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John Lennon And The NYC UFO

At 9 a.m. on Aug. 23, 1974, rock legend John Lennon witnessed a UFO hovering just below the New York City skyline. Viewing the scene stark naked from his apartment building, Lennon swears it wasn’t a helicopter nor a balloon. This hidden gem occurred during the former Beatles star’s now infamous lost weekend, an 18-month period of sheer rock ‘n roll madness and self-destruction, but also a dose of enlightenment ordered by his wife, Yoko Ono.

During this period, Lennon produced three albums, including the iconic “Mind Games,” where on the cover in the bottom left-hand corner, is the inscription: “On the 23 Aug. 1974 at 9 o’clock I saw a U.F.O.–J.L.” The following clip includes raw footage of an interview with Lennon regarding the UFO, where he’s asked if he reported the incident to the authorities. “I didn’t, because Lennon sees UFO … that’s enough to get me kicked out. It’ sad enough as it is.” He says that a friend called the newspapers and authorities and asked if anyone else had seen the object and, sure enough, there were others. Here’s more with Lennon in this “Light Up the Dark” feature from The Lost History Channel TKTC.

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