Probably the most notable person that keeps the event alive is Dr. Lynne Kitei, the force behind the documentary ‘Phoenix Lights.’ She is a regular at the Harkin’s Theater in Scottsdale, Arizona in mid-March every year. With the help of many actual witnesses, the Phoenix Lights documentary is rich with evidence that ‘we are not alone.’
Excerpt: On March 13, 1997 something extra-ordinary happened in the skies over Phoenix & across Arizona. On that clear evening a parade of low flying, mile wide V-shaped arrays of orbs & craft glided silently overhead, attracting the attention of at least 10,000 people. This is the detailed account of that evening & the ensuing cover up of what is now being hailed as the largest mass sighting of UFOs in modern times – but there is much more to the story.
Dr. Kitei and Steve Lantz have crafted a story for the history books, with real-life witnesses that number into the hundreds. It is estimated that thousands of witnesses exist, many of them remain silent for fear of ridicule. The brave and courageous witnesses that have come forth make for a compelling pile of evidence, even without the physical proof, that we are not alone.
What has happened since that eventful night, the apparent cover-up and the relentless efforts of then City Councilwoman Francis Emma Barwood to get to the truth? Governor Fife Symington scoffed at the event initially, showing off an alien-costumed cohort at a press conference. Years later his story was much different. It is funny how things can change when public opinion is not so important.
Fife recounts his experience, “It was enormous and inexplicable,” he said in an exclusive interview from his home in Phoenix. “Who knows where it came from? A lot of people saw it, and I saw it too.” Symington says he saw a large triangular “craft of unknown origin” with lights, moving slowly. “It was dramatic. And it couldn’t have been flares because it was too symmetrical,” he says. “It had a geometric outline, a constant shape.”
Perhaps it was the bank fraud conviction that nullified his actual testimony of the event and made it less important in the public eye. So many witnesses remain baffled, not by the sighting, by how little attention has been paid to such a phenomenal event. Dr. Lynne speaks and shares clips and photos at many UFO events around the world, but she seems to be overshadowed by the sensational stories of those who may likely be intentional distractions to the truth.
What we are left with are obvious signs that something literally out of this world was present that night. What were ‘they’ doing? Was it a test to see how the public reacted or responded to a visible craft, large enough to leave no mistake about it? There were paradoxical and polarized results, from evidence of scrambled jets to complete denial of anything happening. Humans in power are fickle, evidently.
I, as an available interested party and personal friend, was present for many of the interviews conducted at Village Labs by Jim Dilettoso and Michael Tanner in the days and weeks following the event. The stories were consistent in what witnesses saw; the shape of the craft, the immense size, the silence and the apparent ‘particles of light’ darting around inside the actual lights as they passed overhead. The accounts were too similar and witnesses had no contact with each other prior to their interviews.
Village Labs was also a hot-spot for UFOlogists at the time. Photo and video analysis was a forte’ of the duo, Dilettoso and Tanner. Jim had appeared on numerous TV shows regarding his analysis of popular ‘evidence’ provided by many from around the world, including many still on the ‘circuit’ today. Guys like Lt. Colonel (USAF Ret.) Wendelle Stevens and Jaime Maussan were regulars. Jim and Michael were instrumental in the sharing of information with Dr. Lynne as she developed her documentary files.
Something that Jim revealed to me was that there were actually two ships that visited the Valley of the Sun that night, one that traveled along I-17 and another that traveled south following Scottsdale Rd. That information isn’t shared in the documentary, but the single mass-sighting is certainly enough to keep our attention. So many witnesses, so little attention by the media and researchers still.