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Scientology watchers, one mile high: HowdyCon 2017’s big night is here

[Pete Griffiths helps Cathy Schenkelberg market her one-woman play, Squeeze My Cans]

We’re exhausted after another full day here at HowdyCon 2017. So we’re going to post some of the photos taken by Observer and Eivol Ekdal and try to recuperate for the big show tonight.

From Observer:

Kim O’Brien (who organized the event) is reading trivia questions submitted by Jimmy3 about Underground Bunker history. Hey, these questions weren’t easy. Even we didn’t know some of the answers!



Kim had us stumped on this one, apparently…


Photos by Eivol Ekdal…

Australian journalist Steve Cannane arrived from London.


And for dessert, a gift from Johnny Tank, delivered by Pete Griffiths…



Scientology disconnection, a reminder

Bernie Headley has not seen his daughter Stephanie in 4,791 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 2,548 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 1,894 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 2,388 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 1,428 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy in 1,140 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 666 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 4,755 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 1,895 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 2,215 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 2,190 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 546 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin in 4,848 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 955 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis for 1,357 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 1,230 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 811 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike in 1,316 days.
Mary Jane Sterne has not seen her daughter Samantha in 1,560 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 12,669 days.


3D-UnbreakablePosted by Tony Ortega on June 24, 2017 at 07:00

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Our book, The Unbreakable Miss Lovely: How the Church of Scientology tried to destroy Paulette Cooper, is on sale at Amazon in paperback, Kindle, and audiobook versions. We’ve posted photographs of Paulette and scenes from her life at a separate location. Reader Sookie put together a complete index. More information about the book, and our 2015 book tour, can also be found at the book’s dedicated page.

The Best of the Underground Bunker, 1995-2016 Just starting out here? We’ve picked out the most important stories we’ve covered here at the Undergound Bunker (2012-2016), The Village Voice (2008-2012), New Times Los Angeles (1999-2002) and the Phoenix New Times (1995-1999)

Learn about Scientology with our numerous series with experts…

BLOGGING DIANETICS: We read Scientology’s founding text cover to cover with the help of L.A. 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

Other links: Shelly Miscavige, ten years gone | The Lisa McPherson story told in real time | The Cathriona White stories | The Leah Remini ‘Knowledge Reports’ | Hear audio of a Scientology excommunication | Scientology’s little day care of horrors | Whatever happened to Steve Fishman? | Felony charges for Scientology’s drug rehab scam | Why Scientology digs bomb-proof vaults in the desert | 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 | Scientology boasts about assistance from Google | 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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