When trying to think of a name for my company, I wanted something original and personalized. Something natural and special. While thinking about it for weeks, I had someone call me by my nickname that started as a kid. ‘Sassy’. I have uncles, aunts, cousins, friends of the family, etc., that still call me ‘Sassy’ to this day. I wonder if some of my uncles even know my real name. I had one uncle admit to me that he forgot my first name, Angie, and had to ask my aunt. BUT how did I get the name ‘Sassy’ and how did it expand to ‘SassyBo’? My dad, James Harold Green (‘Doc’), came up with ‘Sassy’ and ‘SassyBo’ when I was a very young child. My dad raised me to take up for myself in every way possible. It came in very handy since I was the youngest and the only girl of all my cousins on my dad’s side of the family. My brother and cousins were also the typical big southern bubbas! My mom’s side of the family gave me over fifty first cousins! As my dad was teaching me this skill he began to comment I was sassy and then started calling me ‘Sassy’. The nickname caught on especially since I was establishing the ‘Sassy’ technique. Then where did the nickname ‘SassyBo’ come into play? My dad always played off names (like ‘The Name Game’). He then came up with ‘sarsaparilla’ (soft drink) since soft drinks were my obsession as a kid. Sarsaparilla didn’t suit him because he wanted an original name just for me. So as a play off ‘Sassy’ and ‘sarsaparilla’ he came up with ‘SassyBorilla’ and he emphasized the ‘B’. Which then turned into my lasting nickname with him ‘SassyBo’ (emphasize the ‘B’)! Everyone else refers to me as ‘Sassy’ but my special nickname with my dad is and will always forever be ‘SassyBo’.
My dad died when I was 15 years old but not a day goes by that I don’t think of him. I remember his smile, his laugh, his humor, his intelligence, his work ethic, his amazing ‘people’ skills & mostly I remember how he loved and protected me. I realize that I truly had the best father anyone could ask for. So I dedicate my company in remembrance of my dad, James Harold Green (‘Doc’) – (April, 25, 1948 – August 18, 1989). I will incorporate all my dad’s wonderful qualities and everything he taught me. I know he would really be proud of all that I have accomplished and the person that I have become. “So Dad, I dedicate my company, ‘SassyBo’, to you. You are the reason for the drive that is within me to make it a success. You are always in my heart and mind. I love you!”
Angie ‘SassyBo’ Raetz