Tuesday, October 31, 2006

DPM staffers Jennie, Mary Beth, Jessica, and Carrie being very festive at work today!! Happy Halloween everybody!!!

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Thursday, October 26, 2006

The 2006 10-2-4 Golf Tournament!!

Hello to all of our golfer fans!! Tuesday was the Dr Pepper Museum's annual oUT oF tHE oRDINARY gOLF tOURNAMENT!!! It was a big hit with all the golfers who turned out to play, and if you look at the pictures below you can see what great fun it was! While it was a big success, we always need more golfers to play, and we would love to see YOU out there next year! Just contact Jennie Sheppard at 254-757-1025 to find out how you can be a part of the most unique golf tournament ever!!

Little Putter!!

Jessica and the kids from South Waco Elementary! Our special helpers!!

On your mark, get set, go!!

Mary Beth driving the out of control golf cart! AHHH!!!
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Old Doc at the golfer's pit stop!

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Bob Pfeifer's team!!


The soccer ball hole. Classic shot!

Mary Beth and Jessica in our supre-fast golf cart!!
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Waiting for the prizes to be awarded...

The scores!

This is 2nd place I believe...

Best Putt Prize!!
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Thursday, October 19, 2006

New Radio Show!!

Hello to all of our loyal Radio Show listeners!! Today Jessica and Mary Beth posted another installment of their Radio Show Podcast, which you can listen to on this page with the player, or visit our site at www.drpeppermuseum.podomatic.com.

On this episode we discuss a frequently asked question, dispel another urban myth and legend, and talk about an upcoming exhibit that YOU can help us with! There is also some additional silliness at the end which includes a "White and Nerdy" section where we talk about our recent technology purchase! Check it out and leave comments about what YOU want to hear us talk about! This show is for YOU people! So let us know!!

Remember to check out our gift shop website at http://www.drpeppermuseum.org/drpepperstore/ to get our featured item of the month which is all of our I'm a Pepper merchandise. Jessica and Mary Beth are wearing a selection of I'm a Pepper stuff in the photo that accompanies our 2nd and 3rd podcast episodes!

Dr Pepper Museum makes the Radio...German Radio that is....

Guten Tag!

One of our visitors today came by for an interview. Marc Dugge, correspondent for ARD German Broadcasting, took a tour of the museum while asking questions of yours truly, Jessica Harris, Director of Exhibitions and Collections. He is now knowledgeable in all things Dr Pepper and hopefully he will disseminate his knowledge to all of Germany. Danke, Marc. Auf Wiederhoren!

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Military Pictures!!

Calling all proud military personnel or family members! In exactly one month from today on November 17 we will debut our Dr Pepper and the Military exhibit, and we want YOUR loved ones to be a part of it! We have already received several pictures of the troops enjoying Dr Pepper in Iraq and Afghanistan which has been sent to them from home, and we need more to make our exhibit great! Although Dr Pepper does not have the same affiliation with the military that it did during WWII (which is what the exhibit will focus on) we have heard many accounts of service men and women feeling comforted and reminded of home when they are sent Dr Pepper. We would love for you to share with us!*

If you would like to submit a picture, please accompany it with the name of the person submitting it, the name and unit/rank of the people in the picture, and a phone number where we can reach you if we have any questions. Please email all entries to collections@drpeppermuseum.com.

*Submitting a picture does not guarantee that it will be displayed. The final exhibit contents are subject to the discretion of the Museum staff, but all entries will be considered and kept in the Museum archives regardless of whether or not they are used. Thank you for your entries!

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Texas State Fair & BIG NEWS!!!!

Ok, while Mary Beth and Jennie were living it up in Las Vegas I was toiling in Dallas getting ready for the annual Texas State Fair exhibit. It was a collaboration with Cadbury Schweppes Americas Beverages (CSAB) and the DP Museum to exhibit an historical time line of Dr Pepper. I helped write the text and supplied collection pieces for part of the display. It was really a fun project! I also got to do some sound bytes for a corporate press release. What on you may ask? Well. Here is some big news for the museum. Corporate headquarters has their own collection of soft drink memorabilia. Around 70,000 objects value at over $2 million and they are loaning it to us on a permanent basis. This is a HUGE deal!!! The musuem only has 20,000 objects and the addition of CSABs collection will enhance our exhibits three fold! Fortunately we are working on expanding our storage space next door and have a special room set aside just for this collection. Awesome!!!

I went up to Dallas last Saturday and looked to see if people were taking a look at the exhibit. OMG!!! It was like a cattle stampede except really really slow. There were soooo many people!!! On average, the Texas State Fair receives over 3 million visitors. WOW!!!! If you have a chance, go see the exhibit. It's in the Food & Fiber Pavilion. The show's almost over!!! Last day is Sunday, October 22.

The 2006 Texas State Fair!

The clock tower at our booth

More excited visitors!

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The 2006 Texas State Fair!

Visitors to our booth

Setting up..

The great rotating display!
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The rest of the week....

As you can tell from the pictures below, the 2006 Dr Pepper Bottler's Convention was a very busy time for us! On Monday the Company Store officially opened to a huge crowd of Dr Pepper bottlers and Jennie, Jack, Linda and I greeted people, helped with questions, passed out the chip cups that we ordered especially for the event which we stuffed with our mail order catalogs, and also ended up taking over the bubble game station. The story behind that is that people had to play the bubble game to enter to win a guitar signed by Rod Stewart, and the guy who was running it left and we ended up showing people how to use it. Monday night dinner was in the hotel and the entertainment was the Rat Pack impersonators, who were hilarious. The food and conversation was good, and we got to sit with Mrs. Clements and her daughter Judy and talk the night away.

The next day was a big day since the General Session was that morning at 9:30, which is where they reveal all the new promotions for the next year. Of course they are all top secret, but all I can tell you is that they are AWESOME and worth the wait!! I am not at liberty to discuss, but perhaps a few hints can be obtained from the photos below (wink wink!). The performers at the General Session were The Temptations, Tina Turner, Prince, Bruce Springstein, and Elvis. So Fun!! Hopefully the video I took of them will be up soon. Afterwards it was kind of chaotic since Rod Stewart was that night and the Company Store was about to be torn down, but people were still buying away. At around 2:00 we started to pack everything up, and it is amazing that it took a whole day to put everything up but just about 2 hours to take everything down. We sold a lot, but we always hope to do better every year. WELL... That night was the Rod Stewart concert, but before that we ate dinner by the beautiful pool at the hotel. The concert wat so small and in the same room that the General Session had been, so Rod was so close! He sang all of his hits, and everyone had a blast. After the concert we all had to go back up to our rooms to pack, but one of the best parts of the convention was yet to come!!

On Wednesday morning was the farewell brunch, and there is always a guest entertainer after the breakfast portion. There were very unconfirmed rumors that it was going to be Jack Black, but I don't think he would have been as well recieved as the person who was actually there. To our surprise, it was Bill Engvall of "Here's Your Sign" and Blue Collar TV fame! I don't think we stopped laughing for an hour and a half straight. SO FUNNY! I would definitely recommend seeing him live. It was a great way to end the convention, and all the new contacts we made were worth every second of all the hard work we did. It was a great trip, and we hope you all enjoy the pics below!!
The Bill Engvall show. He was the surpirse entertainer at the brunch Wednesday morning.

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It's ROD!!

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Friday, October 06, 2006

The pool area before the Rod Stewart concert

Pool area

Walking to Rod Stewart!

Waiting for the concert to start
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Tina Turner!

The King!!

Pimp my Ride!
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