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URECAT - UFO Related Entities Catalog

URECAT is a formal catalog of UFO related entities sightings reports with the goal of providing quality information for accurate studies of the topic. Additional information, corrections and reviews are welcome at patrick.gross@inbox.com, please state if you wish to be credited for your contribution or not. The main page of the URECAT catalog is here.

JANUARY 1965, WOODSTOCK, NEW YORK, USA, JIMI HENDRIX, CURTIS KNIGHT:

Brief summary of the event and follow-up:

Curtis McNear (1945 - 1999) aka "Curtis Knight" was a New York musician, composer and frontline man of the band Curtis Knight and the Squires. world famous guitarist Jimi Hendrix had been playing the guitar in the band before his fame days. After Hendrix obtained fame with his own band, and after his death, Knight claimed Hendrix was a very special man who had been in contact with UFOs.

Knight reportedly narrated in his 1992 book "Jimi Hendrix: Starchild", that on a cold winter night near Woodstock, New York, USA, in 1965, at 4 a.m. as the band was trying to make it back to Manhattan through a freezing blizzard, the wind was whipping the snow around their van so fiercely that they missed the turn-off leading to the state highway in the direction home.

Stuck in a drift that reached the hood of their van, the men were freezing when suddenly the road in front of them lit up, as a bright phosphorescent object cone-shaped, "like a space capsule" landed in the snow about 100 feet up ahead on a tripod landing gear.

Knight asked Hendrix if he saw this too, but Hendrix just smiled, seeming to be staring out into the night, his eyes riveted on the craft.

A door opened on the side of this craft, and an 8-feet-tall entity came forth. Knight told its skin was yellowish, and slits instead of eyes, a forehead coming to a point, and a head running straight into his chest, leaving the impression that he had no neck.

The entity floated to the ground and glided toward the trapped occupants of the van, while the snow was melting in its wake. Knight said its body generated tremendous heat, so much so that as it came across a small rise, the snow disappeared around in all directions. In a matter of what seemed like seconds, the being came over to the right-hand side of the van where Hendrix was seated and looked right through the window, and Hendrix seemed to be communicating telepathically with it.

Knight said the interior of their vehicle began to heat up. The heat coming from the being evaporated the snow enough to free their imprisoned van, so they managed to drive on, while he looked back to see the road filling in with snow again and the craft lifting off like a rocket from a launching pad.

Knight said that Hendrix kept this a secret and that the other band members who were with them remembered nothing as if they had been placed under a spell, hypnotized.

Basic information table:

Case number: URECAT-000782
Date of event: January 1965
Earliest report of event: 1992
Delay of report: 27 years
Witness reported via: Late book.
First alleged record by: A Jimi Hendrix biography.
First certain record by: Ufology article.
First alleged record type: A Jimi Hendrix biography.
First certain record type: Ufology article.
This file created on: August 23, 2008
This file last updated on: August 23, 2008
Country of event: USA
State/Department: New York
Type of location: Road from car.
Lighting conditions: Night
UFO observed: Yes
UFO arrival observed: Yes
UFO departure observed: Yes
UFO/Entity Relation: Certain
Witnesses numbers: 1 to 2
Witnesses ages: 20, 23
Witnesses types: Members of the rock band Curtis Knight and the Squires, featuring Jimi Hendrix.
Photograph(s): No.
Witnesses drawing: No.
Witnesses-approved drawing: No.
Number of entities: 1
Type of entities: Humanoid
Entities height: 2.40 meters.
Entities outfit type: Not reported.
Entities outfit color: Not reported.
Entities skin color: Yellowish.
Entities body: Not reported.
Entities head: Not reported. Pointed forehead, no neck.
Entities eyes: Slits.
Entities mouth: Not reported.
Entities nose: Not reported.
Entities feet: Not reported.
Entities arms: Not reported.
Entities fingers: Not reported.
Entities fingers number: Not reported.
Entities hair: Not reported.
Entities voice: None heard.
Entities actions: Came out of UFO, went to look at witness, went back in, departure.
Entities/witness interactions: Looked at witness.
Witness(es) reactions: Observed, went.
Witness(es) feelings: Frightened and not frightened.
Witness(es) interpretation: Not reported.
Explanation category: Probable invented story by author.
Explanation certainty: High.

Narratives:

[Ref. tb1:] TIMOTHY GREEN BECKLEY:

Jimi Hendrix: Starchild
Article by Tim Beckley

"I can't say in all honesty that I really knew Jimi Hendrix, but I did see him give a number of really good performances. It was at one of those post- Woodstock concerts where I managed to wind my way backstage. Jimi Hendrix was leaning up against a wall of amps and speakers. As I walked past him, we both just kind of nodded as if we recognized each other, and to this day I can swear I heard him ask me, 'and what planet are you from pal?'"

