I was a student at the University of West Florida in Pensacola, and was the News Director for the campus TV show. We were allowed to use the studio and editing equipment after hours at the local PBS station (a deal with UWF for broadcasting students). That PBS station, WSRE-TV is located at 1000 College Boulevard in Pensacola. ���After hours��� usually meant late night hours. I was working late with a fellow student [S.D.] (he did the sports reporting for our TV show), and he drove us there and back in his car. All I remember about his car was that it was compact and white. (Can���t remember make & model ��� but that doesn���t really matter). I sat in the front passenger seat as we left the station about 2 a.m. and S.D. was driving us back to campus. The drive to/from UWF���s campus from WSRE is about a 10-15 minute drive, and you have to get on University Parkway, which is a straight shot for several (under 3) miles, right to campus. There are small rolling hills along this road and we noticed what appeared to be car headlights ahead. But the weird thing was that every time we took a dip down one of the hills, they wouldn���t disappear, and they were seemingly in the same spot at the crests���. Like the ���car��� wasn���t moving toward us. We continued toward campus wondering aloud about this. Driving toward UWF, University Parkway is wide and dead-ends on Campus Blvd. It is a large, wide intersection. When we arrived at the intersection, we saw that the lights were not from a car, but a craft hovering above the pine trees just in the back of the corner gas station (I think it was also a 7-11 type place, but it closed shortly after this episode and isn���t there any more.) Of course this was an amazing thing to see, and S.D. stopped the car in the intersection, as we both looked up at this triangular-shaped craft. He was scared speechless, I was completely fascinated. I opened the car door and S.D. started yelling ���Don���t Get Out!��� But I was awestruck and wanted to get closer. But the MOMENT my foot hit the ground the UFO took off at high speed to my right, into the night sky, at a 45-degree angle. It seemed to know the second I was there, and it���s ���headlights��� turned off the same moment it took off. It was TOTALLY SILENT. No whirring or engine noise at all, it didn���t need to accelerate; it just took off and was out of sight in a second or two. This was NOT technology we had then, or now. I know Pensacola has been a hot spot for UFO sightings over the years, and many people brush if off due to the close-by military base(s). But I was CLOSE to this thing. Maybe 120 feet away, as it hovered over a pine tree that was perhaps 50 feet tall. And I had eyes on it (it���s ���headlights���) for about 8 minutes. S.D. wouldn���t talk about it. Not then or the day after, as I described the incident to a couple of professors in the Communication Arts Department. He couldn���t (or wouldn���t) utter a word about it. I don���t know if he blocked it or remembers it. Last I heard he was living in Miami. But he would never speak about it, not even to me. Over the years I have only mentioned this incident to a handful of very close people. The response I got from my professors (mostly sneers and laughter) was enough for me to keep silent all these years. I never felt fear or threatened. When people mention those feelings during an encounter, or describe abductions, it makes me believe that there are at least two type of aliens. One that is benevolent. And one that is not. I felt this encounter was with a ���benevolent��� type. And if not aliens, perhaps beings from another dimension���. Or even ���us��� in the far future, time-traveling backwards. I don���t know ���who��� I saw. But I am definitive about WHAT I saw. I am by no means an artist, but can describe it. The craft was triangular in shape. Maybe 40 feet in diameter(?). The shape of the triangle wasn���t with hard pointed corners, but the corners were ���soft��� or somewhat rounded. It appeared silvery metallic on top. Underneath, it would be hard to know the color, because there were bright lights on the bottom, all around the bottom edge. Strangely, I don���t remember that these lights put out much of a glow much beyond the craft. In other words, it wasn���t illuminating the ground. And if memory serves, they weren���t really white, but a variety of blues and greens. The ���headlights��� on top were a bit wider apart than a standard car���s would be. I clearly remember having that thought as I stood there, (having initially thought this was a car on the distance.) I was close to it (in the stationary car) for about 10 seconds before I got out of the car and it flew away.