Yea that page dispels all the "myths" you hear about the spiders (generally from prior service people who want to "brag"). They're still not my favorite creature (spiders in general).
Growing up in the midwest we had large (1"-3") yellow/black and red/black spiders that would hang out in the ditch by the culvert. Not sure what they're called.
Most spiders are cool to look at, but I'm not a big fan of touching 'em.