Steve Backhus was a California mathematics & science teacher for 25 years, after spending a decade in industrial quality control in Connecticut. He retired in 1995. His Connecticut roots gave him an appreciation for the importance of preserving the past for future generations to enjoy. The idea for the Backhus Foundation grew out of this background and his increased responsibility to preserve family heritages as the elder generation passed away. Steve directs Foundation activities from his new location in the Carson Valley, Nevada.