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On Nov. 5, 1975, a group of loggers in the mountains of northeastern Arizona observed an unusually bright light in the sky. One of those men, Travis Walton, left the safety of the work truck to take a closer look. As he walked toward the light of the strange, luminous object, he was blasted back violently by a bolt of powerful energy.
Fearing Walton was dead, the remaining crew members fled in the truck. When they returned later to check on him, he was nowhere to be found. The crewmen then reported the UFO encounter and Walton’s disappearance to local authorities, only to be suspected of murder.
For five days, authorities mounted a massive manhunt in search of Walton — or his body. On the night of the fifth day, Walton reappeared outside of a nearby town, disoriented and initially unable to tell the whole story of his encounter.
The men all took polygraph tests regarding the event and all of them passed. The incident made world wide news and in 1993, the Paramount Studios film, “Fire in the Sky,” starring D. B. Sweeney, Robert Patrick and James Garner was released.
A free screening of “Fire in the Sky,” followed by a presentation and book signing by Walton will be from 1-4 p.m. Saturday at the Mesa Public Library. The movie will begin at 1 p.m. After the screening, Walton will discuss the event that occurred to him and his logging crew in 1975, and how it has forever changed their lives. He will also discuss differences between the movie and actual events and will present updated information on the case, including recent scientific evidence discovered during National Geographic’s visit to the Arizona mountain site for the new documentary series, “Chasing UFOs,” which will air on the National Geographic channel June 29.
Walton has presented at numerous events throughout the country as well as internationally and is a regular speaker at the International UFO Museum during the annual Roswell UFO Festival. He will also be a guest on the KRSN morning show at 7:30 a.m. Friday.
For more information, call 505-412-4172 or visit travis-walton.com.