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.
Ms. B. Haven says
P.W. says in their ‘success story’ that visiting Hubbard’s Bay Head hangout was like “a walk through of LRH’s life experiences and research that led to Dianetics”.
Does this mean that they were privy to the heretofore unrevealed “research” files where hundreds of people had achieved the ‘state of clear’ after just a few dozen hours of ‘auditing’? I bet those long sought records were in a rusty file cabinet in the basement mouldering away just like the ‘cases’ of those poor sods that subjected themselves to Hubbard’s early therapy/hypnotism.
BTW, I think it would be great duty being posted as a caretaker of the Bay Head joint. Lots of leisure time unless these unfortunate sea org members had to go out to ‘body route’ tourists to get their stats up.
Do they pay you to subject yourself to the horror? I recall visiting a few amusement parks when I was much younger and they all had a, “House of Horror” where cheesy cardboard cutout would pop out at you as you rode through the house. Very cheesy and not at all scary. The only people who were scared were toddlers who could not yet speak and so they could not ask what was going on.
If they don’t pay you to take the tour through this house, do they expect you to pay them? If so, do you have any idea how much? My guess is that they would first put you on the cans to determine your total net worth. Then they would put you in the vice to see how much more they can squeeze out of you.
Some people might wonder what sense it makes to expect you to pay some amount that exceeds your total net worth to subject yourself to a “Haunted House”. But that is just SOP when it comes to this scam.
Robert Eckert says
PW and NB give such impressive testimonies we need to hear them again.
And then BA doesn’t “know how to express it”: must not have taken the Communications Course!
They are probably using initials because if they used names, they would have to burn all this literature if one of their testimonials blew, and a bunch of orgs have been made to buy hundreds of copies each of this pamphlet.
Bare Faced Messiah…… definitely a recommended read if your interested in the truth about LRH….😒
Marie Guerin says
Bare faced Messiah was my first real step to understanding what happened to the last 40 years of my life as far as scientology is concerned.
Then reading every book written on the subject.
I read that book and Jon Atack’s LET’S SELL THESE PEOPLE A PIECE OF BLUE SKY relatively soon after “blowing”(scientology term for leaving a situation/relationship suddenly, without notice, for those who aren’t familiar with the word) my staff job, thus accelerating my exit from the cult practices and mindset and saving me from wasting time with “Indie Scientology”, another cul de sac of delusion, indoctrination, and basic, b flat stupidity. Those books were psychological palette cleansers and inspired me to embark on a journey of deprogramming, education, and healing.
Glad you made it out AND informed yourself about what you had been subjected to!
“Ron the War Hero” extends it to the WW2 years.
Zee Moo says
Bare Faced Messiah and Paulette Cooper’s The Scandal of $cientology and Atack’s Let’s Sell Them a Piece of Blue Sky are seminal works on $cientology.
I just can’t understand why anyone who actually read Dianetics could think it was worthwhile. From what I’ve read, few $cientologists actually read all of Dianetics. Ignorance is not a virtue.
It takes excellent sales skills to get someone to board the $cieno bus and buy into the scam. Video kiosks can’t substitute for those skills so the Clampire should be down to the die hard core by now.
The problem with die hard cores is they can do anything and need to be watched carefully.
James Randi had an interesting comment on Dianetics.
When I joined scientology in 1975 dianetic auditing came before scientology auditing on the Grade Chart. Book One, DMSMH style auditing had been replaced by R3R, Routine 3 Revised Dianetic auditing which was a simple set of twelve or thirteen questions and “commands”. “Locate an incident of . . . “. When was it? ” etc. It addressed unwanted attitudes, emotions, sensations and pains. If I recall correctly it was not required to read DMSMH cover to cover and accept all of it as factually true. There was nothing mystical about. The fact that a person would eventually be auditing one’s passengers, BTs, was well hidden.
Richard, Hubtard disavowed dianetics when he lost the IP rights to it in 1952 and immediately created Scamology in Phoenix to have SOMETHING to sell to his dianetics groupies.
The order in which a person partakes on complete bullshit brainwashing really doesn’t matter.
Gordon Weir says
“His research” was chain smoking at his typewriter and making sh*t up. When asked in interviews who did the research his answer was “it is to involved to go into”.
I’m always reminded of Truman Capote’s biting comment about Jack Kerouac’s work:
“That’s not writing, that’s typing.”
I think TC was a little unfair to Kerouac, but it certainly applies to Flubbard. He’s in the Guiness Book of Records for having the most words in print – and it’s all garbage.
But that was brfore Capote appeared in ‘Murder By Death’ and told Sidney Wang to start using pronouns.
Wang: Who murderer?
Capote: IS THE! Who IS THE muderer? Use your damn articles and prepositions!
Cat W. says
As I started reading this, my immediate reaction was (I swear), “Is this Thursday Funnies on Saturday?” I wonder if they use the same tactic as the orgs: falsely imprison visitors until they write up a “win.” My favorite line was “an LRH that lived as a man amongst us.” Almost as if LRH were a mere human being whilst he didst maketh up Dianetics and begat children he later disowned.
Joe Pendleton says
Walking through the house in LA where LRH lived after WW2 was almost like being there with Ron as he attempted to screw all of the chicks who passed through … I almost got high myself as I imagined Ron inhaling deeply some Mary Jane while preparing to dazzle the folks with some new fangled black magic … I have never felt so close to Source!
Not to mention the rum, and pinks and grays, benzedrine (part of the “guk bomb”) and other amphetamines, plus all the other stuff he experimented with at one point or another, whether or not it was there – nitrous oxide, opium, cocaine, peyote, probably LSD, and so on. He did it all so his followers wouldn’t have to! You can practically get a contact high just by listening to some of his lectures….
“What (attitudes – emotions – sensations – pains) are associated with taking (fill in the drug) ” as on the “Dianetic Drug Rundown” might be revelatory to some people. It’s not designed for hard core addicts or alcoholics.
I’m not promoting scientology “drug and alcohol handling”, only mentioning that at a glance it seems logical.