If you don't know who George Knapp is, you should. He's an actual hard news journalist from Nevada who has broken more legitimate stories about UFOs, UAPs, Area 51 and government cover ups of the same as anyone. He's a fixture on the circuit where the UFO phenomenon is treated with the dignity it deserves, from Joe Rogan to documentaries to the internet.
If you don't know who Sammy Hagar is, I simply feel bad for you, Gen Z. I suggest you seriously begin to question if your life is worth living. You clearly never experienced the pure, liberated joy of cruising through Cape Cod in your buddy's Jeep with the roof and doors off on a perfect sunny day heading to a Happy Hour in your Jamz shorts. Nor are you familiar with the second tier of Van Halen's illustrious career, from 1985-96. And again from 2003-05. Meaning the periods between the rest of band thinking they didn't need David Lee Roth, to them deciding they actually did. Still, Hagar was inducted into the Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame along with the other members. Joining such other illustrious HoFers such as Bobby Darrin, Donovan and Randy Newman.
But it's outside of the music world that Hagar truly [making Devil's Horns with my hands] rocks. Whether it's his line of premium tequila or his story about being abducted by aliens.
WRIF - Speaking to Mystery Wire, the Red Rocker said his alien experience happened in the mid-’60s. He mentions that when most people ask him about his abduction, they expect him to “backpedal,” but he staunchly says his experience “100% happened.”
Hagar begins, “Four o’clock in the morning, pitch black, dead sleep. I felt like I was being programmed like someone’s tapping into me like it was a string from my head to 13 miles up on a mountain place called Lau Creek. And I know right where it was, these little foothills. There was an object there. There was two people in it, two creatures in it. And it was 19, I want to say it was 64, 65. So there was no remote control, no satellites, there was no computers. But I sensed they were tapping into me somehow.”
He continues, “And they went, ‘Oh, he’s waking up,’ augmented telepathy, you know, they just did the communication when my head is waking up. They yelled out a numerical code, not of our numerical system. And it went, and I can almost feel the plug, like an electrical charge leaving, zapped into their ship, put a light on in this ship where I see shadows of these creatures. And I woke up in my house and my bed. My room was infinity white, I couldn’t move, I was completely paralyzed, my eyes were open, and all sudden, bam! It just went black. It was the time it was. I broke sweat and I was shaking and I felt like my body was so drained. From that moment on, I believed in UFOs.”
Hagar added, “…Before that day, I never even looked at the sky and thought of anything except for there was a lot of stars outside…But yeah, very unique experience."
Unique for hard rock legends in general and Hagar in particular, perhaps. But not all that unusual nevertheless. A simple Wikipedia search reveals some of the more famous cases:
- In the November 27, 1896, edition of the Stockton, California Daily Mail, Colonel H. G. Shaw claimed he and a friend were harassed by three tall, slender humanoids whose bodies were covered with a fine, downy hair who tried to kidnap the pair.
- In the October 1953 issue of Man to Man Magazine an article by Leroy Thorpe titled "Are the Flying Saucers Kidnapping Humans?" asks the question "Are an unlucky few of us, and perhaps not so few at that, being captured with the same ease as we would net butterflies, perhaps for zoological specimens, perhaps for vivisection or some other horrible death designed to reveal to our interplanetary invaders what makes us tick?"
- Rogerson writes that the 1955 publication of Harold T. Wilkins's Flying Saucers Uncensored declared that Karl Hunrath and Wilbur Wilkinson, who had claimed they were contacted by aliens, had disappeared under mysterious circumstances; Wilkins reported speculation that the duo were the victims of "alleged abduction by flying saucers".
And the most well-know, commonly cited case of all, the abduction of New Hampshire couple Betty and Barney Hill while driving on a highway at night in 1961. Their story got a movie treatment starring a young James Earl Jones.
And researchers with impeccable credentials have looked into these incidents. Historian David M. Jacobs and psychiatrist John E. Mack concluded that there was a widespread effort going on to breed alien-human hybrids. Then Mack and physicist David E. Pritchard conducted a five-day seminar at MIT on the abduction phenomenon in 1992, and won over a lot of skeptics.
What you'll find as you read about these incidents is that Hagar's description is quite common. The telepathic communication. Implanted thoughts. Paralysis. Electrical currents. Pain. Granted, there's usually more rectal probing in these eyewitness accounts:
But maybe they really did reach the limit of that area of knowledge by the mid-1960s.
All I can say is that I believe Hagar. And if aliens are going to study us individually, I'm glad they're starting with the artist who later gave the world "I Can't Drive 55" so they'll know we are a species capable of great things. And should they want to breed with us, I can't think of any demographic to start with than the apex of human evolution: The rockers. Let's all be grateful they didn't take David Lee Roth instead. They probably would've incinerated the planet the moment he started talking.