Born and raised in Billings, Montana, I was the second daughter of musician parents, who both worked in Old Faithful Inn in 1939. My father worked further summers as transportation agent. I trace my love of Yellowstone Park to memories of wonderful times with my sister Joan: waiting for geysers to erupt, visiting with rangers, attending slide shows and sing-alongs in the amphitheater, playing hide-and-seek in the inn, and watching as my father assigned passengers to the big yellow tour buses. Over the years I returned often, and since 1995 I have attended workshops given by the Yellowstone Institute.
After college at Stanford, U. of Washington, and U. of Southern California, I married Bill Chapple, who was also from Billings. He took all his degrees at Caltech in geology, later becoming a professor of structural geology at Brown University. While raising three daughters, I worked as a professional performer and teacher of cello and spent over forty years in Rhode Island. In 1981 I lost Bill to a very rare form of cancer. After completing my Master of Music degree in cello performance, in 1984 I married Bruno Giletti, a good family friend for over twenty years. This increased the count of daughters to five–and now I have six grandchildren.
In 1995 I began work on the guidebook that became Yellowstone Treasures in 2002. Why would a musician and a geologist want to write a guidebook to Yellowstone? A friend suggested we might collaborate to update the long-popular Haynes Guides to Yellowstone. Although the friend soon dropped out of the project, the momentum took hold, and I was hooked! By 2000 I had retired from teaching cello and from the musical groups I played with. Taking extended field trips once or twice a summer, reading, researching, and writing through the other seasons, I took five years to create the book. Asked whether I really walked all the geyser routes and hiking trails described in the guidebook, I wrote: “I hiked on all the trails I recommend, some of them several times. I explored trails that I now recommend and a few others I don’t. I recommend those that are not too strenuous—they are ways to get away from crowds and enjoy the Yellowstone that not everyone sees.”
Since all our daughters had long since left New England, Bruno and I decided to enjoy our later years in a year-round pleasant climate, and we moved to the San Francisco Bay Area for that and for its beauty and cultural attractions. I continue sharing my love for the park by updating Yellowstone Treasures, writing my blog, and, most recently, translating an 1883 travelog called Yellowstone: Land of Wonders from the French with my colleague Suzanne Cane.
Janet’s husband and Professor Emeritus of Geological Sciences at Brown University is no stranger to teaching and writing either. Bruno contributed the geological history chapter to Yellowstone Treasures and wrote many of its geological sidebars. Bruno has contributed articles on geochemistry to major scientific journals. Part of his research was in using radioactive isotopes to measure the ages of rocks in Montana and Wyoming, as well as in New England and Scotland. In addition, he used stable isotopes to determine ancient circulation patterns of waters when they had interacted with hot newly emplaced igneous rocks, in the Rockies and Scotland.
Jo-Ann wrote an extensive revision of the geological history chapter to Yellowstone Treasures, 4th ed., and revised many of its geological sidebars. She is a consulting geologist and an Adjunct Professor of Geosciences at Idaho State University, where she teaches a course in the Geology of Yellowstone and continues research in the field of structural geology. Her interests are wide ranging and have included commodity exploration, environmental restoration, and nuclear waste disposal in geologic terrains. Her geologic map of an area of very ancient rocks in southwestern Montana will be published in 2013 by the Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology. An old friend of Janet’s, she was “delighted to participate in the 4th edition.”
Linton made the excellent maps in Yellowstone Treasures, some of which can be seen on this website. Here’s one of the Canyon area. A civil engineer who retired in 1995 from California’s Department of Water Resources, he’s a long-time friend of Janet’s. She writes: “Knowing I was casting about for a mapmaker, Linton offered to work on some drafts, and I was delighted to have his help. He started with base maps from NPS and other Internet sites and added everything I requested. We exchanged over 1500 e-mails across the country for a couple of years to make the 37 maps, which Linton created using Photoshop on his Macintosh. When it came time to make the final maps, Linton couldn’t bear to part with his “babies,” so he taught himself to use Adobe Illustrator and created them. He has stuck with the project through all four editions, cheerfully updating maps as needed. I was incredibly lucky in my mapmaker!”
Self-employed as a freelance editor, Beth lives just north of Seattle, Washington. Beth has fond memories from several trips to Yellowstone National Park and finally got to pilot an airplane nearby in 2013. She has worked as developmental editor, production editor, proofreader, indexer, web designer, and copywriter on the Yellowstone Treasures project over the years. You can learn more about her work at her Freelance Language Services website.