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Season Finale

Travis Walton

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BoA:Audio closes the book on Season 7 as we welcome legendary alien abductee Travis Walton for an in-depth discussion on his historic UFO encounter and the subsequent firestorm which continues to swirl around the case to this very day. Over the course of this compact but comprehensive conversation, we'll explore Travis' life and story from a myriad of angles, spanning 1975 to 2013, and explore the evolution of abductions, in general, as well as how UFOs and the media have changed over the years. Along the way, we'll venture down a myriad of side roads and explore some surprisingly unexpected realms.

At long last, we conclude our marathon seventh season with an iconic and ironic player in the epic history of paranormal studies: Travis Walton.

Full Preview: In lieu of the traditional bio / background, we kick things off by finding out if Travis ever gets tired of rehashing his story and recounting events which happened nearly 40 years ago. Travis talks about how his perspective has evolved over the years and, in modern times, his motivation has taken on an entirely new hue. We also reflect on how perspectives on abduction have changed over the years and that, instead of being afraid to share their stories, people (and abduction support groups) now seem to be more open to revealing their possible alien encounters.

Next we get Travis' take on hypnosis as a tool of abduction research, especially in light of recent stories showing it to be suspect, and learn what percentage of his story is gleaned from hypnosis versus conscious recall. He also talks about how skeptics surrounding his story and hypnosis fail to address the myriad of other witnesses to the event. Revisiting one key aspect of Travis' story, we dig into the detail of how he saw a humanoid entity aboard the ship, talk about how this detail seems to get glossed over by media coverage of the event, and have him provide additional information on his interaction with this being.

Looking at the human element at work in UFO studies, we find out what it was like for Travis to 'meet' the UFO research community in 1975 when he first returned from his encounter. In light of all of the trouble that befell Travis after the event, we find out if he ever considered just shunning everyone from the UFO research community. Additionally, we talk about how Travis was treated like "a bug in a jar," rather than a human being, by researchers as well as how the general public scrutinized his every action to a bizarre and laughable degree. He also reflects on one of the biggest problems facing Ufology and how that has not changed since 1975.

With the benefit of hindsight, we ask Travis if there was anything else he should have done, upon returning from the craft, that he wishes he had. Travis also talks about when he realized that he was in the middle of an international news story and how he reacted to that realization. He reflects on how his experience with the media has given him a unique perspective on how the industry works. This segues into us talking about how different Travis' experience would have been if it had taken place in 2013 rather than 1975, which leads to us talking about how the UFOs may have modified their behavior due to modern technology being so pervasive.

We then revisit the perennially hot topic of UFO disclosure, getting Travis' perspective on the concept. Considering the perceived pressure from the government on UFO witnesses, we find out of Travis was ever pressured by the 'powers that be' to silence him. This leads to some talk about Travis' nemesis, Phil Klass, and we discuss some of his weird actions and whether or not they are clues that he may have been working for the government. Following that, we explore the relationship between Travis and his work crew as well as how things changed following the event and media firestorm. He also reveals a potentially tantalizingly new development on that front.

Travis shares stories of how random people have claimed to be a part of the work crew or even critical parts of the Travis' story when they weren't actually involved at all. Travis reflects on the positive and negative aspects of this bizarre 'civic pride' affiliated with the case. With that in mind, we find out if there has ever been anything done to commemorate Travis' event or if it is in the works for the 40th anniversary. Travis also reflects on his disappointment with the National Geographic special on his case as well as which special he thought did the best job on it. In hindsight, we find out of Travis would still have participated in the movie Fire in the Sky or done things differently.

After that, we revisit Travis' recent appearance on the Fox TV program Moment of Truth, where he allegedly failed a lie detector test regarding his experience. Travis details the chicanery involved in the program as well as the technical issues surrounding the administration of the lie detector test. This leads to Travis talking about his experiences taking polygraph tests as well as what it was like taking the text for the TV show.

Heading towards the close of the conversation, we also have Travis extrapolate on his change in perspective and how he sees himself more as a victim of circumstance rather than a deliberate abductee. Looking at the stories of the Hills and Travis, we get his take on how the narrative of abductions have changed over the years. Wrapping up the conversation, we find out whether Travis thinks abductions should be separated from UFO sightings, whether we'll ever find out what the whole UFO mystery is all about, and, finally, what's next for Travis Walton as 2013 unfolds.

Travis Walton Bio

On November 5, 1975, a group of loggers in the mountains of northeastern Arizona observed a strange, unusually bright light in the sky. One of those men, Travis Walton, recklessly left the safety of his truck to take a closer look. What happened next sent his companions fleeing in fear. When Travis failed to reappear, the men were suspected of murder. For five days authorities mounted a massive manhunt in search of Walton or his body. Walton eventually reappeared, disoriented and initially unable to tell the details of his terrifying encounter. His book Fire in the Sky provides an account of his experience. A major motion picture was also made with the same name.

His website is travis-walton.com


Thus concludes BoA:Audio, Season 7

Thanks to all the guests who appeared on the program throughout Season 7. Thanks to the tremendous BoA staff. And, of course, enormous thanks to all of YOU, the BoA:Audio listening audience. Your tireless support of the program is hugely appreciated!

Tenative plans are in the works for BoA:Audio, Season 8 to premiere sometime around October. The topics will be as bizarre and diverse as any season of the program in our storied history.

Until then ... please join us later this August for the premiere of BoA LIVE ... a unique live program which will serve as BoA's audio hub during our mid-season 'hiatus'

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