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They Made Hit Records and Saw UFOs

On August 24, 1974 Lennon was lying in bed naked in a NYC penthouse apartment on East 52nd Street. He was not with Yoko Ono at that time, he was with his girlfriend May Pang. He was looking over mock ups of his next album’s cover and waiting to take a shower. At 9pm he said he “got an urge” to get up and go to the window. He walked out on to the large penthouse patio area and saw a saucer-shaped UFO. It had a rim with white lights. There was also a red light on top that blinked. In his own words, “I wasn’t surprised to see the UFO really, as it looked just like the spaceships we’ve all seen on the cinema growing up, but then I realised this thing was real and so close, that I could almost touch it!” May Pang also saw the object.

May Pang just got out of the shower and was drying off when John called for her to come quickly. She went to see what was happening and was shocked to see John standing naked on the roof pointing wildly towards the southeast. She later described seeing “a brightly lit circular UFO, floating silently and less than 100 feet away.” No sound came from the craft. The summer sun still provided more than enough light to get a good look at the object’s saucer-shaped structure apart from the lights. As the object started to move quietly away, May said that John stood with his arms sretched out yelling for the thing to come back and take him away. That might seem strange, but there is a back story that explains his strange behavior.

Forty some odd years after the sighting at the penthouse, Uri Geller spoke about a previous encounter that John Lennon had at the Dakota where he lived with Yoko Ono. He was lying awake in his bed late at night when a bright light appeared around the edges of his closed bedroom door. He got up quickly, went to the door and pushed it open. He was immediately confronted by four “thin creatures” that pushed him towards a “tunnel of light.” Lennon did not remember much, but he did recall being given a small metal object shaped like an egg that fit in the palm of his hand. He later gave it to Uri when he to!d Geller the story. Uri still has it and treasures the gift. I guess that Lennon thought the incident at the penthouse was the creatures returning for him.

May Pang and John Lennon tried to photograph the object. All of the photos were inexplicably over exposed. Lennon called the police a short while later. They told him that a number of calls came in about it, but they had no idea what the saucer shaped object might be. Uri Geller said that John was not particularly upset about the encounter because he had childhood dreams about seeing UFOs and even meeting Aliens. He made a drawing of what he saw and commemorated the event in the liner notes of his WALLS AND BRIDGES record album.

You don’t have to see a UFO to be interested in them. I don’t think any of The Ramones have seen a UFO. That didn’t stop them from coming to a NYC Lecture I presented in the 1980s. I was up at the lectern getting ready to begin my program when I saw some oddly dressed guys walk in the door in the back of the room. They wore black leather jackets with white skulls protroding from various places on the jackets. I couldn’t see their faces from that distance. My wife came up to the podium and told me The Ramones were there. They came to several more lectures I gave over the years.

When some people think of UFOs and Aliens, David Bowie may come to mind. At 15 he was already a singer in a Rock band (1962). At 20 he released his first album (1967). At 22 David Bowie had his first big hit, titled SPACE ODDITY (1969). In 1972 he switched gears and became Ziggy Stardust. Off stage he was still David Bowie and retained that name professionally, but onstage it was ZIGGY STARDUST AND THE SPIDERS FROM MARS.

Bowie never hid his belief in Aliens or the fact that he regularly saw UFOs. As a kid he said he saw them so often that they became intergalactic friends of a sort. According to some of his earthly friends he went out UFO watching beginning in 1967 after seeing a large UFO over London. That continued throughout his life. As early as 1979 he told a radio interviewer that he believed there was life on Mars and that we would soon discover that the planet could support life. Bowie was also a big believer in the fact that the U.S. and U.K. Governments were covering up information about UFOs and Aliens. He later starred in the film THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH, which has become a cult classic.

The relatives of ELVIS PRESLEY told a story about a possible UFO event and The King. This one maybe the most unusual ELVIS STORY of all. Family members present at his birth, and the doctor who delivered him, said that a bright light appeared over the house. The light had no discernable source and no one was ever able to explain it. Beginning at the age of eight, Elvis said that he believed he had been telepathically visited by Aliens. They gave him a vision of his future fame. He told some friends that the vision was of a man in a white suit singing in front of a huge crowd, but he did not understand the vision at the time he had it.

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