- This report is one of my favorite celebrity UFO encounters,
it is by no means a comprehensive report, these are the best of what I
have on file, and the reports are from various sources including a few
of my own interviews on the topic.
- Some of you might be familiar with the lyrics:
- There's a UFO over New York & I ain't too surprised,
Nobody told me there'd be days like these,
Strange days indeed...
--from John Lennon's - 'Double Fantasy album'
- John's back in the news, it seems the government has
some secret documents that they won't release do to 'National Security',
yea right! John was also watched over by the FBI who we now know kept a
secret 'X-Files' of all UFO incidents they received.
- Here's a portion of the article about John Lennon and
- LOS ANGELES, Feb. 18 ó Almost 20 years after the
assassination of John Lennon, a government lawyer warned Friday that releasing
documents about the former Beatle's left-wing political activities could
damage national security.
- But Justice Department Attorney Thomas Caballero told
Wiener's attorney after the hearing that the U.S. government was likely
to appeal Robbins' ruling because it still believes releasing the 10 documents
in Lennon's file could jeopardize national security.
- I wonder if his UFO activities are a part of the documents
that they don't want released? Let's look into this a little deeper; I
have John Lennon's UFO sighting report below.
- John Lennon's Big Apple UFOs
- "It looked like a flattened cone with a brilliant
light on top." -May Pang, assistant to John Lennon, describing the
object they allegedly saw from Lennon's balcony in NY City.
- Though we'll never know for sure, we hope the aliens
onboard the craft that buzzed John Lennon's 53rd Street Penthouse apartment
weren't shy. For, according to the late Beatle's ex-girlfriend, the famed
mod rocker was standing on the balcony in his birthday suit enjoying the
view when his quiet evening at home was interrupted by the likes of a vehicle
from another world. May Pang is one of the warmest people you'd ever want
to meet. She's quick to smile and bring you into her confidence.
- For unlike many others in the rock and roll business
who can sometimes take themselves too seriously, May is happy to share
her remembrances about one of the greatest legends of our time. John was
always fascinated with the unusual, May explained, handing me his once-treasured
copy of the I Ching that she still has on her library shelf. He was always
caught up in his fate his destiny. He was it seems - trying to understand
his greatness and the impact he had on millions growing up in a very confused,
almost lost generation'
- May Pang was more than willing to give me the scoop on
John's Big Apple UFO encounter because - as it turned out - she was right
there at his side during the incident. We had just ordered up some pizza
and since it was such a warm evening, we decided to step out on the terrace.
There were no windows directly facing us from across the street, so John
just stepped outside with nothing on in order to catch a cool breeze that
was coming in right off the East River. I remember I was just inside the
bedroom getting dressed when John started shouting for me to come out onto
- I yelled back that I would be right there, but he kept
screaming for me to join him that instant. As I walked out onto the terrace,
my eye caught this large, circular object coming towards us. It was shaped
like a flattened cone, and on top was a large, brilliant red light, not
pulsating as on any of the aircraft we'd see heading for a landing at Newark
Airport. May says she and John stood there mesmerized, unable to believe
what they were in the process of observing. When it came a little closer,
we could make out a row or circle of white lights that ran around the entire
rim of the craft - these were also flashing on and off. There were so many
of these lights that it was dazzling to the mind. Spellbound, the couple
watched the UFO move directly over the building next to where they resided.
It was, I would estimate, about the size of a Lear jet and it was so close
that if we had something to throw at it, we probably would have hit it
- During the time that it was almost directly overhead,
May says that she didn't hear any noise. We often had helicopters flying
above us, but this was as silent as the night, seventeen stories up above
street level. Finally the object passed from view, leaving John and May
feeling that the excitement was over for the evening. But as it turned
out, the UFO returned and they managed to set up a telescope and view it
that way. The light was so brilliant coming from the craft, May recalls,
that no additional details could be seen' We did take a couple of pictures
but they turned up overexposed. Immediately John and May telephoned the
Daily News, and were told that at least 7 other reports had been received.
