I am Chris Peterson. I grew up in Southern California and attended the California Institute of Technology, majoring in Applied Physics and History. While at Caltech I spent a period as an Astronomy major, but decided I was not interested in a career in academia. After college I spent a year traveling around the world, then a few years working as a physicist at Beckman Instruments, and then started a company, Quantum Diagnostics, to design and manufacture medical equipment. I spent years designing phacoemulsification machines- sophisticated instruments for removing cataracts. But by the mid-1990s I was sick of Southern California: too many people, bad air, and hotter by the year with the changing climate. And my interest in astronomy had never ceased, but the stars are barely visible from most of California. So I bought a large property in the Colorado Rockies, moved there, and have never looked back.