Family: Married to Robin. They have two children, Harrison, 11, and Mac, 6.
Occupation: Assistant Vice President, American Patriot Bank.
Bo Spears is more optimistic than pessimistic when it comes to everyone’s favorite topic of conversation these days: the economy.
“The economy will always work itself. Our government has made mistakes, but the economy always comes back. There is a problem, and the mortgage lending side needs to be fixed, but I’m optimistic it will be fixed.”
Here is Michael “Bo” Spears:
What was your first paying job?
“I worked at my Grandfathers’ furniture store when I was a kid. I would move furniture and clear out brush behind the store. I don’t remember what he paid me, but I sure remember what I learned. I learned basically how to get the job done and finish in a timely manner and that a hard day’s work is very rewarding.”
If you could do one impulsive thing, unrestricted by cost, what would it be?
“I’d probably play half of Golf Digest’s Top 100 golf courses. At first I thought why not play all 100 golf courses? But I’d probably have a broken set of golf clubs and a damaged psyche by the time I got to number 50.”
What’s your favorite television or movie quote?
“ ‘That’s not the umpire….that’s Enrico Palazzo,’ from the movie ‘Naked Gun.’ ”
What are you guilty of?
“I guess my obsession with watches is probably the biggest thing.”
What is one thing you have always wanted to do but haven’t?
“Hike the Appalachian Trail from Maine to Georgia. Probably too late, it would be a little selfish at this point. That’s a two-and-a-half to three months deal. I couldn’t do it in sections. Once I get something on my mind, I’m obsessed with getting it done.”
What are you reading currently?
“I am reading ‘Havana Nocturne,’ a book about how the mob lost Cuba during the revolution.”
What was your most embarrassing moment?
“I’d have to say 1989, football season, Alabama vs. Auburn. I had a friend I played baseball with at Tennessee Tech and his brother was at Auburn. We bought fake press passes, got cocky and went up to the press box. We stuck out like sore thumbs. We had jeans and T-shirts on. I heard a familiar voice and thought, ‘Who is that?’ It was Keith Jackson. He was interviewing one of the Auburn players. We made it 30 minutes up there, and they escorted us out of the game. We didn’t get in any trouble but they asked the three of us to identify the guy who sold us the press passes. When we described him, they let us back in the game. They had us with campus police, and they made us feel we were in trouble, but we weren’t.”
What is one word others often use to describe you and why?
“Informal. I’m kind of laid back.”
When you were 5 years old, what did you want to be when you grew up?
“I wanted to be a professional baseball player. I was 5, way before I knew how important it was to have foot speed.”
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
“I’d get a few more things accomplished throughout the day.”
What is your passion?
“My family. Regardless of how bad my day goes, I come home, and the kids are ready to see daddy. That’s something I look forward to everyday.”
With whom, living or dead, would you most like to have a long lunch?
“My grandfathers. My grandfather on my mother’s side passed away when I was 6 years old, and there were a lot of things I missed out on because of that. I don’t have very many relatives who hunt and all that. We fish. My grandfather was an accomplished marksman and made his own guns, and I missed out on a lot by him passing early. And, there’s not a day that I don’t think about my grandfather on my dad’s side. Every obstacle I go through, I think, ‘How would he handle it?’ That generation was so much tougher than our generation. They sacrificed lots of things. That goes along with any generation, but I just hope our generation can do that for the next.”
What do you hate?
“That there are only 6 days between my birthday and Christmas.”
What is your all-time favorite movie?
“ ‘The Godfather.’ I thought it was way before its time.”
What is the best book you've ever read?
“The Bible. That’s what we’re supposed to live by. That’s our instruction book. Of course we all stray from that sometimes but, bottom line, that’s why we’re here.”
Would you travel in space?
“I feel like I’m there half the time. I’m a little scatter-brained.”
What character in a book or movie would you most like to be?
“Dirk Pitt in the Clive Cussler novels. Seriously, this guy should have been killed 10 or 11 books ago.”
What is the best advice your mother ever gave you?
“Treat others as you would like to be treated.”
Did you ever get paddled in school and if so, why?
“Yes, a time or two. That’s been a while ago. I forget why.”
What was your first car?
“A 1973 Ford Mustang. It was in our family car. My uncle drove it to high school and college, and my dad drove it. It stuck out. It was turquoise. I couldn’t get away with a lot in that car because everybody knew who it belong to. There’s something about those old muscle cars you can’t get rid of.”
If you could go back in time for one week, when would it be and why?
“I’d go back to Jan. 3, 1920. That’s when the Red Soxs sold Babe Ruth’s contract to the New York Yankees, and the curse began. I think I could have stopped that.”
What’s your favorite all time song?
“ ‘One More Saturday Night,’ by The Grateful Dead.”
Is the glass half-full or half-empty?
“Half-full, no doubt. There’s always a silver lining on any cloud. I think this is coming from my grandfather on my dad’s side. I always found he could find a reason to smile.”