- We even called the police - that's how excited we were
-and they told us to keep calm, that others had seen it too. According
to May, all night long, John kept saying I couldn't believe it! I can't
believe it...I've seen a flying saucer! As confirmation of his sighting,
John wrote down what he saw and used it as part of the cover art on his
Walls and Bridges album. John had always had an interest in UFOs, May Pang
points out. He even used to subscribe to a British UFO Magazine, the Flying
Saucer Review. But after seeing what we saw that night, he became even
more fanatical, bringing up the subject all the time.
- Next a person most older readers will fondly remember,
Walter Chronkite and his UFO sighting.
- Walter Chronkite's UFO encounter
- As CBS Evening News Anchor for many years, Chronite became
a part of many American families as he brought us the news in a straight-forward
and fair manner. No matter how he felt personally, you never saw that during
his broadcast. He did this all before cable TV became such a big part of
viewing, so for many he was more then just a Reporter. Walter Chronkite
became a trusted friend of almost all who viewed his work.
- In the 1950s Chronkite was part of a pool of News Reporters
brought out to a small South Pacific island to watch the test of a new
Air Force missile. After a short inspection of the new system by the reporters,
they were lead to an area a safe distance from the launch site.
- The missile was mounted on a specially built launcher
that was attached to a cement base. It was obvious that the area had been
quickly built just for the test. The details about the missile were going
to be given to the reporters in he form of hand-out sheets and press releases
after the test.
- As the test was ready to proceed, Chronkite mentioned
that photography of the event by the press was forbidden' They would have
to give verbal descriptions so everyone was writing as fast as they could.
- As Air Force guards walked around the perimeter of the
test area with guard dogs and the news reporters watched, the missile was
fired-up and about to be released. Just then, a large disc-type UFO appeared
on the scene!
- Chronkite guessed that the object was about 50-60 feet
in diameter, a dull grey color and had no visible means of propulsion'
Because the noise of activity around him and the missile engine was so
loud, he couldn't tell whether the disc made any noise. He did not notice
any noise coming directly from the object.
- As Air Force guards ran toward the object with their
dogs, the disc hovered about 30 feet off of the ground. It suddenly sent
out a blue beam of light, which struck the missile, a guard and a dog all
at the same time!
- The missile was frozen in mid-air about 70 feet from
the launcher, as it had taken off. A guard was frozen in mid-step and a
dog frozen in mid-air as it had jumped at the disc. Chronkite reminded
me that this all happened within the space of about five minutes or less.
- Suddenly, the missile exploded! After that, the disc
vanished. The guard and dog looked all right, but were quickly taken away
by medical personnel always present at tests in case anyone would be injured.
At the same time, guards rapidly ushered the reporters into a concrete
observation bunker. After about thirty minutes of sitting in that hot box,
they were brought out into the air again and addressed by an Air Force
- The officer told them, "It was all part of the test."
Obviously making it up as he went along, the Colonel said that the event
was "staged" to test media reaction to UFOs. He reinforced the
usual line to the reporters that Flying Saucers were probably not extra-terrestrial,
but people were actually seeing secret planes being tested by the Air Force.
This test was designed to show the media how "shocking" it could
be to suddenly view a new technology.
- Well, Chronkite was certain that what he viewed was a
"new technology" but he was also sure it was not an Earthly one!
He didn't believe the Air Force explanation then, and he didn't believe
it as he told me the story.
- After the event reporters were told that since it was
a test of media reaction to new technology, they could not report on it!
But, they would be compensated later with exclusive stories on new Air
Force projects (a promise that was never kept).
- "Politically Incorrect With Bill Maher"
- Guest: Musician Sammy Hagar Note: I've edited his replies
into a more readable form -JH
- I'm a real firm believer in aliens, right? They're definitely
out there. I've had contact. Yes, I have and they're smart son of a guns,
man' 1967, was the summer of love. In Fontana, California. I was lying
in bed, in my room. And, all of a sudden, I felt like something was going
on' And I was sleeping. I was sleeping. It was 3:00, 4:00 in the morning.