Jimi Hendrix fits perfectly some of the characteristics often representative of 'Walk-Ins'.

World traveler Bill Cox has investigated any number of cases involving beings who have come here from other worlds and with the permission of a human, transplanted their spirits inside one of us (usually at the moment of death, just after an accident).

There are emissaries among us who know who they are. They know they are quite different from average men. They may even be misfits in the physical world... I find that among this group, some become excessively involved with alcohol, drugs and sex; anything to try and escape from this - our world. Jimi Hendrix could easily be placed into this category; nobody would deny that.

Jimi expressed a great interest in matters of an extraterrestrial nature, had admitted seeing UFOs, and once told a reporter from The New York Times that he was really from Mars. And he wasn't kidding either. David Henderson, in his book The Life of Jimi Hendrix (Bantam), quotes Jimi's feelings about life on other planets: "There are other people in the solar system, you know, and they have the same feelings too, not necessarily bad feelings, but see, it upsets their way of living for instance - and they are a whole lot heavier than we are."

"And it's no war games, because they all keep the same place. But like the solar system is going through a change soon and it's going to affect the Earth in about 30 years."

On several occasions during his career, UFOs just happened to show up while Jimi was giving a concert. During the last days of his life, he performed on the rim of an extinct volcano in Maui.

Jimi played three 45-minute sets, says Henderson in his best-seller. After each set, he retired to a special sacred Hopi Indian tent. Later, witnesses in Maui testified that they heard musical tones emanating from rocks and stones. UFOs were also sighted over the volcano by people who called in to a local radio show. A cameraman on the set said that he fell from his perch after seeing a UFO through his lens.

In the film Rainbow Bridge, Hendrix rattles on for several minutes about astral projection and the philosophy of the Space Brothers. He also tried to master the art of psychic healing, through color and sound.

Fellow musician and songwriter, Curtis Knight, knew all about the episode involving the UFO in Maui. It was an odd-looking craft that glittered in the bright sunlight. Jimi felt certain the UFO had come down to put its spiritual stamp of approval on the show. He told me that he had been emotionally and physically recharged by the experience.

During the course of our conversation, Curtis also revealed the fascinating details of the time a UFO landed in front of them and actually saved their lives.

The event took place on a cold winter's night near Woodstock, NY in 1965. According to Curtis, if it hadn't been for the occupants of this metallic stranger, Jimi and his fellow musicians might have frozen to death.

It was four o'clock in the morning, and we were trying to make it back to Manhattan - a drive of more than 100 miles - through the worst blizzard I can recall. The wind was whipping the snow around our van so fiercely that we missed the turn-off leading to the state highway that would put us in the direction of home. The next thing I remember is getting stuck in a drift that reached the hood of our vehicle. Soon it got so cold. The windows were rolled up tight, and we had the heater on full blast to protect us from the rawness of the elements. I had my doubts about seeing the light of day. We could have turned to human icicles very easily. That's how bitter it was!

Curtis says the road in front of them suddenly lit up, as a bright phosphorescent object cone-shaped, like a space capsule landed in the snow about 100 feet up ahead. It stood on tripod landing gear, and for all purposes gave the appearance of being something right out of science fiction. At first we thought it was an apparition caused by the cold and our confused state of mind. I mean, we just couldn't believe our eyes.

Prodding Jimi with his elbow, Curtis asked if his imagination was playing tricks on him or whether the rock star saw it too. Jimi didn't answer, but sort of smiled. He seemed to be staring out into the night, his eyes riveted on this thing resting within a stone's throw.

Curtis was overcome with fright. Before he could make a move of any kind, a door opened on the side of the craft and an entity came forth. He stood eight foot tall, his skin was yellowish, and instead of eyes, the creature had slits. His forehead came to a point, and his head ran straight into his chest, leaving the impression that he had no neck.

The being proceeded to float to the ground and glided toward the trapped occupants of the van. It was then that Curtis noticed the snow was melting in the wake of the creature. His body generated tremendous heat, so much so that as it came across a small rise, the snow disappeared around in all directions. In a matter of what seemed like seconds, the being came over to the right- hand side of the van where Jimi was seated and looked right through the window. Jimi seemed to be communicating telepathically with it.

Curtis relates that immediately the interior of their vehicle began to heat up. "Suddenly, I was roasting! One moment it had been bitter cold, and the next moment we might as well have been in Haiti." The heat coming from the being evaporated the snow enough to free their imprisoned van.

As it glided behind our van, I saw the drift had completely vanished. Turning on the ignition key, I gunned the motor and got out of there. As I looked back through the rear view window, I could see the road filling in with snow again. The object - the strange craft - was at the same instant lifting off like a rocket from a launching pad.

