Wednesday, November 7, 2012

The Pitch's Questionnaire with Sea Life Kansas City Aquarium's displays curator Aaron Sprowl

The Sea Life displays curator talks about his life on land.

Posted By on Wed, Nov 7, 2012 at 6:00 AM

Name: Aaron Sprowl

Occupation: Displays curator, Sea Life Kansas City Aquarium

Hometown: Kansas City, Kansas

Current neighborhood: Kansas City, Missouri

Who or what is your sidekick? My wife

What career would you choose in an alternate reality? Superhero or secret agent

What was the last local restaurant you patronized? Don Chilito’s. Unlimited chips and salsa and sopapillas!

Where do you drink? Most of the time at home

Favorite place to spend your paycheck: Micro Center

What local phenomenon do you think is overrated? Facebook! Ironically, friends who know me are not my friends on Facebook.

Where do you like to take out-of-town guests? City Market

Finish this sentence: “Kansas City got it right when ... ” They started investing in the downtown area. Much has changed since I left many, many years ago. I have a lot of exploring to do.

“Kansas City screws up when it ... ” Closes roads for extended periods of time, especially consecutive bridges over the river.

“Kansas City needs ... ” What most cities in America need: great public-transit systems.

“People might be surprised to know that I ... ” Am extremely old-fashioned and chivalrous. To this day, I still open the car door for my wife.

“On my day off, I like to ... ” Explore Kansas City and see what has changed. Usually involves a stop at Whole Foods as well.

“In five years, I’ll be ... ” Even older and hopefully more wiser.

What’s your favorite charity? Seaturtle.org

What TV show do you make sure you watch? Sons of Anarchy

____ take(s) up a lot of space in my iTunes: Jimmy Buffett and Bob Marley

What movie do you watch at least once a year? Kill Bill Vol. 1 and Vol. 2

Celebrity you’d like to ride the Mamba with at Worlds of Fun: Bill Murray

Favorite person or thing to follow on Twitter: Neil deGrasse Tyson

Person or thing you find really irritating at this moment: Election ads

What subscription — print, digital, etc. — do you value most? UnderwaterTimes.com

Last book you read: Sick Puppy by Carl Hiaasen

Favorite day trip: Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha, Nebraska

What is your most embarrassing dating moment? Although a long time ago, getting busted in the Worlds of Fun parking lot by the girl’s father and WoF security. You can only imagine ...

Interesting brush with the law? Again a long, long time ago ... going to a party that had been broken up by the police and getting pulled over. Fortunately, the officer knew my uncle, who was also on the police force.

Describe a recent triumph: Getting hired in January as displays curator of the first aquarium in Kansas City and the best sea life in the United States.

The Kansas City Sea Life Aquarium (2475 Grand) is open 10 a.m.—8 p.m. Sunday—Thursday and 10 a.m.—9 p.m. Friday and Saturday. For more information, see visitsealife.com/kansas-city.

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