She asked it because it got a lot of comments in her review of the first “Fact or Faked” episode. (Apparently the Phoenix Lights was something the Fact or Faked team looked into. Neat! Haven’t had a chance to watch it yet because our TV’s been out of commission the last few days.)
Anyway, her question got me to reminiscing back to that event. We were living in Phoenix at the time. From our home we would’ve been able to see the lights if I’d gone outside.
But I didn’t. I never saw them. (I might’ve if I ever watched the news back then. But that was during the days when I was content to read, read, read with no TV on at all. I had no idea what so many others in the city were witnessing.)
And I was absolutely devastated I had missed out when the office where I worked suddenly was all abuzz about the UFOs over Phoenix.
UFOs? What? When? Were we being invaded? Was it finally happening? Was “contact” being made? If so, wow! How exciting! I was living through history!
Oh, I lived through history all right. The history of watching a certain governor make an ass of himself.
The governor I’m referring to is Fife Symington. The office where I worked happened to be a law firm that represented Symington on various issues.
That’s part of why the place was abuzz. Word spread fast about his upcoming press conference and how he was going to reveal the mystery of the Phoenix lights. Word had it there was an alien and everything.
I was glued to the TV for that press conference. I don’t remember ever being so excited about something in all my life. I truly believed aliens had landed, had made contact, and Fife Symington (who I actually had respect for up until that moment) was going to do what no other government official before him had ever done: fess up to alien lifeforms amongst us.
Oh, he did something no other government official has ever done before all right: he made a total mockery out of those who believed in aliens and UFOs.
I will never forget my fury when they paraded in the man dressed in the alien suit (his Chief of Staff I believe). What the heck?
It’s one thing for a government to cover up something like Roswell, but to have a live press conference and turn it into the mockery he did? I’m not a violent person, but I know I would’ve felt a lot better in that moment if I could’ve given Symington’s smug face a nice, solid slap! A-hole!
SYMINGTON’S NEW STORY ABOUT THE PHOENIX LIGHTS
After reading Andrea’s question I Googled “Phoenix Lights” and was stunned to find the clip I posted below. Symington, who had sworn up and down there was no aliens, no UFOs, it was likely something military causing the lights, now says he saw them.
Not only that, he believes it was evidence of UFOs!
But he couldn’t say anything at the time. As a public official it was his duty to keep the peace. He knew there’d be mass chaos if he came forward and said, “Yep, Arizona’s a haven for all kinds of aliens, and I’m not talking just the south of the border kind.”
But now that he’s not a public official it’s okay to say he believes it was UFOs? Not only that, he’s admitting he saw the lights.
I don’t believe him. I think he’s just a big jerk!
TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE PHOENIX LIGHTS
Check out this website all dedicated to them: Phoenix Lights Network.