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From: Stig_Agermose@online.pol.dk (Stig Agermose)
Date: Sun, 21 Sep 1997 02:12:10 +0200
Fwd Date: Sun, 21 Sep 1997 09:39:44 -0400
Subject: Lennon's UFO Experience
September 20 Rebecca forwarded a message from PRNewswire concerning
'Encounters' feature on John Lennon's UFO experience.
The sighting occurred when he was with his personal secretary, May
Pang, in New York, at the time when he and Yoko Ono were separated.
Lennon refers to the experience on the cover of his album "Walls And
Bridges", which was released in 1974, saying that he saw a UFO on
'Encounters' I haven't seen myself, but August 31 I found this
informative comment which was posted to the newsgroup
"rec.music.beatles". Sorry about the delay.
From firstname.lastname@example.org (Amaranth56) at AOL www.aol.com...
Date: 31 Aug 1997 21:42:57 GMT
>"Mark " wrote:
> Just saw a commercial for a show called Strange
>>and on Monday Sept. 1 they're supposed to have a story
>>on a UFO sighting John Lennon had. All I heard was a
>>snippet of an interview with Lennon in which he said
>>he was looking at something a hundred yards away, and
>>he realized it was a UFO.
>> Anybody have any further info on the incident they're referring to?
May Pang tells about this in her book, 'Loving John'. John wasn't out
with anyone--he and May were in their upper East side apartment when
John saw what he believe to be a UFO and called May over to the window
to see it, too. Supposedly, there were several reports that night of
the sighting. Who knows?
"Amaranth56" is absolutely right. The July '96 issue of the British UFO
magazine "Alien Encounters" tells May Pang's story in quotes presumably
taken from her book, unfortunately without referring to the source
(issue 9, p. 53):
"We had just ordered up some pizzas and since it was such a warm
evening, we decided to step out on the terrace," recalled Pang. "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 on the terrace.
I yelled back that I would be right there but he kept screaming for me
to join him in 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
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
Eerily, the object passed by.
"We often had helicopters flying above us but this was as silent as the
night and about seventeen storeys above street level."
The object flew off but returned later, by which time she and Lennon
had set up a telescope through which they could view it in more detail.
"The light was so brilliant coming from the craft that no additional
details could be seen. We did take a couple of pictures but they turned
They also rang a local newspaper to report the sighting and were told
at least seven other people had seen the UFO too.
"We even called the police, that's how excited we were, and they told
us to keep calm, that others had seen it too."
During what was left of the evening, John kept saying, "I can't believe
it... I can't believe it... I've seen a flying saucer!"