UFO: Travis Walton Visits Sedona (Updated)

UFO: Travis Walton Visits Sedona (Updated)

Jun 21

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Recently Steve Pierce spoke with Open Minds and gave what he said would be his final interview related to the 1975 Travis Walton UFO incident. Since then an outpouring of encouragement has come from his supporters and friends. Realizing how vital his story is, Steve has made the decision to continue to speak out about what he had witnessed.

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EDITOR’S COMMENT:

The revised edition of Travis Walton’s book “Fire In The Sky: The Walton Experience” is not yet available via online or offline bookstores. I was able to pick up a copy at the Sedona event that Travis spoke at. I later asked Travis where others might find a copy. Here is the ordering information he provided:

“I have promised to let everyone know when my book FIRE IN THE SKY becomes available. Most realize that Hollywood did not stick with the real story. They wanted to get the book to find out the details of what really happened. But it was out of print all those years, while I received almost daily inquiries from all over the world asking where they could find a copy. People were selling their used copies online for outrageous amounts — up to $200 to $300. But I have finally finished printing a newly updated edition. It has revisions and additional illustrations and 25 more pages of material. It is a 6×9 softcover of 396 pages, using a higher quality whiter paper and a clearer font and format. For now it’s only available here. To order send a money order for $30 plus $5.95 shipping and handling for US orders. On U.S. orders of more than one book, the shipping and handling is FREE on the second book. In other words, shipping for a two book order is still only $5.95. Shipping and handling is $15 for Europe & Australia, $11 for Canada & Mexico. Include a note saying how you wish it autographed (free) and mail to:

Travis Walton
P.O. Box 1072
Snowflake, AZ 85937

Check www.travis-walton.com for upcoming media coverage and personal appearances nearest you. You could save the [cost of] shipping by buying it in person.”

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TRAVIS WALTON VISITS SEDONA
By David Sunfellow
NHNE Pulse
October 15, 2010

Most of us have heard the story: In November of 1975 Travis Walton was thinning trees near Snowflake, Arizona, with a team of six other workers. While driving home after work, Walton and his six co-workers saw a UFO. They stopped their pickup to take a closer look and Walton, in a macho move he would live to regret, went to investigate. He jumped out of the truck, walked up under the UFO, and was struck down by a powerful beam of light that his friends thought killed him. Fearing for their lives, his friends drove off in a panic until the driver, who was Walton’s best friend, decided to return. But by the time Walton’s friends returned, both Walton and the UFO were gone. Walton’s co-workers went to the police. Extensive searches were mounted, but Walton could not be found. The authorities suspected his co-workers had killed him and invented the UFO story to cover their tracks. Five days later, after Walton’s friends had undergone (and passed) polygraph tests all telling the same story, Walton returned. Dehydrated, emotionally distraught, and unaware of how long he had been gone, Walton not only told the same story his friends had told, but also described what happened to him aboard the UFO that had abducted him.

And the rest is history: The story was picked up by news organizations around the globe, Walton became an overnight celebrity, and his case became “the best documented case of alien abduction ever recorded.”

35 years later, Walton still lives in Snowflake. And tonight he was in Sedona telling his tale to a packed room of enthusiastic listeners. The event took place at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church.

With a buggy, screechy, badly misbehaving sound system, the evening began with archival video clips from news reports, talk show appearances, and the 1993 movie, “Fire In The Sky” being projected onto a small screen from a laptop computer. Walton, along with the actors that portrayed Walton and his co-workers in the 1993 movie, were all prominently featured.

Then Walton told his tale. He described where the true story varied from the Hollywood version and said that he hoped another movie could be made that stuck to the facts. He talked about some of the wild people he had to deal with, including charlatans who tried to capitalize on his story by claiming, among other things, to be relatives of his that were also abducted. He described his turbulent relationship with professional skeptics who, according to Walton, did everything they could to discredit him and his story. Walton claimed many of these skeptics were not only guilty of brazenly poor research, but also of outright lying, and in the case of Philip Klass, offering one of Walton’s six co-workers $10,000.00 to say their story was fabricated. Walton also suspected covert government agencies were involved in obscuring the truth and offered interesting stories to support this allegation. In the end, while he desired to live a quiet life, Walton said he felt compelled to respond to the never-ending chorus of critics and charlatans — and did so publicly, in many different forums, most especially his book, Fire In The Sky: The Walton Experience, where he systematically addressed claims that his story was a lie. Why bother? To protect his reputation and be sure the otherworldly encounter that he and his friends had was not sullied by lies or embellishments.

