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If it’s Monday, it must be Seattle: Let’s talk Scientology!


Onward and upward we go in our Pacific Northwest adventure. After our event yesterday in Portland, tonight we’ll be in Seattle. Please come on out to Razzi’s Pizzeria, 8523 Greenwood Ave, North Seattle, at 7 pm and let’s talk about Scientology.

What a great event the Humanists of Greater Portland put on for us at Friendly House. It didn’t hurt that the weather was perfect and Portland looked gorgeous. We were thrilled to meet, finally, Jefferson Hawkins, the former Scientology executive who penned the excellent memoir, Counterfeit Dreams.

We spoke to a full room, and the organizers told us there were an additional dozen or so folks in an overflow room. And during the book-signing, we met more Bunkerites and other folks with fascinating Scientology stories to tell. One of them was even L. Ron Hubbard’s steward on the yacht Apollo! Wow.

We recognized Michael Tilse, of course, and told him that we’ll never forget that phone call from him that woke us up one morning at 3 am. Oops! Bury the Nuts probably doesn’t want us to recount that story. But how could we not go back over those crazy days and nights at the end of 2013?

So who will show up in Seattle? We have a feeling we’re in for more surprises, and we’re really looking forward to it. So come on out!




BirthdayThreeGolly gee, we’re three!

Thank you to our readers for reminding us that the Underground Bunker first fired up three years ago today. That was after two weeks in the dark after we left the Voice and began working on our book about Paulette Cooper. During that dark time, an Internet pioneer emailed us out of the blue and told us we were being foolish to walk away from such a loyal audience and expect them to be there when the book was finished. Of course, he was right, and we consulted with our good friend, webmaster, and attorney, Scott Pilutik, and took the plunge to host this website on our own on September 28, 2012.

Oh, what fun we’ve had since then thanks to our great commenting community. Maybe it’s a good sign that things have been going along so strongly, we didn’t even realize the date had crept up on us. Onward and upward!


Bonus photos from our tipsters

We’re sure that Scientology’s Volunteer Ministers and Colombia’s National Circle of Aid Technicians handing each other plaques is like huge news all over South America, but it’s hard to focus on the news in these photos when these uniforms are so distracting…




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.

Tony Ortega’s upcoming appearances (and check out the interactive map to our ongoing tour)…

Sept 28: Seattle, Razzi’s Pizzeria, 7 pm, with Seattle Skeptics and Seattle Atheists

Sept 29: Vancouver, BC, Seven Dining Lounge, 7 pm

Oct 23: Sydney, Giant Dwarf Theatre (with Sen. Nick Xenophon)

Oct 25: Melbourne, venue secured (announcement coming later)

Oct 28: Adelaide, Wheatsheaf Hotel, (with Sen. Nick Xenophon)

Oct 30: Perth

Past dates: Santa Barbara (5/16), Hollywood (5/17), Orange County (5/17), San Diego (5/20), San Francisco (5/22), New York (6/11), Chicago (6/20), Toronto (6/22), Clearwater (6/28), Washington DC (7/12), Hartford (7/14), Denver (7/17), Dallas (7/20), Houston (7/22), San Antonio (7/24), Austin (7/25), Paris (7/29), London (8/4), Boston (8/24), Phoenix (9/15), Cleveland (9/23), Minneapolis (9/24), Portland (9/27)


Posted by Tony Ortega on September 28, 2015 at 07:00

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Learn about Scientology with our numerous series with experts…

BLOGGING DIANETICS: We read Scientology’s founding text cover to cover with the help of LA attorney and former church member Vance Woodward

UP THE BRIDGE: Claire Headley and Bruce Hines train us as Scientologists

GETTING OUR ETHICS IN: Jefferson Hawkins explains Scientology’s system of justice

SCIENTOLOGY MYTHBUSTING: Historian Jon Atack discusses key Scientology concepts

PZ Myers reads L. Ron Hubbard’s “A History of Man” | Scientology’s Master Spies | Scientology’s Private Dancer
The mystery of the richest Scientologist and his wayward sons | Scientology’s shocking mistreatment of the mentally ill
The Underground Bunker’s Official Theme Song | The Underground Bunker FAQ

Our Guide to Alex Gibney’s film ‘Going Clear,’ and our pages about its principal figures…
Jason Beghe | Tom DeVocht | Sara Goldberg | Paul Haggis | Mark “Marty” Rathbun | Mike Rinder | Spanky Taylor | Hana Whitfield


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