Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath: Buying A Town (Season 3, Episode 9)
MR: I was on board the Apollo with L. Ron Hubbard from 1973 until 1975. The ship had been thrown out of various countries. He tried to bring the Apollo to the United States in 1974. And he discovered that the FBI, IRS, DEA and various other government agencies were waiting on the dock. For the next year or so, we sailed around in ports in the Caribbean.
Hubbard at one point had a heart attack in Curacao. The treatment wasn’t the like advanced medical ah treatment available and he decided, okay the time has come to move the operations to the United States.1
L. Ron Hubbard
Marc Headley: There’s a policy letter that L. Ron Hubbard wrote. It’s one of the five tapes that you listen to when you join the Sea Org. And it’s a lecture that L. Ron Hubbard gave to Sea Org members in the 1960s. Which is, “Whoever controls the public relations, controls the world.”
If you are going to control or govern or have influence upon an area, you have to make ethnic surveys. You have to find out what is most liked and what is next most liked and what is considered bad and what is considered totally evil. When you’ve got the lists of those things, now you know the control buttons of the society. Those are the buttons of control, boy. 2
If you (a) back up your PR actions 100 percent with good, sound ethnic surveys, (b) get your programs, your mock-ups and your actions re-analyzed after they are planned and (c) then follow those planned actions and programs, you can take the world!3
In 1927, at the age of sixteen, Ron took the first of his several voyages across the Pacific to Asia. There, both on his own and in the company of an officer attached to the British legation, he took advantage of this unique opportunity to study Far Eastern culture. Among others he befriended and learned from was a thoroughly insightful Beijing magician who represented the last of the line of Chinese magicians from the court of Kublai Khan.
Although primarily renowned as an entertainer, Old Mayo was also well versed in China’s ancient wisdom that had been handed down from generation to generation. Ron passed many evenings in the company of such wise men, eagerly absorbing their words.1
- CSI. (n.d.) Hubbard’s Life Story. Retrieved from http://www.aboutlronhubbard.org/eng/wis3_1e.htm ↩
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On 29 March 1941 L. Ron Hubbard receives his Master of Sail Vessel license for “Any Ocean.”
On 2 July 1941 he is commissioned as Lieutenant (jg) of the United States Navy Reserve. With the outbreak of war in December 1941, Mr. Hubbard is ordered to Australia where he coordinates intelligence activities.
Returning to the United States in March, Mr. Hubbard takes command of a convoy escort vessel in the Atlantic, then a subchaser in the Pacific. He also serves as an instructor and chief navigation officer, and is selected to Princeton University’s Military Government School.
In early 1945, while recovering from war injuries at Oak Knoll Naval Hospital, Mr. Hubbard conducts a series of tests and experiments dealing with the endocrine system. He discovers that, contrary to long-standing beliefs, function monitors structure. With this revolutionary advance, he begins to apply his theories to the field of the mind and thereby to improve the conditions of others.
After discharge from the US Navy in February 1946, L. Ron Hubbard returns to writing, although his primary thrust continues to be the development of a means to better the condition of men. To help support this research, he writes thirty-one science fiction, fantasy, western, mystery and detective stories over the next three years. A few of the titles included in his work at this time are: Blood on His Spurs, Ole Doc Methuselah, Killer’s Law, Hoss Tamer and The Obsolete Weapon.
L. Ron Hubbard opens an office near the corner of La Brea Avenue and Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles, where he tests the application of Dianetics among actors, directors, writers and others of the Hollywood community. These are the people who first receive the benefits of L. Ron Hubbard’s revolutionary breakthroughs in the field of the mind.
With test cases and research material in hand, L. Ron Hubbard travels to Washington, DC where he compiles into manuscript form his sixteen-year investigation to determine the dynamic principle of existence. (The result of this work is published today as the book The Dynamics of Life.)
L. Ron Hubbard accepts an appointment as a Special Police Officer with the Los Angeles Police Department and uses the position to study society’s criminal elements.
Moving on to Savannah, Georgia, he volunteers his time in hospitals and mental wards, saving the lives of patients with his counseling techniques.
His as yet unpublished manuscript on Dianetics, which had been passed to a few friends for review, is copied and copied again until it circulates around the world. As a result of this enthusiastic response, Mr. Hubbard is urged by associates to write a popular book on the subject of Dianetics.
Late in the year, L. Ron Hubbard’s “Terra Incognita: The Mind,” the first published article on Dianetics, appears in the Winter -Spring 1950 issue of the Explorers Club Journal.1
- CSI. (n.d.) Chronicle 1941-1945. Retrieved from http://mediaresources.lronhubbard.org/chronicle/page03.htm. ↩
Traveling east in 1948, Ron spent three months helping deeply disturbed inmates in a Savannah, Georgia mental hospital. “I worked with some of these,” he recalled, “interviewing and helping out as what they call a lay practitioner, which means a volunteer. This gave me some insight into the social problems of insanity and gave me further data in my own researches.” It also restored sanity to a score of previously hopeless cases and once again proved that his discoveries were applicable to all, no matter how badly off they were.1
- In Pursuit of the Answers to the Mind (continued). (n.d.). lronhubbard.org. Retrieved 28 April 2010 from http://www.lronhubbard.org/philo1/pursuit3.htm ↩