Scott Young Biography
Scott Young was a Canadian journalist, sportswriter, novelist and the father of musicians Neil Young and Astrid Young. During his career, he wrote 45 books, including novels and non-fiction for adult and youth audiences.
The writer was born, Scott Alexander Young in Cypress River, Manitoba, on April 14, 1918 and lived on to June 12, 2005 when he passed away. Scott grew up in Glenboro, Manitoba, where his father, Percy Andrew Young, owned a drug store. His mother was Jean Ferguson Paterson. After his father went broke in 1926, the family moved to Winnipeg, but were unable to afford to stay there.
His parents separated in 1930, and he went to live with an aunt and uncle in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, for a year before moving back to Winnipeg to live with his mother. He left high school at 16 and began working for a tobacco wholesaler. He began writing while in his teens, submitting stories to various publications, most of which were rejected. At the age of 18, in 1936, he was hired as a copyboy at the Winnipeg Free Press and was soon made sports reporter.
Scott Young Career
Young moved to Toronto in 1941, after being unable to get a raise at the Free Press. In Toronto, he covered news and sports for the Scott YoungCanadian Press news agency. His first son, Bob Young, was born in 1942 and five months later, Young was sent to England to help cover World War II for CP.
He came back a year later and joined the Royal Canadian Navy, where he served until his release from the service when the war ended in 1945. Young returned to CP and soon joined Maclean’s magazine as an assistant editor. His second son, Neil Young, was born in Toronto in November 1945.
Young began to sell fiction to publications in Canada and the United States, including the Saturday Evening Post and Collier’s. He quit his job at Maclean’s in 1948 to write short stories full-time. In 1949, Young bought a house in Omemee, Ontario, near Peterborough. The family’s finances would vary with Young’s success in selling his stories and he began taking assignments from Sports Illustrated.
His first novel, The Flood, was published in 1956. Young moved to Pickering, Ontario and spent a year working in public relations for a jet engine company before joining The Globe and Mail as a daily columnist in 1957 and moving back to Toronto. He was also a host on Hockey Night in Canada until getting on the wrong side of Toronto Maple Leafs co-owner John Bassett. The Leafs threatened HNIC’s sponsor and advertising agency until they agreed to fire Young.
In 1967, Young bought a 100-acre farm near Omemee in Cavan Township and built a house there. In 1969, he asked to be transferred to the Globe’s news bureau in Ottawa. Shortly after arriving in Ottawa, he got into a dispute with his paper over the publication rights to excerpts from a book he had just written with Punch Imlach. The rights had been acquired by the Toronto Telegram, but the Globe wouldn’t allow Young’s writing to appear in a competing newspaper.
He quit the Globe and accepted a job offer from Bassett to become sports editor and columnist at the Telegram, moving back to Toronto within weeks of his move to Ottawa. Young remained at the Telegram until the paper folded in 1971. He then re-joined the Globe and Mail.
He worked with former Toronto Maple Leafs owner Conn Smythe on Smythe’s autobiography, which would be published after Smythe’s death in November 1980. In 1988, Young received the Elmer Ferguson Memorial Award from the Hockey Hall of Fame, as selected by Scott Young the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association. Young and his wife sold the farm in the late 1980s and moved to Ireland.
In 1990, Young received an honorary doctorate from Trent University and donated many of his papers to the university’s archives. The Youngs returned to Peterborough in 1992 and repurchased their old farm, which Young owned for the rest of his life. Scott Young Public School in Omemee was named in his honour in 1993. His autobiography, A Writer’s Life, was published in 1994. He and Margaret moved to Kingston, Ontario in 2004, where Young died the following year at the age of 87.
Scott Young Marriage Life
Young met Edna Blow “Rassy” Ragland in 1937 and the two were married in 1940. In the year 1959, Young met Astrid Mead while on assignment in British Columbia and, soon after, he and his wife separated. Following Young’s divorce in 1961, he and Mead got married and they soon had a daughter, Astrid Young, in 1962.Young and his second wife separated in 1976, and in the fall of 1977, he moved in with fellow Globe writer Margaret Hogan. The two married in 1980.
Scott Young Books
- Bobby Hull, superstar (1974)
- The silent one speaks up (1973)
- Red shield in action
- The Clue of the Dead Duck (1962)
- The Moscow challengers (1973)
- WRITER’S LIFE, A (1994)
- The flood
- Scrubs on Skates (1965)
- Boy on defense (1985)
- Gil Perreault makes it happen (1974)
- A Boy at the Leafs Camp (1963)
- Murder in a cold climate (1988)
- Neil and me (1984)
- Sports stories
- Face-off in Moscow (1973)
- The leafs I knew
- Silent Frank Cochrane: The North’s First Great Politician (1973)
- Hello Canada! The Life and Times of Foster Hewitt (1985)
- The Boys of Saturday Night: Inside Hockey Night in Canada (1990)
- Learning to be captain (1973)
- Stan Mikita, tough kid who grew up (1974)
- War on ice (1974)
- THAT OLD GANG OF MINE (1982)
- Gordon Sinclair a Life and Then Some (1987)
- Frank Mahovlich, the Big M (1974)
- 100 years of dropping the puck (1989)
- Heaven and Hell in the NHL (1982)
- We won’t be needing you, Al
- The Shaman’s Knife (1993)
- Falling Into Place: A Collection of Short Stories
- Home For Christmas
- Hockey Is a Battle: Punch Imlach’s Own Story (1969)
- The Superhero Within: A Life Related Through Comic Books (2017)
- Seven Parts Of A Ball Team And Other Sports Stories (1990)
- Goodbye Argos (1973)
- The Pinch Hitter And Other Sports Stories (1991)
- The Violin’s Secret (2011)
- Power Play: The Memoirs of Hockey Czar Alan Eagleson (1991)
- Coming Into Focus: Another Collection of Stories
- Darker Shadows
- Scott Young Set (1982)
- Murder in a Cold Climate
- The Shadow Collection: Volume One
Scott Young Neil and Me
Scott Young chronicles his son’s early years in and around Toronto and Winnipeg and his rise from journeyman, musician to superstar in the 1960s and 1970s. …
Originally published: 1984
Author: Scott Alexander Young
Scott Young The Shadow Collection: Volume One
The Shadow Collection is 18 horror stories told in graphic novel style. They will be presented in six published volumes (3 stories each). …
Authors: Scott Alexander Young, Mark Atkinson
Illustrators: Lho Brockhoff, C. J. Franks, Jessica Byrne
Scott Young Video
Below is a video of Young’s Son, Neil Young, singing.