By Scott PetrieMy name is Scott Petrie and I was not just a witness of the "Phoenix Lights" event, but was "hooted out" (for lack of a better phrase) by THEM twice. The first time was the night of the "mass sighting" on March 13th 1997.
I was born here in Arizona (Mesa), as was my father. My great-grandfather was Mesa's first Sheriff/Fire Chief/Mortician; I'm now 53 years old, having lived in Tempe (which is sandwiched between Mesa and Phoenix) for the past 30 years. I've been working for SRP for over 25 years now, which is the supplier of water and electricity here in the Phoenix metro area; I went to bible collage up in Colorado and got a degree in biblical studies after high school and went to work for Campus Crusade for Christ International.
I was assigned to work with Illusionist "Andre Kole" who also lived here in Tempe. Andre has traveled the world with his full stage productions since the mid 60's and still does to this day. He is one of the most credible debunkers in the world today and his 2-hour long stage performances show the audience how easy it is to fool even the smartest people.
Andre has written several books on many subjects and has been a creative consultant for all of David Copperfield's TV specials, as well as other Magician/illusionists like Sigfreid & Roy and Doug Henning. Andre invented most of the classic stage illusions done today.
One of his books is called Mind Games, which is a compilation of all the “X-file type” things he has been tasked to investigate. It's difficult to fool an Illusionist at their own game; accordingly, Time Magazine, National Geographic, would pay him; even the Federal Government once paid him to go to the Philippines to debunk the "Psychic Surgeons".
I was 21 years old when I started working for Andre and married his daughter (the girl we would make disappear and saw in half each night). After years of doing this show around the world and investigating phenomena wherever we went, whenever we were called in to investigate we could find the trick or gimmick used; from demon possession, communicating with the dead, dematerialization, levitation, mind reading, you name we've investigated it and found explanations each time. I worked with Andre a total of about 8 years and know all the "tricks" including the use of laser projection which we used several times.
Now flash forward to almost 20 years later: I've been working the night shift outside for SRP for 10 years; I work on the trucks that Linemen work in all day (bucket trucks) and I do all the welding repairs on them. I was working that Thursday night, March 13th 1997 and was right in the middle of trying to finish the job I was working on before our break time at 9:00 pm, which was about a half an hour away . . . all of a sudden I had a “strong urge” to stop what I was working on, which I tried to fight—this went from “an urge to a command” and I couldn't fight it!
As I turned, I said out loud, "WHAT?"(Even though I was working alone). As I stood up and turned 180° to look towards Phoenix, I dropped my tools and to my astonishment when I focused on what was appearing in front of me—there were 3 balls of light of a type and color I will never forget. It was like watching a cartoon as the orbs were lit from within. They were an orange color like “fire with red and yellow churning” inside each one.
Once all 7 were lit up one at a time (north to south), they just hung there about 500 feet above the southeastern part of the airport and river bottom. One orb kept getting out of line and zip around and then get back in line again; then they all started moving and went from the semi-circle they had been in for 4 or 5 minutes, they then made a “V-shape” and started to turn southeast in my direction.
As the pointed front part of this V swung around, the second it was directed at me, I was "hit" with something that I can only explain as "being scanned.” It instantly knew me and everything about me that second. I was so scared that my "fight or flight" clicked in and I turned and started running away. I didn't get far before I realized that this thing was about 8 or 9 miles away. I turned back and “my fears instantly left” as I watched the V make an elegant banked turn performing a U-turn over The Point South Mountain and glided silently due west, parallel to the South Mountain range, until it got to the end of it, turning left and going behind the range over Rainbow Valley South towards Tucson.
Since that night, as the years have gone by, I've been watching the sky every night with nothing to report; then one night in 2008 I'm inside watching TV, when I get the same “command” to go outside and look up—I did, and what I saw flying over at the 12:00 position, right where I was "prompted" to look was a swirling cloud at an extremely high altitude traveling due south. It was swirling like water going down a drain and had a light shining through it from behind, which was dimming on and off as it flew over; it looked like a little "Milky Way Galaxy" flying along, blinking on and off as it passed.
It was starting to get farther towards Tucson, but still visible, I said to myself under my breath "well, at least it didn't do anything crazy like zip around " because it was at a constant speed and a constant direction. Just as soon as I finished saying this, it zigzagged back and forth and then continued it's same heading and went out of sight. Both times I've had these sightings I was summoned to watch, and I know that this is only the start of what is going to be seen by all. I know that I've been picked to prepare for their arrival, and I'm getting like Dreyfuss [Close Encounters] lately, going a little bit nuts . . . so says my family and friends. Suffice to say: I know this is the real thing, not our government, not anything from here.
Any comments can be made here at The UFO Chronicles, as I keep in touch with Frank (Warren) exclusively; I have grown to trust him above all other professionals in the field. Thanks for reading.