man preparing book about UFO sightings
By DAVID BRAZEAU
Hanmer man is hoping the release of a Hollywood movie
will add credibility to reports of UFO sightings in North
America and around the world.
Deschamps, who has researched unidentified flying objects
in this area by using old Sudbury Star news stories, has
spoken to the man on whom the movie is based.
Walton claims he was abducted by aliens in a UFO on No.
5, 1975, in a park near Snowflake, Ariz.
days later, UFOs were spotted over the Falconbridge Radar
Station," says Deschamps, 28.
Hanmer man says Walton told him in a telephone conversation
last week that the publicity about the movie, Fire
In The Sky, has also renewed skepticism
about Walton's story.
Paramount Pictures film opens in North America on Friday.
It stars D. B. Sweeney as Walton and James Garner as a
doubting police officer.
told me, 'I'm bracing myself for the onslaught.' So that's
how he feels," says Deschamps.
who reports having witnessed two UFO crafts in his life,
said he himself is sometimes the target of snide remarks
because of his hobby.
he is working on a book about UFO sightings in Sudbury
and surrounding cities and towns.
is relying heavily on Sudbury Star press clippings.
particular note are local stories about reports of UFOs
in Copper Cliff by several people interviewed by the Sudbury
Star in 1953. They separately reported seeing lights on
an unidentifiable aircraft.
reports appeared in page one stories in The Star on Jan.
31, Feb. 2 and Feb. 17, 1953.
also said he has photos of large doughnut-shaped clearings
of sand at Spring Bay on Manitoulin Island, in September
the photos, the sand seems to have been blown away by
some sort of propulsion system, he believes. Under the
cleared sand is a limestone base, he says. Deschamps went
to the scene and noted the sand did not clear very easily
was interviewed on television's Entertainment Tonight
a few weeks ago. He said short, this aliens with domed
bald heads and huge black eyes abducted him while he was
part of a seven-man wood-cutting gang in Sitgraves National
six others said they witnessed Walton's abduction. Walton
said a blue ray fired from the UFO knocked him into some
felt this numbing shock, and I just became hysterical,"
he told the television interviewer.
other workers saw little else, and police authorities
suspected they had murdered Walton.
turned up five days later with some recollections of what
and the others took and passed polygraph tests soon after
the incident. They again passed lie-detector tests 18
hopes to have his book complete in three years. By then
he hopes there will be more believers than skeptics about
the existence of UFOs.
any event, Deschamps says he'll be the first in line to
see Fire In The Sky when it comes to Sudbury.