Jimi never did talk much about what happened. He sort of let me know that the cool thing to do was not to bring up the subject. It was to be our little secret. However, from what he did say, I sort of suspect that the object arrived to save our necks chiefly because Jimi had been practicing trying to communicate by ESP with the beings on board. I know this may be hard to believe, but I'm putting it straight, just like it happened, you hear!

The boys from the group who were with us remember nothing. They were out cold in the back. As we got into the main road, they revived. It is as if they had been placed under a spell - you know - hypnotized.

A capsule review of Jimi's songs shows that he incorporated some of his interplanetary ties in with his music. The lyrics of many of his songs contain veiled references to UFOs. His album, Axis-Bold as Love, opens with an announcer talking about flying saucers, with a cut following being a catchy tune called, 'Up From the Stars'.

Though he has passed from this plane, it wouldn't be hard to imagine that somewhere "out there," Jimi isn't watching over earth and smiling and we certainly do miss this vibrant star child who was once in our midst.

NOTE!
The book Jimi Hendrix: Starchild, by Curtis Knight can be purchased directly from the Conspiracy Journal Bookshop.

[Ref. ar1:] ALBERT ROSALES:

Albert Rosales indicates in his catalogue that near Woodstock, New York, in January 1965, at 04:00 a.m., a group of musicians (including Jimi Hendrix) driving back to Manhattan were stranded in a heavy blizzard and had gotten stuck in a heavy drift that reached the hood of their vehicle. It was bitter cold. The road ahead of them suddenly lit up, as a bright phosphorescent object, cone shaped, like a capsule landed in the snow about 100 feet up ahead. It stood on a tripod landing gear. Before any of the stunned occupants of the vehicle could move, a door opened on the side of the craft and an entity stepped out. He stood eight-feet tall, his skin was yellowish, and instead of eyes, the creature had slits. His forehead came to a point, and his head ran straight to his chest, leaving the impression that he had no neck. The being proceeded to float to the ground and glided towards the trapped occupants of the van. The snow seemed to melt in the wake of the creature. His body seemed to generate tremendous heat, so much so that as it came across a small rise, the snow disappeared around in all directions. In a matter of what seemed like seconds, the being came over to the right hand side of the van, where Hendrix sat and looked right through the window. According to other witnesses at the scene the creature seemed to be communicating telepathically with Hendrix. Immediately the interior of their vehicle began to heat up. The heat coming from the being evaporated the snow enough to free their imprisoned van. The being glide behind the van and the snowdrift by now had completely vanished. Turning the ignition the driver gunned the engine and drove away at high speed. As they looked back they could see the road filling in with snow again. The object was at the same instant lifting off like a rocket from a launching pad.

Albert Rosales indicates as source Timothy Beckley, UFOs Among the Stars.

Points to consider:

"Curtis Knight", whose real name was Curtis McNear, (1945 - 1999) was a New York musician, composer and frontline man of the band Curtis Knight and the Squires. It so happened that Jimi Hendrix became the guitarist of the band before his fame days. When Hendrix moved to England where he obtained fame with his own band The Jimi Hendrix Experience during the psychedelic era, Knight tried to capitalize on the fact that Hendrix had played in his band. Knight claimed he was influential in forming Hendrix' music - a blatantly meaningless claim. Curtis Knight had arranged a contract in the US between Hendrix and producer Ed Chaplin, granting 1% only of any royalties. Hendrix simply forgot about it when he moved to England, and Knight and Chaplin thus sued him.

Knight continued to make use of the fact that Hendrix had played in his band during many years, and ultimately wrote the book Jimi Hendrix: Starchild in which he tells numerous stories showing some sort of "paranormal Hendrix", whose talent must have come from other realms, who was followed by UFOs all around, made prophecies, traveled out of his body, was "telepathically tuned" with his close friends and "kept in touch with them via ESP."

Of course Hendrix was an extraordinary person and his musical gift was tremendous, and he was definitely very opened to anything extraordinary. However, there was never any shred of evidence that the 1992 alleged story of Hendrix and Knight's band saved one 1965 night by an angelic-like being who arrived in a spaceship is true.

Curtis Knight and the Squires

Picture above: Curtis Knight and the Squires in 1964. Jimi Hendrix is on the left and Curtis Knight at the front.

List of issues:

Id: Topic: Severity: Date noted: Raised by: Noted by: Description: Proposal: Status:
None.

Evaluation:

Probable invented story by author.

Sources references:

* = Source I checked.
? = Source I am told about but could not check yet. Help appreciated.

Document history:

Authoring

Main Author: Patrick Gross
Contributors: None
Reviewers: None
Editor: Patrick Gross

Changes history

Version: Created/Changed By: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross August 23, 2008 Creation, [tb1], [ar1].
1.0 Patrick Gross August 23, 2008 First published.

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