Born to Michael and Jean (Shear) Applegate in Chico, CA.
Earns a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Chico State College (now California State University, Chico).
Is an advertising account executive for the Butte County Bugle Newspaper in Chico, CA.
Is a graphic designer for the Chico Enterprise-Record until 1987.
Writes articles on artists for the local newspaper Chico Enterprise-Records in conjunction with the Chico Art Center Open Studio Tours until 1997.
Is asked to be an advisor for one term on the Chico Symphony Board.
Becomes a part of the Annie Awards Visual Arts Committee in Chico, CA, which runs to 2001.
Is a research librarian at the Janet Turner Print Museum within Chico State University, which he continues to do.
Is a founding member of the Museum of Northern California Art.
Gives the Museum of Northern California Art its name and parameter guidelines for the museum collection and collecting.
Receives the Janet Turner Prize for Excellence in the Arts.
Gives a portion of his collection of Northern California artists’ work to be the founding permanent collection of the Museum of Northern California Art.