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Never before seen: Video from the first ‘LRH Birthday’ aboard the Scientology ‘Freewinds’

Wow, what a treat we have for you today. Thanks to a tipster who wants to remain nameless, we have something super rare in the world of Scientology — home video from an event, and not just any event, but the first L. Ron Hubbard birthday celebrated on the MV Freewinds, the church’s private cruise ship.

The Freewinds took its maiden voyage under Scientology ownership in June 1988, and so the following March 13, in 1989, was the first Hubbard birthday to be celebrated on the boat.

While one group of members was visiting the ship for a few weeks as they completed OT 8, the highest auditing level there is, one of them had brought along a video camera to record things. And on the night of March 12, 1989, they captured the scene we’re sharing with you today.

It features Captain FSSO Milt Wolfe making a suitably Scientological pronouncement about how the ship was now an “OT Org,” which leads to hugs and handshakes all around.


Tall Mike Napier, captain of the Freewinds, is standing next to Wolfe, beaming through most of it.

There’s even a cake in the shape of the boat for the celebration. And of course, plenty of hip-hip-hoorays for the Commodore.

So please enjoy this look back to a time when L. Ron’s sailing days were being recaptured by his irrepressible fake navy. It’s a hoot.


Anyone know what happened to Milt Wolfe? As for Mike Napier…


Our most recent look at him was this candid shot with him and Scientology leader David Miscavige in the latest International Scientology News


We’ll have more from this remarkable home video goldmine at a later date.


Bonus items from our tipsters

When we saw this flier for a concert at the Fort Harrison…

…For some reason we couldn’t help thinking of Lawrence from Office Space.


Hey, this is cute…



Scientology disconnection, a reminder

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3D-UnbreakablePosted by Tony Ortega on September 30, 2017 at 07:00

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