An old tale about former President Ronald Reagan seeing an unidentified flying object over Bakersfield has made news in Korea.
The Korea Herald, an English-language publication, revisits Reagan's 1974 experience in "Public figures who believe in aliens." The story cites a (British) Daily Telegraph list of 10 "top public figures who said they believed in the existence of aliens." That list includes astrophysicist Stephen Hawking, former President Jimmy Carter, Gen. Douglas MacArthur, former Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev and Reagan.
Of Reagan's reported sighting, The Korea Herald reported:
"The former U.S. President Ronald Reagan claimed that he had seen a UFO himself while in an airplane flying above Bakersfield, California in 1974. 'It was a bright white light. We followed it to Bakersfield, and all of a sudden to our utter amazement it went straight up into the heavens,' he said."
Reagan later recounted his experience with Gorbachev, during a meeting of the then two-most-powerful men on Earth, according to The Herald:
"At a private meeting between them in 1985 at the Geneva Summit, Reagan asked Gorbachev: 'What would you do if the United States were suddenly attacked by someone from outer space? Would you help us?'
" 'No doubt about it,' Gorbachev answered.
" 'We too,' said Reagan."