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Bill Proffitt Jr.

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Bill Proffitt Jr.

Name: Bill Proffitt Jr.

Age: 56

Family: Married to Mary Proffitt for 18 years, and they have two sons: David, 16, and Ben, 13.

Occupation: Dentist

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

“Probably a farmer. At the time that’s what my dad was doing and I always liked helping him.”

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

“I’d take a year off from work and spend the time traveling with my family. I have enjoyed the trips I’ve taken and I’d like to see more of the U.S. and some other parts of the world.”

What are you guilty of?

“Not getting out of my comfort zone. Not riding my bike more. Not visiting friends enough. Not enjoying the moment. Not volunteering enough. Not working in my yard enough. Not hiking in the mountains on a regular basis. Not telling people around me with how much I appreciate things they do for me. Not reading enough.”

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

“Own a sports car. It just seems that life sometimes interferes with my plans. I probably would like an Acura NSX. That has been my dream car.”

Do you think there’s life on other planets?

“Yes, just not as we know it.”

What’s your favorite material possession?

“A custom built Lynskey titanium road bike. I had it made for me last year, and it’s a pleasure to ride. It’s like no other bike I’ve ever owned.”

Who has been the most influential person in the 20th century?

“For me, my parents. They established high standards from the beginning, and they provided guidance through my formative years. I owe them a lot of credit for my successes.”

What was your most embarrassing moment?

“I was in the checkout line at the grocery store and after everything was checked and totaled, I realized I was out of checks, and I had very little cash. So I asked the cashier to hold the cart of groceries while I left the store, ran down the street to the ATM and came back with the cash. He was very understanding, but I was extremely embarrassed.”

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

“Reserved. I guess because I’m rather soft spoken and don’t often make snap decisions.”

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

“Be more of a risk taker.”

What is you passion?

“I really like helping patients solve their dental problems. It’s very satisfying. I also like to ride my bike.”

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

“Lance Armstrong. His courage and determination are very inspiring. I doubt his 7 Tour wins will be eclipsed in my lifetime.”

What do you hate?

“Paying the late charge when I haven’t paid a bill on time.”

What is your all-time favorite movie?

“Raiders of the Lost Ark. I guess it’s pretty much action-packed, and the character Harrison Ford plays is a neat guy.”

What is the best book you’ve ever read?

“Rich Dad, Poor Dad. I think brought to mind the things I would like to do a little more of, such as not be quite so conservative and be a little bit more of a risk taker. I had a sister who recommended it to me, and I enjoyed reading it.”

Would you travel in space?

“Yes. I’d like to see the earth like the astronauts view it, but I’m not interested in visiting other planets.”

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

“I’d go back to my childhood summer when life was so much simpler, and I spent the days having fun on the farm.”

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

“Probably Superman. It would be great fun to leap over tall buildings and, of course, he got to spend time with Lois Lane.”

What is the best present you ever received in a box?

“That would be home-made chocolate chip cookies my Mom sent when I was in dental school in Memphis. Even though they were several days old and some broken into pieces, they were delicious. Those care package were very appreciated.”

What is the best advice you mother ever gave you?

“If you can’t say anything good about someone, then don’t say anything.”

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

“Not in school, just at home.”

Who is your hero?

“It would have to be a tie between my parents. I have incredible respect for them, and I have benefitted tremendously from their direction and support.”

What was your first car?

“A Volkswagen Beetle. That was a fun car. My dad bought it for my brother and me. Unfortunately it came to an early demise when somebody pulled out in front of my brother. He wasn’t hurt, just shaken up. The first car I ever purchased was a 1971 BMW 2002.”

What’s your favorite all time song?

“I don’t really have a favorite song but I like a lot of Motown hits, and I enjoy jazz.”

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