According to UAP research by various organizations, approximately one out of ten people have witnessed the phenomenon at some time in their lives. Out of that number, approximately one out of ten of those witnesses actually report or tell about their experience for a number of reasons, which is understandable, including the ridicule associated with the phenomenon.
That includes the rich and famous of course!
In 1974, former Beatle John Lennon witnessed an unidentified aerial object in New York City. He was living in an apartment in Manhattan with girlfriend May Pang when he saw the saucer-shaped craft.
It wasn’t just a light in the sky and there were other witnesses. This sighting was up-close, of a huge craft, and it happened right outside Lennon’s 52nd Street apartment. He wasn’t afraid to talk about it and, in fact, he famously wrote about it in a song. This was Nobody Told Me and, as Lennon sang it, “There’s UFOs over New York and I ain’t too surprised… Nobody told me there’d be days like these. Strange days indeed.”
The sighting occurred when he was living with May Pang, his so-called “personal secretary” who’d turned into a lover during Lennon’s separation from Yoko Ono. It was a hot August night, August 23, 1974, when John Lennon walked out on his balcony facing the East River to catch a cool breeze. He was completely naked. He started yelling at Pang to come out to the terrace.
When she did, she saw what he saw. According to her description later, it was a “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. 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.
It was, I 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 quite easily.” The sighting lasted from five to ten minutes, and the UAP drifted away and came back before sprinting off into the sky. Apparently, Lennon and Pang weren’t the only ones to see the UAP, multiple other witnesses (at least seven) had called city newspapers.
It took a lot of courage for Lennon to talk this openly. For starters, he was a Beatle and everyone knew he’d taken his share of mind-altering drugs. Then there was the fact that he wasn’t dressed when he saw it. Under those conditions, to come forward to talk about seeing a UAP was to risk certain ridicule from at least some people, if not a majority. Even more discrediting from the public point of view, he also claimed to have seen one when he was a child.
In the standards of 1974, John Lennon was not a “good” witness. But Lennon was never shy about speaking his mind, even about UAPs. His courage makes it easier for other witnesses even today. Bottom line: John Lennon and May Pang reported to have seen something approximating a “classic” saucer shaped UAP, hovering outside their apartment in New York, something that was the size of a private jet aircraft, from only a hundred yards away, so close they felt they could almost touch it.
Given Lennon’s reputation for brutal honesty, one has think that some fans who did not give much credence to UAP sightings have had to stop and re-consider their positions. You can bet that if John Lennon actually just celebrated his 70th birthday, he would have had a lot more to say on this subject over these last three decades. Just gimme some truth, he’d have demanded. Imagine.
Lennon also painted drawings which were auctioned off along with several other John Lennon sketches from the 1970s last Friday, March 21 by CooperOwen Auctions in London. The drawings were given to guitarist Jesse Ed Davis from Lennon. Davis was a session musician who played lead guitar on Lennon’s albums “Walls and Bridges” and “Rock and Roll”. Other drawings by Lennon auctioned included scenery in Japan from 1979 and a sketch of Lennon, Pang and Harry Nilsson in Palm Springs in 1974.
May Pang’s Account Of The UAP Sighting
May Pang says John had always been fascinated by UFOs… he subscribed to a British UFO Magazine, the ‘Flying Saucer Review’. “I had just stepped out of the shower one Friday night toward the end of August when I heard John shout. “Fung Yee, come here.”
May recalls how John sounded “panic-stricken” as he screamed, “Now, Fung Yee. Now!” May immediately ran outside beside John to ask him what was the matter. Lennon pointed to the sky, “Look up there. Tell me what you see.”
May couldn’t believe her eyes. She described what she saw as “a saucer shaped object surrounded by blinking white lights gliding through the sky”, she was “astonished”. It was difficult for her to believe what she was actually seeing, yet still, she was convinced she was witnessing a genuine UAP! She then began to laugh.
John questioned her laughter, and because they were both naked, she humorously replied, “Suppose it’s looking at us. Maybe they think that everyone who lives on the East Side wanders around naked on their balconies on Friday evenings. We look like Adam and Eve.” They went back inside to get a telescope to further study this strange object.
May and John weren’t the only ones to witness the UAP. Reports of this phenomenon had been made to both the local police station and to the newspapers. May had never previously believed in the UAP enigma, but after this experience she wrote, “Now I’ve seen it I do believe it.”
What is particularly notable about this account is that May then refers to John describing the object as a “spaceship”… so there’s little doubt that neither May nor John thought they might have mistaken an aircraft, weather balloon or whatever as a UAP. John incorporated the UAP incident on the artwork of ‘Walls and Bridges’. On the bottom right (of the back cover) is written: “On 23 August 1974, I saw a UFO. J.L.”
Lennon mentions UAP sightings on two of his albums.
From the ‘Double Fantasy’ album: Track – “Nobody Told Me” “There’s UFO’s over New York, and I ain’t too surprised, Nobody told me there’d be days like these, Strange days indeed.”
And from Lennon’s ‘Mind Games’ album: Track – “Out Of The Blue” Courtesy of educatinghumanity.com
More of the famous past and present who came forward about their encounters are…
Buzz Aldrin: Apollo 11 Mission, July 18, 1969 – In space
Jimmy Carter: January 6, 1969 – Leary, Georgia
Ronald Reagan: In 1974
Christopher Columbus: October 11, 1492 – Atlantic Ocean
Walter Cronkite: 1950s, South Pacific
Gordon Cooper: 1957, Edwards Air Force Base, California
Edmund Halley: 1676
Alexander the Great: 329 B.C., Central Asia
Mick Jagger: While camping in Glastonbury in 1968
Sammy Hagar: The former Van Halen singer
Billy Ray Cyrus
I wonder how many more celebrities have seen genuine UAPs but are afraid to “come out”?
By, T. Blank