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

Date Title Blurb Tags
May 28, 1983 Us / World News In Brief Hubbard Ruled Alive (brief mention of Scientology) L. Ron Hubbard
May 21, 1983 Judge 'convinced' Hubbard Is Alive (brief mention of Scientology) L. Ron Hubbard, lawsuits
April 27, 1983 LA judge refuses to give Hubbard's files to Scientologists Los Angeles Times: LA judge refuses to give Hubbard's files to Scientologists L. Ron Hubbard, lawsuits
February 20, 1983 L. Ron Hubbard letter Rocky Mountain News publishes a 7,000-word handwritten letter purported to have been written by L. Ron Hubbard. L. Ron Hubbard
December 12, 1982 Son Says He Thinks Scientology Founder Died The son of L. Ron Hubbard, the founder of the Church of Scientology, has asked to be named trustee of the religion's holdings. "I think he's dead, or become as mentally incompetent as a cigarstore wooden Indian," Ronald E. DeWolf said of his father. "I've known for years that the person writing me and other members of my family, and sending presents, was not L. Ron Hubbard. L. Ron Hubbard
May 8, 1982 Sect witnesses recount fear, deception, 'suicide' "Meister, the day's final witness, said he went to Morocco in 1971 to identify his 22-year-old daughter's body after a Scientology minister notified the family she committed suicide. But he said a picture he saw led him to believe otherwise. The .22-caliber, long-barreled pistol that killed her was tucked beneath her folded arms as she lay on a cabin bed aboard Hubbard's ship, he said. A bullet hole pierced her forehead." L. Ron Hubbard
May 6, 1982 L. Ron Hubbard's son says his father 'destroys' foes "The son of L. Ron Hubbard, founder of the Church of Scientology, testified Wednesday his father was obsessed with controlling people and 'destroyed' those who opposed him and the church." L. Ron Hubbard
May 6, 1982 'They'll take the Kool-Aid' " 'If Hubbard decides to leave this planet he'll take the others with him - they will take the Kool-Aid,' Walters said referring to the poisoned drink Jones and his followers swallowed in a November 1978 murder-suicide at Guyana." L. Ron Hubbard
May 5, 1982 Hubbard's son will testify today "The son of L. Ron Hubbard, founder of the Church of Scientology, is scheduled to testify today in the opening round of public hearings on the sect, the city's hired consultant said Tuesday." L. Ron Hubbard
April 14, 1980 article on Scientology Sylvana Garritano gives interview with Riverside, CA, newspaper. She is co-plaintiff in Lavenda Van Schaick RICO lawsuit against Church of Scientology. Ms. Garritano tells newspaper that L. Ron Hubbard runs Church of Scientology from Gilman Hot Springs near Hemet, CA. L. Ron Hubbard, lawsuits

L. Ron Hubbard in the News

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August 31, 1886 Henry August Wilson, L. Ron Hubbard's father, Fayette, Iowa. His, birth; Mr., Mrs. James Hubbard, Harry Ross Hubbard. L. Ron Hub Henry August Wilson, L. Ron Hubbard's father, is born at Fayette, Iowa. His mother dies at birth; Mr. and Mrs. James Hubbard adopt him and rename him Harry Ross Hubbard. L. Ron Hubbard made grandiose claims about his lineage, but in fact his father was an orphan. Event, L. Ron Hubbard
February 1, 1862 Anastasius Nordenholz, Buenos Aires. In 1934, publish Anastasius Nordenholz is born in Buenos Aires. In 1934, he will publish a book entitled "Scientologie - Wissenschaft von der Beschaffenheit und Tauglichkeit des Wissens" ("Scientology Science of the Constitution and Usefulness of Knowledge"), thus predating L. Ron Hubbard's use of the word by several years. Event, L. Ron Hubbard