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Paulette Cooper back in Clearwater for the first time since the 1982 Scientology hearings


Mark Bunker got very good video of Sunday’s event in Clearwater. But about ten minutes into it your proprietor knocked his lapel microphone off, and in general the setup wasn’t ideal for sound. But blame us, not Bunker.

This was our largest room so far, with 240 people, and they were really intensely watching us. Paulette is mesmerizing, and the crowd was really with us, even if you can’t see it in this video.

If a certain Mr. Miscavige was watching, we can’t help wondering what went through his mind when we arrived to the facility riding in a white Rolls Royce. (With the Nobles, we were taken to brunch by their old friends, publishers in the area, a fascinating couple.)

If you were reading the comments yesterday, you know there was some commotion at the event, with reader Baby being asked to leave the library, and a Freedom magazine editor keeping an eye on us. But the event itself went really well. We hope it comes through on the video.




Bonus photos from our tipsters

Actual Tampa org caption: “These are some of the adorable children who come into our children’s course room for the summer! Come in and enroll your child today! We will help them with study skills, communication skills, and more, and all while you are moving up the Bridge!”


Swabbing the Freewinds. Shoo, body thetans, shoo!


Hey, girl. Let’s talk about your eternity.


Hey, we need an Ideal Org in Costa Rica. Get out your credit cards, suckers!


It’s in Russia where David Miscavige’s sense of style and typography really comes into its own…


In Mexico, the Commodore is a folklore figure who arrives to guide middle-aged women home at night after an evening of heavy drinking.



We didn’t get a chance to include photos in our book, so we’ve posted them at a dedicated page. Reader Sookie put together a complete index and we’re hosting it here on the website. Copies of the paperback version of ‘The Unbreakable Miss Lovely’ are on sale at Amazon. The Kindle edition is also available, and shipping instantly.

Our upcoming appearances (and check out the interactive map to our ongoing tour)…

July 12: Washington DC, Center for Inquiry (with Paulette Cooper)

July 14: Hartford, MARK TWAIN HOUSE (with Tom Tomorrow)

July 17: Denver, The Secular Hub, 7 pm (with Chris Shelton)

July 20: Dallas, Times Ten Cellar, 7 pm (with Robert Wilonsky)

July 22: Houston, Fox and Hound, 11470 Westheimer Road, sponsored by Humanists of Houston

July 24: San Antonio, Folc Restaurant, 6 pm

July 25: Austin

July 29: Paris (with Jonny Jacobsen)

August 4: London, Conway Hall, (with John Sweeney)

August 24: Boston, Boston Skeptics in the Pub, 7 pm

Sept 15: Arizona State University

Sept 23: Cleveland

Sept 24: Minneapolis

Sept 27: Portland

Sept 28: Seattle

Sept 30: Vancouver, BC


Posted by Tony Ortega on June 30, 2015 at 07:00

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