Former San Quentin State Prison inmate Aaron ‘Showtime” Taylor
After serving 26 years in prison for armed robbery, Aaron “Showtime” Taylor had the opportunity of a lifetime as the guest public address announcer for the Golden State Warriors game against Houston on April 10. The night in the spotlight followed years of play-by-play for a captive audience and caught the eyes and ears of Warriors’ management during the organization’s annual visit to San Quentin State Prison. Taylor isn’t resting on his laurels and continues pursuit of his dream to be a high-level play-by-play announcer. Inspired by a broadcasting icon, Taylor insists he won’t be denied and that he’s even capable of making curling exciting.
The Dave Lewis Show
"Showtime" Taylor's Story of Redemption Still has Chapters to be Written
"It's never too late. My mind is set here. When I found out I was going to the (parole) board, I automatically said okay, you're going to get out the first time you go so let's start looking at your options. Okay, when you get out, you'll be 54. It's going to be a month before you're 55th birthday. That means you're going to have an opportunity to have a career in sports broadcasting. If you can make it happen, you can start at 55 and possibly go to 80-years-old, maybe 85.... so as long as your vision is good and your mind is sharp, you can have a job in sports broadcasting."
"I started reaching out back in early 2000's--just started sending demo, touching base usually about once a year. 'Hey, don't forget about me. Keep me in mind.'...and then finally got a voice mail. I had gotten an e-mail saying there might be something and didn't hear anything. And then got a voice message saying if you're interested give us as call back....It was a pretty exciting moment for many, many years of bugging them and they probably got tired of me bugging them."
"If you're not nervous, that's a problem...Pressure is a privilege. I think that may have been Billie Jean King. And to really understand that and get after it, it's really important. And I think there's a balance, too. Of recognizing you are enough, too. And that's what Jenna Fischer talks about in her book that sometimes you don't have to be over the top--that you are enough."
We live on the back of this hill and I told my daughter, "Just let any of these dudes know if I catch them with alcohol, I'm throwing them over the fence. They're not going back out the front door. They are going over the fence and down the hill."
"You could have had a million dollars but money didn't mean a thing in there. Very scary situation where it could have been a lot worse than it was. There was death, rapes, drug use and fear of war between the locals and the cops that almost took place."