And I opened my eyes, my body couldn't move. And my room was pure white,
I mean, like as bright as you could possibly imagine.
- And I felt, you know, like a communication kind of like
through a- antenna-type communication' And as soon as I got hip, they got
hip that I started getting hip that it was happening, and they had a code
that was sort of a like a computer code that broke the concentration, I
mean, broke the connection' And as soon as that happened, my room went
black with my eyes still wide open and I could move again' And I got up.
I ran outside. And I ran around, I was so wired.
- And from that day--synchronicity in my life exists. I
see things happen as they're supposed to happen' And I put everything together.
Everything makes sense to me. I'm sorry to say that, but actually, this
life actually makes sense to me. It was alien' I mean, they were in a craft.
They were actually in a craft. I could see them while we were connected.
And it's a thing like that. After it's happens to you, you go on this little
quest, and you find things. You find these little clues all over in your
life about things that lead you from one thing to the other. And it's like
a mission' I don't know.
- I don't know if I was programmed, or zapped, or deprogrammed
or what, but I don't feel special or nothing, it's just that that really
changed a lot of things in my life. It was really cool. They're constant-they're
experimenting all the time with us.
- There are bad ones. There are three or four different
ones, too. Some of them are bad; they come and take body parts and stuff.
The gray ones, you don't want to mess with the gray ones.
- No, there's no life in our solar system. I mean, you
know, maybe dead ants or something, but- I mean on the other planets. No,
there are three or four different ones. There's the ones-there's some robots
that do actual space travel and they're like computers, real robots, you
know, that look like people. They look like aliens, but they're-those are
the ones that got the guys in Pascagoula, Mississippi. If you remember
that case of Calvin Parker and this guy, his nephew, Charlie. And one of
the guys killed himself afterwards. And those robots got to him.
- Here's my opinion, I think that we're the aliens. I think
the aliens are man, because we're the only ones that build computer and
buildings. And no one else is doing that. I don't see my cat saying, "Look,
I just built a new car." And we also, you know, the smog and everything,
so we destroy our environment, which means we're not in harmony with the
Earth. So we're the aliens. But even if there are aliens in outer space,
okay, let's say there are. There are. Now, how am I going to pay my rent?
- Many of us musician's look to Hendrix as a guitar god,
not many know the real story behind--
- JIMI HENDRIX: THE SPACE WIZARD
- The author, Beckley, says, "I can't say in all honesty
that I really knew Jimi Hendrix, but I did see him give a number of really
good performances. It was at one of those post- Woodstock concerts where
I managed to wind my way backstage. Jimi Hendrix was leaning up against
a wall of amps and speakers. As I walked past him, we both just kind of
nodded as if we recognized each other, and to this day I can swear I heard
him ask me, 'and what planet are you from pal?'"
- Jimi expressed a great interest in matters of an extraterrestrial
nature, had admitted seeing UFOs, and once told a reporter from The New
York Times that he was really from Mars. And he wasn't kidding either.
David Henderson, in his book The Life of Jimi Hendrix (Bantam), quotes
Jimi's feelings about life on other planets: "There are other people
in the solar system, you know, and they have the same feelings too, not
necessarily bad feelings, but see, it upsets their way of living for instance
- and they are a whole lot heavier than we are."
- "And it's no war games, because they all keep the
same place. But like the solar system is going through a change soon and
it's going to affect the Earth in about 30 years."
- On several occasions during his career, UFOs just happened
to show up while Jimi was giving a concert. During the last days of his
life, he performed on the rim of an extinct volcano in Maui. Jimi played
three 45-minute sets, says Henderson in his best-seller.
