This is a pretty sad commentary on the brainwashed sheeple of scientology.
CST bought this house in Bay Head NJ where Hubbard wrote Dianetics and his house in Phoenix where he “developed/discovered” scientology.
They were “restored” to their sort of original state (can’t be too authentic as wouldn’t want Ron looking “tacky” or “cheap” even if he was) and are both available for “tours” that promise you can “walk in the footsteps of Ron.” Of course, the only people that would be interested in such a thing are scientologists. Nobody else cares. And certainly nobody else aspires to “be like Ron.”
It is interesting to see that the Bay Head house boasts “hundreds” of guests… It’s been there for years, offering tours to anyone they can persuade to make the trek down to Bay Head. Whoever the “caretakers” of this place are must be taking long strolls on the beach to while away all the time they have on their hands.
But what is even more interesting is I wonder if anyone actually puts two and two together with these houses.
Bay Head is where Hubbard wrote DMSMH — which became a bestseller and a mini-craze about Dianetics spread in 1950. But always there were problems, financial especially. When Hubbard moved to Wichita to establish a foundation using the money of millionaire Don Purcell, things went south relatively quickly. Hubbard racked up bills and ultimately skipped town and lost the rights to Dianetics to Purcell and what was his foundation. Hubbard’s solution was to move to Phoenix and start a new movement. No longer able to use Dianetics, he invented scientology.
The story he told is that this was a “continuation” of his “research” and that scientology was the next logical step. Of course no mention was made then or now of the real reason Dianetics had been abandoned in favor of scientology (in fact, if you look at his writings at that time, Dianetics forms no part of scientology thinking or practice — it is “old hat”). Only later, when he managed to get the rights to Dianetics back does it once again become “valid therapy”… This happened in 1955 with the “Reunification Congress.”
You know they don’t tell the real story of these two houses to anyone who tours. Just the tall tales of Hubbard’s amazing exploits. No mention of his abandoned wife and children. No mention of his bigamous marriage and kidnapping his daughter and taking her to Cuba. Nothing about the bankruptcy filings or stealing Jack Parson’s yacht.
If you want to know what really happened, I highly recommend Russell Miller’s wonderful Bare Faced Messiah.