L. Ron Hubbard

L. Ron Hubbard was a pulp science fiction writer who wrote Dianetics and founded Scientology. He died in 1986.

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Navy Report

February 5, 1942: Naval officer L. Ron Hubbard writes a report; in it, he quotes Commander L. D. Causey, the US Naval Attache to Australia, as saying, "I have sent a message to the CinC Asiatic as of this morning stating that I wish you to be removed from Brisbane, stating that you are making a nuisance of yourself. You have never been under my orders and I consider you as having nothing to do with me."

Army Report

February 13, 1942: A document purportedly written by US Army Colonel Alexander L. P. Johnson to the Commander of the Base Force, Darwin, Australia describes L. Ron Hubbard as "an intelligent, resourceful and dependable officer" and recommends that an earlier (unspecified) request be granted.

Navy Memo

February 14, 1942: A memo from the US Naval Attache to Australia complains about L. Ron Hubbard: "By assuming unauthorized authority and attempting to perform duties for which he has no qualifications, he became the source of much trouble. ... This officer is not satisfactory for independent duty assignment. He is garrulous and tries to give impressions of his importance. He also seems to think that he has unusual ability in most lines. These characteristics indicate that he will require close supervision for satisfactory performance of any intelligence duty."

LRH Letter to Navy

October 8, 1942: L. Ron Hubbard writes the Chief of Naval Personnel asking that he be nominated to "PC school".

Navy Letter

February 5, 1943: The Navy forwards to L. Ron Hubbard a letter from a Dave Margolis. Margolis wrote to the Navy requesting that it make Hubbard pay an unpaid bill. The Navy instructs Hubbard to attend to the matter.

Navy Letter

October 18, 1943: L. Ron Hubbard writes a letter to the Navy asking for orders taking him into combat duty.

Aleister Crowley telegram

May 22, 1946: Aleister Crowley cables his US office after reading reports from his branch headquarters in America and Jack Parsons's accounts of the occult ceremony he had performed with L. Ron Hubbard: "Suspect Ron playing confidence trick--Jack Parsons weak fool--obvious victim prowling swindlers." In a letter a few days later he said, "It seems to me on the information of our brethren in California that Parsons has got an illumination in which he lost all his personal independence. From our brother's account he has given away both his girl and his money. Apparently it is the ordinary confidence trick."

Navy Letter

February 19, 1948: L. Ron Hubbard writes to the US Navy, asking that his previous letter of resignation be disregarded, in response to a reply from the Chief of Naval Personnel regretting Hubbard's decision to resign.

Navy Letter

May 1, 1951: L. Ron Hubbard writes to the Veterans Administration stating that he is "willing to submit to a physical examination in connection with my claim for disability compensation." By 1951, he had already sold many copies of Dianetics, in which he claims that his "research" had enabled him to completely cure himself of all the injuries and maladies he suffered during the war.

L. Ron Hubbard in the News

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April 14, 1980 Scientology Suit Says Secret Spa Was Labor Camp A disillusioned former official of the Church of Scientology says sect founder L. Ron Hubbard has been secretly running the organization from a spa 80 miles east of Los Angeles. Sylvana Garritano, 25, described the Scientology enclave as "part insane asylum, part forced labor camp" ruled by the 69-year-old Hubbard and a dozen teen-age servants called "Commodore Messengers." false imprisonment, Hemet, L. Ron Hubbard, Press
January 24, 1980 The Scientology Papers: Hubbard Still Gave Orders, Records Show L. Ron Hubbard, the former science fiction writer who publicly resigned in 1966 from leadership of the Church of Scientology, continued to give orders to its leaders into 1977, a Washington court has been told. Evidence obtained in 1977 in raids on U. S offices of the cult by the Federal Bureau of Investigation revealed there was a detailed program to cover up Mr. Hubbard's involvement in the leadership of Scientology. Called Operation Bulldozer Leak, it was part of the documentary evidence filed by federal prosecutors with the U. S. District Court that last month gave long prison terms to Mr. Hubbard's wife and eight other Scientology leaders for their roles in conspiracies to steal government documents and to obstruct justice by kidnapping an informer. The nine are free pending an appeal of the validity of some of the evidence. Guardian Office, L. Ron Hubbard, Press
August 27, 1978 Two articles on L. Ron Hubbard, Church of Scientology founder Los Angeles Times: Two articles on L. Ron Hubbard, Church of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard
May 30, 1975 Martin and the Detectives: The German Disciples of Lafayette Hubbard Deutsche Zeitung: Martin and the Detectives: The German Disciples of Lafayette Hubbard L. Ron Hubbard
March 4, 1974 The Reclusive Founder of Scientology Hubbard and church leaders contend that he has resigned from the church's directorship, but that resignation seems to have made little difference. In a "policy letter" dated Sept. 1, 1966, the matter was ambiguously worded. Hubbard said that he was "resigning the title of executive director" and was being given the title of "Founder" instead - and that Scientology organizations owed him money. L. Ron Hubbard, Press
October 5, 1969 Scientology - The odd beginning of Ron Hubbard's career Sunday Times: Scientology - The odd beginning of Ron Hubbard's career L. Ron Hubbard
December 6, 1968 letters to the editor from L. Ron Hubbard and others in response to Alan Levy's "A True-Life Nightmare", which ran in the Nov. 1 Life magazine: letters to the editor from L. Ron Hubbard and others in response to Alan Levy's "A True-Life Nightmare", which ran in the Nov. 15 issue L. Ron Hubbard
February 14, 1966 an article on Scientology; among other things, it notes some falsehoods in the Brief Biography of L. Ron Hubbard and mentions hi Daily Mail - an article on Scientology; among other things, it notes some falsehoods in the Brief Biography of L. Ron Hubbard and mentions his use of Piltdown Man in support of his theories. L. Ron Hubbard
March 21, 1964 Have You Ever Been A Boo-Hoo? A look at Scientology at St. Hill in the 1960s: The feats Hubbard claims for his science are just as unusual. At various times Hubbard has held that Scientology "can cure some seventy percent of man's illnesses," that it is the only effective counterforce to the H-bomb threat and that it can make you immune to the common cold. He maintains that Scientology can raise a person's I.Q. one point for every hour of auditing. What is Scientology?, L. Ron Hubbard, Press, Saint Hill
April 24, 1951 article about L. Ron Hubbard Washington Times Herald carries an article about L. Ron Hubbard. Frequently cited in FBI internal memos, it states that Hubbard's wife, in suing him for divorce, had claimed that he was "hopelessly insane." According to this article, "competent medical advisors recommended that Hubbard be committed to a private sanatorium for psychiatric observation and treatment of a mental ailment known as paranoid schizophrenia." L. Ron Hubbard, obstructing psychiatry

