An Enquirer.com Special Section FRIDAY, MAY 14, 1999
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THE AQUARIUM
- Introduction
- Going there
- The murals
- The music
- Shop and Eat
- Beginnings

THE EXHIBITS

- World Rivers
- Shore Gallery
- Touch Pool
- Bizarre & Beautiful
- Dangerous & Deadly
- Riverbank
- 'Gator Bayou
-Amazon Rain Forest
- Coral Reef
- Jellyfish Gallery
- Kingdom of Penguins
- Ray Nursery
- Repopulation
- Surrounded by Sharks

THE STAFF

- Staff and keepers
Oceanic Adventures Newport Aquarium] [Building image]
The making of an aquarium

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Thomas Heekin Jr., a partner in the Aquarium, swims with the fish.
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        The idea of the Newport Aquarium began nine years ago with two men — James Burchenal and Thomas Heekin Jr. They wanted to share with the city their mutual love of fish. They thought it would be fun to bring an aquarium to the area.

        Three other businessmen were brought on — William Kreidler, Barry Rosenberg and Dudley Taft. These five men, known as the Aquarium Holdings of Northern Kentucky, partnered with Oceanic Adventures, a company that specializes in building aquariums.

        Actual planning began in 1996, and groundbreaking took place in 1997. About 18 months later, the doors will open.

Timeline
        March 1997 — Site location, site plans and feasibility study finalized.

        July 1997 — Gartner, Burdick, Bauer-Nilsen architects selected to design the exterior; Frank Messer & Sons named to lead construction. Newport City Commission approves $7.5 million in financing for aquarium development.

        November 1997 — Formal groundbreaking for construction takes place.

        April 1998 — Aquarium Holdings receives $10 million in financing from four area banks — Fifth Third, Bank One, Firstar and PNC.

        July 1998 — Aquarium officials announced the appointment of John Tighe as vice president and general manager.

        December 1998 — Rudolph the red-eared slider turtle, the first inhabitant of the aquarium, arrives.

        February 1999 — Young alligators arrive.

        March 1999 — Sixteen King penguins are flown in from southwestern Japan.

        April 1999 — More than 300 fish (of the 11,000 that will be on display) are swimming in the temporary holding tanks at the aquarium's warehouse, including the first of many sharks.

        May 1999 — Oceanic Adventures, Newport Aquarium opens to the public.

       



The Tristate is Goin' Fishin'
Going to the Aquarium
Murals bring seascapes to life
Music sets the mood for 16 exhibits
Shop, eat and watch a movie
- The making of an aquarium
World Rivers
Shore Gallery
Touch Pool
Bizarre & Beautiful
Dangerous & Deadly
Riverbank
'Gator Bayou
Amazon Rain Forest
Coral Reef
Jellyfish Gallery
Kingdom of Penguins
Ray Nursery
Repopulation
Surrounded by Sharks
Meet the staff and keepers

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