From the Petrified Forest to Snowflake, Arizona, 2008, processed 2011 (2 views plus words of all things)

2008, Snowflake, Arizona, processed 2011
From the Petrified Forest to Snowflake, Arizona, 2008, processed 2011
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2008, Toward Snowflake Arizona, from the Petrified Forest
2008, Near Snowflake, Arizona, processed 2011
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Because Thunderbird and the Ball of Twine opens with a UFO siting, on Sunday a friend sent me a link to a 2010 audio story on This American Life by an author who held an anniversary vigil at the site of the Travis Walton experience, interviewing one of the men who was present. I’m not very familiar with the Travis Walton case but, remembering it was in the Arizona back woods, I looked it up and realized we passed pretty close to the area on our drive from the Painted Desert to Cottonwood in 2008, because we took the back way, on the advice of a park ranger, and passed through Snowflake, where Walton lived, and Heber, not far from where he had his siting…

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Have you ever seen a UFO? Interview #13

“She saw it first. She jumped and shot over to the window.”

The individual asked to remain anonymous so fake names are used. The first sighting involves two witnesses in Ooltewah, Tennessee in 1992. The second sighting was about three months later in the same location.

Idyllopus Press: Have you ever seen a UFO?

Interviewee: Yes.

Idyllopus Press: Yes…

Interviewee: As in unidentified…

Idyllopus Press: Right.

Interviewee: I don’t claim it to be anything but…

Idyllopus Press: Just unidentified.

Interviewee: I wish I could claim it to be…

Idyllopus Press: Where was this?

Interviewee: Chattanooga. Tennessee. Ooltewah, to be exact.

Idyllopus Press: This was how many years ago? What year?

Interviewee: Uhm, Jennie was, I think she was sixteen.

Idyllopus Press: And what time of year?

Interviewee: I don’t know.

Idyllopus Press: You don’t remember the time of year.

Interviewee: No. It wasn’t the dead of winter.

Idyllopus Press: And what year was this?

Interviewee: Around ’92.

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Have you ever seen a UFO? Interview #11

“I have.”

The interview concerns a sighting in Augusta, Georgia in the 1970s.

Idyllopus Press: OK, we’re recording now. Have you ever seen a UFO?

Software Developer: I have.

Idyllopus Press: You have? Really? Tell me about it.

Software Developer: I don’t remember too much other than it was at high school, during the day time, over the high school…

Idyllopus Press: This was in Augusta, Georgia.

“I saw a sort of a silver elongated thing, sort of in the distance, flying not over the school but past the school. It didn’t look like a plane but it may have been.”

Software Developer: Yes. I saw a sort of a silver elongated thing, sort of in the distance, flying not over the school but past the school. It didn’t look like a plane but it may have been.

Idyllopus Press: OK.

Software Developer: I couldn’t identify it.

Idyllopus Press: OK. So this was in the afternoon?

Software Developer: Yes, in the afternoon.

Idyllopus Press: Did it just track out of sight, you watched it slowly going out of sight?

Software Developer: I followed it for about a minute or so and then lost interest.

Idyllopus Press (laughing): Ok. That was some spectacular UFO sighting, hmmm? Very. It really held your attention there. The aliens weren’t too exciting.

(Laughter.)

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Have you ever seen a UFO? Interview #10

“Yes, I have.”

Interview with a nurse and mother of three children who saw a UFO in the Tampa Bay, Florida area as a youth. We did the interview surrounded by swirling, twirling children. Imagine sounds of rambunctious play (i.e. constant screaming, mostly joyful) in the background.

Idyllopus Press: I think we’re recording now. OK, I ask three questions. And the first question is, have you ever seen a UFO?

Blue Jean Skirt Woman: Yes, I have.

Idyllopus Press: You have seen a UFO? Tell me about it.

“there weren’t any plane sounds, no engine sounds to it at all, all we saw were flickering lights and they kind of zipped out of the sky.”

