Age: 38 years old
Married to Scott Maddux for 13 years
Children: Zager, 6, and Pruett, 4
Occupation: Owner of Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson Buell.
What was your first paying job?
“I got my first job to pay for my first speeding ticket. I was selling shoes at Barrett Shoe Store in Birmingham, Ala., my senior year in high school. I ended up quitting that same year when they would not let me off work to attend my Senior Prom.”
If you could do one impulsive thing, unrestricted by cost, what would it be?
“Buy an island in the Caribbean with an outrageously, fantastic house on it and a ridiculously, luxurious boat beside it.”
What task or activity have you still not gotten around to doing?
“Being my personal best with consistent exercise, better eating habits, more quiet time, deeper involvement with my children, being more prayerful, being more charitable, being a better listener, being a trophy wife - ha!”
What’s your favorite television or movie quote?
“I’ll have what she’s having,” from “When Harry Met Sally.”
What are you guilty of?
Do you think there is life on other planets?
“It would be disturbing, but it would make sense.”
What is your favorite material possession?
“It’s a toss up between my wedding ring and the journals I write to/for my children.”
What are you reading currently?
“I wish I could be more profound with this answer but at the moment I’m reading the series ‘Frog and Toad are Friends’ to my kids.”
Who has been the most influential person in the 20th century?
“There are so many that come to mind when I think of positive influences. However, if I were to answer who has had the most negative influence I’d quickly say Osama Bin Laden.”
What was your most embarrassing moment?
“I was in another city and worked in radio sales. I had called on a local car dealership and had an appointment with the general manager. I didn’t choose my words very carefully when he declined to purchase radio-time from me and inquired of his loyalty to the local, college football team. I later called him on the phone to apologize and better explain my intentions but he hung up on me before I finished. Later that week, a new sales person was hired, and I was asked to show her the ropes. We were reviewing her client list when this GM’s name came up. I leaned in and quietly confessed to her, ‘This account came from my client list but you can have it. We have a communication problem. Actually, I don’t even like this guy very much.’ She leaned in and whispered back, ‘He’s my husband.’ ”
What is your passion?
“My husband and children.”
Philosophically, do you believe the glass is half empty or half full?
“The glass has to be half full. In fact, depending on where you’re standing, it might look to be a tad more than half.”
Who is your hero?
“Although he will use this against me later, the absolute truth is that my hero is my husband, Scott. In a time when I was making my way through the world with my ‘dukes up,’ he showed me what it was to truly believe in someone; their word, their character, their devotion, their love. That was big for me. Even now, when I see him teaching our children to be respectful or explaining the difference between right and wrong, he is, secretly, my hero.”
When you were 5 years old, what did you want to be when you grew up?
“Probably 7. When I was a kid I never once recall wishing I wasn’t. But if I had to say what I liked to do as a kid, it was write. I’d write poems and stories and make my own cards to give to people. I had two older brothers and a little sister, so to concentrate in a quiet place I’d take a pencil and notebook and go sit in my mom’s car in the driveway to write.”
What is the best advice your mother ever gave you?
“Both my parents gave some good advice. Mom said, ‘All that glitters isn’t gold.’ Dad said, ‘Never eat yellow snow!’”
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
“I would love to be fluent in four or five different languages.”
With whom, living or dead, would you most like to have a long lunch?
“Traci Lee ‘T.L.’ Edwards Riley; friends since childhood. We cheered together, went on double dates to the Prom and learned to drive her daddy’s stick-shift while listening to Morris Day and the Time. In 1995, I held her hand in Mobile, Ala. on Oct. 31 at 2:25 p.m. when she died at age 27. I would also bring her children with me.”
What do you hate?
“Overly-friendly people with an agenda.”
What is the best book you’ve ever read?
“ ‘To Kill A Mockingbird.’ As a child, I was a bit of a tomboy, being rambunctious and inquisitive like Scout’s character.”
If you could go back in time for a week, what time period or year would you visit?
“I’d go back to the 1930s and befriend my grandmother.”
What character in a book or movie would you most like to be?
“Jo from ‘Little Women.’”
What is your favorite sport and favorite sport’s team?
“Tennis. Chris Evert was the best. John McEnroe’s temper was entertaining though.”
What is the best present you ever received?
“I still remember the moment when my father walked in my room and tossed a set of keys on the bed. I glanced at the keys, then back at him, without a clue or expression. When he grinned and said , ‘Well, come on ... let’s go look in the driveway,’ I blasted past him. It was a two-toned brown, used hatchback Chevrolet Berretta.”
What is your favorite song?
“Ray Charles sang, ‘I’m gonna love you, like nobody’s loved you come rain or come shine.’ They are the simplest, sweetest lyrics I’ve ever heard.”