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The Stars See UFOs Too: Celebrity Close Encounters
Celebrity Close Encounters
Hollywood stars, politicians, musicians and astronauts; the people that we admire (and sometimes hate ) are included in the list of individuals that claim to have sighted UFOs. Maybe they are just as wacko as the Deliverance -like hillbilly that says he "saw a spark in the sky, burning as bright as the fires of Hades! ", but I still find it interesting.
I like to keep an open mind about most things. Hell, it's a big ol' universe out there. We cannot be alone -- can we? If we were, the infinite space sure is a helluva waste. I think the question is not if there is intelligent life out there but are they travelling here to Earth?
Read these accounts of celebrity sightings and you may be convinced. If celebrities can convince the morons in this country to vote for Barack Hussein Obama, then why not UFOs also? (Oh no you didn't. Oh no you didn't! -- Screw you, I did!)
The iconic Beatle claimed he saw an oval shaped object in the New York sky while he looked out his apartment window. He watched it for 20 minutes before it disappeared from sight. Lennon then phoned the police to report the sighting and he was told he was one of several calls that night. Lennon neglected to leave his name for obvious reasons.
"I shouted after it, 'Wait for me, wait for me!'"
– John Lennon
While growing up in England, David Robert Jones (aka David Bowie, aka Ziggy Stardust), claims to have experienced many UFO sightings.
"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
Sammy "The Red Rocker" Hagar claims to have been abducted several times by aliens throughout his life, starting at 18 years of age. That's about all I have to say about this freak.
"When I was about 18 or 19, they (the aliens) downloaded everything that was in my head. "
– Sammy Hagar
In the 1950s, Walter Cronkite, "the most trusted man in America," was part of a small group of reporters sent to an island in the South Pacific to observe a test of a new Air Force missile. The reporters were not allowed cameras or audio equipment, so they had to write any information down as quickly as they could while touring the launch pad and missile. Security personnel and guard dogs enforced this rule. Cronkite and the others were escorted a safe distance from the launch pad while the missile was prepared for launch.
As the missile fired-up for launch, a disk-shaped aircraft 50-60 feet in diameter entered the airspace, hovering about 30 feet from the ground. Air Force security personnel scrambled, running toward the UFO. The missile then ignited and launched into the air. A blue beam of light shot from the aircraft, hitting the missile, a security guard and his dog, freezing all in place. The missile floated in mid-air about 70 feet from the ground while the guard and dog stood motionless. Then the missile exploded and the intruding disk vanished. Both guard and his dog were freed unharmed.
All the reporters were escorted to a bunker and left there for about a half hour. Cronkite and the others were then taken out of the bunker and met by an Air Force colonel. The colonel informed the reporters that what they just saw was staged to test their reaction to UFOs; to prove to them that witnessing new aircraft technology can be shocking. Thus is the reason for all the reports of extraterrestrial flying saucers. The reporters were also told that since the test was for media reaction only, they could not report on it.
Needless to say, Walter Cronkite never believed the military's explanation.
On January 6 1969, while Governor of Georgia, former President Carter claims he saw a UFO that changed colors and was as big as the moon.
"One thing's for sure, I'll never make fun of people who say they've seen unidentified objects in the sky. If I become President, I'll make every piece of information this country has about UFO sightings available to the public and the scientists ." – Jimmy Carter, 1976
Unfortunately, Carter did not fulfill his promise, citing "defense implications".
There are two accounts of President Reagan witnessing a UFO, both occurring while he was Governor of California.
The first was when Reagan and his wife Nancy were on their way to a party at actor William Holden's house. Reagan entered the party telling some guests, including Lucille Ball and Steve Allen, that he and Nancy saw a UFO while driving to the gala.
"After he was elected President, I kept thinking about that event, and wondered if he still would have won if he told everyone that he saw a flying saucer. " – Lucille Ball
The second sighting occurred while Reagan was being flown in a private plane. During descent, Reagan noticed a glowing object behind the plane. The pilot followed the object until it sped off with amazing speed.
"It was a bright white light. We followed it to Bakersfield and all of a sudden to our utter amazement it went straight up into the heavens ." – Ronald Reagan
Richard Nixon & Jackie Gleason
President Nixon, being good friends with Jackie Gleason, knew about "The Great One's" avid interest in the paranormal and ufology.
According to Gleason's second wife Beverly, Nixon took Gleason on a private tour of Homestead Air Force Base in Florida. This tour consisted of a recovered alien spacecraft and corpses of the extra-terrestrial crew.
"He and Nixon were in contact quite a bit and I'm not sure how that was arranged, but it seems that their meetings were set up by an associate of Nixon's. After he got back, he was very pleased he had an opportunity to see the dead little men in cases, he explained to me what they looked like and he was still talking about it the next day ."
– Beverly Gleason McKittrick
Dan Aykroyd is an avid long-time believer in UFOs. He is a lifetime member and official Hollywood Consultant (whatever that means) of MUFON (Mutual UFO Network). He developed a documentary on the subject (Dan Aykroyd Unplugged on UFOs) and hosted the television series PSI Factor: Chronicles of the Paranormal. Aykroyd also claims to have personally witnessed a UFO while at Martha's Vineyard.
Muhammad "The Greatest" Ali didn't "float like a butterfly" nor "sting like a bee" when he saw a UFO. He claims to have seen 16 of them during his lifetime.
"If you look into the sky in the early morning you see them playing tag between the stars." – Muhammad Ali
Mercury and Gemini astronaut Gordon Cooper was an ardent believer in UFOs. While working at Edwards Air Force Base, two crew members under his command (charged with setting up cameras on the dry lake bed ) reported to him that they witnessed a UFO hovering above them and even landing just 50 yards away from the startled men. The men recorded the event with still and moving film.
Cooper had the film developed, revealing clear shots of exactly what his men reported to him. By orders from the Pentagon, Cooper sent the developed film and negatives to Washington D.C., where it was never seen again.
"For many years I have lived with a secret, in a secrecy imposed on all specialists and astronauts. I can now reveal that every day, in the USA, our radar instruments capture objects of form and composition unknown to us ."
– Gordon Cooper