Wednesday, January 30, 2013

The Pitch's Questionnaire with the Photo Bus's John DePrisco

The Photo Bus owner and driver talks about life in KC.

Posted By on Wed, Jan 30, 2013 at 6:00 AM

Name: John DePrisco

Occupation: photographer, the Photo Bus

Hometown: Cincinnati

Current neighborhood: River Market

Who or what is your sidekick? April, my 1970 VW Bus!

What career would you choose in an alternate reality? My mother worked for Delta for 42 years, and I have always loved to fly. So I would be a fighter pilot.

What was the last local restaurant you patronized? The Farmhouse, Quay Coffee

What do you drink? Rum with Coke! "Release the Kraken!"

What's your favorite charity? Young Variety or New Roots for Refugees

Favorite place to spend your paycheck: I love food. Anywhere with good local food.

Where do you like to take out-of-town guests? Oklahoma Joe's. Chicken Z-Man!

"Kansas City got it right when ... " It comes to great local businesses and art.

"Kansas City screwed up when it ... " Built the professional sports complex away from downtown. I'm from Cincinnati, and they did it right by building the stadiums downtown. It really helped the city.

"People might be surprised to know that I ... " Was born with six fingers and toes.

"On my day off, I like to ... " Play golf and joy-ride in the Bus, when it's running!

____ take up a lot of space in my iTunes: Dave Matthews, OAR, Blues Traveler. Almost anything. I love music, grew up playing the tuba, and my grandparents owned a music store.

"In five years, I'll be ... " Doing the same thing but with a bigger studio/event space and maybe a few photo buses.

What TV show do you make sure you watch? Gold Rush, Breaking Bad, Top Gear U.K., White Collar, Chuck

What movie do you watch at least once a year? The Godfather

What local tradition do you take part in every year? Wine Walk on Delaware and First Friday

Celebrity you'd like to ride the Mamba with at Worlds of Fun: Yvonne Strahovski, Zooey Deschanel, or my childhood hero Chris Sabo from the Cincinnati Reds.

Favorite person or thing to follow on Twitter? The Photo Bus KC! Or @BBC_TopGear

Person or thing you find really irritating at this moment: Cold weather and the snow. April the Bus does have heat, but I don't like driving it in bad weather.

What subscription - print, digital, etc. - do you value most? Pandora. Love music. PDN photo magazine.

Last book you read: A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail by Bill Bryson

Favorite day trip: Weston or Columbia

Interesting brush with the law? I was 16 years old and I sideswiped a police car. Damn thing stopped in front of me! I might have been tailgating.

Describe a recent triumph: Getting the Bus into Union Station for the NYE party. The Bus is 67.7 inches wide, and we had 69 inches to get in.

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