Source: San Francisco Chronicle
On March 14, 2005 the San Francisco Chronicle reported, "as a former colonel in the U.S. Air Force, Kirby Knox is accustomed to giving orders as much as following them. These days, however, he's willingly surrendering to a guru as part of his spiritual practice. Knox, a 53-year-old physician who received his medical training while in the military, is a devotee of Ammachi, a Hindu holy woman revered as the 'Hugging Saint' because of her practice of transmitting blessings in the form of hugs to millions of people around the world. Knox, who practices acupuncture and other alternative therapies in Richmond and San Leandro, has been fascinated by Eastern religious ideas and practices since his days as a cadet at the U.S. Air Force Academy."