Published: 2:37 PM 7/15/2014
Tina Gamez/Daily News-Sun
Vincent Rizzo takes a moment to talk about the potential of UFOs.
The Phoenix Lights sighting by thousands of people occurred on March 13, 1997. The unidentified flying object was reportedly seen from Tucson to the Nevada state line.
Even Arizona’s governor, Fife Symington III, saw it. But what the thousands saw was months later after I had seen my own UFO going home from work one Thursday night in November 1996.
It was huge and flying low. The lights covered the sky, and I could barely keep my eyes on the road as I looked up through my windshield. What I saw did not resemble the “V” formation everyone else saw in 1997.
The UFO I saw was moving very slowly and quietly toward me as I headed south on 91st Avenue, almost to McDowell Road. It had multicolored lights: white, yellow and red. It was right over me as I got to McDowell. I was looking in disbelief.
Then the lights went dark, and I could barely make out a dark object overhead. After some 15 seconds passed, I saw other multiple flying objects farther away with their colored lights and they suddenly moved into formation and sped away westward at a very fast rate of speed and were gone.
I hurried home, ran in the house and told my husband about it. He found it all amusing and poked fun at me while I was running around scared and went back outside to see if I could spot them again. Maybe they were still hanging around. No luck. What I had seen was gone.
At work the following day, I told my story to a co-worker who said he’d seen the same thing on a different night. He and his family were intrigued with the whole thing, so they’d go to the Estrella Mountains, park and wait to see if they could see them again. He said there was no way this had anything to do with Luke Air Force Base because he had spent a lot of time checking out what was flying in and out of Luke at night and never saw anything that came remotely close to what we saw.
July 2 was World UFO Day, so I decided that week to ask people at the Fairway Recreation Center in Sun City if they believed in UFOs.
South Carolina residents Rachel Counts and Robert Maltby have a place in Sun City and were in the rec center lobby after their pool time. And even though Counts has never seen one, she said she believes in UFOs.
“The universe is so large. I just don’t feel that the people on Earth are the only living creatures in the universe.”
Counts added: “There’s other life, but not as we know it.”
Maltby said “there’s got to be intelligent life somewhere,” and that “we’re just a stop on the journey.”
Sun City area residents in the pool area gave their opinion:
Mary Bailey said it could be a possibility. “People have said they’ve seen them. Can’t very well call them a liar.” She said she’d like to see one herself.
Saying she’s from the old school, Susan Duci, 87, said she doesn’t believe while Barbara Henrickson said it’s possible. “I haven’t seen it. I have to see it to believe it.” Henrickson added: “It’s crazy not to believe it could exist.”
Vincent Rizzo, who was in the pool, said “anything can happen,” while Mel Pershing doesn’t, “because everything is so spread out. The ones we send out don’t go very far.”
Darlene Saylor said she believes there’s something out there, but not what most people think it is. “It’s probably identified somewhere, we just think of it as an unidentified object, because we don’t ever know what our military is up to.”
She said that the Bible says: “God made the Earth to be inhabited. He didn’t say that about anything else. So my tendency is to think that it’s not another planet where there are people.”
Her husband, Bob Saylor, said he believes “there’s something out there, but I really don’t believe it’s from another planet” and that our and other countries are flying things and the Air Force is “far ahead of what we know.”
Saylor added: “Some things we won’t know until we get to heaven.”
Doug and Kathleen Blair were lounging near the pool. Doug said he doesn’t really believe in UFOs. “I haven’t gotten into the subject to make a determination one way or another,” he said.
Kathleen said “the planet Earth is the only planet that sustains life that we know of to date. I don’t think there’s anything else out there because the Earth is the perfect distance from the sun to sustain life. It’s not too hot, not too cold,” plus, UFOs coming from another solar system are too far away, she said.