the experience at Spring. 


Check it out…