Monday, April 25, 2016

U Is for UFOs

This month I'm participating in the A to Z ChallengeMy theme this year is Unsolved Mysteries. Today's letter is:




On November 5, 1975, Travis Walton finished his work for the day in the woods near Turkey Springs, Arizona. He and his fellow workers piled into a truck to head home.



Just before leaving, they saw a yellowish light peeking out from behind a hill. As they drew closer, they say they saw a disc hovering just below some tree tops.



The men said when the driver stopped the truck, Travis jumped out and ran toward the disc, ignoring their cries for him to come back. As he drew closer, the disc made a strange noise, at which point he started to turn away. Before he could get away, though, the men say a beam of light shot out, pulled Travis in the air and held him for a while, then was shot back toward the ground. His coworkers panicked and drove off.




In the days that followed, the area was searched on foot, on horse, and with helicopters. No trace of Travis Walton was found. Then, on November 10th--five days after he'd disappeared--Travis Walton reappeared at an Exxon station more than seven hours away from where he'd disappeared.



To this day, Travis stands by his detailed account of what happened to him during those five days. He claims he was poked, prodded, and otherwise studied by creatures who looked a lot like the "aliens" we see depicted in film and TV today.



There are those who say the whole thing was an elaborate hoax. When he returned, Travis would only speak to media outlets that paid him. Plus he failed a lie detector test. Plus others in his family have claimed UFO sightings over the years. Plus, to this day, Travis has continued to make money off of his UFO story through books and speaking engagements.



To do that, though, he would have had to have fooled the six guys who were with him, who swear they saw a disc hovering in the sky that zapped Travis with a light...



Do you think Travis's tale is true? Or was it all an elaborate money-making scheme? Do you believe extraterrestrials exist?

⬅️ T Is for Tara Grinstead

59 comments:

  1. Maybe he got enough grief for his story he decided to get something out of the ordeal.
    Interesting story and film. Not sure I believe though.
    I know Mulder wants to believe...

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    1. Mulder does! I believe that there are many things we'll never know and one of them is whether or not there's life outside of this planet.

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  2. I think it's a hoax. But that doesn't mean a thing. :)

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    1. I wonder if he actually rigged things up to stage the UFO thing. If so, that's one amazing logger guy!

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  3. I can't help but believe even though he failed the lie detector test. Otherwise, you would think in those 5 days he was missing someone would have seen him and come forward later to say they had. Makes you wonder.

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    1. Right--although back then people were much more cut off from each other. But there are so many unanswered questions if it was a hoax. The only thing showing it really wasn't a hoax was the fact that most people don't want to believe in UFOs.

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  4. I'm not sure if this story is true but either way he is an opportunist. I do believe in aliens because we simply can not be the only living life forms in the entire galaxy never mind the universe, that just doesn't make sense.

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    1. He certainly has found a way to turn it into a moneymaking opportunity. And we live in an era where people find a way to capitalize on any fame they can get. I don't think it was nearly as bad back then as it is in the reality TV era!

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  5. Are UFOs for real? This seems like a question that may never be answered.

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    1. As my husband points out, "unidentified flying objects" most certainly are real. Pilots see unidentified objects out there all the time...are they extraterrestrial? Likely not. The military does a lot of stuff we'll never know about.

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  6. I think if UFO's were real, we'd have some kind of concrete proof. But we don't. A lot of unconfirmed reports. This story sounds fishy to me. Perhaps he paid his buddies off, perhaps they all DID see something odd and he concocted the story to cash in as suggested. That's what it wounds like to me. Besides, aliens with such advanced technology as space travel, and they still need to probe humans in the butt to learn about them? That seems far fetched. They could learn everything from their advanced portable X-ray machine.

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    1. People who believe in it say that the government covers it up.

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  7. I guess I want to know if the other six guys have benefited from the story in any way. Did Travis share his $? And Jeffrey makes a good point. If aliens are so advanced to have mastered travel at light speed or faster, they probably have some pretty advanced medical equipment, too.

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    1. He may have...I didn't get that impression. But I believe that the "anal probe" think probably generated from his story. People still joke about that today!

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  8. I am not much of an alien believer.

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    1. I'm not very interested in it, to be honest. It's funny--I once heard someone say, "You don't have to believe in something to be interested in it" and that's true. I've never seen a ghost, but I'm fascinated by the supernatural...I just really don't care all that much if there are aliens out there floating around in UFOs.

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  9. I think aliens would be much more secretive than that!

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    1. You'd think they would've wiped his memory, right?!

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  10. Interesting story. I don't really believe in aliens, but that's my opinion. The six witnesses make for a good case on his part. I can see writing a book about it. Another of those we'll likely never know the whole story incidents.

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    1. There are many, many things we'll likely never know in our time here on Earth.

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  11. Fabby Tovar4/25/16, 6:08 AM

    They did an episode on Paranormal Witness. All but one man were given lie detector tests and all passed. The one thar refused later took it (about 20 years later) and passed it. I believe the story because it's so weird.

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    1. Travis passed quite a few lie detector tests, but everyone hones in on the one he failed:

      http://doubtfulnews.com/2012/08/travis-walton-and-the-polygraphs/

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  12. That's quite a story. If it is a hoax, the people involved must have been very convincing.

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    1. I think people were a little more gullible in the 70s. Nowadays we question EVERYTHING.

