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|Notes & References:||Jack "Rennie" Young, 60, the outdoor lighting contractor for some of the major casinos on the Strip and in Atlantic City, N.J., died earlier this week in a hospital in Ensenada, Mexico.
Young designed outdoor lighting for the MGM Grand, Excalibur, Caesars Palace, Stardust, Las Vegas Hilton, Flamingo Hilton, Donald Trump's Atlantic City casinos and, most recently, the Sahara.
He founded John Renton Young Lighting and Sign Co. in 1965 and sold it to Mikohn Gaming Inc. in 1994. Before his recent retirement, he was president of the subsidiary, renamed Mikohn Lighting and Sign.
"Jack was the master at never giving up," said Mark Johnson, Mikohn Lighting's general manager. Casino executives "were his friends, and he wanted it to be right."
Young worked unsuccessfully for five years to find a way to make the black-glass of the Luxor pyramid visible at night.
The International Engineering Illumination Society recognized him with the Paul Waterbury Award of Excellence in 1992 for the Stardust and in 1994 for the Excalibur.
He won an award for capturing the magic of Excalibur's facade with lighting, Johnson said.
Young was born in Ogden, Utah, in 1936 and lived in Las Vegas for 50 years. He graduated from Las Vegas High School.
His father, Jack, was a co-founder of Young Electric Sign Co., a custom sign company in Las Vegas.
From the Las Vegas Review Journal, Sept 12, 1997: http://www.reviewjournal.com/lvrj_home/1997/Sep-12-Fri-1997/news/6046866.html (last accessed 8/30/2006)