Travis Walton is an American logger who claims he experienced a UFO abduction on November 5, 1975, while working with a logging crew in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest in Arizona. Walton could not be found, but reappeared after a five-day search.
The Walton case received mainstream publicity and remains one of the best-known instances of claimed alien abduction.
In 1978, Walton published The Walton Experience, in which he outlined his own narrative of the event and its aftermath, and in 1993, Walton’s book was adapted into the film, Fire in the Sky, directed by Robert Lieberman and starring D. B. Sweeney as Travis Walton.
In the renewed publicity generated by the motion picture, Walton and his fellow loggers agreed to take polygraph examinations at the behest of “a skeptical ufologist, Jerry Black.” Again, the tests were conducted by Cy Gilson, and the men all asserted that the events as they related them were true. Gilson concluded that all three men were truthful in regard to their responses about the experience.
Travis will also be screening, at the Paradigm Symposium, the newly released documentary about his experinece, Travis: The True Story of Travis Walton.