L. Ron Hubbard in the News

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January 2, 1999 David Letterman's Top Ten List, L. Ron Hubbard: David Letterman's Top Ten List mentions L. Ron Hubbard: L. Ron Hubbard
February 4, 1997 Operation Clambake, (www.xenu.net) The "Operation Clambake" web site (www.xenu.net) adds a scanned copy of "OT III" to its growing collection of once-secret cult documents, so it can be seen in L. Ron Hubbard's own handwriting. L. Ron Hubbard
October 1, 1996 Los Angeles City Council, Berendo Street, L. Ron Hubbard Way. 8, 3, street, vote, later The Los Angeles City Council votes on a resolution to rename part of Berendo Street to L. Ron Hubbard Way. The vote is 8 to 3 in favor of renaming the street, but without a unanimous vote, the issue will come up again a week later. L. Ron Hubbard, Los Angeles
February 1, 1995 Koos Nolst Trenite, Usenet Kook, Month, L. Ron Hubbard, others Koos Nolst Trenite wins a Usenet Kook of the Month award for his posted transcripts of telepathic auditing of dead cult founder L. Ron Hubbard and others. L. Ron Hubbard
December 6, 1989 Ethics Order Nr. 150-1, published, Comm Ev, Scientologist Ethics Order Nr. 150-1 is published, regarding the Comm Ev of a Scientologist, "A.M.," running a WISE consulting company. He is found guilty of "altering" the works of L. Ron Hubbard, based on ideas he discussed during a lecture; he is also found guilting of violating the policy "Keeping Scientology Working" for having two handbooks which were not written by LRH sitting in a filing cabinet. The prescribed handling includes 500 hours of amends work - 100 hours for the company, 400 hours for WISE; turning the company over to a qualified manager"; and filing a petition with the Legal Director of WISE requesting permission to fill any future management position. L. Ron Hubbard, WISE
February 9, 1989 L. Ron Hubbard, HCOB L. Ron Hubbard revised HCOB "Blow-Offs" L. Ron Hubbard
September 17, 1987 L. Ron Hubbard's, RTC, LRH's works, works L. Ron Hubbard's estate grants RTC an exclusive license in the copyrights of LRH's works, with the right and obligation to enforce the copyrights in those works. L. Ron Hubbard
January 24, 1986 L. Ron Hubbard, 'suspicious', . Although, years, death, Vistaril, anti-psychotic medication L. Ron Hubbard dies under circumstances that can at best be characterised as 'suspicious', . Although his condition had been steadily deteriorating for years, even the coronor noted that there were irregularities surrounding his death, including the presence in his body of vast quantities of Vistaril, a powerful anti-psychotic medication. L. Ron Hubbard
February 1, 1985 L. Fletcher Prouty Affidavit L. Fletcher Prouty, a former colonel in the US Air Force, creates an affidavit stating that the records released by the US Navy documenting L. Ron Hubbard's service in the armed forces "are incomplete ... those materials and records provided give ample evidence that proves the existence of other records that have been concealed, withheld and overlooked." L. Ron Hubbard, Navy
September 24, 1984 loses, IRS, 1970-72. Tax Court, L. Ron Hubbard, question. IRS -, instance, tax-related material, IRS, US tax-payers' money Scientology loses its appeal over the IRS tax assessment for the years 1970-72. The Tax Court judge documents in detail how huge sums were moved out of Scientology accounts into those of L. Ron Hubbard during the period in question. The judgement also describes the obstructionist tactics used by Scientology to thwart the IRS - for instance, deliberately jumbling two million pages of tax-related material, so that IRS officials would have to sort it out at the cost of a great deal of time and US tax-payers' money. IRS, L. Ron Hubbard