Skip to comments.L. Ron Hubbard was born 100 years ago today (vanity)
Posted on 03/13/2011 8:46:01 AM PDT by Borges
All I could find in the media was PR garbage issued by his 'church' which I didn't think was worth posting. But it's still a good time to ponder this strange Sci-Fi cult.
Here is a fairly objective bio
Stan Marsh from South Park is hundred years old who knew LOL!
Elron’s 15 minutes are clearly up.
Ron the “War Hero”
Maybe now we can get John Travolta and Tom Cruise out of the closet.
No. He dropped his body in order to continue his spiritual research into areas that are too intense for a body to survive. </True Believer>
Objective? It was probably written by Tom Cruise.
Back about 1950 Elron made the statement that a true achievement would be to fabricate a world class religion. In this he would seem to have been successful. How he did it remains a mystery. Anyone who has had an initial contact with Scientology and is reasonably normal must pick up on the inherent strangeness of them. I lived in California in the mid-70’s and attended Scientology outreach session along with other pseudoreligions such as EST and Ekancar also had. The Scientologists were by far the best organized and the wierdest. I just wanted to get out as quickly as possible.
Hubbard wrote grade B pulp science fiction and hundreds of thousands of stupid people accepted it as their religion;it just shows how gullible and desperate some people are to find solace and how cynical are those like Hubbard and others who promote false religions.
I have the proud distinction of having read all ten volumes of “Mission Earth.” OK....it ain’t exactly great literature, but it did help kill a nice chunk of uncomfortable time for me.
Anyone else read it all? Anyone else think that Vol. 10 was written by someone other than L Ron?
It is widely believed that the creation of Scientology was the result of a bar bet between L. Ron Hubbard and Robert A. Heinlein. The story says L. Ron Hubbard dared that he could create a religion all by himself. According to Scientology critic Lindsay this is "definitely not true", no such bet was ever made, it would have been "uncharacteristic of Heinlein" to make such a bet, and "there's no supporting evidence". However, several of Heinlein's autobiographical pieces, as well as biographical pieces written by his wife, claim repeatedly that the bet did indeed occur.--Bar Bet
People can be stupid. mohammad, Joseph Smith, Ron L I know there are others but probably not a prominent. Con men all of them.
Wiki articles about figures like this are invariably written by quasi-fans. Others don’t care enough.
I don’t care what anybody says, “Battlefield Earth” was a GREAT book. Johnny Goodboy Tyler RULES!
read them in jail?
I liked that Travolta movie “Battlefield Earth” - don’t ask me why...it could have been better, but, could have been worse too...
I think the chapter “2. L. Ron Hubbard:
his struggle with truth *” is more entertaining.
I love this paragraph, “While escaping from the Japanese on Java, he suffered severe injuries after being machine-gunned in the back (Church of Scientology v. Armstrong, 21 May 1984). Alternatively, he fractured an ankle while evading the Japanese (”Ron The Poet/Lyricist”, 1996). He was flown home in the Secretary of the Navy's private plane as the first US casualty returned from the Far East (Hubbard, “The Story of Dianetics & Scientology”, taped lecture of 1958).”
Wasn’t Scientology the result of a bet between Hubbard and a college classmate/frat brother?
I had heard once that it was a bar bet between Heinlein and Hubbard: L Ron said he could start a religion out of nothing.
Always wondered if true.
What a shame.
Easily one of my top five favorite South Park episodes.
I love that movie! It’s a satire. Director Paul Verhoeven specialized in that sort of thing (Robocop, Total Recall)
They showing that episode last night here in SO CAL LOL! that reason I thought of it
The same thing happened to me when I tried to tour the Mormon Tabernacle when I was in Salt Lake. Being musically inclined I wanted to experience the acoustics in the Tabernacle because I'd always heard they were extraordinary. The tour was "free", unless you include the 30 minute dog and pony show given by some starry-eyed Mormon students. They asked at the end of their presentation if anyone had any questions. I asked about the "Mountain Massacre". At first they ignored me. When I pressed I was asked to leave. Never did get to see the Tabernacle.....
“Hubbard was a 4th rate Sci-Fi writer who created a religion for the specified reason of getting rich. In that he succeeded.
I am amazed at the people that buy into Scientology and hand over their money to such a scam. “
What you said for Mormonism, too.
Probably true most of the time but note the critical "bar bet". I have been known to do things in bars that are uncharacteristic of me.
Never read that book, but I saw that movie.. Crap..
Well when you live in a country that allows people to worship as they please, this what you get..
Of course once inside the human drones milling around try to convert you by urging you to find your full potential etc etc. If you do manage to evade any members while inside, have no fear....cuz there were high def flat panel televisions on almost ever wall in the near 100 year old historic building including the restrooms extolling the virtues of Scientology and Dianetics! Yup, just like in some sci-fi movie.
The creepiest thing tho was when I walked by a very posh well apportioned office that had it's doors wide open. I asked one of the drones who's office it was and he replied with a creepy smile on his face...."Oh...That's Mr. Hubbard's office.....we keep it ready for when he returns!"
I replied with a pondered and puzled....."Oh.....OK. Thanx" and slowly walked away and never returned.
Doh! I type slowly, missed your post regarding the bar bet.
My favorite cinematic portrayal of Scientology is in the Steve Martin / Eddie Murphy movie, Bowfinger.
“How he did it remains a mystery.”
Not a mystery at all...you only need to read “mission earth”...he lays the whole thing right out there wrapped in fiction...(redundant I kow)
So do his followers put up trees and exchange gifts?
Wow. That was some feat. How long did it take?
"Capt. L. Ron Hubbard, author and world traveler, arrived in Ketchikan
in company with his wife aboard the vest pocket yacht, Magician. His
purpose in coming to Alaska was two-fold, one to win a bet and another
to gather material for a novel of Alaska salmon fishing. "According to Captain Hubbard, several associates maintained it would be
impossible for him to sail a vessel as small as the Magician, which is a 27-foot
auxiliary sloop, to Alaska. Knowing the smallness of the boats which take
this route, Captain Hubbard covered their bets and now that he has arrived,
will have the satisfaction of collecting.
He charmed a local bank for a loan that he apparently never repaid.
The link has an old photo of Captain Hubbard
Nice nose plugs....
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Posted on February 10, 2011 by martyrathbun09