Scientology on the High Seas: Posing as Archaeology Students for the Sardinians

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In November we started a new feature here on Fridays: the Voice has obtained hundreds of copies of L. Ron Hubbard's previously unpublished "Orders of the Day," which he gave to crew members as he sailed the Atlantic and the Mediterranean. Our documents cover the period from late 1968 through 1971, and this time we're looking at what was happening the week of March 18 through 24 during those years.

This week, L. Ron makes sure everyone has the cover story straight before stopping in at Sardinia...



1969

March 21: LRH makes sure everyone has the "shore story" correct...

SARDINIA

We have lots of contact at Sardinia. APOLLO was there as "THE ROYAL SCOTMAN' in late 67 and got on well.

DIANA has been there as "ENCHANTER".

ATHENA just came from there as "ATHENA".

We were interested in a "dig" at the ancient city of Nora, so we have come this time, to look further into it and we are archaeology students serving as crews on these ships.

We are interested in ruins. We talk about them.

The Italians are very friendly people.

But our shore relations are to be very crisp, military. Very formal.

Lots of Italians speak English. "Sardo" is spoken in the north of Sardinia. It is really Spanish which owned colonies there.

We sure are interested in ruins -- Archaeology is the study of the past as interpreted by bits and pieces of pottery, beads, skulls, graves, ancient structures. From these the type of civilization and custom is figured out. Anybody with a past life can figure out a lot from "a bit of pottery".

The new Greek government, if anybody asks, is very mean to the people. The new government hates Italy. British and Communists everywhere. "The poor Greek people". As for a girl disappearing, she was probably kidnapped by the government.

Archaeologists do camera work, climb hills, look at holes in the ground, ignore military installations, get mad at anybody moving stones or objects.

Reading a handbook on the subject helps.

LRH, COMMODORE



1970


March 21: Is there still time to add a volume to the new biographical encyclopedia -- Ron: Veterinarian?

DAILY REPORT

Thank you for your Daily Report.

A flood of Birthday telexes just came in, arriving late. There were other Birthday parties held. Nearly every org and unit in the world has wished me a Happy Birthday -- all very appreciated.

---

Vixie is okay. She was taken to the vet this morning. Her leg isn't broken. It was a torn ligament.

Mary Sue gave her a touch assist last night. Vixie went totally anaten. The pain shock was in her shoulder and went up to her head which she for awhile refused to permit to be touched. The touch assist was done on both sides of the body (other leg too) and near and far areas. You wear thick gloves in giving a dog or cat a touch assist as they snap and scratch and disassociate.

The swelling went down and she came up to growl tone.

On return from the vet she got a bone and sat in the foyer where she could bark at people.

...

LRH, COMMODORE



1971

March 22: When you're the only ones selling immortality, you can charge what you want!

PRICELESS

In looking over the value of returned FEBC teams to their orgs it turns out that the income rise of the org promptly exceeded the cost of the service received at Flag.

We are dealing with Admin Tech on Flag which is priceless. It would not be possible to set a value on it.

As for personal processing of the students, raised serenity, ability and immortality had no obtainability at all until we came along. These too cannot in fact be priced.

...

LRH, COMMODORE


AL BORNSTEIN DIST SEC FAO is hereby CAUTIONED per FSO 242R for continued Dev-T and hat dump resulting in overwork and extensive handling from Aide level.

Lt. Cmdr. Diana Hubbard


March 24: If the food on board sucks, it can only mean that the old man's admin tech isn't being followed to the letter...

GALLEY ORG OFFICER

Gene Juss is appointed Galley Org Officer, senior to the Chief Cook as a temporary solution to earlier non-compliances to repost these posts.

Section heads should be appointed in Div III FSO to stabilize the area.

A new 2nd Cook should be appointed to replace Gene Juss who will nevertheless act as Org Officer even if not replaced.

Failure to Org Bd, post and hat this area contirbutes to its quality deficiencies.

