I was born in Lincoln, Nebraska, so I am a "dyed in the wool" Cornhusker! Even after all these years I still consider myself a Nebraskan, and I still get homesick for the great plains when something around me triggers a memory or feeling of Nebraska. When I was two and a half years old my family moved to Gaithersburg, Maryland so my father could work with the government. At the time Gaithersburg was a tiny little farming town. By the time I graduated from Gaithersburg High School, the tiny farming town was a busy city of 34 thousand surrounded by tract houses and townhouses.
In search of a B.A. I went to the University of Maryland in College Park, although with hindsight, I wish I'd gone elsewhere, but I did survive, which is all that matters. While an Undergrad, I majored in Medieval History, which I loved. Also took a lot of courses in literature, creative writing and architecture. All in all, I did have a lot of fun, learned a lot, didn't get hurt, and graduated.
Not being able to find a job in Medieval History, I ventured into the Virginia Piedmont in search of a Masters in Urban and Environmental Planning at the University of Virginia. Charlottesville turned out to be a wonderful place to go to school, and I truly enjoyed school even if I didn't always enjoy my grades.
In my spare time I tried to keep up with the household chores
and keeping the garden spiffy. My favorite flower is the Peony. I had an
entire bed filled with peonies, about 12 plants in all. Of all the flowers
I regret leaving behind when I moved to Florida, it is the peonies that
is first. Alas, peonies can't grown in Southeastern Florida. Of course
I had a lot of other flower beds, but the peonies were/are nearest and
dearest to my heart. Another downside in moving away from Charlottesville
is that I had to leave behind the beautiful mountains of the Virginia Piedmont.
The rest of my time was taken up by genealogy and the usual chores of living.
I love genealogy and find it a natural tie in to my BA in history. It was
during my life in Virginia that I started really digging my teeth into
the genealogy and history of the Catlett Family, starting
in Virginia about 1650. Return to my Home Page
for more information about the Catletts and my other families
contents © 1996 and 1997
John C. E. Christensen
Miami FL USA