Blue Jean Skirt Woman: Well, when I was about ten years old I was with some friends and we were walking down the street and I looked up in the sky and there was…these lights that were like flickering and none of us could determine what it was and it lasted probably for about a couple of minutes then they just, it just went off. And we always wondered what it was because it didn’t make any sound, we couldn’t hear anything. There is an airport kind of nearby but there weren’t any plane sounds, no engine sounds to it at all, all we saw were flickering lights and they kind of zipped out of the sky.

Idyllopus Press: So it didn’t disappear, it just zipped out of the sky.

Blue Jean Skirt Woman: Yeah.

Idyllopus Press: In what direction?

Blue Jean Skirt Woman: I don’t know. I mean…

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Have you ever seen a UFO? Interview #9

“Yes. On two separate occasions. Once as a child and once as an adult.”

The below is an interview, via a chat client, with Brother Arvin Hill. The sightings are two which occurred in Texas, outside of Dallas and in Denton county.

Idyllopus Press: Soooo…you want to jump right into it?

Brother Arvin: Ready.

Idyllopus Press: The first question is always…have you ever seen a UFO?

Brother Arvin: Yes. On two separate occasions. Once as a child and once as an adult.

Idyllopus Press: Tell me about the first. (That’s great, two instances.)

Brother Arvin: I was eleven or twelve years old. I believe it was sixth grade.

Brother Arvin: It was about 7:45 a.m. Beautiful spring morning. Clear skies. A family down the street was going to give me a ride to school. Sometimes I walked, but for whatever reason, I didn’t that day….

Idyllopus Press: Was this in Texas?

Brother Arvin: Yes. Mesquite, Texas. A suburb of Dallas.

Idyllopus Press: OK.

Brother Arvin: My neighbors were one of those chaotic families. Three kids and a loud, obnoxious mother. I went into their house and waited for them to finish getting ready for school. Probably five minutes or so…

“I looked…in the direction of the school, and there in the sky was this large spherical metallic object.”

Brother Arvin: Then we all exited the house and began piling into the car. So there were at least four kids, a couple younger than me; one my own age. And as we were about to get into the car, for some reason, I looked up. The street ran east / west. I looked to the east, which was in the direction of the school, and there in the sky was this large spherical metallic object.

Brother Arvin: At first, I thought it was the moon.

Brother Arvin: I pointed at it and said (to anyone who would listen) “What is that?”

Brother Arvin: And I remember the kids’ mother looking over her shoulder – remember, we’re loading up into the car – and very quickly returning attention to the task at hand, which was getting us all to school. It was as though it didn’t really register with her.

Idyllopus Press: Interesting.

Brother Arvin: None of the kids were the least bit interested.

Brother Arvin: And I was still thinking, “Can that be the moon?” I knew about UFO’s, but it didn’t really occur to me that it was a UFO.

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Have you ever seen a UFO? Interview #6

“Yes, definitely!”

The interview concerns a pair of sightings in Detroit, Michigan in the mid 1990s.

“It was very low and it had lights that were spinning around the perimeter of it.”

Damien

IDYLLOPUS PRESS: OK, the first question is always “Have you ever seen a UFO?”

DAMIEN: Yes, definitely.

IDYLLOPUS PRESS: You have! OK! Tell me about it.

Look! Look! I’ve got a UFO sighting!

DAMIEN: I was probably about 12, 13, 14, somewhere in there, and I literally saw a flying saucer.

IDYLLOPUS PRESS: It was a saucer.

H.O.P.: Ooooo!

DAMIEN: It was very low and it had lights that were spinning around the perimeter of it. And it sat above a house across the street and I got a good five second glimpse at it before it just disappeared.

IDYLLOPUS PRESS: It just disappeared or it took off?

DAMIEN: It took off. It was a flash of light and it was gone.

IDYLLOPUS PRESS: A flash of light and it was gone. In the flash of light did it disappear or did it go in any particular direction?

DAMIEN: It went in a direction. It went up and away and then it was gone.

IDYLLOPUS PRESS: In just that fast? (Snaps fingers.)

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