No FSO org bd is posted up to date and the galley org bd is months out of date as well as in the wrong form. This should be corrected.

Failure of HCO FAO to act does not excuse an org fro going off its org board or failing to post it as each org has an HCO person.

LRH, COMMODORE

...

At the wish of Capt. Mary Sue Hubbard, there will be no crew or student traffic in "A" Deck Foyer during the wedding ceremony this evening.

Therefore the area will be closed off at 1830 and re-opened at 2000, or earlier as may be suitable.

Traffic will be via galley to dining room, "B" Deck and "A" Deck during this time.

Limited traffic between "B" and "A" Decks (auditing and pc's etc.) should occur quietly via the forward stairway.

Port Watch will have guards posted to re-direct any who forget or who miss this notification.


What's this about a wedding? Ah, more about that next week!


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BONUS 1970s AWESOMENESS

While L. Ron Hubbard plied the seas, back on dry land Advance! magazine was thrilling Scientologists with its tales of "OT Phenomena." Those church members who had reached the higher levels of spiritual training shared their stories of superhuman powers with fellow dupes -- er, enthusiasts. This excerpt is from Issue 25, August/September 1974...

Today I had more fun enjoying my newly regained ability to project intention.

I saw a branch about 20 feet ahead of me waving back and forth in a light breeze which seemed never to stop blowing.

With instantaneous intention, I stopped the branch from moving and the breeze instantly was hushed. I guess I was a little bit doubtful I'd really done it, so after the breeze again went into motion, I intended again that the branch stop moving and again it did straight away! It is fun to be able to "stop the wind." -- Carol Worthey



Stop the wind! Now there's an idea. Funny how all the OTVIIIs in the world have never managed, somehow, to band together and, oh I don't know, stop something like Katrina. Or that tidal wave in Japan. I guess when you have god-like powers, it's enough to stop a twig from flapping in the breeze. Or something.

Please check in again tomorrow morning for commenters of the week, and then the next day for Sunday Funnies. We have several big stories brewing, but they do take a while!


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Tony Ortega has been the editor in chief of the Village Voice since March, 2007. He started writing about Scientology in 1995. You can reach him by e-mail at tortega@villagevoice.com, and if you ask nicely he'll put you on his mailing list for notifications of new stories, which tend to come out each and every morning at 8 am, but can suddenly appear at any time of the day. You can also catch his alerts at Twitter (@VoiceTonyO), at his Facebook author page, on Pinterest, a Tumblr, and even this new Google Plus doohickey.

New readers might want to check out our primer, "What is Scientology?" Another good overview is our series from last summer, "Top 25 People Crippling Scientology." At the top of every story, you'll see the "Scientology" category which, if you click on it, will bring up all of our most recent stories. As for our regular features, on Thursdays we do a roundup of world press, on Fridays we visit L. Ron Hubbard on the yacht Apollo circa 1969-1971, on Saturdays we celebrate the week's best comments, and on Sundays we publish Scientology's wacky and tacky advertising mailers that people send us.

As for hot subjects we've covered here, you may have heard about Debbie Cook, the former church official who rebelled and is now being sued by Scientology. You might have also heard about the Super Power Building, Scientology's "Mecca," whose secrets were revealed here. We also reported how Scientology spied on its own most precious object, Tom Cruise. (We wrote Tom an open letter that he has yet to respond to.) Have you seen a Scientology ad on TV lately? We debunked some of the claims in that 2-minute commercial you might have seen while watching Glee or American Idol.

Other stories have looked at Scientology's policy of "disconnection" that is tearing families apart. You may also have heard something about the Sea Org experiences of the Paris sisters, Valeska and Melissa, and their friend Ramana Dienes-Browning. We've also featured Paulette Cooper, who wrote about Scientology back in the day, and Janet Reitman, Hugh Urban, and the team at the Tampa Bay Times, who write about it today. And there's plenty more coming.


