On November 5, 1975, while working with a logging crew in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest in Arizona, Travis Walton was allegedly abducted in front of multiple witnesses by a UFO. After a failed manhunt, Walton returned, dazed and disoriented, five days later, with fleeting memories of alien entities and descriptions of the inside of their craft. He was subjected to a number of polygraph examinations. The Travis Walton event would soon become the very first abduction case to be given serious consideration by credible scientists. His story would force the general public to reevaluate previously close-minded opinions on the subject. Today, his experience is called “the best documented account of alien abduction yet recorded.”
In 1978, Walton published Fire in the Sky: The Walton Experience, in which he outlined his own narrative of the event and its aftermath. In 1993, Walton’s book was adapted into a film, Fire in the Sky, directed by Robert Lieberman. While the film did not adhere strictly to the actual events of Walton’s experience and that of the multiple witnesses, the movie brought the story out to a wider audience and perhaps opened some minds as to the possibility of UFOs, ETs and other lifeforms.