- It is with deep regret that I announce the passing of
my friend Kenny Young.
- I met Kenny back in 1994 after I got back into research
after a two-year sabbatical. I didn't even have to introduce myself to
him -- he knew who I was and offered me a warm welcome back when I first
came on board to the local cable access show out of Cincinnati: UFO Update
- I knew that Kenny was going to be something special to
Ufology. His early reports were very detailed and resembled legal briefs
and police reports. He was very objective in his reporting which is something
one doesn't see much of. His report on the Lebanon Correctional Facility
UFO case was very complete in every aspect, as well as his Clermont County
- A small group of us who were affiliated with the cable
show decided to start another Ohio group here. It was headed by the late
Pat Packard and called Advocates for Scientific Knowledge. After Pat's
untimely death, we changed the name to Tri-State Advocates for Scientific
Knowledge. Kenny was named as public relations director.
- One of the most celebrated cases of TASK was the 1996
and 1997 UFO flap in southern Ohio. Kenny was very active at this time
and retrieved so much information, that we couldn't have solved the case
- After the agreed reconstruction of TASK, Kenny went on
to do some important research in such areas of Monsanto, Peebles, Ohio
GE/Northrop plant and the Norwood, Ohio searchlight case of 1949, which
was initiated by the late Leonard Stringfield.
- Kenny had a natural instinct for working with local law
enforcement and retrieving 9/11 emergency dispatch tapes, when a possible
UFO or Bigfoot report was called in. I can remember helping him with his
first FOIA request, as I told him how to get around the fees that some
agencies wanted. After that, it was him that I turned to, to ask questions
about this process.
- Perhaps his best retrieval was the Trumbull County, Ohio
sightings by law enforcement, which chased a UFO in their cruisers and
reported back to dispatch.
- Whenever there was case that needed more attention, Kenny
was always there. I often wondered how he could afford all the long distance
phone calls, but that didn't matter to him, as long as he received the
information he was looking for. If anybody ever needed a favor, you could
always count of Kenny.
- Kenny always loved a great conspiracy story. He didn't
always believe in all of them, but enjoyed researching them anyway. I spent
a lot of time talking with him about the 'Federal Hypothesis', Area 51
- Kenny also enjoyed the Bigfoot phenomena, as he worked
with me on some reports, such as the 1997 case that occurred in Adams County,
Ohio. He investigated a few intriguing reports from the same area on his
own and was the first to report and debunk the alleged Bigfoot 'Campground
Closures' of Salt Fork State Park in Northeastern Ohio.
- I also had the pleasure of assisting him in a strange
creature report out of Indiana. http://home.fuse.net/ufo/indianafigure04.html
- Mr. Young was very active in assisting Natural Light
productions (Bob Leibold) in producing the UFO LIVE UPDATE programs that
were viewed in the Cincinnati area. Kenny would become a live panelist
on this show and we won several awards. Kenny's video clips were always
a welcome sight. It was his idea to start a 'point-counterpoint' type of
program to achieve 100% objectivity. Kenny was the advocate on the show
and I would play the skeptic. It always worked out great and gave the audience
the option to make up their own minds on the information we set forth.
We had some real fun with this and some thought we were bitter at each
other. That was far from the truth, as we always worked out the script
before hand and laughed at each other about the acts we put on.
- There will always be more to say about this brilliant
researcher and investigator. I have only touched on a few of his accomplishments.
- We will all miss you, Kenny. Hope you meet up with Pat
- From all of us at UFO Update in Cincinnati, Ohio The
Ohio groups All the Forteans around the world
- Below is the bio of Kenny taken from his own web site:
- Please visit while the site is still on the Internet.
- Ron Schaffner
- Creature Chronicles
- Kenny Young, webmaster of "UFO RESEARCH: CINCINNATI!"
is a multi-award winning television producer, director and writer and formerly
a State Section Director for M.U.F.O.N. and also a former public relations
director of Tri-State Advocates for Scientific Knowledge. He is now an
independent researcher and has lectured to large audiences about the UFO
mystery and served as a host, panelist and debater on several TV programs
including "UFO Update: LIVE!" and the award winning documentary
- In addition to evaluating UFO and related claims, conducting
field investigations and interviewing eyewitnesses and public officials,
Young has worked successfully to obtain secret UFO video recordings held
by the Department of Energy and has also obtained numerous 9-1-1 audio
tapes of police/UFO incidents. In addition, he employs the Freedom of Information
Act (FOIA) to petition the U.S. government for release of UFO-related documents.
- His articles have appeared in the "M.U.F.O.N. Journal,"
"UFO Magazine," "FATE Magazine" and "Equinox Magazine."
He was the host and organizer of the 39th Annual 2003 National UFO Conference.
- Young's UFO investigations have also been featured nationally
on the 2-hour NBC Television program "CONFIRMATION' as well as "SIGHTINGS
on The Sci-Fi Channel." He has appeared on numerous radio programs
including "Strange Days Indeed with Errol Bruce Knapp," "The
Jeff Rense Show," "Coast to Coast A.M. with Art Bell," "Late
Night with George Noory," "The Sci-Zone with Bill Boshears,"
"The X-Zone with Rob McConnell," "The Jim Hickman Report"
and many others.
- Kenny Young lives in Florence, Kentucky and is also a
musician, artist and employed as Info channel Coordinator for a cable television
operation in the Greater Cincinnati area. He is also a freelance videographer
and editor, specializing in graphic design.
- Young remains skeptical and objective concerning UFOs,
but feels that a sober evaluation of the data suggests the phenomena warrants