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Dick Cutler

Dick Cutler

Age: 70

Familiy: Single with four children: Bryan Cutler, Suzee Cutler, Sheri Brooks and Jonathan Cutler

Occupation: Realtor

Dick Cutler keeps busy.

While his day job is as a realtor, Cutler stays busy working in his Royal Oaks neighborhood.

“I’m on the board of the Royal Oaks Property Owners Association and that keeps me busy. I’m also the social director. I do whatever is needed,” he says. One of the most recent things was organizing the annual Royal Oaks Fourth of July parade.

Cutler, a Maryland native, did a four-year stint in the U.S. Air Force as a photographer before embarking on a marketing career that took him all over the country.

“I came here in 1972. While riding back from a sales convention in Dallas with a partner, we stopped overnight in the area. I thought the people were nice, and everything seemed to fit. I thought, ‘Why go back to Richmond? We decided to do our job from here, and eventually, we set up shop in this area, and I bought a home in Maryville. I just liked it here,” he says.

He retired in 1989, but he always seemed busy doing odd jobs and projects. “I thought I may as well get a full-time job,” he says.

Cutler ended up doing marketing, advertising and sales with Royal Oaks as well as working with Realty III. “I’ve been at Royal Oaks living and working here since 1992,” he says.

Whether Cutler is working at his paying job, volunteering to organize events for his neighbors or just doing projects around his house, Cutler says he likes to stay busy.

“I like my job,” he says. “It is a seven-day-a-week job, and I like that. I should relax but I don’t. I always find something to do. That’s the way I grew up. You found something to do,” he says. “I do family things on the weekends when I can, but I’m self-motivated, and I find something to do. I like it that way. I don’t do idle well.”

Here is Dick Cutler:

Who are you most like, your mother or your father and why?

“I have the work ethic of my father, and the arts and crafts flavor of my mother.”

What is your favorite quote from television or a movie?

“I like ‘Life is like a box of chocolates,’ or ‘There’s never enough rock,’ both from Forest Gump.”

What are you guilty of?

“Not spending enough quality time with my family as they grew up. Given a second chance in life, I would have settled for a little less and enjoyed it a whole lot more.”

What is your favorite material possession?

“My home overlooking the golf course and the mountains. I’ve moved 21 times in my lifem and I’m over it.”

What was your most embarrassing moment?

“I was a high school senior and a three-letter athlete. On Halloween night, I dressed as a drag queen. I won the prize, but the guys, as a prank, took my car keys. I was walking home, and the police showed up and made it like they were going to arrest me for indecent exposure. It was part of the hoax, but it was one of the most embarrassing moments of my life.”

Do you Myspace, Facebook or Twitter?

“Occasionally I do Facebook.”

What are the top three things on your bucket list?

“Win the $100 million lottery, spend three to six months vacationing throughout Europe with my lady Brenda Richmond and spend some quality time with my dad.”

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

“Big-hearted, gregarious, observant, alert, witty, positive and persistent but then there were other words my friends and co-workers threw out that I can’t repeat!”

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

“I would have stayed physically fit. I was 160 pounds until around 36, and I let it slip away over the year into the loveable teddy bear figure of a man I am today. My heart and feelings about life have never changed, but physically I have. I’m 70, but I don’t think or feel that old.”

What is your passion?

“Success, in ever endeavor, no matter how small or how large. I always had a passion to try and do the very best at the tasks before me.”

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

“My father. With only an eighth grade education, he seemed to become wiser with every year.”

If a movie were made about your life, who would play you and why?

“Tom Hanks because of his flexibility to any role given to him at any point in time. That’s the way I am. I accept the situation I’m faced with and adjust accordingly.”

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

“The 1950s because I just had a great childhood. I never met a stranger, played street ball, organized ball, danced a lot and participated in the band and plays.”

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

“A sterling silver tea service with tray. I sincerely appreciated that gift and cradled it to my car and put it on the roof. I began to give final hugs and handshakes, lost sight of everything, got I my car and started to drive off as they were screaming, ‘Stop.’ It was too late as the set tumbled onto the street. I stopped and actually cried. I still preserve that treasure and memories from 1966, dents, dings and all.”

What is the best advice your mother ever gave you?

“Aside from don’t talk back to your father, I’d have to say, ‘Whatever you do, do your very best and then some.’ “

Other than your parents, who has had the biggest influence on your life and why?

“My coaches who instilled the principles of hard work, perseverance and discipline into my life; my drill instructor in the U.S. Air Force; Kay Fenstermacher with General Refractory Co., in Philadelphia who built in me a business work ethic; the marketing education I got from Beryl Wolk of Goodway Marketing in Philadelphia and Sam Newman of Davis Newman Payne Advertising in Knoxville.”

Are you a cat person or a dog person?

“I am definitely a dog person.”

What was your favorite Saturday morning cartoon and why?

“I guess what stands out is Roadrunner. That coyote, he just kept trying.”

What irritates you?

“Kids with their pants hanging off their butt and most tattoos, especially on women, and all the metallic items hanging from their various extremities.”

What’s one place in Blount County everyone should visit?

“The park system. We have some of the best recreational areas out there.”

If you could go back in time, what advice would you give yourself at 18?

“Take life more seriously. It is a pivotal time in life where footers are poured and foundations are laid. Once you have some sort of direction in life, it is much easier to obtain the goals you would like to achieve.”

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