Location: Graham, Washington, United States
Kucinich saw a large triangular craft over the home of
actress Shirley MacLaine in the 1980's. "He looked
up, he saw a gigantic triangular craft, silent, and observing
him. It hovered, soundless, for ten minutes or so, and
sped away with a speed he couldn't comprehend."
U.S. Congressmen (D-Ohio) Dennis Kucinich, and presidential
candidate in 2004 and 2007.
Cleveland Plain Dealer (Cleveland, OH), Wall Street Journal,
and other sources
the Cleveland Plain Dealer newspaper, October 22, 2007:
presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich has seen a UFO,
writes Shirley MacLaine in her new book, "Sage-Ing
she writes on page 143-144 of the book, "had a
close sighting over my home in Graham, Washington, when
I lived there. Dennis found his encounter extremely moving.
The smell of roses drew him out to my balcony where, when
he looked up, he saw a gigantic triangular craft, silent,
and observing him. It hovered, soundless, for ten minutes
or so, and sped away with a speed he couldn't comprehend.
He said he felt a connection in his heart and heard directions
in his mind."
a Democratic Presidential debate in October, 2007 in Philadelphia,
Tim Russert of NBC News asked Kucinich if he saw a UFO.
"This is a serious question," Russert said before
asking the question. The Chicago Tribune quotes the candidate's
did," Kucinich said.
the rest of the account -- I didn't -- I -- it was unidentified
flying object, okay. It's like -- it's unidentified. I
to answer your question," Kucinich said, "I'm
moving my -- and I'm also going to move my campaign office
to Roswell, New Mexico and another one, an extra, to New
Hampshire, okay... And also, you have to keep in mind
that more -- that Jimmy Carter saw a UFO, and also that
more people in this country have seen UFOs than, I think,
approve of George Bush's presidency."
Kucinich Saw: Witnesses Describe His Close Encounter
Pals Recall Three Throbbing UFOs; Outed by Shirley MacLaine
MICHAEL M. PHILLIPS, The Wall Street Journal
January 2, 2008; Page A1
2008 presidential race has raised many questions about
the candidates' personal histories. Will Barack Obama's
past drug use preclude a White House future? Will Christian
conservatives forgive Rudy Giuliani his two divorces?
Will voters forgive Hillary Clinton for forgiving Bill?
what exactly did Democratic candidate Dennis Kucinich
see hovering above actress Shirley MacLaine's house, 25
fall, Ms. MacLaine revealed in her new book that the Ohio
congressman had seen a UFO and felt "a connection
in his heart and heard directions in his mind."
In a Democratic presidential debate in late October, Mr.
Kucinich acknowledged seeing something airborne that he
couldn't identify and then defused the issue with a joke
about opening a campaign office in Roswell, N.M., the
capital of unexplained sightings.
then, the long-shot candidate has refused to elaborate
on the experience.
after keeping quiet about the incident for a quarter of
a century, the two people who say they were at Mr. Kucinich's
side that evening have come forward to describe an event
which they say left them convinced that there's intelligent
life in outer space.
no time did I feel afraid, even though I felt very small,"
says one witness, Paul Costanzo. "I sensed that
I was in the presence of a greater technology and intelligence."
close encounter, says Mr. Costanzo, took place in September
1982 at Ms. MacLaine's former home in Graham, Wash. --
an expansive estate on a ridge above the Puyallup River,
with a view of Mount Rainier.
61-year-old Mr. Kucinich, who declined several requests
to comment for this article, had been the wunderkind mayor
of Cleveland in the late 1970s and had met Ms. MacLaine
through Bella Abzug, the late New York congresswoman and
feminist. The actress says she quickly realized she and
Mr. Kucinich were kindred spirits. Years later he asked
Ms. MacLaine to be the godmother of his daughter.
just thought the same," Ms. MacLaine says in
an interview. "We have the same political points
Cleveland voters ousted Mr. Kucinich after one tumultuous
term, Ms. MacLaine offered him her home as a sanctuary
where he could write his memoirs. He lived there for the
better part of a year.
in residence was Mr. Costanzo, a Juilliard-trained trumpet
player and jujitsu black belt, who worked as Ms. MacLaine's
assistant, personal trainer and bodyguard. He and Mr.