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188 comments
Jgg
Jgg

  L. Ron Hubbard was king of Sardinia in a previous life.

Pretty Little Robot
Pretty Little Robot

Speaking as a real archaeologist with a real PhD: Fuck you, Hubbard.

Pretty Little Robot
Pretty Little Robot

Speaking as an real archaeologist (with a real PhD): Fuck you, Hubbard.

DodoTheLaser
DodoTheLaser

Holy Margaritas!

I must confess, I read some original OOD's, but not on Sardinian Archeologists from Apollo and Vixie's non-confront of a touch-assist, that helpedher to growl and bark at people. Them thick magik gloves.

Oh and the wind stopping OT success story made my day!

This is a movie/major franchise in the making stuff.

Think of 4400 Hundred TV Show on steroids. In reverse.

Peace.

SP 'Onage
SP 'Onage

Tampa Bay Times:

Kirstie's Alley's company in Clearwater may want to sell you life insurance

CLEARWATER — Would you buy life insurance from Kirstie Alley?

Weird question, we know. The television and movie actor providing for one's family after death may seem a bit … strange.

But quietly tucked in the federal trademark books are hints at Alley's first foray into insurance. Perhaps even stranger is its connection to her diet and weight-loss program.

In 2009, Alley's Clearwater-based company registered the trademark for Organic Liaison, a line of supplements, sleep aids, muscle relaxers and colon cleansers.

The company seemed an understandable next step for Alley, 61, once the butt of gossip magazine weight jokes. She had recently left as spokeswoman for weight-loss conglomerate Jenny Craig.

But on that same day, Organic Liaison also registered a much less predictable trademark: Organic Liaison Life Insurance Solutions.

Included was a prototype for the company's colorful website, estimating pay-out benefits for a $400 monthly premium and offering "investment performance" alongside "Kirstie's Video Thoughts."

Why Alley or her company felt death benefits would mix with diet plans is uncertain. Neither Organic Liaison's CEO, Peggy Crawford, nor Alley's manager in Beverly Hills, Donovan Daughtry, would say what spurred the idea.________________________________Lord, what next? *facepalm*

Read the rest of the story at TBT.

Unex Skcus
Unex Skcus

Crikey, just getting off the floor...

"colon cleansers"   ??????

Oh *crap*, back to the floor, rolling around helplessly laughing.

Can't wait to see Miscarriage extol the 'wins' with this one. Priceless.

bobx
bobx

Her "Video Thoughts" also make me imagine humorous possibilities.

Noah Miller
Noah Miller

Now the question is, could she stop the branch but not the wind? It's all about finesse people. You can't be satisfied with basic OT you have to go ULTRAOT! And don't you dare ask what it costs, it's priceless.

Julie_Kanon
Julie_Kanon

The Cult of Scientology...

A FRAUD from day one!

Marquo
Marquo

Lately it seems like almost every day a new  ex-scientologist, or a current scared scientolgist makes their first post here! How cool.

First thing, post without hesitation.  Post your thoughts!  You will find a lot of support here. 

Unex Skcus
Unex Skcus

Too right. Tory (Magoo) found someone that reached out to her - Andreas Heldal-Lund - and it changed her life for the better. Genuinely helping people - those caught up, or traumatised by, Co$ - is a one-by-one process.

Doesn't mean that we can run out, find a scn or ex-scn and immediately help. Sometimes it's a more subtle process, where you get 'quietly' involved, and along the way, you mention this little thing to that person, or send a little email to that someone who carries weight... or...

TO, WBM, and so so many others, might be surprised at how far their thoughts travel around Teegeeak.

Billy Bob
Billy Bob

Hmm, nobody took notice of the little figure on the cover of the Advance.That receding hairline, the red hair, could it be LRH's Buddha Incarnation?

Chuck Beatty
Chuck Beatty

I have to admit that I apply Hubbard techniques to my cat, I always pet my cat on both sides of his cat body, so as not to overbalance either side, which in Hubbard's "Touch Assist" theory is a no-no.   

