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The Phoenix Lights

Date Saturday - March 6, 2010
Host Ian Punnett
Guests Lynne D. Kitei M.D.Charles Pellegrino

Nearly 13 years since the largest mass UFO sighting known as The Phoenix Lights, researcher Dr. Lynne Kitei shared her astonishing eyewitness testimony of the incident, as well as talked about similar sightings leading up to the March 1997 event. One such encounter occurred in 1995, when Kitei says three amber-colored orbs in a triangle formation hovered above her community in the desert. Kitei recalled an eerie silence falling over the neighborhood, the topmost orb slowly fading from view, and the feeling that an intelligent presence was watching her.

Kitei snapped photos of the orbs she saw that night and sent them (some years later) to be examined by Dr. Bruce Maccabee, a former U.S. Navy optical physicist. Noticing how the skyline lights changed in the pictures, Maccabee determined that at least an hour, if not more, had passed between the first and last shots. Kitei said she remembered the sighting taking only a few minutes and believes the photographs offer proof of 'missing time.'

Two years later, in January 1997, she had another sighting. Kitei described seeing six points of lights, equidistant from each other, moving together in a massive mile-wide configuration. Air traffic controllers at Sky Harbor International Airport also witnessed the event, Kitei continued, noting that they could offer no explanation for the phenomenon other than it was likely not caused by a conventional source.

The formation of lights returned again to the Arizona sky in March 1997 and this time thousands of people witnessed them. Kitei said area military bases initially claimed to have no idea what had caused the lights, but later suggested they were flares from an Air National Guard flight. Kitei expressed doubt about this theory, pointing out that the lights remained in a v-shape formation while traversing the state for several hours. The lights were reportedly seen detaching from the main object and then redocking with it as well, she added. Kitei also commented on the military blimp theory, Native American beliefs about the lights, and the curriculum she's working on based on her UFO experiences.

'Hiroshima' Controversy

In the first hour, author Charles Pellegrino defended himself amid questions about the accuracy his book, The Last Train from Hiroshima. Pellegrino came under fire recently after a source he used for the book turned out to be an imposter. Joseph Fuoco, the source in question, told Pellegrino he was a substitute flight engineer aboard the plane that photographed the Hiroshima bomb explosion. Fuoco's account has since been contradicted by two firsthand eyewitnesses, Pellegrino said, noting that he "didn't carry the usual level of skepticism [regarding Fuoco's claims]."

He also commented on a dispute about his academic credentials. Pellegrino alleges he was awarded a doctorate from Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand, which was taken away a few years later by an ad hoc tribunal of faculty members. Pat Walsh, the university's vice chancellor, maintains that Pellegrino was never awarded a Ph.D. Pellegrino said Walsh is wrong and hopes to be vindicated some day.

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Video: Phoenix Lights

View a video clip from the Travel Channel's Weird Travels, featuring physician Dr. Lynne Kitei, former Phoenix City Councilwoman Frances Barwood, and many others discussing the 'Phoenix Lights' phenomenon.

Ian Punnett's Blog Post 3/6/10

 Ian Punnett's Blog Post 3/6/10

OK, now everybody knows that TV show creators tend to follow familiar formulas. Cop shows, medical dramas, lawyers in love--anybody who’s been watching TV for a few years has seen several variations on some bankable themes for years.

Perhaps that's why the ABC show "Lost" seemed like such a groundbreaker when it first came on six seasons ago.

But after an e-mail from Amy, it’s difficult to see "Lost" as being all that original anymore. Three decades before "Lost," ABC floated "The New People," an unsuccessful pilot that looks very familiar!

"The New People"


Thanks for all the birthday greetings, y’all, and the many, very funny ribbings about turning 50. Ain’t no thing, though. I’ve always felt that my best days are ahead of me--and that’s why it was so amazing that former American Idol contestant Danny Gokey released a song that described my birthday perfectly. What a great song and the attitude that I think everybody should have:


Some people think turning 50 would make for a bad week but aging is nothing compared to what author and frequent radio guest Charles Pellegrino is going through:

From the NYT:

Nobody ever said that James Cameron changes his mind easily. And for now Mr. Cameron, the "Avatar" and "Titanic" filmmaker, says he still plans to produce a movie about the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, even though a book about the subject that he optioned has been withdrawn by its publisher amid questions about its accuracy. The publisher, Henry Holt & Company, said that it would stop shipping and printing copies of "The Last Train From Hiroshima" by Charles Pellegrino, a nonfiction account of the World War II mission to drop an atomic bomb on Hiroshima and of the bombing’s victims. That decision came after the accounts of Joseph Fuoco, a source for the book who is characterized as a substitute flight engineer on the mission, were contradicted by scientists, historians and veterans. In an e-mail message to The Associated Press, Mr. Cameron defended Mr. Pellegrino. "All I know is that Charlie would not fabricate," Mr. Cameron wrote, "so there must be a reason for the misunderstanding." He added that his movie does not "have a shooting script and no decision has been made to proceed in the short term."

Also this week from the NYT:

The university that Charles Pellegrino claimed had awarded and then stripped him of a Ph.D. issued a statement late Thursday saying that it "utterly rejects" his claims as "baseless and defamatory."

Publisher Henry Holt & Company had also questioned whether Mr. Pellegrino actually held a doctorate from Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand, credentials that are listed both on his Web site, www.charlespellegrino.com, and in his author’s biography at the back of the book.

In an interview earlier this week, Mr. Pellegrino said that he had completed his dissertation and was awarded a Ph.D., only to have it stripped a few years later by an ad hoc tribunal convened by faculty members because of a dispute over evolutionary theory. In an e-mailed statement, Professor Pat Walsh, vice chancellor of Victoria University of Wellington, confirmed that Mr. Pellegrino had been a Ph.D. student in the 1980s.

"He submitted a thesis which in the unanimous opinion of the examiners was not of a sufficient standard for a Ph.D. to be awarded," Ms. Walsh said. "Following complaints from Pellegrino, an investigation was carried out by the University. In 1986, Pellegrino appealed to Her Majesty the Queen. The case was then considered by the Governor-General who disallowed the appeal. Accordingly, Pellegrino was never awarded a Ph.D. from Victoria and therefore could not have had it stripped from him or reinstated at a later date."

Charles told me that the vice chancellor is simply wrong about his degree and he will be vindicated one day. As for basing a key part of his most recent book on the testimony of an impostor, Charles said he has learned a lesson, feels foolish and cannot wait for the opportunity to re-edit the book and see it reissued.

Hang in there, Charlie. Your best days are ahead of you.

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