Lou Christen, Author ‘Summer on the White Grass”

Born: St. Louis, Missouri, December 17, 1933

Family Home: Ferguson, Missouri– 1933-1957

High School: Christian Brothers College High School, Class of ‘51

College: St. Louis University, Class of ’55, Degrees: BS in Commerce, Philosophy

Military: U. S. Army, 1955-1957, Served in Occupied Japan

Business: Owner/President, Christen, Inc. 1958-1975

Manufacturer of Consumer Products

Numerous Design Awards and Patents

Member, St. Louis Human Relations Commission

Member, Young Presidents Assn. (YPO)

Member, Woit’s Warriors (Chicago)

President, Fireplace Association of America (Trade Assn.)


Owner/President, Louis J. Christen & Company 1976-2006

Product Design –Asian Sourcing—International Marketing


Chairman of the Board, Beacon Power, Inc. 2007-2012

Retired: 2013—to date



Kite Builder


Sailboat Builder (Y-Flyer) and Racer

Private Pilot, Instrument and Sailplane Rated (over 40 years)

Handball Player

Ice Skater

Recipient: Two Hip Replacements

Duplicate Bridge Player (Silver Life Master)

Radio Controlled Model Builder.

Writer (Maybe?)