I was born in Philadelphia in 1946, but didn't stay long. My father, Joseph M. Bauman Sr., was a weather forecaster for what was then called the Weather Bureau, and relocated frequently from station to station. By the time I was 22, we had lived in Big Spring, Texas; Independence, Missouri; Chicago; Stanton, Delaware; the Miami, Florida vicinity; Kwajalein, Marshall Islands; and Public Landing, Maryland.
I attended the universities of Utah in Salt Lake City and Maryland at College Park.
In the East, I worked as a reporter and photographer for several small newspapers in Maryland and Delaware, and, briefly, as a newsman for WBOC TV in Salisbury, Maryland.
After Cory Wilcox and I married, we lived in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. We returned to her hometown, Salt Lake City, in 1971, where we happily remain. Our son, Sky Bauman, is a Ph.D. physicist who lives in Madison, Wisconsin.
In April 2008 I retired after 36 1/2 years as a reporter for the Deseret News, a daily newspaper in Salt Lake City. Today I’m focusing my writing on books and my camera on the stars.