Kenny Young Passes
Kenny Young, Reporter and Editor of UFO Research.com and multi-award winning TV producer, director and writer, died yesterday (January 31st) at Anderson Mercy Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio, after a nine year struggle with leukemia. He was 38-years-old. Kenny was employed as Info Channel Coordinator for a cable television operation in the Greater Cincinnati area. Independently, he investigated UFO incidents in which he obtained 911 audiotapes of police/UFO incidents and UFO video recordings held by the Department of Energy. His work was featured nationally in the 2-hour NBC Television program CONFIRMATION-94, the Sci-Fi Channel’s SIGHTINGS, in many radio programs and UFO publications. “May he soar with the angels and explore forever.”
[Posted by Bill Hamilton on the SkyOpen mailing list.]
IN MEMORY OF KENNY
Kenny Young (1966-2005) dies at age 38
Veteran UFO and unusual phenomena Researcher
Video technician, director and producer
By Ron Schaffner
It is with deep regret that I announce the passing of my friend
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 Live.
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’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 video case.
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
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 without him.
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 and Roswell.
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
I also had the pleasure of assisting him in a strange creature
report out of Indiana.
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
We will all miss you, Kenny. Hope you meet up with Pat and
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. (see end of article for update)
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 “UFO
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
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
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
Young remains skeptical and objective concerning UFOs, but feels
that a sober evaluation of the data suggests the phenomena
warrants further scrutiny.
Kenny’s web site is archived and now maintained by Sean Feeney. It
is available here: