Steve graduated from UCLA with a B.A. degree in Economics and has lived in Seal Beach, California since 1972. After 36 years in national sales and sales management, he retired from Vision Service Plan (VSP) in 2009. Soon after retirement, Steve began his quest to learn more about the World War II experiences of his father, pilot Howard Snyder, and his crew of the B-17, Susan Ruth. It became his passion, and after 4 ½ years of dedicated research, resulted in book, Shot Down. One result of his new career as a World War II historian is that he is a member of numerous World War II organizations and is Vice President of the 306th Bomb Group Historical Association.