I was born at the end of WW II in Paterson, NJ, where my father was employed as a mechanical engineer at the Wright Aeronautical works, helping develop jet aircraft engines during that conflict. My parents met when both were students at Penn State University in State College, PA. Both my grandfathers were also professors at Penn State until they retired. All are now deceased. I have one older brother, retired from the US Federal Government, in Florida.
I went to Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, alma mater of my maternal grand-father, for whom I am named, and I later did graduate work in history at the Sorbonne in Paris, France, at Columbia University and at the Institute for Advanced Studies, up to my doctorate in social history. I taught college history for a while until I decided Academia, with all its committees, was not for me.
In the 1970s I moved to Napa, California; since 1994 I have lived in Sedona, with my wife, born in France, and whom I met while living in Paris doing research in the 1980s. We have no children and I am now retired.
Recently (2013) I was "bitten by the genealogical bug" and discovered Wikitree, whose easy access and community ethics appealed to me. In a relatively short time, I have found answers to many of my questions about different branches of my family, such as that my Snow relatives and I are descendants of 2 Mayflower passengers... I have therefore set up a Snow one-name study page (although I haven't had much time to work on it yet!) and added DNA testing to my biography.
I am always open to new information, corrections anywhere on my Tree (with Sources, please!), and to finding new distant cousins from my Snow, Bonine, Weston, Whiteman +/or other related lineages.As I am bilingual in French, I will be happy to assist Wikitree researchers seeking short translations etc. from that language too.
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Chet is 19 degrees from Isaac Asimov, 22 degrees from David Attenborough, 17 degrees from Bill Bryson, 22 degrees from Richard Dawkins, 30 degrees from Bengt Feldreich, 28 degrees from Ruth Gates, 25 degrees from Stephen Hawking, 23 degrees from Julius Miller, 18 degrees from Bill Nye, 27 degrees from Magnus Pyke, 26 degrees from Carl Sagan and 19 degrees from David Randall on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.