I always pet my cat eqaually, on both sides of his body, so as to balance out the touching, and thus be "standard" in the touching of my cat!

Sheesh!    This is an historical admission, and it is invoceivable that I would pet my cat and even other dogs and cats which I see daily, doing my job, to do otherwise than pet both sides of their bodies equally.   

It's possibly something that's been noticed scientifically, namely positive massage conditioning is best done on BOTH sides, rather than overbalance massage on one side of the body.

The whole Hubbard "Touch Assist" theory, I'm sure that massage historians would be the best persons to grade the Hubbard "Touch Assist" technology.

That the Hubbard dog named Vixie was given the "Touch Assist" by Hubbard's extremely well trained and total expert Hubbard therapist wife, Mary Sue Hubbard, is a huge plus, for the poor dog though.

In a perfect world, where the internet sends out alerts automatically to the world's experts in all fields, asking them to pipe in on group discussions, to give their expert thoughts, in that perfect intent future, I'd love to have heard on Village Voice's comments answers, I'd loved to have heard a massage historian's opinion of the Hubbard "Touch Assist."

THANKYOU GERRY ARMSTRONG or thankyou whoever gave Tony all these very important private thoughts/writings of L. Ron Hubbard, shared in the OODs (Orders of the Day) years ago.

Extremely excellent contribution, and I am so glad this history is being shared!   

thankyou Gerry Armstrong in any case!   Gerry, you get my highest thankyou!

hgc
hgc

Believe it or not, this is not they craziest story about a power-hungry god-man placing his dog in status above other humans. Haile Selasse had a dog who sat by his throne and who was trained to piss on the feet of visiting dignitaries. There was a servant whose job it was to wipe off the pissy shoes. 

sketto
sketto

Once again, I am shocked to see how impressed with himself Hubbard was - explaining what archaeology is as if its a term only he knows. Perhaps he was so used to defining the bullshit terms that he made up that he felt he needed to do it all the time, even when speaking proper English for a change. 

Egles
Egles

One thing I find fascinating about Hubbard is how he always gives his lists in the wrong order.

He might say something like:  "If a fellow isn't careful, he might find himself murdered, tortured, imprisoned, inconvenienced, or slighted."  

In this case he says archeology is the study of "bits and pieces of pottery, beads, skulls, graves, ancient structures."

MarkStark
MarkStark

It's why I don't pay too much attention to many of Hubbard's redefined words or semi-coherent babbling. If you pay too much attention to something you may perceive as truthful or even clever in it, you just end up wondering from where he was borrowing it. He could amuse and trap his followers with his tone-scale BS but that's as far as it went.

I think Hubbard had something Miscavige has in abundance -- the ability to project confidence and certainty. Many young people coming out of the confusion of adolescence are eager to return to something and someone they can trust, some kind of certainty about things. They realize that that their parents were often blundering along, and they don't want to be like that. They may even blame their parents for holding them back, or harming them. Hubbard provided a system they could use that would be certain. It was sold as something that would correct all the damage that was done and set one free and clear. Trust in Dianetics and Hubbard.

Jesus (or the people who ascribed words, ideas and actions to him) and Freud influenced generations with their ideas. Hubbard influenced nothing in society. He only changed his followers and some people on the outside who investigate, write, or think about the actions and beliefs in his cult.

That's one of the things that grabbed my attention while seeing the Tom Cruise video. He was talking like this wackadoodle stuff was spreading like wildfire, and that these "Orgs" were transforming communities and a hundred years from now, there won't even be a critic or someone who doesn't embrace it. Growing that fast is it? He's already reached over a billion people with his answers? A sixth of the world knows about LRH tech and I'd barely heard of Hubbard and hadn't heard of "the tech" at all?

