Story of my name
Kybo Ken (KyboKen@AOL.COM)
Sat, 4 Apr 1998 02:55:54 -0500
I've had several inquiries on the scouts-l e-mail list about the origin of my
nickname "Kybo Ken," so here is the story. If you're not really interested,
go ahead and delete.
Back in 1989, I got a job working as a commissioner at a summer camp (Winton)
- a camp in the Sierra Nevada mountains. One week, I was put in charge of a
troop that was from sponsored by a ward that had recently been in my stake
(our stake split and my ward went to the new one). I had several friends in
that ward, so some of the boys were already familiar with me.
Since I had an interest in Astronomy and they could not find a counselor, I
got drafted and placed on a 4 day crash course on the merit badge so I could
teach it. Several of the boys from this troop took the merit badge, so I
taught them the merit badge, as well as worked with them as a camp
commissioner. Needless to say we developed some good friendships that week.
During the week, this troop became well known in camp. During one of the
overnight canoe treks, they were tipping boulders off cliffs and smashed a
canoe that had drifted away from the shore and under the cliff. They also
were the roudiest buch of boys I had ever seen (my troop growing up included).
One day, my staff duty was to clean the staff latrine. The roudiest group of
boys from this troop happened to walk by at the time and saw me cleaning, and
hence I was dubbed "Kybo Ken."
Later that year and after camp was over for the Summer, I was taking a
girlfriend to her morning seminary classes and guess who I saw. The same
group of boys from camp. Anyway, while I was talking to them, a girl came up
and kind of stood around with us. My heart literally flipped when I saw her.
>From that I realized I was not ready to get serious with my current
girlfriend. I asked the boys who the girl was and they said she was their
sister. That was the only time I saw her. . .until 3 years later.
She showed up again (long after my girlfriend and I split up) at the college
institute building where my fraternity met. She was investigating the
sorority we were associated with. She joined, and one of the other girls in
the sorority knew I liked this girl. She encouraged me to ask her out and I
finally did. She was working as a lifeguard at a pool the following Summer
(1993), and I went to see her every day for almost 6 weeks. She had 1 sister
and 2 brothers on the staff with her (she was head lifeguard) but she would
not give me the time of day. Finally, after about 6 weeks - she asked me to
go see a movie with her. Two weeks later we were engaged.
Needless to say you could imagine the surprise of the rest of the boys from
this troop when they found out that "Kybo Ken" was getting married to the
younger sister of three brothers that were in the troop that Summer. This
same girl, by the way, was the one that was always picked on by the other kids
This November we will have been married 5 years and so far we have two
wonderful daughters. My wife's mother has been an avid scouter for the better
part of 20 years, and my wife's maternal grandfather has been even more
involved with scouting for the better part of 50 years. As you can probably
guess, nicknames obtained in scouting activities tend to stick with you in
this family. So I have never been able to shake "Kybo Ken."
The reason I chose this for a screen name is because I have 2 screen names I
use with AOL, and "Kybo Ken" I have designated solely for scouting.
So there's the long and the short of it (mostly long).
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City