Meet the Discover Team: Collin, Libby, Eric and Mariah!
Collin Geraghty is a 4th generation Wisconsinite from Hudson, nestled at the confluence of the Willow River and the beautiful St. Croix River valley. So it's no surprise that he's drawn to water. Collin never leaves home without a fly rod (or 3), and you can often find him on the banks of the nearest lake, river or stream. Collin earned his B.A. in theatre arts from Marquette University and has worked on stages all around the Badger State.
Favorite Wisconsin memory: Too many to count! Sailing in the Apostle Islands, biking the Elroy-Sparta Trail with my family, XC Skiing the Birkie trail with my Dad, Door County with my wife, trout fishing the Driftless with my buddies, deer hunting with my in-laws … I could go on for days (Tune in and watch the show! Check your local listings)
Dream Jeopardy category: "Trout or Char"
One thing you WON'T do is: Put olives in an "Old Fashioned"
Libby Amato grew up in Evansville in south central Wisconsin. After graduating from Carroll University in Waukesha, Libby journeyed to Milwaukee's 5th ward, where she now loves taking in the city's vibrant theatre scene. She's prone to sampling Deppler's Baby Swiss, refuses to travel without her mini carry-on suitcase and counts Milwaukee's Festa Italiana among one of her favorite Wisconsin festivals. (She is Sicilian after all!)
Ultimate vacation companion: I'd love to take a trip with my big sister and my little brother. We don't get to spend nearly enough time together these days and I'm fairly certain they'd be ideal travel companions.
Movie I could watch over and over: Ghostbusters! What's not to love?
One thing I won't do is: Jump out of a plane. No thanks!
Strangest thing you ever ate: Chili & lime flavored crickets. At a small sushi restaurant in San Francisco. That same meal I also ate pickled fish intestines. It was all delicious! I'll try just about anything. (Think she's ready for lutefisk?!)
Eric Paulsen grew up in parts of Milwaukee, Chicago, Detroit and Dallas. But it was the people, scenery and culture of Wisconsin that drew Eric back to his favorite spot and he's been here ever since. Eric has worked in TV and radio in Madison, Door County and Milwaukee; he also manages StateTrunkTour.com, which has allowed him to get to know people and places in every nook and cranny in the state.
Celebrity lookalike: First thing in the morning? Sasquatch from the Jack Links commercials. Other than that, some guy from One Life to Live named Justin.
Preferred deep-fried treat: Broccoli cheddar bites from John Hawks' at Summerfest; tasty but also – um – nutritious. Because there's broccoli in them.
Favorite Packer: Right now? Aaron Rodgers. Props though to Leroy Butler (first Lambeau Leaper), Paul Coffman (underrated but awesome tight end) and Chester Marcol (for that awesome kick-block-deflection-for-a-touchdown play in 1980).
Mariah Haberman hails from Evansville, the soybean capital of Wisconsin, where she was brought up in a family of seven in a small farmhouse outside of town. Some of her favorite memories include Lake Michigan fishing trips with her Dad, showing sheep at the Rock County Fair and dancing on the Miss Wisconsin stage. Mariah received her B.A. in journalism from UW-Oshkosh and is excited to now be a part of the Discover Team!
Golf Clubs, Skis, Bowling Ball or Fly-Rod? ALL! (Jack of all trades, master of none?)
Favorite "hidden gem" in Wisconsin: I love a bar/restaurant in Madison called Natt Spil. Town Hall Bakery is a lovely place in Sturgeon Bay as is Evolutions in Design, a quirky gift shop in Wausau.
In another life, I'd be: One of Beyoncé's backup dancers. Or an English teacher.
Favorite Wisconsin Festival: Oshkosh Irish Fest (…where I can celebrate being a redhead!)