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  13. I'm always fascinated by stories of UFO's .. I remember this one (even though I don't live in the US) and wondering it was all a hoax to make money - who knows? Thanks Stephanie ...

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    1. Interesting that it made it outside of the US!

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  14. It's a big, big universe out there- who knows...But I don't think Travis' story is real. He sounds like a great story teller!

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    1. He's interesting to listen to--while writing this, I listened to one of his presentations. There are a tone of them out there--he's one busy guy for someone who's telling a story that's ridiculously old.

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  15. I don't believe his story for a few reasons - 1. Witnesses had already seen the "beam of light" throw him back to the ground 2. The failed lie detector test and 3. It's all a little clichéd.
    Personally, I think it was some sort of practical joke and when his friends left him, he turned into a money making scheme. Personally I say fair play to him, he's probably made a lot of money from it and if people are willing to pay for his story then why not
    Debbie

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  16. Nope don't believe the story, not a fan of UFOs likely perfectly good reason for them - not saying no to life somewhere else in the universe just can't see why life forms would hover around us and poke and prod people then hand them back and vanish - why?

    All power to him if he can concoct a living from it - there are enough folk who will believe him. Strange stuff plus imagination can come up with amazing stories:)

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  17. The fact that he only spoke to those outlets willing to pay him makes me call his bluff.

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  18. It's a hoax. Because if he truly believes it (true or not) then he should pass the lie detector. Plus...it's a hoax. Lol!

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  19. I don't believe in UFO's and anyone can "beat the box," as they call it in law enforcement, especially when you hire the person to give the test.

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  20. Um, why would one run toward the glowing disk? That's just dumb. If it is a hoax, and I'd bet it is, it certainly is a lucrative one!

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  21. I feel like it is a hoax, but a very good one! So many interesting parts to this story. Especially if he is still making money off of it. Probably a great plan to get some money.

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  22. I'm with Tawnya. He and his six buddies cooked up this scheme and it worked. There is no story so stupid that someone, somewhere won't believe it!

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  23. Seems like a hoax to me. If the aliens found him so interesting, why send him back? Was he defunct?

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  24. I agree with many others that this seems like a hoax. Having said that, a few years ago I saw a movie called The Fourth Kind. It scared the poop out of me! It was part movie, part documentary (supposedly). It seemed very real...at any rate, it was VERY scary.

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  25. I knew you'd do a post on UFO's eventually:-) I don't believe or disbelieve. Given the vast amount of sightings here in Arizona and the fact that hieroglyphics reveal the Hopis had sightings as well...I'd say the possibility is real, if not all the stories.

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  26. I do believe that people see odd things in the sky- military secrets and all, but I really don't see the point of the aliens especially the ones that snag humans and return them. But it is fun to watch the stories on TV or in posts like yours. :)

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  27. I don't know if its true or a hoax, but I definitely believe we aren't the only beings in the universe.

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  28. Maybe he made enough money to pay off the 6 guys?

    ~Ninja Minion Patricia Lynne aka Patricia Josephine~
    Story Dam
    Patricia Lynne, Indie Author

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  29. I'm wondering if those other six guys were in on the hoax...

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  30. Theres way too many weird occurences reported that benefit NO one. I'd love to prove or disprove them all; actually, I'd like it even better if they all were true.

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  31. The lie detector test fail is interesting, but it would havve to be quite the elaborate hoax.

    Yvonne V

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  32. Hmmm...I wonder if anyone noticed if the money in the bank accounts of the six men increased every time Travis made money talking about this.

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    1. I was wondering the same thing. I don't really know what to think about this. This is a pretty strange story!

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  33. That's difficult to believe. Even though, I believe there just might be more to our universe, I feel his story is highly unlikely.

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  34. Hard to say if his story is true or not. We all need to make money. The book "Phoenix Lights" probably made the author some money, and her story is very believable, and well researched.

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  35. Perhaps he shared his ill-gotten gains with his friends. I have grave doubts about UFO stories.

    Love,
    Janie

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  36. Totally amazing...was this a movie?

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  37. I guess I kind of believe this. I'm not sure enough to say we are alone and it seems like after all this time someone would have admitted it being a hoax, of it wasn't true.

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  38. Was he married and this was his excuse for being gone for five days? I do think we are not the only living beings in the universe but this guy has my red flags waving.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

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  39. I think aliens exist, but the space they have to travel would take too long to reach Earth unless they were able to use the "wormholes" or slip-space that people theorized

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  40. This sounds like a hoax to me, but I think there is still a possibility of extra-terrestrial life out there.

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  41. I believe in ETs but I don't think they come and kidnap humans on a regular basis - I just can't see how we'd be that interesting. I think this sounds like a carefully set up hoax.
    Tasha
    Tasha's Thinkings | Wittegen Press | FB3X (AC)

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  42. After hearing the whole story and about his family it sounds like a hoax. Another fascinating post. Makes us all feel like detectives!

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  43. ETs and UFOs could very well be real

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  44. Up to the day I was doing some research on sights to see and things to do along Route 66

    http://thethreegerbers.blogspot.ch/2016/04/blogging-from-z-r-is-for-route-66.html

    I had never heard of that Travis guy. Can you believe my surprise when I found him in your blog?

    I read that the lie detector test wasn't conducted properly, and they can't say for sure that he failed it. I didn't know that he asked for money when speaking to members of the media. Or maybe I just want to believe in his story because I am fascinated.

    I have a post I am working on that is due this Friday. UFOs/aliens are going to be in it :-)

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