By Paola Leopizzi Harris
Journalist / Researcher UFO/ Exopolitics
In 2008 when asked by CNNĂ˘â‚¬â„˘s Larry King on his TV show Ă˘â‚¬Ĺ“Tell us what will happen if Obama wins?Ă˘â‚¬Âť the American entertainer Chis Rock responded, Ă˘â‚¬Ĺ“IĂ˘â‚¬â„˘m sure he will check to see if there are UFOs. That is what I would do. Where are the UFOs at?Ă˘â‚¬ÂťChris Rock is an American comedian, actor, screenwriter, television producer, film producer and director. He was voted by Comedy Central as the fifth greatest stand-up comedian of all time. He represents one of a many entertainers who believe in UFOS andĂ‚Â is speaking freely about it this year.
As a researcher of thirty years, I have never seen such interest in the UFO phenomena as I have seen this year on the part of Hollywood and the movie industry as well as rock stars. Four years ago I wrote a course for Dr. Michael SallaĂ˘â‚¬â„˘s Exopolitics Institute called Ă˘â‚¬Ĺ“Hollywood and Disclosure. The film Industry from thoseĂ‚Â vintage to the modern films like Ă˘â‚¬Ĺ“PrometheusĂ˘â‚¬Âť have a contradictory message to disseminate. This course examines film clips and celebrity statements in order to see how Hollywood handles this controversial material. It is surprising how Disney studios to Star Wars/ Lucus/ Spielberg conglomerate deliver powerful messages that although seen as science fiction are really delivering truth. To listen to a free lecture click here. A special early bird price of $100 off is provided for those who register early. Check on the Exopolitics Institute Website.
These people think UFOs are real. It seems that they have Ă˘â‚¬Ĺ“ carried the ball down the courtĂ˘â‚¬Âť more effectively in the disclosure movement than any of the veteran researchers have. They get instant media attention. They have more credibility. And like Nina Hagen from Germany, they are able to produce expensive television specials that reach millions of people in an instant. Most UFO documentaries produced up until now were considered Ă˘â‚¬Ĺ“fringe entertainmentĂ˘â‚¬Âť, science fiction or second-rate movies.
Ă‚Â It was not until last February 2008, when Robbie Williams from the rock group Ă˘â‚¬Ĺ“Take ThatĂ˘â‚¬Âť walked into the International UFO congress in Laughlin Nevada, that I became astonished how people reacted to the celebrity presence. So Robbie Williams believes in Aliens, so does Keanu Reeves. During the BFI 52nd London Film Festival at the Odeon West End on October 21, 2008 in London, England, Reeves said, Ă˘â‚¬Ĺ“IĂ˘â‚¬â„˘m sure there is life on other planets. ItĂ˘â‚¬â„˘s crazy to think extraterrestrials donĂ˘â‚¬â„˘t exist. The actor stars in forthcoming sci-fi movie The Day The Earth Stood Still, and the filming experience left him wondering about alien beings. Reeves said, “I’ve met people who have seen UFOs but I donĂ˘â‚¬â„˘t know anyone who has been abducted. How could there not be life on other planets? The universe is so vast.Ă˘â‚¬Âť
Well, Nina Hagen says she has been abducted in Los Angeles when she was very young. She did not consider it a very positive experience. I was surprised to see her and an entire German film crew outside of Roswell in the Hanger 84, originally known as Hanger p-3 where the alien bodies were stored. They had come to film the people during the Roswell Festival in 2008. She sought the advice of hypnotherapist researcher Yvonne SmithĂ‚Â Ă‚Â Her book is called Chosen. Yvonne Smith was lecturing at the famous UFO museum in Roswell.
Robbie Williams, Nina Hagen, Chris Rock and later actress Shirley MacLaine in her book Aging While Saging spoke about UFOs, Colonel Philip CorsoĂ˘â‚¬â„˘s back-engineering testimony, and most detrimental of all, presidential candidate Dennis KucinichĂ˘â‚¬â„˘s close-up UFO sighting near ShirleyĂ˘â‚¬â„˘s house in New Mexico. This helped end KucinichĂ˘â‚¬â„˘s political career. In an interview with Matt Lauer co-anchor of NBC NewsĂ˘â‚¬â„˘ Today Show, MacLaine spoke quite honestly about her views on the government cover-up. She received incredible publicity. Most of the cast of this NBC network show later admitted on screen that they believed that UFOs were real. Only Shirley MacLaine can do that.
But they can also sing about UFOs, or at least Exopolitics. The British Rock Group Muse has produced a song called Exopolitics that is getting a great deal of play. For those who still need a working definition of Exopolitics: It is a study dealing with the extraterrestrial presence on Earth and its sociological, as well as political, implications for humanity.
Elvis and John Lennon Knew
Ă‚Â Author Richard Daniel, on the 30-year death Anniversary of ElvisĂ˘â‚¬â„˘ death, wrote, Ă˘â‚¬Ĺ“We pause to take stock in the KingĂ˘â‚¬â„˘s abiding interest in UFOs. Because even if youĂ˘â‚¬â„˘re a hardcore Presleyphile, you probably didnĂ˘â‚¬â„˘t know Elvis was born beneath the light of a mysterious celestial object, in an eerie echo of the Star of Bethlehem. In the bookĂ˘â‚¬Âť Alien Rock: The Rock Ă˘â‚¬ËśnĂ˘â‚¬â„˘ Roll Extraterrestrial ConnectionĂ˘â‚¬Âť by New York author/promoter Michael C. Luckman, he talks about the numerous UFO encounters with Elvis, plus this claim that Elvis made to longtime friend Wanda June Hill: Ă˘â‚¬Ĺ“I am not of this world.Ă˘â‚¬Âť
According to Luckman, quite a few famous musicians have had UFO experiences.
