Steve Dowdney is a graduate of Trinity School in NYC and The Citadel in Charleston, SC. He served seven years as an officer in the United States Army. Airborne, Ranger and Special Forces qualified, he received numerous decorations while serving tours of duty in Africa and Vietnam. He has been a real estate broker, a vice president of a national investment firm, partner in a sailing yacht business, and more recently, the owner of Rockland Plantation Products, a company focused on canning traditional recipes previously found in pantries all across America. He lives in Charleston where his family roots run deep. Although retired he keeps busy. He authored Putting Up and Putting Up More, canning manuals describing and using modern, safe methods along with more than sixty recipes each. He has written and is trying to market two novels, writes a daily stock market letter and continues adventuring to stay young.