Growing up in the small town of Hamilton, Massachusetts, Bowen graduated from the University of Massachusetts and headed west. When the car broke down in Vail, Colorado, he stayed three years. After getting an MBA from University of Northern Colorado he wound up in the San Francisco Bay Area, working in marketing for high tech firms. He's the father of Patrick and Leslie and when they flew the coop, he headed for Thailand. He lives in Phuket with his Thai wife and thanks Buddha for his fulfilling life in a beautiful place.