Wednesday, April 11, 2012

The Pitch Questionnaire with Worlds of Fun games manager Cole Lindbergh

Life is fun for the games manager at Worlds of Fun.

Posted By on Wed, Apr 11, 2012 at 11:36 AM

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Name: Cole Lindbergh

Occupation: Games manager at Worlds of Fun

Hometown and current neighborhood: Smithville, Missouri

Who or what is your sidekick? I've had an iPhone for only about four months, and it has quickly and devastatingly turned into my sidekick. This device should be outlawed - it's so addictive.

What career would you choose in an alternate reality? Hard to say. Maybe a teacher. Maybe a director. I want my own talk show.

What was the last local restaurant you patronized? China Express. I got delivery.

Where do you drink? At home, on the couch, rarely.

Favorite place to spend your paycheck: I buy way to much stuff from Amazon. Mostly DVDs.

What local phenomenon do you think is overrated? The downtown St. Patrick's Day Parade. I went a few years ago and found myself incredibly bored.

Where do you like to take out-of-town guests? Worlds of Fun, duh!

Finish this sentence: "Other than the Kauffman Center, Kansas City got it right when ..." AMC renovated the Midland.

"Kansas City screwed up when ..." They made Joseph J. Davenport mayor in 1889. What a piece of work that guy was, huh?

"Kansas City needs ..." A true 70 mm IMAX screen. Seeing a flick on a screen that size is the only true IMAX experience, in my mind.

"People might be surprised to know that I ..." Am an underwater basket-weaving champion. That's not true. They might be surprised to know that along with writing and producing all the Worlds of Fun Games Department videos on our YouTube page, I am still in the process of finishing my second comedy album, "The Cole Lindbergh Experience — Volume II: Songs That Blow Head Off and Vultures Eat It." My first album, "Beginnings," sold 10 total copies at $1 apiece, and I gave out 13 more copies for free.

What TV show do you make sure you watch? Too many to count. Breaking Bad, Community, Parks and Recreation, Mad Men, Fringe, Game of Thrones, Justified, SNL, Archer, Eastbound & Down, Monday Night Raw, Walking Dead, Always Sunny. Seriously, this list could go on for days.

______________ take up a lot of space in my iTunes: Pearl Jam bootlegs

What movie do you watch at least once a year? Caddyshack

What local tradition do you take part in every year? Every year I travel to the Plaza to watch them flip the switch.

Celebrity you'd like to ride the Mamba with at Worlds of Fun: I think I would want to go on Mamba with Animal from The Muppets. When I envision it in my mind, I see it as both awe-inspiring and an overall great time. But in all honesty, Mamba is fun and all, but Prowler is where it's at.

Favorite person or thing to follow on Twitter: Norm MacDonald and Ghetto Hikes

Person or thing you find really irritating at this moment: This is going to sound out of left field, but at the moment, I've been spending the last week and a half unloading boxes and bags from semi trucks that are full of prizes that we will give out to game winners for the 2012 season. Everything from giant monkeys to tiny bears, dolphins, Angry Birds, Hello Kitty, dogs, caterpillars, hats and bouncy balls are delivered in either the world's largest plastic bags or the most awkward, easily breakable boxes on the planet. So when I see boxes, I want to kick them, and when I see bags, I want to rip them. End of rant.

Last book you read: That Is All by John Hodgman

Favorite day trip: Lawrence, walking Mass Street, seeing old friends.

What is your most embarrassing dating moment? It took me several years to realize a first date should be a nice dinner and a movie. Chuck E. Cheese and Pizza Hut are not acceptable first-date locations.

Interesting brush with the law? None, I abide the law.

Describe a recent triumph: Being on This American Life was something I could not have predicted. Following that interview, I received so many e-mails, phone calls, tweets and messages of support, it was overwhelming. The Games Department YouTube page blew up (at least by my standards). I got invited to go to San Francisco for 24 hours and talk to people about what I do. The Pitch recognized me as Kansas City's Best Boss. I could never have imagined how big of an impact that one radio interview would have had on my life.

Worlds of Fun opens for its 40th season April 14.

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