Craggy-faced rocker Mick Jagger is said to have seen two UFOs in the course of his life. One, a cigar-shaped Ă˘â‚¬Ĺ“mothership,Ă˘â‚¬Âť appeared in 1968 while he was camping in Glastonbury with then girlfriend Marianne Faithful
Ă‚Â Most famous people, among them, John Lennon was aware of UFOS. Luckman speaks about Lennon in an article that he wrote about a mutual friend May Pang who was with John Lennon during a sighting in New York. He writesĂ‚Â Ă˘â‚¬Ĺ“In the summer of 1988, I had a conversation with May Pang.Ă‚Â Larry Warren writesĂ˘â‚¬Âť John Lennon saw a UFO at his apartment in New York with his girlfriend May Pang. The object was cone-shaped, but flattened at the top, crowned with a steady red light, and featuring a row of smaller, pulsating white lights. It drew close to the amazed couple in their 17th floor apartment before passing on by. They managed to take some photographs of the object but all came out over-exposed.
Ă‚Â Most notably, I saw the gold record presented to John Lennon for his introspective album “Walls and Bridges”, and it was this record that Lennon was recording when he had his amazing UFO sighting. Fourteen years had passed since the event, however, to May Pang, it was as if it had happened yesterday.
Ă‚Â May Pang recalls that the apartment was hot that night, but by 8 OĂ˘â‚¬â„˘ Clock the night air had cooled off enough for her to have turned off the air conditioning and opened the windows to get a breeze off the river. Just off the apartmentĂ˘â‚¬â„˘s living room was a part of the buildingĂ˘â‚¬â„˘s roof that also acted as a private observation deck, with a great view of east New York. Access was only granted by climbing out of a window, which Lennon often did. The haze had now cleared over New YorkĂ˘â‚¬â„˘s skyline. At about 8:30 p.m., May decided to take a shower, leaving Lennon alone in the living room reviewing mock-ups of his new recordĂ˘â‚¬â„˘s cover. What did surprise her was what he was pointing at. Just south of the building now was a brightly lit “classic” circular UFO, floating silently and less than 100 feet away from the couple. As John Lennon would later describe, “I wasnĂ˘â‚¬â„˘t surprised to see the UFO really, as it looked just like the spaceships weĂ˘â‚¬â„˘ve all seen on the cinema growing up, but then I realized this thing was real and so close, that I could almost touch it!Ă˘â‚¬Âť As they watched, the UFO moved silently away. May told me that the lighting on the thing left them awe-struck, as it would change its configuration with every rotation. The object made no sound. The main structure of the craft could also be clearly seen for the duration of the event, due to the last remnants of the still setting sun. May ran back into the apartment and grabbed a 35mm camera, and once back on the roof both she and John took numerous pictures of the craft. May remembers JohnĂ˘â‚¬â„˘s arms outstretched as he yelled at the UFO to come back and take him away! “He was very serious and I believe he really wanted that thing to take him with it back to wherever it came from, but then that was John Lennon, always looking for the next big adventure”. Soon the object passed the United Nations building and slowly veered left, crossing over the East River, then over Brooklyn and soon the UFO simply blended in with the heavy commercial air traffic in southern Long Island. John Lennon and May Pang, were both shaken by the experience. John Lennon also felt that the craft he saw was part of a much larger fleet stationed just north of New York city, up in the area of the nuclear power plant at Indian Point.
Ă‚Â Maybe Steven Spielberg will begin some move towards disclosure in Hollywood. In an ActorĂ˘â‚¬â„˘s studio interview in the late nineties when a young girl asked him if he believed in aliens, he responded:
Ă‚Â Ă˘â‚¬Ĺ“ Yes! I do believe in Aliens.Ă˘â‚¬Âť Spielberg has made many films addressing this issue, both positive and negative. It all started with Close Encounters of The Third Kind.
Ironically, he is also quoted as having said :
Ă˘â‚¬Ĺ“IfĂ‚Â NASA took the time to write me a 20-page letter, then I knew there must be something happening. When they read the [Close Encounters] script, they got very angry and felt that it was a film that would be dangerous.Ă˘â‚¬ÂťĂ‚Â
Ă˘â‚¬â€ś Steven Spielberg, Director, Close Encounters of the Third Kind
Ă‚Â In the end, we are of Star Trek generation. There are millions of Trekies Internationally, in every country. They see some truth in this series. Maybe because its creator Gene Roddenberry Ă˘â‚¬Ĺ“ built a bridge to tomorrow with the materials of today: curiosity, tolerance openness, intelligence, discipline, daydreams, a willingness to help, technology, love determination and courage. All those things exist within us. He said use them!Ă˘â‚¬Âť
Ă‚Â Did you know there an asteroid called 4659 Roddenberry and a crater on Mars that were named in his honor? Our celebrities count a great deal in this world.
Ă‚Â So will President Obama step up to the plate as Chris Rock suggested? In the words of Gene Roddenberry:
Ă‚Â I have a great fear that our human leaders will fail to understand that a world such as Star Trek is possible, that all the glorious things- not that Star Trek represents but the human being represents- will fall on deaf ears. That frightens me. There is always the chance that not enough humans will understand and appreciate themselves enough to make a great change in the human equation.
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