Through it all, I found Walton to be clear, credible, and genuine. It was obvious he had spent a lot of time pondering his experience from many different angles and was still unsure what, exactly, had happened to him. Both during his presentation, and during the questions and answers that followed, Walton stuck to the facts and refused to wrap everything up in a nice, neat package. Wounds and questions remained. For him, it had been a rough ride — a ride he wouldn’t take again if he could do it over. He did, however, say that he thought the aliens may have been trying to heal him after he was hurt rather than harm him, which is a far cry from the way his story is often portrayed.

Bottom line: whether you are a believer, non-believer, or someone in between, Walton, in my opinion, is the real deal — and this talk, linked below, is worth listening to. I apologize for the poor recording, misbehaving sound system, and the inability to hear all the questions that were asked (I couldn’t hear them either). If I come across a better recording, or discover that Sedona MUFON or St. Andrew’s has a professionally recorded version for sale, I’ll let you know…

Travis Walton speaking in Sedona, Arizona (mp3 – 143 MB)
October 15, 2010
St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church
Sedona, Arizona

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RELATED LINKS:

Travis Walton Website

Fire in the Sky: The Walton Experience (Book by Travis Walton)

Wikipedia on Travis Walton

UFO Evidence: Travis Walton Abduction Case

Travis Walton on YouTube

Fire In The Sky (1993 Movie)

Pulse on UFOs & Extraterrestrials

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Packed room at St. Andrew’s.

Travis Walton talking about his abduction and all that followed.

Travis Walton autographing a copy of his newly revised book, Fire in the Sky: The Walton Experience.

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Editor’s note: Here’s the notice about the Walton appearance that appeared on the Sedona MUFON website. They mistakenly reported that “five men” witnessed the event. There were five men in the movie. In reality, six men — seven including Walton — witnessed the real event.

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5.0 OUT OF 5 STARS: THE FINAL, COMPLETE TESTIMONY OF TRAVIS WALTON?
By Hemel Hempstead, UK
Amazon.com
March 22, 2010

Review of Fire in the Sky: The Walton Experience (Paperback)

For readers not familiar with the story, Travis Walton was one of a team of seven forestry workers engaged in a tree-thinning contract near Snowflake Arizona on 5 November 1975. At the end of their working day all seven men experienced a close encounter with a UFO on the mountain road home. On sighting the craft over nearby trees the driver, Mike Rogers, stopped and whilst the other six loggers stayed in the pick-up truck, Travis approached the craft on foot and was then seen to be struck by a beam of light and knocked off his feet. His companions fled in terror but on returning to look for him 15 minutes later found no trace. Naturally they had to report this extraordinary event, as Travis was missing, and met with incredulity and suspicion. They were suspected of Travis’s murder and of fabricating the UFO story to cover it up. An exhaustive search effort through the mountains by police and local volunteers yielded no result, but Travis unexpectedly turned up five days after his disappearance several miles away at the roadside dirty, dehydrated and traumatised. He wanted to return to his quiet private life and adjust to his strange experience, but due to the publicity surrounding the disappearance was reluctantly catapulted into the international media spotlight. The case was extensively investigated by the authorities, resulting eventually in a film of the incident and a controversy which raged for decades. All seven witnesses stuck to the story, incredible as it was, passed lie detector tests and went through a great deal of trouble as a consequence. It’s a very famous case.

Travis’s book is essentially an autobiography with the abduction event and its extended consequences at the centre of the story. I read the updated 1996 edition, to discover the author to be a thoughtful and literate writer with a deep philosophical outlook and a wide range of serious interests. Travis turns out to be much more interesting than you might expect if you were only slightly familiar with his abduction story or even if you saw the Tracy Torme film “Fire in the Sky.”

