This article was published in the daily newspaper Herald Sun, Victoria, Australia, on November 17, 2002.
ET calls in on Lilydale
By RUSSELL GOULD
LIGHTS in the Lilydale skies have Wayne Winter and Adin Monks convinced we are not alone.
Late on Friday night, the teenagers saw a group of yellow lights above Chirnside Park Hill and are now questioning whether or not stargazer theories are just science-fiction fodder.
"The lights were bigger than normal stars, they were moving, and in a perfect triangle," Adin, 15, said. "We followed them for a while and then they all disappeared."
They tracked them for 20 minutes, first on foot, then in a car, before the lights vanished.
Wayne, 19, said planes often flew over the area, but the lights they saw were too closely grouped to be aircraft, and were moving in the wrong direction.
He and his friend are not Star Trek groupies or UFO hunters, but after the encounter, they could be converted.
"It was just a joke to begin with when we saw the lights and said, 'Yeah, UFO', but then it became too real," he said.
"We weren't out there stargazing or anything, we just saw it by coincidence.
"We don't know what it was and there's no explanation for it."
Lilydale is a long way from Area 51, the root of all alien conspiracy theories, but Mr Winter says that means nothing, because these little green guys can go anywhere they want.
And so with "evidence" at hand, the question has to be asked: "Is the truth out there, in Lilydale?"