Children: one, a 2-year old Boston terrier, Jimmy.
Occupation: Owner of Animal Care DESIGN. “After practicing veterinary medicine for about 17 years, I went back to school and achieved a Master of Architecture degree. I design and build Veterinary facilities. I also do commercial and residential projects, and I am an adjunct instructor at Pellissippi State -Human Anatomy and Physiology, General Biology.”
What was your first paying job?
“Bagboy at White Stores, Grocery Store Chain. Glen Brown, the manager, was my first boss.”
If you were stranded on an island, what one thing would you take?
“I’d take my favorite beer glass in the hopes that I’d find a jungle micro-brewery.”
If you could do one impulsive thing, unrestricted by cost, what would it be?
“Fly into outer space.”
What task or activity have you still not gotten around to doing?
“Procuring the property, designing and building my ultimate home, complete with gardens, orchard, home office/studio, indoor basketball court and music jamming space.
What’s your favorite television or movie quote?
“AAAAAA…Of course, you know this means war.” - Bugs Bunny
What are you guilty of?
“Trusting everyone, once.”
What is one thing you have always wanted to do but haven’t?
“Learn to surf.”
Do you think there is life on other planets?
“Big fat yes!”
What is your favorite material possession?
What are you reading currently?
“Let’s see, what’s on my bedside table… ‘TR-The Last Romantic’ a Teddy Roosevelt biography by H.W. Brand; ‘Robot Dreams,’ by Isaac Isamov, the man who first coined, ‘Robotics;’ ‘John Adams’ and ‘1776’ by David McCullough; Cliff’s Notes of ‘Hamlet,’ ‘MacBeth,’ and ‘Twelfth Night’ and several back issues of Men’s Journal, Architectural Record, and DRUM magazines.”
Who has been the most influential person in the 20th century?
“Though not an original thought, but really non-negotiable, it is Adolph Hitler. Obviously, personally responsible for the Western portion of WWII, and all the associated atrocities. He created “The Greatest Generation” (including my dad, T.J. White). Almost everything, post-circa 1938, was a result of WWII, both horrible and good.”
Why did you pursue the career you chose?
“The veterinary medicine/teaching field I chose because I love science, find the biological world we live in fascinating, and I cannot get a long with bosses, so being an independent business man is absolute. The architecture side is from my mother, who was an artist and passed on some talent. I find well-crafted things to be art. I love creating stuff.”
What is one word others often use to describe you and why?
“Other than the unprintable, creative, I suppose.”
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
“One thing? Sheesh. I’d like to be able to sing well.”
What is your passion?
“Science and art: practicing, learning, and teaching; playing drums and hanging out with the people and critters I love.”
With whom, living or dead, would you most like to have a long lunch?
“Paul McCartney or George Washington.”
What’s your favorite quote?
“I get by with a little help from my friends.”
What is your dream vacation?
“Rent a home within walking distance of the Duomo in Florence, Italy, then use it as a base to further explore Italy.”
What is your favorite movie?
“To Kill a Mockingbird.”
Rebels, Tornadoes, Mountaineers or Governors?
“Rebels. MHS Class of ‘74. I’m a board member and chair-elect of Maryville City Schools Foundation.”
If you could go back in time for a week, what time period or year would you visit?
“I would either choose to witness a week of my parents courtship because they’re both gone. Mother has been gone since I was small, and Daddy raised me. I’ve seen pictures of them when they were young. How cool would that be, to see them when they were young. Another choice would be 1776 in Boston or Williamsburg because I love history and the Revolution War period. Or Renaissance Italy. I’m an architect, and I love architectural history. Also, Liverpool in 1962 to see the Fab Four, the greatest musicians of all time.”
What do you hate?
“Stupid people and those who give multiple answers to questions.”
What is your favorite sport and favorite sport’s team?
“Football and basketball, high school and college and any MHS team and the Vols.”
What is the best present you ever received?
“My first drum kit. I was 11, and the Beatles were on top. Jeff Breazeale, now of the Dixie Werewolves, and I started our first band a little later.”
What is the best advice your mother ever gave you?
“Do not bite your nails.”
Did you ever get paddled in school and if so, why?
“One time, in sixth grade at Sam Houston Elementary. Randy Deere and I were told not to get off the sidewalk at recess because of the muddy grounds. We went into the muddy grass after a loose ball. We ere marched inside and promptly got paddled. It happened so fast, I practically did not know what happened.”
Who is your hero?
“My dad. He served in the Navy in World War II in the Pacific Theater. He later moved to Maryville in the early 1950s with a wife, three kids, and $200 in his pocket and started a new life and new business that was very successful. He later nursed a terminally ill wife, buried his oldest child of only 26 years old after a tragic death and, as a single father after his wife passed away, raised me.”