1941 - Born in Cincinnati, OH.
1949 - Moved to Iowa. 
1956 - Left Prep school.
1962 - Transferred from Grinnell College to the State University of Iowa, Iowa City (B.A., 1963).
1964 - Transferred from the University of Washington to Claremont Graduate School, CA (M.F.A., 1966).
1966 - Moved to New York City. Married Cathy Bao.
1967 - Sold a piece of sculpture to the Whitney Museum.
1970 - Moved out of New York to northwestern New Jersey.
1973 - Involvement with Tibetan Buddhism.
1974 - Birth of son, William Bao Bean.
1980 - Stopped full-time college teaching.
1985 - Completed first architectural pieces.
1992 - Stopped architectural ceramics.
1995 - William graduated from college.
1997 - Started rug venture.
2001 - Finished working on house and studio. William married.
2004 - Birth of grandson, Alexander Bennett Bean.
2005 - Started rugs as business with partner, Elizabeth Rand.
2006 - Birth of granddaughter, Audrey West Bean
2017 - Stopped making rugs. 
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