Occupation: Marketing director of River Rat in Townsend and USA Raft in Hartford, Tn.
Taz Cable’s career has taken him from Greenback, to Miami, the Caribbean, Las Vegas, back to Miami and finally, Townsend.
The William Blount High School graduate has been a professional dancer, a stand-up comedian, has worked for Sony/Viacom and now is a marketing director for a rafting company in Townsend and owns the “giddyoh.com” marketing/special events network.
Cable started out life in Greenback. “I grew up in Greenback, lived on the Monroe County line, had a Greenback phone extension and I went to Blount County schools,” he says.
Cable says he never went to college but instead was “street educated” and left home days after graduation and pursued a career as a dancer out of Miami for Carnival Cruise Line for eight months.
“I threw a fit in the Bahamas, and they flew me home. I went to Vegas and used a sound clip from when I was on the cruise line and pretended to be a comedian, and they gave me a job,” he said.
Cable says he worked at the venues such as the Mirage casino and the Aladdin, now known as Planet Hollywood Las Vegas.
“I did ‘Country Tonight’ in Branson, Missouri, and we brought the show to Pigeon Forge. After that I went to Los Angeles with Tearman Entertainment Group and worked for Sony Viacom,” he says. “I did music videos for Sony.”
Cable says the grind of his profession got to him, and he opted to come home. “I got tired of flying and being in the air all the time and moved back to East Tennessee,” he says.
Cable says he was a long time tubing customer before he came to work with River Rat in Townsend. “I would bring groups up here to go tubing. Where I like to be is on the river and away from the rat race,” he says.
Cable says Townsend is unique. “For this to be such a small town, it’s a complicated town.”
Here is Taz Cable:
Who are you most like, your mother or your father and why?
“I am more like my mother, Debbie Cable. I could never be as laid back as my dad, Chuck Cable. She’s a spitfire, full of energy, more uptight. We sweat everything, and dad doesn’t sweat the small stuff.”
What is your favorite quote from television or a movie?
‘”Hello, Angels’ from Charlie’s Angels, the TV show. That’s what I remember from being a kid, and I liked the mystery behind the sound speaker.”
What are you guilty of?
“Not growing up. I’m still young at heart, but I get tired earlier than I used to! I still enjoy working six or seven days a week, even though I complain. I still like to play.”
What is one word others often use to describe you and why?
“Spaz, because I can be.”
What are the top three things on your bucket list?
“Pack a suitcase and move to Italy, travel the United States in a motor coach and ride a horse on the beach in California.”
What is your favorite material possession?
“My Jeep. It is so universal anybody can go with me, or I can take nobody at all, and I’m fine.”
What was your most embarrassing moment?
“Falling off stage in front of about 2,000 people in Vegas. That was at the Bellagio. I was making fun of this guy and stepped right off the front of the stage. It happened so quick! The audience laughed and thought it was part to the act until I limped coming back up.”
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
“I wish I could save money. I hate saving money. I have a horrible time saving money, even to pay what I need to pay next week.”
What is your passion?
“My Work/Job. That is all I have ever known. I’ve been working since I was 14. I hate long-term relationships unless it was a friend, so I’ve always dumped myself into some kind of job.”
With whom, living or dead, would you most like to have a long lunch?
“Dolly Parton. I think she is an intelligent woman. She started out the way I started out -- from a small town. She surrounded herself with good people. I’d like to know how she did it and kept her head above water, took all the criticism and kept going.”
If a movie were made about your life, who would play you and why?
“My friends would say Pauly Shore, but he ain’t as hot as I am. I used to be told I looked like a guy in New Kids on the Block, and I get Vin Diesel comparisons a lot, but I’m not built like he is.”
What’s the worst job you have ever had?
“Hardees. I made it two days.”
What is the best present you ever received in a box?
“One thousand dollars. Somebody who had borrowed money a long time back that I had even forgotten about. A package came in the mail with $1,000 cash.”
What is the best advice your mother ever gave you?
“Go to school so you don’t have to work as hard as your Dad and I did. I didn’t listen, but I got the ‘street’ equivalent of a Harvard education.”
Other than your parents, who has had the biggest influence on your life and why?
“Tonya Pryne, a German businesswoman she had it rough and came out on top. She was Jim Clayton’s house manager. Now she is back in Germany.”
Do you Myspace, Facebook or Twitter?
“Social networking allows me to see what other people are doing without having to be around those people everyday. As far as business, it’s a quick way to get a message out. I like it and enjoy it. It is social time.”
Are you a cat person or a dog person?
“Dog person all the way. I have got two, and I’m looking for a third.”
What is your theme song that best describes you?
“Jesse, Look at Me Now.”
What irritates you?
“In general, people who are selfish, mindless and don’t like to pay attention to their surroundings. Whether you are in the middle of church or a street, be aware of where you are.”
If you could go back in time, what advice would you give yourself at 18?
“People are weird, kind of like you. They are for the most part selfish and all about themselves. Be strong in your beliefs… travel more for pleasure than business. You only get one trip here on Earth. Remember, actions speak louder than words, always.”