The following quote was taken from the Frasier TV show, aired on March 6th, 2001. Former astronaut, SenatorJohn Glenn said:

“Back in those glory days, I was very uncomfortable when they asked us to say things that I didn’t want to say, and deny other things. Some peple asked, you know, ‘Were you alone out there?’ We never gave the real answer. We’ve seen things out there, strange things. But we know what we saw out there. And we couldn’t really say anything, the bosses were scared of this. They were afraid of ‘War of the Worlds’ type stuff, about panic in the streets. And so we had to keep quiet. And now we only see these things in our nightmares or maybe in the movies. And some of them are pretty close to being the truth.”

This statement was made in the context of a situation comedy, and was presumably scripted. But it did not sound as if it was meant to be fiction. If Glenn later disavows it, that will be a shame. Because it is almost certainly an accurate reflection of what has for years been his private opinion.

If it wasn’t an insensitive joke, Glenn joins a number of other astronauts, among them Gordon Cooper and Edgar Mitchell, who have spoken frankly about UFOs. Cooper has detailed his early sightings while a test pilot in his memoir, Leap of Faith. Mitchell has said that he is entirely comfortable with the idea of visitors.

To go to the Frasier section of NBC.com, 946,-0-2180,00.html?tv.idx.az.show-drp.2180,click here.

To go to the Astronaut UFO Sightings website, click here.

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