- After each set, he retired to a special sacred Hopi Indian
tent. Later, witnesses in Maui testified that they heard musical tones
emanating from rocks and stones. UFOs were also sighted over the volcano
by people who called in to a local radio show. A cameraman on the set said
that he fell from his perch after seeing a UFO through his lens.
- In the film Rainbow Bridge, Hendrix rattles on for several
minutes about astral projection and the philosophy of the Space Brothers.
He also tried to master the art of psychic healing, through color and sound.
Fellow musician and songwriter, Curtis Knight, knew all about the episode
involving the UFO in Maui. It was an odd-looking craft that glittered in
the bright sunlight. Jimi felt certain the UFO had come down to put its
spiritual stamp of approval on the show. He told me that he'd been emotionally
and physically recharged by the experience.
- During the course of our conversation, Curtis also revealed
the fascinating details of the time a UFO landed in front of them and actually
saved their lives.
- The event took place on a cold winter's night near Woodstock,
NY in 1965. According to Curtis, if it hadn't been for the occupants of
this metallic stranger, Jimi and his fellow musicians might have frozen
- It was four o'clock in the morning, and we were trying
to make it back to Manhattan - a drive of more than 100 miles - through
the worst blizzard I can recall. The wind was whipping the snow around
our van so fiercely that we missed the turn-off leading to the state highway
that would put us in the direction of home. The next thing I remember is
getting stuck in a drift that reached the hood of our vehicle. Soon it
got so cold. The windows were rolled up tight, and we had the heater on
full blast to protect us from the rawness of the elements. I had my doubts
about seeing the light of day. We could have turned to human icicles very
easily. That's how bitter it was!
- Curtis says the road in front of them suddenly lit up,
as a bright phosphorescent object cone-shaped, like a space capsule landed
in the snow about 100 feet up ahead. It stood on tripod landing gear, and
for all purposes gave the appearance of being something right out of science
fiction' At first we thought it was an apparition caused by the cold and
our confused state of mind. I mean, we just couldn't believe our eyes.
- Prodding Jimi with his elbow, Curtis asked if his imagination
was playing tricks on him or whether the rock star saw it too. Jimi didn't
answer, but sort of smiled. He seemed to be staring out into the night,
his eyes riveted on this thing resting within a stone's throw.
- Curtis was overcome with fright. Before he could make
a move of any kind, a door opened on the side of the craft and an entity
came forth. He stood eight foot tall, his skin was yellowish, and instead
of eyes, the creature had slits. His forehead came to a point, and his
head ran straight into his chest, leaving the impression that he had no
- The being proceeded to float to the ground and glided
toward the trapped occupants of the van' It was then that Curtis noticed
the snow was melting in the wake of the creature. His body generated tremendous
heat, so much so that as it came across a small rise, the snow disappeared
around in all directions. In a matter of what seemed like seconds, the
being came over to the right- hand side of the van where Jimi was seated
and looked right through the window. Jimi seemed to be communicating telepathically
with it. Curtis relates that immediately the interior of their vehicle
began to heat up. Suddenly, I was roasting! One moment it had been bitter
cold, and the next moment we might as well have been in Haiti. The heat
coming from the being evaporated the snow enough to free their imprisoned
van' As it glided behind our van, I saw the drift had completely vanished.
Turning on the ignition key, I gunned the motor and got out of there. As
I looked back through the rear view window, I could see the road filling
in with snow again' The object - the strange craft - was at the same instant
lifting off like a rocket from a launching pad.
- Jimi never did talk much about what happened. He sort
of let me know that the cool thing to do was not to bring up the subject.
It was to be our little secret. However, from what he did say, I sort of
suspect that the object arrived to save our necks chiefly because Jimi
had been practicing trying to communicate by ESP with the beings on board.
I know this may be hard to believe, but I'm putting it straight, just like
it happened, you hear!
- The boys from the group who were with us remember nothing.
They were out cold in the back. As we got into the main road, they revived.
