"Alene Y." is a chemist residing in the Midwest U.S.A.
Alene is actually my middle name. I started out using it here because we had a particular troll going after all the Top Answerers in the Astronomy and Space category on Y!A.
My first name is Kay, but people on the forums have come to know me as Alene, so I have continued to use it.
As the initial statement says, I am a chemist. I worked for more than 30 years in pharmaceuticals and medical devices before retiring in 2008.
I have two grown children and five grandchildren. Fortunately none of them believe in the 2012 nonsense.
I got involved over two years ago after going to Yahoo Answers to ask a simple question, and became hooked on answering questions. I have always been interested in Geology and Astronomy so I gravitated to those categories. I hadn't even heard of the 2012 doomsday hoax until then. I found that there were many kids who were absolutely terrified about 2012. Some were talking of quitting school and even of suicide. I knew I had to do more than just answer individual questions. After answering these questions for several months, I got together with others who shared my concern about what the hoax is doing to kids, Astrogeek, Bikenbeer, TickTock, Emma T, and a number of others.
Bill started this site and we still work on the 2012 questions on Y!A as well as answering them here and contributing to the site pages. It is an uphill battle with so many doomsayers, con artists, and people posting idiotic videos on YouTube, but
every time we hear from someone we've helped, it makes it all worthwhile.