Pa Kettle
Pa Kettle

Good point!  I remember getting solicited to do a personality test and when I told them I knew it was scio they still tried to sway me by saying/bragging that EST/Erhard had started with Scio. This was back in the mid-70s when EST was the latest new big thing and this mind slave wasn't sure whether to embrace it or not but figured it might sway me.  Ah, the good old Pre-Internet, pre Operation Snow White days.

grundoon
grundoon

Hubbard influenced society in at least one way: many spinoff cult leaders got their start in Scientology. Many of the new age, NRM, human potential gurus of the 70s and 80s learned how to do it from Hubbard.... EST, Forum,Landmark, Avatar, Eckankar, and many others.

Llama
Llama

If we give Hubbard the benefit of the doubt, he developed a crappy system of "spirituality" that in reality just makes people neurotic.  A healthy tradition makes one serene  in the context of uncertainty.  Scientology makes you obstinate that your Hubbard-defined knowingness IS certainty.  A lethal mistake which will stunt anyone's personal growth.

If we don't give Hubbard the benefit of the doubt, then he designed the system simply to enslave people.  I suspect it may be the latter situation.

PickAnotherID
PickAnotherID

" "Sardo" is spoken in the north of Sardinia. It is really Spanish which owned colonies there."

In fact, 'Sardu' is spoken throughout Sardinia, although there are some differences between the spoken words used in mountain areas to the north and the plains to the south. And it's hardly Spanish. Many of the word roots are from Phoenician, with local Nuragic elements, and some Catalan sprinkled on top. Although not directly related, it actually sounds more like Basque than Spanish.

scnethics
scnethics

I was wondering about that - thanks!  Shocking that Hubbard would say something that wasn't true.  :))

N. Graham
N. Graham

 Well, Ron didn't have time to give them the full story just like he didn't with everything he knew about archaeology which would have taken more like 10 minutes instead of 5. But the real truth is that Ron had learned the Sardo language in 3 minutes while on a planet in the Orgo system known for racing captured psychiatric wogs and then turning them over to the prison planet on the other side of TeeGeeack. And then in a later life in Spain he traveled to Sardinia and taught it to the natives.

Too Much
Too Much

My favorite OT Power described in Advanced! was the guy walking down the stairs who trips and falls and when he reaches the bottom his head injury causes him to "exteroriorize" to the point where he's looking at himself from 3 feet away. He was "exteriorized" for so long that he started to worry until he suddenly came back in to himself and had to fight to keep from "exteriorizing" again. LOL! For only $300,000 you can learn how to injure yourself and not call the hospital.

Too Much
Too Much

For $300,000 and 7 years of your life, you, too can learn amazing OT p0w3rz and command the breeze to stop blowing from time to time. What a deal!

Too Much
Too Much

So the insane old man was driving invisible murdered space aliens out of dogs back then. Jesus, what an insane drug-addled loon that crook was.

NoMoreVisitsPlease
NoMoreVisitsPlease

"Nearly every org and unit in the world has wished me a Happy Birthday"

Wow.  He kept track!  I can just picture the list with checkmarks next to the nice orgs and units who sent a card...

Tetloj
Tetloj

Precisely - 'nearly every' isn't 'every'. What was the standard punishment for not wishing elron a happy birthday

Brainslugged
Brainslugged

"The swelling went down and she came up to growl tone."

For all his faults, you can't deny that LRH must have had a sense of humor, even if it did emerge in a twisted way to see just how far he could push his followers before someone declared "WTF?" He must have been giggling into his cornflakes when he came up with that one.

Jefferson Hawkins
Jefferson Hawkins

Sometimes these OODs excerpts are just depressing for those of us who were there, but I had to laugh at the Sardinia shore story. I imagine a remake of "The Russians are Coming" called "The Scientologists are coming":

"Lieutenant Rozanov: [thick Russian accent] Very cleverlittle boy. Very, very clever, to see that my friend and I are foreigners here,but of course not Scientologists, naturally. What would the Scientologists bedoing on island of Sardinia? It is too funny an idea, is it not? No, we... weare of course... archaeologists."

sketto
sketto

Excellent reference. Excellent movie. 

DeckardCain
DeckardCain

Overwork and cautioned!Said the big old fat rat!Pinks and greys kicked inThen fat man shat in the hat!