Kucinich became good friends, and Mr. Costanzo, now 55
years old, served as deputy campaign director and security
chief for the congressman's unsuccessful 2004 presidential
MacLaine -- well-known for her fascination with things
mystical and extraterrestrial -- was in Canada that weekend
in 1982, performing her one-woman show. But Mr. Costanzo's
girlfriend at the time, a model and actress who is now
50 years old, was visiting when the UFO incident took
place. She spoke after Mr. Costanzo requested she do so,
and on condition that her name not be published.
what happened, according to separate interviews with Mr.
Costanzo and his former girlfriend:
day was strange from the start. For hours, Mr. Kucinich,
Mr. Costanzo and his companion noticed a high-pitched
sound. "There was a sense that something extraordinary
was happening all day," says the girlfriend.
She and Mr. Costanzo say that none of the three consumed
alcohol or took drugs.
they sat down to a dinner, Mr. Kucinich spotted a light
in the distance, to the left of Mount Rainier. Mr. Costanzo
thought it was a helicopter.
Mr. Kucinich walked outside to the deck to look through
the telescope that he had bought Ms. MacLaine as a house
gift. After a few minutes, Mr. Kucinich summoned the other
two: "Guys, come on out here and look at this."
Costanzo and his girlfriend joined Mr. Kucinich, where
they took turns peering through the telescope. What they
saw in the far distance, according to both witnesses,
was a hovering light, which soon divided into two, and
a few minutes, the lights moved closer and it became apparent
that they were actually three charcoal-gray, triangular
craft, flying in a tight wedge. The girlfriend remembers
each triangle having red and green lights running down
the edges, with a laser-like red light at the tail. Mr.
Costanzo recalls white lights, but no tail.
Costanzo says each triangle was roughly the size of a
large van, while his former girlfriend compares it to
a "larger Cessna, smaller than a jet certainly."
Neither recalls seeing any markings, landing gear, engines,
windows or cockpits.
craft approached to within 200 yards, suspended over the
field just beyond the swimming pool. Both witnesses say
it emitted a quiet, throbbing sound -- nothing like an
was a feeling of wanting to communicate something, but
I didn't know what," says Mr. Costanzo.
craft held steady in midair, for perhaps a minute, then
sped away, Mr. Costanzo says. "Nothing had landed,"
he says. "No strange beings had disembarked. No
obvious messages were beamed down. When they were completely
out of sight, we all looked at each other, disbelieving
what we had seen."
Mr. Kucinich's suggestion, they jotted down their impressions
and drew pictures to memorialize the event. Mr. Kucinich
kept the notes, according to Ms. MacLaine, who said he
promised her recently that he would try to find them.
was proof to me that we're obviously not alone,"
says the girlfriend.
next day, the group spotted what they thought to be military
helicopters buzzing around the valley where they had made
the sighting. And the high-pitched sound remained.
Kucinich called Ms. MacLaine in Canada to tell her what
had happened. "He said it was beautiful, serene,
and it moved him," says Ms. MacLaine, who is
supporting Mr. Kucinich's candidacy. "He was not
afraid of it, let's put it that way. Seeing something
that close and sophisticated and gentle."
MacLaine says she has seen UFOs from a distance in New
Mexico and Peru, but never up close. She was envious.
"I'm the one who reports them, but they never
make close visitation. What am I doing wrong?"
of the three reported the incident to the authorities.
And over the years that followed, they shared the story
with very few people. "Unfortunately, people are
ridiculed when they say they've had these kinds of experiences,
which is why I never came forward with it," says
MacLaine says she called Mr. Kucinich before she included
his UFO sighting in her book, "Sage-ing while
Age-ing," a recounting of her spiritual and professional
journeys. "I can handle it," she says
he told her.
recently, Mr. Kucinich has dodged it. Approached by The
Wall Street Journal for comment in December -- moments
after he voted for a House resolution praising Christmas
and Christianity -- Mr. Kucinich looked unblinkingly ahead:
"I don't have any comment," he said.