Know Your Knights: Aaron


This week, KC Kingdom welcomes a new knight to our round table. Aaron Reese is that knight and Ben and I are pleased to have him joining our team. His addition gives us another resource to provide additional coverage of the Kansas City Royals in the coming months. He is a local boy and an experienced blogger, and we are glad to have him on board. He has not had a chance to publish on our site yet, but we look forward to reading his work in the future.  Aaron did take some time to answer the same eight “biographical” questions that the rest of us have done along the way.

Meet your knight:

How did you become a fan of the team you’re covering?   I grew up in Kansas City and became a Royals fan as a kid in the late 80s. I got to see Willie Wilson, Bo Jackson, and George Brett on the same team. How could you not fall in love with that? I was a spoiled Royals fan for a few years, as they teetered on the edge of earning a post-season spot. Anyone still in their 20s has no idea what that was like.

Where did you grow up and where do you currently live? I grew up in Lee’s Summit, MO and now live in Kansas City.

What is your college/educational background? I have an art background and an English degree with an emphasis on creative writing from Columbia College in Columbia, MO.

What do you do for a living? I work for the Better Business Bureau of Greater Kansas City.  I do so many things they didn’t really know what to call me. I’m in charge of advertising review (reviewing advertising and writing companies to ask that they correct misleading ads), graphic design, news-writing, newsletters and press releases, media spokesman, government liaison and other jobs.

I am also a freelance illustrator when commissioned. http://deviator77.deviantart.com/gallery/

What is your family situation (wife, kids, etc.)? I am engaged to be married on October fifth of this year. I have a 20 lbs pirate dog named Bailey. Both my fiance and dog are awesome.

What do you like to do for fun (sports related or otherwise)? Draw, read books, read comic books, write, watch movies, television, watch baseball, play video games, go camping, canoeing, and traveling…honestly, I’m too easily entertained.

What is your favorite sports moment or memory? In 1997, back when Arrowhead was still the loudest stadium in the NFL, I watched the Chiefs beat the Denver Broncos 24-22 on a fourth quarter, 54-yard Pete Stoyanovich field goal. The stadium was the loudest it’s ever been. Breath vibrated into, and out of, my lungs. It was so loud with screaming and cheering that even the crowd’s roar could not be heard. Nothing could be heard, not even my own cheers, which were screamed with all the might in my body. I’ve been to fifty Chiefs games since, many of which were more important, and nothing has ever been that loud.

What are your least favorite team(s) and why? I’ve long since lost my fervor for football, but the lingering disdain for the Denver Broncos has remained unflagging in my mind since about 1992. I camped in Rocky Mountain National Park as a child and wore a Derrick Thomas jersey. I didn’t realize that fully-grown adults would taunt unknown children until then. I’ve hated the Broncos ever since, and always will. They are the enemy.