The book is divided into four parts:

1. The Incident: in which the events of 5 November 1975 and its aftermath are described in full, including the problems faced by Mike Rogers (the gang boss and Travis’s life-long friend) and his team following Travis’s abduction; the involvement of the police and out-of-state law officers in investigating the disappearance and the suspicion which fell on the other members of the crew. What Travis remembers of the abduction is also described in full — to many, the most interesting part of the story

2. Analysis: wherein Travis tackles head-on the questions of belief and of speculation about the abduction, its implications for the existence of intelligent non-human life, what he later learned about the involvement of government agencies in covering-up the UFO subject and an exploration of the ET hypothesis

3. Latter Days: in the 1996 edition of the book the narrative is brought up-to-date and includes details of the harassment Travis and the crew endured from debunkers, the international media attention and the eventual making of Tracy Torme’s film with which, overall, Travis was very pleased. He explains the reasoning behind the decision to dramatise the abduction event in the film such that it deviates in detail from what he remembers and why the resulting dramatic effect on the audience is appropriate to the story, and why one of the loggers in the crew had to be left out of the film for legal reasons. It’s a good insight into the workings of Hollywood and the film industry in general

4. Appendices: a long section with a major expose of the late Philip Klass and his nefarious methods, always out to attack any evidence about the UFO subject and suspected of working for the CIA. Travis has quite a lot to say about this, as well he might

At 370 pages the book is quite long but a good, rewarding read. It covers the entire history of the case including the involvement of law enforcement agencies in Arizona and the polygraph testing, gives a good rounded portrait of Mike Rogers and the other loggers and what subsequently happened to them. It’s well written and edited. A collection of colour plates reconstructing the abduction and the entities encountered by Travis is included, painted from memory (don’t judge until you read the account and see the images). This edition also contains 16 pages of monochrome photographs of all the main characters in the narrative and drawings of the craft made by Travis and the other witnesses.

People who know Travis personally hold him in the highest regard. He is a private family man who likes to live a quiet life and reported to be principled, honest and consistent. No-one ever has a bad word to say about him. He still speaks about the incident 35 years later if asked to do so and his talks are always enjoyed as engaging, informative and relevant. He’s a bright guy who did not welcome all the publicity surrounding the abduction and although he knows it happened to him, is open-minded enough to not try to fit the events into any particular belief paradigm. He is older and wiser than when the original event happened in 1975, more mature and reflective. This maturity and depth in the writer makes the book more interesting than it might have been if written by a younger Travis.

I was surprised to discover any good hardback copy of “Fire in the Sky” has become a collectors’ item, and so you’re unlikely to find a good copy cheap. If you can find (and afford) a good one, it’s definitely worth buying and is an essential part of any collection of UFO/abduction literature. I give the book five stars because of its unique story, logical structure, informative and interesting writing, literary style and soul-baring honesty.

Postscript June 2010: I personally met the author in Snowflake in May 2010, and now have a copy of the new 2010 edition of “Fire in the Sky”. This new edition contains 36 additional pages to bring the story up-to-date, a few revisions and corrections from the earlier edition, plus a new organization of the illustrations. The new edition is paperback but otherwise identical to the previous hardcover, and should cure the shortage and the high prices the book has commanded for several years — so now’s the time to buy your copy new.

Travis in person I found to be as intelligent, principled, straightforward and 100% genuine as everyone else who ever meets him testifies him to be. He told me that, had he known what trouble the abduction was going to create for him over the years, he would have stayed in the truck instead of getting out to walk underneath the thing. He continues to live a quiet family life in Snowflake, never speaks about the event unless asked and wishes it had never happened.

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4 comments

  1. I believe you. I.have seen two UFOs in my life.

  2. I did four psintings of it last time and gave them to MUFON. My husband is not able to believe me.It is very hard to take.

  3. I am out of the UFO closet. If someone needs to talk to another witness I will be a friend.It is good to have people who do not ridicule you.

  4. By the way: Methinks Klass doth protest too much……..I get a really sick feeling when I see him. I have the suspicion that he is a government disinformation “plant”.
    That is a purely intuitive reaction however.

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