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It was no secret that Gleason was into the occult and the paranormal, although he didn’t like to speak publicly about it.

Jackie Gleason says Nixon showed him ETs

Jackie-Gleason-PortraitTwenty four years after his death, Jackie Gleason is still a household name, and many of the characters he played are legendary; timeless foundations to modern entertainment. Characters like The Honeymooner’s Ralph Kramden and Sheriff Buford T. Justice of Smokey and the Bandit have been iconic molds for characters that are repeated in movies and TV to this day. It is no wonder that such a famous comedian would have friends at the highest levels of society, even Presidents. But would one of his presidential buddies cherish their friendship so much that he would indulge Gleason’s obsession with the paranormal by showing him the bodies of recovered aliens hidden in a US Air Force base?

It was no secret that Gleason was into the occult and the paranormal, although he didn’t like to speak publicly about it. In particular he had a fascination with UFOs. According to Rendlesham witness, Larry Warren, who Gleason had talked with on several occasions, Gleason had a huge UFO library. The library was donated to the University of Miami after his death.

Gleason was a staunch supporter of the Republican Party and eventually became good friends with Richard Nixon. Gleason and Nixon would golf together, and according to Gleason, Nixon shared his interest in UFOs, although he didn’t like to talk much about it. It was during a trip to Florida – to help support a charity event that Gleason was sponsoring – that Nixon decided it was time to show his friend what he was looking for.

Golfing buddies, President Richard Nixon and Jackie Gleason.

Golfing buddies, President Richard Nixon and Jackie Gleason.

In an interview with Gleason’s second wife, Beverly McKittrick, by Esquire Magazine about a book she was planning to write, she revealed that Gleason had told her that Nixon had shown Gleason alien bodies. The story goes that Gleason arrived home unusually late on the evening of February 19, 1973. Worried, McKittrick questioned his whereabouts. She said in the interview that his face looked “haggard”, and that he said he had been to Homestead Air Force Base and had seen alien bodies. He described them as small, “only about two feet tall, with bald heads and disproportionately large ears.”

Gleason told her that he could not get many answers, but that a spacecraft must have crashed nearby. She says that he was so preoccupied about the event that he continued to talk about it the next morning.

In 2003, in an interview with Kenny Young, McKittrick said that Gleason was not happy with the news of his visit to Homestead being leaked. He never denied the incident, but was so upset with the story getting out that, although they were already separated, he cut off his relationship with McKittrick completely.

Since the release of the story, researchers had been clamoring for more information, but Gleason wasn’t talking. Warren says that on one occasion, at Gleason’s house in Westchester County, New York, Gleason finally opened up to him about the event after a few drinks. Gleason told him that Nixon had arrived at Gleason’s house alone in his private car. Nixon told Gleason that he wanted to show him something. Nixon continued to drive Gleason to Homestead. At the gate, a shocked security guard waved them through.

They drove to a well-guarded building, and walked in. Inside the building were a number of labs, but they eventually arrived at an inner chamber. Here they found several containers that looked like “glass-topped Coke freezers.” Inside was what Gleason described as looking like “mangled children,” but upon closer examination were not human, and actually looked quite old. After telling him the details of the visit, Gleason told Warren that he was very upset that the government would not share this information with the public.

President John F. Kennedy and Air Force One at Homestead Air Force Base. (image credit: Doug Mathews/ Atterbury-Bakalar Air Museum)

President John F. Kennedy and Air Force One at Homestead Air Force Base. (image credit: Doug Mathews/ Atterbury-Bakalar Air Museum)

Some find it hard to believe that a sitting president could elude his security to whisk off in the middle of the night. Grant Cameron of PresidentialUFO.com sites a passage from a book written by a secret service man named Martin Venker. “In his book Confessions of an Ex-Secret Service Agent tells that not only can the President disappear, but it has happened. Venker stated that in the exact year of the Homestead incident with Gleason, 1973, Nixon had tried to cut his secret service protection. Venker also stated that it was not uncommon for Nixon to try to elude his secret service detail. The agents working on the Nixon Presidential detail had been warned about it.”

Beyond the testimony of McKittrick and Warren, there don’t appear to be any others Gleason spoke to about the event. Gleason never confirmed or denied the story publicly. As for Homestead, controversial conspiracy theorist, William Cooper, claims in his popular book Behold a Pale Horse that Eisenhower met with Extraterrestrials at the base, but this is another claim that cannot be proven.

If the story is true, then for all of his faults, Nixon knew how to give a friend a whopper of a present. This is the type of experience that UFO researchers dream of. Perhaps one day Gleason’s wish will come true and the government will give us the gift that the public deserves… the truth.

For more information on Nixon and UFOs visit PresidentialUFO.com.

About Alejandro Rojas

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Alejandro Rojas is a radio host for Open Minds Radio, editor and contributing writer for Open Minds magazine as well as OpenMinds.tv. For several years Alejandro was the official spokesperson for the Mutual UFO Network as the Director of Public Education. As a UFO/Paranormal researcher and journalist, Alejandro has spent many hours in the field investigating phenomena up close and personal. Alejandro has been interviewed by media organizations around the world, including the largest cable and network news agencies with several appearances on Coast to Coast AM.

