Lynne Kitei is an intelligent woman. The Paradise Valley doctor worked in medical communications for 30 years, including a stint as chief clinical consultant of the imaging and wellness center at the Arizona Heart Institute in Phoenix.
Kitei also produced, wrote and directed the award-winning “You Make It!” prevention and education video and workbook curriculum series distributed worldwide by Discovery Education.
Kitei admits that she and her husband, Frank, also a physician, have a comfortable lifestyle. Yet, she put her career aside in 2004 to study in-depth “The Phoenix Lights” that she first saw in 1995.
She has become an expert on the UFO phenomenon, talking about it on national television shows and in speaking engagements around the nation.
“Before I knew it, I was so snowed under with interviews that I had to give something up,” Kitei said. “At that point, all fell into place; I’ve dedicated my life’s work to community education, and I see this as part of that. I saw the lights two years before the mass sighting, and I wanted to get to the bottom of it.”
Hundreds of people reported seeing lights on March 13, 1997; Kitei said her initial sighting was Feb. 6, 1995, from her home near South Mountain. She researched the phenomenon, talking with others who said they saw the lights during the mass sighting, including air traffic controllers and officials at Luke Air Force Base.
The lights became Kitei’s passion. She authored “The Phoenix Lights ... A Skeptic’s Discovery That We Are Not Alone,” and co-produced an 80-minute documentary about the subject. All, Kitei said, out of her own pocket.
“I will probably never recoup what I have spent in time and money,” the 59-year-old said. “This is my life’s passion. I hope I can lend some credibility to this issue and just let people look at the data and decide for themselves. I was giving people information, but I waited to come forward.
“Let’s be real. Education is what I’ve done for 30 years. I’ve gone to extreme lengths and a meticulous inquiry for years. This opened a whole new world to me. I compiled a meticulous journal including witness, media, military reports, as well as the scientific analysis of my own experience and photographs while searching for a logical explanation. I have yet to find one. If anything, my research has opened up a whole new world that I never knew existed.”
Kitei’s journal was 750 pages, which she boiled down to 220 for publication. She admits having reservations about leaving her job, but said she believes it was the right thing to do.
Kitei will speak on The Phoenix Lights at 7 p.m. Saturday at Scottsdale’s Mustang Library, 10101 N. 90th St. She also will be part of a 10th anniversary screening of her “Phoenix Lights Documentary” at 1 p.m., 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday at Harkins Shea 14, 7354 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale.
For information, visit www.thephoenixlights.net.