Born... a while ago. I grew up in the southern part of the San Joaquin Valley of California. We were two hours from Disneyland, two hours from the beach, two hours from the redwoods, and 1 1/2 hours from Dodger stadium. Life was great! It was at the beach and in the redwoods where my love of the night sky was born. Oh, and I love to smoke brisket... Texas-style!