NCSP
NCSP

Tony, I'm sorry if someone's asked you this before, but when you're selecting excerpts from the OODs to publish, about what proportion do you leave out? Even though there's probably a lot of minutiae that no one really needs to see, I'd be very interested to see an example of a typical OOD in its entirety to get a sense of what their form was.

Of course, if there might be copyright issues with publishing one of them in full, err on the side of caution -- I don't want you to get in trouble.

TonyOrtega
TonyOrtega

NCSP, usually about Tuesday night I sit down with something cold to drink and prepare my loins for the experience of reading through another set of Hubbard's ranting and raving about how crappy this week's numbers were in Denmark or how upstat the people at AOLA were this week, or what a bunch of morons started the ship up from cold by throwing the engines into full speed ahead and now the hull vibrates... (Actually, that last one was ALMOST interesting enough to make it.) The point is, this stuff is so dull you cannot believe it. I manage, each week, to find a few excerpts that I think will make for a good blog post and capture the flavor of the overall orders. With a Debbie Cook legal document I know that readers will devour every last morsel, but with the OODs, you all might sue me for brain damage if I put them online in their entirety. I do have to think of the readers.

DodoTheLaser
DodoTheLaser

OODs really do suck, I read many as a Qual Sec, when I was in.And I was a hardcore Scilon, at the time. OODs are mind-numbing dreckor a satire material, whether reader is a dedicated Ronbot, Indie, Freezoner, Ex or a "wog". By the way, OOD's stands for Orders Of The Day. Nice touch.

Unex Skcus
Unex Skcus

"I do have to think of the readers."

Thanks. We don't want to end up having a 'hat dump'.  LOL

Anon!
Anon!

That I have not suffered brain damage yet from $cn is a good thing and that you are mindful of us, your readers, in that regard is something to be grateful for. Btw, you are hereby prevented from being sued until wooden nickels are common currency the world over. Grazie, Senor Antonio. :)

Aa
Aa

I know it's not for another 3 months, but I would like to see EVERYTHING written after 25 June 1971, when Susan Meister*supposedly* shot herself. (I'm willing to bet he doesn't even say much about it) 

Boring or not, seeing Hubbard going on long-winded rants about over-cooked eggs or bathtub rings --after someone just died aboard his ship-- might help paint a more vivid picture about his thought process -- in which I'd say appeared a rather warped sense of priorities even in the best of times.

TonyOrtega
TonyOrtega

 Thanks for that head's up, Aa. We'll get there soon enough.

Too Much
Too Much

I'm glad someone in The Bunker sits down and reads this insane stuff, I'm sure I couldn't handle it, I'd be coughing blood from the endless laughing.

John P.
John P.

"I do have to think of the readers."

Tony, thank you for considering our well being when you select the Orders of the Day.  But the readers of this blog are made of sterner stuff, so we may not need such solicitous editorial caution.  

When dealing with Scientology, it is wise to take care of one's loins as well as one's brain, as you suggest.  I am doubtless joined by others in carefully donning my Kevlar underwear and tinfoil helmet before reading any of Hubbard's rantings, ravings, wisdom, musings or Vogon-grade poetry or contemplating the inept and/or evil actions of his henchmen.  And if that protective configuration doesn't seem to be working, I can quickly switch to the Kevlar helmet and the tinfoil underwear.  

We, on the other hand, are worried about you as you undertake this lonely weekly vigil.  We hope that you have some form of equally robust protection in the bunker when you sit down to go through the unprocessed dreck in search of the nuggets you share with us.  Perhaps the cats have been trained to alert the inhabitants of adjacent bunkers if you start to froth at the mouth uncontrollably or if your glass of Patron goes unfilled for longer than a half hour.  

Schockenawd
Schockenawd

"I am doubtless joined by others in carefully donning my Kevlar underwear and tinfoil helmet before reading any of Hubbard's rantings..."

