NANFA-- Hooray!

Roselawn Museum (
Wed, 21 Nov 2001 13:52:57 -0500

Hi All

Check this out! I just wonder where they'll find a filter for a 5 million
gallon aquarium. (-:


Home Depot co-founder pledges
$200 million for Atlanta aquarium

Associated Press Writer

ATLANTA (AP) - Atlanta will become home to one of the world's largest
aquariums through a $200 million commitment from The Home Depot co-founder
Bernard Marcus

The 250,000-square-foot Georgia Aquarium won't require any public
money and is scheduled to open in 2005, Marcus said at a news conference
Monday at the state Capitol.

Marcus, who remains Chairman of Home Depot and is worth more than $3
billion, said the aquarium is a way to thank the millions of customers and
employees who have helped the Atlanta-based company become the nation's
largest home-improvement retailer.

"I was trying to figure out what would be the most universal
attraction for everybody," Marcus, 72, said in an interview.

"When you think in terms of symphonies and art museums... what else
cuts across every other economic lines like an aquarium? What cuts across
all racial barriers, all religious barriers, all educational barriers?" he
said. "You don't have to have any certain kind of intellect, you don't have
to have any specific kind of art appreciation."

Gov. Roy Barnes predicted the 5-million-gallon aquarium will
eventually become the state's largest attraction, drawing 1.5 million to 2
million visitors each year.


Hopefully I can locate someone in their information chain that can tell us
how much focus will be placed on natives. This could be really good!

Steven A. Ellis
Kennesaw, GA

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