The prize: spend 24 hours a day for a month inside the museum. Your home and office: a glassed enclosure. Requirement: Write about what you learn.
1,500 people applied.
HALLIE: My favorite part of this are the Requirements statement. Here's some of what it says. The winning candidate must:
- Pass a drug test, behavioral assessment, and background checks.
- Agree to very limited contact with the outside, and limited and/or prohibited personal use of cell phone, texting, e-mail, Facebook, etc.
- Reside exclusively in the Museum during the residence period.
- May be required to sleep in confined or "untraditional" spaces, walk around the Museum, including climbing stairs frequently, stand for significant periods of time. (This might include working the Museum floor, performing live science demos, blowing up chemicals in our "Bangs, Flashes and Fire" show, and other really fun stuff.)
- Work on a computer daily to write about your amazing experiences.
- Entertain absolutely no visitors overnight or when the Museum is closed to the public.
It's a great publicity stunt for the museum - caught my attention, that's for sure! Would you do it?
HANK: Sure! Um, on second thought, no way. Well, it would be hilarious, gotta admit. And good publicity. But would it be "good" publicity? And it might be kind of--forgive me--scary. On the other hand, it might be educational. And a terrific book, which is devoutly to be wished. Part performer and part writer seems pretty perfect. But I am kind of part-performer and part-writer. Still, I'm more not-live-in-a-fishbowl.
A museum reality show, right? There's mash-up for you. As you can see, I wish I could say, sure! Of course I'd do it! But in reality, I don't think I would.
Sigh. If definitely makes me realize I may not be an adventurer.
HALLIE: No, Hank, I truly can't see you (or me!) living in a fishbowl. And a month is a really long time.
RHYS: As one who has trouble sleeping in traditional spaces, I don't think I'd want to curl up under the Tyrannosaurus Rex, and you lost me anyway when it said "no email". I don't think I could live without e-mail for a month. But I can see that it would be a great adventure for a younger person. My eleven year old grandson would sign up in a heartbeat. He LOVES science museums.
HALLIE: That's it, pre-teen's dream. My neighbor's cub scout troop did an overnight at a natural history museum...literally under T Rex.
ROBERTA: I'm not in, surprise, surprise. The sleeping would kill me. And the book hook is most intriguing and they are making it clear that it's their book, not the resident's. Don't you think? So you can't even drum up your Facebook or blog numbers! Wait, wait, they didn't say anything about pay, did they? Maybe it's a whopping sum, like co-writing for James Patterson and you swallow hard and do it? On the other hand, it's a museum and since when do they have big bucks?
Or here's another idea--could we do it as a group and rotate in and out?? Nope, I'm with Hank and Rhys--like the agents say, doesn't meet our needs at this time:).
HALLIE: I want to know where she goes to the bathroom... I mean is there even a shower?
RO: I would definitely live in a museum for a month - preferably The Brooklyn Museum. They have an amazing Egyptian collection and I could finally become an expert. And there are wonderful period rooms including a Frank Lloyd Wright room. Oh wait....the Gardner Museum in Boston, how cool would that be?
HALLIE: I like the way you think, Ro... Especially if they let me move the furniture (Bella's will forbids rearranging ANYTHING in the house).
So, would you be up for a month in a museum? Which one?
Stay tuned this week!
- Tomorrow on True Crime Tuesday we'll hear from Amanda Enayati who tracked down a thief, and whose story about it on Salon went viral.
- Wednesday Lily Prelezzo talks about collaborating with the founder of Brothers to the Rescue, a humanitarian group of courageous men and women who risk their lives to pluck men, women, and children from certain death, fleeing Castro’s Cuba on makeshift rafts, to write the new book Seagull One. It’s also a thriller, only one that really happened.
- Thursday Rhys and Hank update us on all the excitement going on at Bouchercon in San Francisco which sadly the rest of us are missing.
- And Friday? That's Anything Can Happen Day. Tune in and be surprised!