On a Facebook posting today, the Beatles page mentioned an oft-told, but now forgotten, bit of trivia: John Lennon saw a UFO over New York City on August 23, 1974 at 9 o’clock.
Walls and Bridges
Most people scoff when they hear that someone has spotted a UFO. “They must be deluded,” is the usual response. “It just cannot be…”
For millions of Beatles’ fans, the opposite response would be: “If John Lennon saw one, they must be real.”
A little note in the booklet from the Walls & Bridges LP told the world what he had seen:
“On the 23rd Aug. 1974 at 9 o’clock, I saw a U.F.O.”
May Pang: Eye-witness
If John had seen it on his own, then one could have assumed that it was the effects of an over-active imagination. But he didn’t see it alone. He was with May Pang, his girlfriend at the time.
“We had just ordered up some pizza and since it was such a warm evening, we decided to step out on the terrace. 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 to the terrace.
“I yelled back that I would be right there, but he kept screaming for me to join him 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 Newark Airport.” May says she and John stood there mesmerized, unable to believe what they were in the process of observing. “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.” (Spellbound, the couple watched the UFO move directly over the building next to where they resided.) “It was, I would 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.“
Nobody Told Me
Although John had already been fascinated by UFOs, he started to discuss it with everyone after this sighting. He even included it in a couple of songs. The most obvious reference comes from the album Milk and Honey:
“There’s UFO’s over New York, and I ain’t too surprised…”
Picture credit: Walls and Bridges cover courtesy of galleryhip.com