One of my oldest and dearest friends, Janis appeared on The Aftermath last week to help shed light on the life and disappearance of Shelly Miscavige.
Her fantastic, almost photographic memory is a treasure that should not be taken for granted. And she has put her gift to excellent use in the two books she has published so far chronicling her life which also serve as the definitive history of the Sea Organization.
If you want to know what life was like with L. Ron Hubbard in the formative years of the Sea Org, the first two volumes of Janis’ story are the only place to go. Her extensive access to Hubbard, her inquisitive nature and her ability to make friends with everyone served her well. Her depth of knowledge of events and the characters that populated the scientology world in the 60’s and 70’s is unparalleled. Nobody before now has been able to put together such a complete picture — and I suspect nobody will in the future. Janis’ access to the inner workings of the world of Hubbard and scientology is unique. Not only was she one of Hubbard’s original “Messengers”, she was also the daughter of one of the most celebrated Sea Org members (Yvonne Gillham) and one of the most widely known and recognized scientology “Field Disseminators” (her father Peter), thus she was right there experiencing virtually everything that happened.
I cannot recommend these books highly enough as the ultimate, fascinating insider history of the formation of the Sea Organization and an important part of the life of L. Ron Hubbard.
Both volumes are available on Amazon. I hope Volume 3 is on the horizon.