25Mar2014

John Lennon’s UFO Drawings Up For Auction

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In 1974, former Beatle John Lennon claimed to have seen a UFO in New York City. He was living in an apartment in Manhattan with girlfriend May Pang when he saw the flying saucer.

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.

Drawing by John Lennon of "Walls and Bridges" doodles

Drawing by John Lennon of “Walls and Bridges”- Lennon also drew a picture of a UFO, most likely inspired by his sighting, when sketching out ideas for the cover of his “Walls and Bridges” album. The flying saucer appears in a New York City-type scene with the initials “UFOER” on it. The drawing was done on both sides of a blank record sleeve.

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 UFO drifted away and came back before sprinting off into the sky. Apparently, Lennon and Pang weren’t the only ones to see the UFO, multiple other witnesses (at least seven) had called city newspapers. You can read more details in this article by Larry Warren. And you can hear Lennon himself describe it in this radio interview.

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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 UFO 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, and even talked about a potential childhood abduction experience.

In the standards of 1974, John Lennon was not a “good” witness. But Lennon was never shy about speaking his mind, even about UFOs. His courage makes it easier for other witnesses even today. Bottom line: John Lennon and May Pang claimed to have seen something approximating a “classic” UFO, 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 UFO 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.

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lennon with girlfriend May Pang

The rare drawings 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 uctioned included scenery in Japan from 1979 and a sketch of Lennon, Pang and Harry Nilsson in Palm Springs in 1974. Source: Golden Age Of Gaia

 

May Pang’s Account Of The Sighting.

(Resourced from her book: ‘Loving John’)

Caricature of May & John kindly contributed by Roz @ www.UFOnies.com

Caricature of May & John kindly contributed by Roz @ www.UFOnies.com

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 UFO! 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 the UFO.

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A close-up of Johns UFO sketch

May and John weren’t the only ones to witness the UFO. Reports of the UFO had been made to both the local police station and to the newspapers. May had never previously believed in the UFO phenomenon, 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 UFO 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 UFO. John incorporated the UFO 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.”

Verification on Record

John incorporated the UFO incident on the artwork on his album ‘Walls and Bridges’. On the bottom right (of the back cover) is written:
“On 23 August 1974, I saw a UFO J.L.”

Lennon also mentions UFO encounters 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

 

Alien Encounters

May

Nowadays May Pang is living in upstate New York with her two children and has a line of Feng Shui jewelry.

 May describes the UFO in more detail in the UFO magazine ‘Alien Encounters’

(July 1996 – Issue 9 – Page 53)

“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.

“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. “We often had helicopters flying above us, but this was as silent as the night and about seventeen storeys above street level.”

 

The Night Aliens Called on Lennon
(As reported by the British Daily Telegraph website in Dec. 2004)

‘They came in the darkness and had bug-like faces. Stranger still, they left a weird egg-shaped object behind. Uri Geller recalls his friend John Lennon’s encounter with the unknown !!!’

GellerI don’t know how this Daily Telegraph article rates in the credibility stakes, but famous psychic Uri Geller claims that John Lennon told him he had been abducted by aliens from his Manhattan apartment !!! Geller claims Lennon said the aliens were “Bug-like”. They had “big bug eyes and little bug mouths and they were scuttling at me like roaches.”

Not only did the aliens ‘call’ on Lennon, the aliens, according to Geller, also gave him a golden egg !!! The problem with Geller’s claims is that part of his story seems in direct conflict to what is recorded by May Pang in ‘Loving John’… like this incident.

Geller claims:

“When we first met he was suffering terribly from his separation from Yoko… and John desperately wanted to mend the relationship… he just didn’t know how to make the first move.

“The night Lennon and I were introduced, Elton John was playing at Madison Square Gardens. Elton was trying to persuade the ex-Beatle to get up on stage with him, and John was torn, he wanted to perform but he was scared. “Finally, he turned to me and offered a deal, as though I were a negotiator sent by God: “I’ll sing, but you have to make Yoko call me”.

“Yoko phoned John out of the blue, 36 hours later. I think John always believed I had beamed a mind-control ray at her. For my part, I think that of all the synchronicities that have shaped my life, that was one of the strangest”.

May Pang tells her readers that Yoko called John several times every day during his separation from Yoko. She even says that at one particular time Yoko was averaging an astonishing 15 phone calls a day !!! So neither May nor John would have wanted Geller to intervene only to be further troubled by yet even more of Yoko’s persistent calls.

And May also recalls that Lennon’s performance with Elton John was, in fact, due to Lennon keeping his promise that he’d appear on stage with Elton if ‘Whatever Lennon_GellerGets You Thru The Night’ became a number one single.

Furthermore, the golden egg has never been scientifically analyzed by any credible source. If Geller wanted to lend any credibility to his story then all he had to do was simply hand the golden egg over to a university or to NASA. NASA’s scientists could have easily determined if the egg originated from genuine alien sources or merely from the wild imaginings of Geller.

Uri Geller has been debunked endless times by various skeptics societies who claim his famous spoon bending routine to be little more than a night club magician’s act. So this site prefers to accept May Pang’s recollections rather than lend any credence to Geller’s grandiose “Negotiator Sent by God” extravaganza. Geller’s story does however make for entertaining reading. Adapted from Geocities