Thursday, March 30, 2006

UFO Model Makers Still in The News

UFO Model Makers Gaylon Murphy & STeve Zingali
Rash of UFO sightings cause a stir

By LYNN DOAN
Los Angeles Times
3-30-06

     Move over, Roswell. South Orange County, Calif., is recording its own share of UFO sightings.

Several residents have reported the sightings to the Orange County Sheriff's Department in recent months. And word has even reached a Canadian UFO researcher who has posted information about the sightings on his website.

In one case, witnesses reported seeing glowing disks zigzagging through trees and hovering above the Aliso Viejo Town Center at night. About a yard in diameter and studded with flashing lights, the four UFOs dance around one another in the night sky.

These flying saucers aren't a top-secret military project. But they aren't being piloted by Martians, either.

The saucers are made in the garages of Gaylon Murphy and Steve Zingali, who get their kicks shocking people and hope to earn a few bucks hawking their remote-controlled saucers. After all, a few UFO sightings can only be good for business.

"We fly them in formation. It's pretty funny," said Murphy, a cardiovascular surgeon. "People stop, people scream, one cabdriver ran his car up off the road."

Nick Peterson was stunned when he saw one of the disks fly past his girlfriend's upstairs apartment.

"I thought, 'That can't be a UFO, can it?'" he said. "It's pretty weird."

Murphy and Zingali, a facilities engineer, have sold four of the gizmos at $1,000 each and concede their streaking light show is part hobby, part promotion.

The disks sparked a confrontation between Murphy and Erik Strong, a manager an Aliso Viejo restaurant and bar. Strong said Murphy was spooking his staff by hovering his disk near the restaurant.

"It looked like something right out of a movie, a little too real,"Strong said.

Strong followed the UFOs to nearby Grand Park, where Murphy and Zingali were standing with their remote controls. He told the pair they were going to create hysteria if they continued to fly their disks around Town Center.

Newport Beach Police Sgt. Bill Hartford said Murphy wasn't breaking any laws.

Scanning a list of city ordinances, Hartford said: "You can't hit golf balls on a public park. You can't skateboard on a public tennis court. But I don't see anything specifically that would forbid him from flying his UFOs."

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