Not me.  I go commando.  (TMI?)  I guess I've gotten cocky because I've read about OTIII several times without getting pneumonia. 

NCSP
NCSP

Oh I hear you; I know that no one actually wants an info dump that's mostly dull junk. I was just trying to get a sense of what a typical OOD was like: a comprehensive newsletter or more of a brief memo, for example. I take it that they're pretty lengthy then?

I fully own up to being a document geek, but I don't expect anyone else to share (or accommodate) that particular compulsion.

Commenter  Ne Plus Ultra
Commenter Ne Plus Ultra

Hey, I had to type those orders.  I was working for the infamous Baron Berez at the time.  Yikes. 

Commenter  Ne Plus Ultra
Commenter Ne Plus Ultra

Tony, you must have a copy of that big coffee table book of photos -- Images of a Lifetime.  AFAIK, that's the only place to find that pic of hubbard you chose.  That's me on the right in the light blue shirt.  I don't remember the other woman's name, perhaps Kate will know.  I was also with the group that visited the ruins outside of Cagliari, Sardinia (I think it must have been an earlier trip than this one written about here).  The ruins were fascinating.  Ahhh, the adventures of a young woman on the high seas.  It was an extremely interesting year.By the way, sweet little Arthur was once quoted as saying something to the effect that he only had Vixie to harass because shit rolls downhill and he was the youngest of the hubbard kids.

Commenter  Ne Plus Ultra
Commenter Ne Plus Ultra

A bit more about that photo:  hubbard would muster the crew and just start expounding on anything and everything.  He would drone on for an hour or more, everyone standing around on the deck, hanging on every word.  That's a very nice Nagra tape recorder hanging from his left shoulder.  (I wonder where the transcripts are.)That was one of two photos (with me in them) that I saw in the Sea Org recruitment slide show (mentioned in an earlier post) when I was newly back in scn in 2002.  I wanted a copy of the one with hubbard.  I was soooo proud to be in the photo and in the SO slide show.  So I wrote to my brother-in-law, Jeff Hawkins, and asked him if he had any way to get me a copy of it.  The next thing I knew, this big fat book arrived on my doorstep:  Images of a Lifetime (photos by and of hubbard).  Woooohooooo

Kate Bornstein
Kate Bornstein

Wow. Just reading my name in Tony's posts gives me goosebumps or sometimes lots worse—but seeing your picture with the old man? ::hugs:: No, I don't remember the other woman in the photo—it was a couple of years before I came on board. For a moment, I thought it might be Ray Thacker. I worked for her years later. 

Commenter  Ne Plus Ultra
Commenter Ne Plus Ultra

Actually, I think you're right.  I think that is Ray Thacker.  She was one tough cookie, but in a good way IIRC.  She and Hana Eltringham were unbelievably strong women.  Of course, so were Diana and Mary Sue, but they had too much of the lron going on.

Another woman I liked was Corrie -- the nanny to the younger hubbard kids.  I even named my daughter after her.  She wasn't a scnist.  

Commenter  Ne Plus Ultra
Commenter Ne Plus Ultra

You're welcome.  There are lots more where that came from.  I just never know when one is going to pop into my head.  That's the "fun" of coming here:  synapses firing away madly and pieces of the puzzle magically appearing.

Kate Bornstein
Kate Bornstein

Ray Thacker was my CO for my last few years in New York. She had terrible problems with her teeth, which she never could resolve on account of no insurance for SO members, right? I heard a that she passed on a few years ago—alone and lonely after some 30-40 years of dedicated service.

CofS Exit Zone
CofS Exit Zone

That is an absolutely fascinating factoid to know in regards to how the Hubbard's raised their own children. Thank you.

Commenter  Ne Plus Ultra
Commenter Ne Plus Ultra

The nanny, Corrie (can't remember her last name) was not a scnist.  Thankfully, neither is my daughter.

NOTseriously
NOTseriously

Wait, the NANNY to LRH's kids wasn't a Sci? Or your daughter wasn't?

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