It's as if they had been placed under a spell - you know - hypnotized.
A capsule review of Jimi's songs shows that he incorporated some of his
interplanetary ties in with his music. The lyrics of many of his songs
contain veiled references to UFOs. His album, Axis-Bold as Love, opens
with an announcer talking about flying saucers, with a cut following being
a catchy tune called, 'Up From the Stars'.
- ANNOUNCER: (MITCH MITCHELL)
- GOOD EVENING LADIES AND GENTLEMEN WELCOME TO RADIO STATION
EXP. TONIGHT WE ARE FEATURING AN INTERVIEW WITH A VERY PECULIAR-LOOKING
GENTLEMEN WHO GOES BY THE NAME OF MR. PAUL CORUSO, ON THE DODGY SUBJECT
OF: ARE THERE OR ARE THERE NOT FLYING SAUCERS? OR... AHEM, UFO'S? PLEASE,
MR CORUSO, PLEASE COULD YOU GIVE YOUR REGARDED OPINION ON THIS NONSENSE
ABOUT SPACESHIPS AND EVEN SPACE PEOPLE.
- MR CORUSO: (JIMI HENDRIX) THANK YOU. AS YOU ALL KNOW,
YOU JUST CAN'T BELIEVE EVERYTHING YOU SEE AND HEAR, CAN YOU? NOW, IF YOU
WILL EXCUSE ME, I MUST BE ON MY WAY.
- ANNOUNCER: (MITCH MITCHELL) BUT... BUT...BUT... I...I...
DON'T BELIEVE IT.
- Others who have reported UFO's include:
- Jackie Gleason, Actor -Gleason claimed to have seen UFOs
over Florida and London'
- From UFO Reporter Volume 1, Number 1 (March 1992)
- UFOs and Jackie Gleason
- The second wife of US comedian Jackie Gleason, Beverley
McKittrick, provided a similar report. Gleason had arrived back at their
Florida residence one evening in 1973, visibly shaken' The comedian had
a long interest in UFOs, and his friend President Nixon had arranged for
him to visit Homestead Air Force Base near Miami where he had seen the
embalmed bodies of four small aliens. UFO investigators sent a Freedom
of Information request to the U S Air Force for records of the visit but
were told such records did not exist. Although Gleason was approached to
confirm these details, he took what information he had to the grave
- Dick Gregory, Actor/Comedian/Civil Rights Activist -Gregory
claimed that on one occasion he watched a strange display of red and green
lights dancing around in the sky for about an hour
- William Shatner, Actor/Author-Shatner claimed to have
seen some sort of shining, shimmering object in the sky while he was pushing
his broken-down motorcycle down a road in the Mojave Desert.
- Muhammad Ali -"If you look into the sky in the early
morning you see them playing tag between the stars."
- "They came over so regularly we could time them.
Sometimes they stood still, other times they moved so fast it was hard
to keep a steady eye on them." -David Bowie, Singer/Musician- For
Bowie fans, his role as the titular bewildered extraterrestrial in The
Man Who Fell to Earth (1976) was entirely believable.
- He actually made several UFO sightings while making that
film in New Mexico, and talked about his favorite SF writers in interviews.
Ultimately, Ziggy brought many young rock-n-rollers to science fiction
--Bowie devotees took up reading SF because they knew he liked it.
- Many of you are familiar with the rock band Pink Floyd,
but how many of you know that they got their start in 1967 in a club called
'The UFO' also, many of their songs are space/ufo related, 'obscured by
clouds' is one, of course 'the dark side of the moon' remains a rock classic.
- For Bowie fans, his role as the titular bewildered extraterrestrial
in The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976) was entirely believable.
- He actually made several UFO sightings while making that
film in New Mexico, and talked about his favorite SF writers in interviews.
- So, were not alone when we see things in the sky, some
of the most famous people in the world have seen ëem, so keep watchin'
- Jim Hickman Director-Aerial Phenomena Research Group
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