Occupation: real estate broker, author.
Larry Henry of Louisville was born in 1938 and grew up in South Knoxville. He graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1963 and joined the U.S. Marines and served in the USMC Reserves in Knoxville.
“I joined the Marine Reserves on Alcoa Highway when I was 18. I was a drifter when I was a young man, living in Atlanta, New York City, Corpus Christi, Houston, Knoxville and now Louisville.”
His father, Hugh Jackson Henry II, owned Morris and Henry General Tire and was a land developer. He brought the family to Louisville in 1956 and built a summer cottage on the Little River a mile up Topside Road when Larry Henry was 15.
“One of my sisters, Judy, and I presently live there. My other sister, Rebecca, lives in Miami.” Henry’s father and his mother, Mildred Geneva Butler Henry, are both deceased.
Henry moved back to Blount County full time in 1983. “I love Blount County and the people who live here. This will be my home until I fly away for Glory.”
Henry recently published a book entitled “Garden of Eden.” He says he wrote it as a “Thank you” to veterans and to set the record straight about the Vietnam War. “Hardly anyone knows what happened in Vietnam. It really tells what actually happened.”
Henry said he wrote the work a piece at a time over a period of 20 years. “When the bottom fell out of real estate, I sat down and pulled the whole thing together.”
Here is Larry Henry:
Who are you most like, your mother or your father and why?
“Both, but most like Daddy. He was frugal, levelheaded and always smiling. He and Bob Sams took me possum hunting and fishing when I was a boy. Mom and Dad both stuck by me when I was a teenager and a rebel without a cause.”
What is your favorite quote from television or a movie?
“Could this be the end of Rico?” Edward G. Robinson from “Little Caesar.”
How do you like your steak cooked?
“Blood rare. I like my steaks blood rare, and my bourbon on the rocks.”
What are you guilty of?
“Everything. I ran with the Wild Bunch when I was young. I’m lucky to still be alive. We never did anything terribly serious, just nonsense.”
What is your favorite material possession?
“Little things left behind by my mother and father. An old pistol, scrapbook - those are more important to me than material possessions.”
What are you reading currently?
“I’m writing the sequel to my book, ‘Garden of Eden.’”
Who has been the most influential person in the 20th century?
“Winston Churchill. He saved England, and, in my opinion, Sir Winston saved the world from Imperial Japan and Nazi Germany.”
What was your most embarrassing moment?
Larry said he was 52 when he looked back on his life, and its embarrassing moments. “Looking back at my mistakes and wasted years brought tears to my eyes. I’m 70 now, and have finally come to terms with who I am, thus the reason I wrote my book. It serves as a Thank You to my parents, our veterans and American military personnel around the world.”
If you only had a week to live, what would you do and why?
“First of all, I’d get my affairs in order. Then I would tell my two sisters and my two nephews goodbye, ask God to forgive my sins, then take off on a world cruise until the end.”
What was your favorite Saturday morning cartoon and why?
“It was a radio show: ‘Big John and Sparky,’ when I was a boy. I loved the invisible frog who plunked his magic twanger and then appeared.”
What is one word others often use to describe you and why?
“Intelligent. I’m not being arrogant. People have told me this all my life. Somewhere along the trail, I finally believed them.”
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
“My wasted past. I was a person who frittered away time and money. I didn’t work hard and didn’t do things like a professional should have. I grew up and that changed.”
What is your passion?
“God and country. I’m a patriot. Today’s politicians, media and academia are stone losers. I don’t think they care about the people.”
With whom, living or dead, would you most like to have a long lunch?
“Jesus Christ. That’s something that I think would fascinate a lot of people -- to meet the Son of God and ask, ‘How you deal with these (people) on earth?’”
If a movie were made about your life, who would play you and why?
“Jimmy Stewart, Randolph Scott or Gary Cooper. These men all have strong characters and patriotic personalities.”
If you could go back in time for a week, what time period or year would you visit?
“World War II. That’s the time that England and America finally rose to their greatest height.”
What is the best present you ever received in a box?
“It was a .22-caliber rifle at Christmas. My dad gave it to me when I was 10 years old.”
What is the best advice your mother ever gave you?
“Make good grades, be a good boy, and tell the truth.”
In the workplace, would you rather be powerful or popular?
“Powerful. I think too many people in Congress want to be popular in the media and with special interests. I would want to do what was best for the people.”
Who is your hero?
“My father, Hugh Jackson Henry II. Close second: Winston Churchill, Ronald Reagan and Erwin Rommel, the Desert Fox.”
“Do you use MySpace, Facebook or Twitter?
I’m not computer literate, don’t know how. But I can dance.”
Are you a cat person or a dog person?
“Cat person. My cat’s name is Miss Sooty Belle.”
What’s the worst job you’ve ever had?
“Working in any office. I’m an outdoors person.”
What is your theme song that best describes you?
“The Marine Corps hymn, and, in a few more years, Taps.”