Chat Room: Judy Tucker

Judy Tucker

Judy Tucker

Name: Judy Tucker

Age: 54

Marital Status: Married to Tommy Tucker. They have one son, Jeff Tucker.

Occupation: Child care director at First Baptist Church of Maryville.

What was your first paying job?

“Retail sales at J.C. Penney. As a member of their Teen Fashion Board, I had the opportunity to work weekends and after school.”

If you were stranded on an island, what one thing would you take?

“My husband, Tommy. I’m pretty independent, but when things get rough, I rely on him.”

If you could do one thing unrestricted by cost, what would it be?

“Have a professional redecorate our home and landscape our lawn.”

What task or activity have you still not gotten around to doing?

“Organizing and cleaning out the upstairs storage room over the garage.”

What’s your favorite television or movie quote?

“How you doin?’’ from Joey on ‘Friends.’

What are you guilty of?

“Keeping too much stuff. I still have workbooks, crafts and papers of my son’s when he was in kindergarten and every shirt he ever wore in sports from the time he played T-ball at Eagleton.”

What are you currently reading?

“With Open Arms” by Nora Roberts.

What is one thing you have always wanted to do but haven’t?

“Ride in a hot air balloon. I just think that would be so neat to be up above everything and look down.”

What was the most influential person in the 20th Century?

“Billy Graham. I think he has been a positive influence and changed the direction of so many people’s lives by his example and the message he shares with the world.”

What was your most embarrassing moment?

“A group of ladies from work were eating at Calhoun’s in Gatlinburg during the holidays. I went to the restroom. Upon entering, I thought to myself, that it was odd that there were so few stalls in a restaurant of this size. Imagine when I came out and discovered a man in the restroom. I slipped out real fast without saying a word.”

Why did you pursue the career you chose?

“I enjoy young children. Everyday is different. Children don’t care if you’re having a bad hair day or wearing designer clothes. They are so innocent. All they ask is for your attention and for you to love them. In return, they give you unconditional love.”

What’s your favorite quote?

“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”

What is one word others use to describe you and why?

“It would have to be two words: bargain hunter. The thrill is in the find.”

What is your all-time favorite movie?

“Legends of the Fall.”

Rebels, Tornadoes, Mountaineers or Governors?

“Rebels. My son graduated from Maryville High School in 1990.”

When you were 5 years old what did you want to be when you grew up?

“I always enjoyed playing school and playing with dolls. It seems I chose the career that gives me the opportunity to continue doing the things I enjoyed as a child.”

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

“Be allergy-free. I can not seem to not be allergy-free even with eye drops and medication. I always look like I’m crying.”

What is your passion?

“Shoes. My husband compared me to Imelda Marcos. He vows I have over 100 pairs in my closet. Do I wear them all? Of course not, but I always go to the shoe department.”

With whom living or dead would you most like to have a long lunch?

“My mother, Dorothy ‘Dot’ Law. She passed away in 1993 in the prime of her life. I would like to include my dad, John Law, and sister, Gail Franklin.”

What do you hate?

“Automated phone systems. I prefer to talk to an actual person instead of selecting a number.”

What is your dream vacation?

“Take one year and travel around the world with no time or money limitations.”

If you could go back in time for a week, what time period or year would you visit?

“The early 1970s before Jeff began public school. After that, the years went by far too quickly.”

What character in a book or movie would you most like to portray?

“Elaine on Seinfeld. In the end, everything works out, and she has fun along the way.”

What is your favorite sport and favorite team?

“I go along with the family and pull for Peyton Manning.”

What is the best present you ever received?

“He wasn’t wrapped in paper, but I would have to say my husband, Tommy. He has been the gift that continued to give. Also, my son, Jeff, and grandson, Yves.”

Did you ever get paddled in school and if so, why?

“Yes, in the seventh grade by Margaret Thompson. She lined up a large group for telling or listening to dirty jokes on the playground during recess.”

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