Occupation: Service specialist/sales representative for Rocky Top BG, an automotive preventative maintenance company serving auto centers, mechanics and dealerships.
Family: Married to Emily Straquadine, and they have one daughter, Maya, 4, and a 17-year-old exchange student from Norway, Roxy Restad.
David Straquadine is a Blount County resident who stays in constant motion, whether at his job with Rocky Top BG, enjoying his family or volunteering his time in the community. For six years David has been a member of the Rotary Club of Maryville and is a past president of the club.
“Rotary - it’s all about getting to know people. People use words like ‘Giving back.’ Rotary is all about helping the guy beside you. I was in Boy Scouts growing up and that’s what Rotary is all about internationally and locally - just helping out your brother and making friends along the way.”
Here is David Straquadine:
What was your first paying job?
“I worked for Kroger in Columbus, Ohio, as a bagger at $3.15 an hour. I remember when the minimum wage went to $3.45, and we were all happy. You had to carry the bags out and wear a shirt and tie.”
If you could do one impulsive thing, unrestricted by cost, what would it be?
“I’d have a huge garage with every tool and machine you could think of, from woodworking to metal fabrication. If I wanted to make something, I could go out there and build it.”
What’s your favorite television or movie quote?
“Oh KKKKen is cccccoming to kkkill me,” Kevin Cline in “A Fish Called Wanda.”
What are you guilty of?
“Nothing that can be proven in the court of law.”
What is one thing you have always wanted to do but haven’t?
“Travel extensively. I’ve been to Germany, Europe and Australia, but I’d love to do a lot more.”
Do you think there is life on other planets?
“Absolutely, and they have a great sense of humor for coming over here, buzzing our citizen and making crop circles.”
What is your favorite material possession?
“A pool stick my dad gave me. That’s one thing I miss moving here. There are no good pool halls.”
What are you reading currently?
“The Watchman,” by Robert Crais.
Who has been the most influential person in the 20th century?
“Albert Einstein. He wasn’t just a brilliant thinker, even though math was not his strong suit, he was a physics rock star. I always liked that about him.”
What was your most embarrassing moment?
“When I worked for Kroger I asked a lady when she was due, and it turns out she wasn’t. I learned then that unless something is poking out, you don’t ask that question ever.”
What is one word others often use to describe you and why?
“Nice guy -- an image I’ve worked hard at cultivating. My plan is working - insert sinister laugh.”
When you were 5 years old, what did you want to be when you grew up?
“I had no idea, and I still don’t - not a clue. I’m always willing to try something different and new and do what I love. I love talking to people. That’s how I got into sales - that interaction. Fortunately I work for a good company.”
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
“My temper in relation to inanimate objects, never people. Sensitive ears can never be anywhere near me when I’m working on a car. If I’m in a driveway with a wrench in my hand, Emily grabs the kid and goes inside.”
What is your passion?
“My kid, wife, family and friends. My outtake on life is it’s all about the people around you and getting to know them. It’s all about that interaction.”
With whom, living or dead, would you most like to have a long lunch?
“Einstein, not just because of him being able to talk about physics. He had an interesting outtake on life. I think he got it. He understood what it was all about.”
What do you hate?
“Censorship of any kind. I believe a person has the right to say anything they want, and I believe I have the right to smack them in the back of the head if they shout ‘Fire’ in a crowded room.”
What is your all-time favorite movie?
“ ‘The Godfather.’ It’s the ultimate guy movie. Everybody wants to belong to the mob.”
What is the best book you’ve ever read?
“A Short History of Nearly Everything,” by Bill Bryson.
Would you travel in space?
“Yes, in a heartbeat. I’m disappointed it won’t be commercially viable or available in my lifetime. It would be incredible.”
If you could go back in time for a week, what time period or year would you visit?
“I’d go back and see how they built the pyramids. I love the Discovery Channel how they recreate things from the past. That would be neat to witness.”
What character in a book or movie would you most like to be?
“Elvis Cole, a private eye in the Robert Crais books. He’s funny, tough, carries a gun and always gets the job done and wears Hawaiian shirts like Magnum PI. He always gets the girl.”
What is the best present you ever received in a box?
“Bubba Rock, a little rock my daughter painted for me. Bubba Rock rides shotgun for me when I work.”
What is the best advice your mother ever gave you?
“Take a bath. Turns out that’s good advice. It came in handy.”
Who is your hero?
“I lost my dog Comet two or three months ago. He was my hero, along with Madison and Andy, our two dogs. I always felt dogs showed us the type of people we always wish we could be. There an old saying, I hope to be half the man my dog thinks I am.’