TELEPHONE INTERVIEW WITH PROFESSOR ARTHUR F. JOHNSON,
GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY, ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT,
19 MAY 1941.
Professor Johnson stated that some seven or eight years ago the applicant studied engineering in his classes for about two years. Since that time he had not maintained personal contact with the applicant but he knew of his work as a writer. Professor Johnson recalled the applicant very vividly and described him as a very unusual young man, definitely not conventional but with a very pleasing personality. To remember him after such a long time indicates that the applicant made quite an impression on Professor Johnson during his time at the University. He was described as being forceful, intelligent, with definite qualities for leadership. He was among the first group of George Washington University students to earn a private pilot license. Professor Johnson spoke highly of the applicant and felt that his honesty, loyalty and sobriety would all be found exceptionally good. He was glad to add his recommendation that the applicant be granted a commission in the Naval Reserve.
George Washington University
TELEPHONE INTERVIEW WITH PROFESSOR DOUGLAS BEMENT
GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY, ENGLISH DEPARTMENT, 19 MAY 1941.
Professor Bement recalled that about six or seven years ago the applicant was a student of his for one year. Since that time, he has been in contact with the applicant until about four years ago. Both during his university year and since, Professor Bement has known the applicant in a social way. The applicant did not finish his university work as he left school to take up free-lance writing. In this line of work the Professor felt the applicant had shown remarkable talent and had earned recognition for his work both in books and as a magazine writer. He stated that the applicant had demonstrated a willingness to do hard work and had the ability to stick to any job he had undertaken and complete the same. He felt that the applicant was rather impetuous but a very likable personality. In fact the applicant was pleasing to know, honest, sober, loyal and intelligent. He thinks that the applicant had definitely demonstrated his qualities for leadership and he was glad to add his recommendation that the applicant be given a commission in the USNR.
THE GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY
WASHINGTON, D. C.
DEPARTMENT OF MECHANICAL ENGINEERING
April 19, 1941
Lt. Commander Gates, U.S.N.R.
Re: L. Ron Hubbard.
It is a pleasure to recommend Mr. Hubbard for a commission in the United States Naval Reserve, for duty in Naval Intelligence.
While he studied engineering under me, he proved himself outstanding in leadership and activities.
He is experienced to an unusual degree, exceptionally alert and poised.
His success in writing prove his ingenuity and resourcefulness.
He has a fine personality which should make him a credit to the Naval service.
These statements are made on the basis of my intimate acquaintance with him.
His average grades in engineering were due the the obvious fact that he had started in the wrong career. They do not reflect his great ability.
Please call upon me for any additional information by which I may convince you of his unusual capability and worthiness of a commission.
Your very cordially,
Arthur F. Johnson, Ph.D.,