12 comments

  1. avatar

    This story has been around for decades. To be honest, I actually believed it. The friendship between Nixon and Gleason is/was well known, but the claims that Nixon, who was borderline paranoiac, often ditched his secret service security force to bound hither & yon with his party hardy rotund buddy is more than likely B.S. But what really sends up a world-class red is the inclusion of Larry Warren into the picture. Warren, who is known for his alleged presence at the Rendlesham Forest UFO encounter, has milked every ounce of fame & capital from the event that is humanly possible. The fact that NOT ONE of the other witnesses at Rendlesham Forrest remember Warren even being there, much less participating in the encounter, does not seem to affect Warren’s claims that “hovering little aliens” were milling around the object that had landed in the Forrest that night (a fact fervently denied by EVERY ONE OF THE CREDIBLE witnesses who are known to be there)- and this guy is claiming that Jackie Gleason confided in him alone? Highly, HIGHLY, unlikely. I wouldn’t believe a word coming from this opportunistic con man’s mouth.
    Did Richard Nixon show Jackie Gleason the remains of dead aliens? Perhaps –
    Did Jackie Gleason tell Larry Warren about it? Not only no, but hell no.

  2. avatar

    I guess he really meant it when he said “Straight to the Moon Alice, straight to the moon !”

  3. avatar
    charles whittington

    aliens are 100%per cent real. i dont need the government or any president to hold my hand and assist me in dealing with this reality. i am much more puzzled by so many burying there heads in the sand instead of faceing the truth.maby they are not able to interact with us because of bio-logical reasons,or perhaps they feel we are not that signifigent to there purpose.maby even both of those reasons??? at any rate at the age of ten,while perfectly sane and healthy the truth was revealed to me in a experence i seldom speak of but will never forget.i have had the answer to this for about 43 years now…

  4. avatar

    There is a former astronaut that has information regarding this on his web site. If I remember correctly he has had it for a long time now. His web site is here if I’m not mistaken: http://www.stargate-chronicles.com

    His story is amazing. NASA really did him wrong for trying to expose the truth.

  5. avatar

    Why is it so difficult to believe that aliens exist? Even the bible refers to “chariot of fire going up in a whirlwind” and don’t forget the Aphilim? They mixed with the human race and were “giants”…I have personally experienced a physical examination and extraction of bodily fluids by aliens…I have seen my fair share of UFOs across the country…just like hundreds of other unsuspecting americans…

  6. avatar

    An email from a reader:
    I was stationed at Homestead in late 73 (Oct.- Nov.) with the AF taking a training class in aircraft hydraulics.
    I didn’t see any UFO’s or aliens but one day we wandered over to a hangar where AirForce one was housed when Nixon was staying at Key Biscayne with his friend Bebe Rebozo.
    We walked into the hangar and there were some Secret Service agents there and I was allowed to take a couple pictures of AF1.
    So there’s evidence at least that Nixon WAS there at that time.

  7. avatar

    Well, like Mr Spock said in the Star Trek Movie, The Voyage Home. Man would have to be small minded to believe all aliens come to earth to see them. I happen to the same way! And I also feel that if that was the case, why have they not made any attempt to contact our scientists at nasa or other aero-space oranization on Earth? Could it be that we are not the most inteligent speicies on the planet.Perhaps we should ceate a group with in the United Nations to work on ways to comunicate with any U.F.O. Since there is evidence of alian visitations all over the planet earth!

  8. avatar

    This is disinfo—to psychologically try to empower the govt—in peoples minds

    of course there is life all over the universe–

    but the purpose of this story—is so that the reader will think the govt is so powerful that “they even have dead aliens”

    roswell story—and everything that is on coast to coast–they are not about the aliens—but about demonstrating people being submissive to the govt—in ways that are unconstitutional and illegal—-the alien part is what justifies the tale

    then they play these stories ad nauseum in the fake msm

  9. avatar

    charles whittington: After many years of skepticism, I also believe that planet Earth has been visited by UFO’s of other worldly origin. However, if you want people to respect your opinion and take you at your word, it would definitely help your cause if you learned how to spell properly. One reason that the pundits dismiss the UFO phenomenon as being a figment of our “crazy” imaginations is because of people like you that do not possess the basic grammatical competency to convey your ideas and evidence in an intelligent and legible manner. You make yourself look like an idiot and consequently perpetuate the belief that all of us are uneducated and ignorant, “wackos.”

  10. avatar

    Tyler, That was uncalled for and mean spirited. Shame on you.

  11. avatar

    Hey—One of you guys who collects Playboy……
    I read Jackie Gleason’s final interview with Playboy. He suddenly went off track, and brought up the subject on his own. He said he was taken to Wright-Pat, and shown the bodies.

    It was like he wanted it exposed before he died.

  12. avatar

    i heard about this incident in mufon’s “HANGAR 1″ .

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