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A mini-trove of early Scientology materials has some gems for us today

We’ve written a couple of fun stories about Rebecca McKee McCaffrey, who most recently regaled us with some sketchy stories about growing up as a teenager in Scientology. Since then, she’s been going through her family’s files, and we want to thank her for sending us some interesting items from Scientology’s heyday.

One of them was a photo of young L. Ron Hubbard that Hubbard’s daughter, Katie Gillespie, sent to Rebecca’s mother, Elaine. According to the note that Katie sent, the photo was taken a month before Hubbard turned 17.

That would put it at February 1928 when Ron was a junior at Helena High School in Montana, after spending the previous summer in Asia with his mom, and seeing his dad in Guam. (For a review of Hubbard’s high school years, see our previous story which for the first time revealed his mediocre school grades.)

Three months after this photo was taken, in May 1928, Hubbard got into some kind of altercation at the school and then left Helena before the end of the school year, making his way back to Washington and then on a ship to Guam to see his parents again.


Rebecca also included a 1963 pamphlet, “Introducing Scientology,” which contained some actual Scientology exercises that we thought you’d have some fun doing. Take a look…


Act Younger

Sitting somewhere near the center of the room, close your eyes and ‘contact’ the two upper corners of the room behind you. Then, holding those corners, sit still and don’t think. Remain interested only in those two corners. You can do this for two minutes (minimum) or two hours always with benefit. No matter what happens, simply hold the corners and don’t think. You can do this daily. It will make you act younger.

Feel Freer

Pick out two similar objects. Then find as many differences between them as possible. Now pick out two objects and see where they are in relation to each other and your body. Use these steps over and over. You will feel freer.

Better Your Memory

Go over this list many times, each time answering its questions:

Recall a time which really seems real to you.

Recall a time when you were in good communication with someone.
Recall a time when you agreed to something.
Recall a time when you liked somebody.
Recall a time when someone agreed with you.
Recall a time when someone was communicating easily to you.
Recall a time when somebody liked you.

Use this list many times. If Exercise One disturbed you, use this list. If you are tired or confused, use it. This exercise can be done for hours.

Get yourself hopped up on that early Scientology enthusiasm and do those exercises, and then let us know how it goes. Heck, take some photos while you’re doing it. Your engrams will thank you for it.


Bonus items from our tipsters

Meanwhile, on planet CCHR…



It’s a no-brainer…


Salt Lake City is going Ideal in “weeks”…


I wanted to let you know that we are opening a brand New Ideal Organization in Salt Lake City, Utah, in a matter of weeks!

I am orginally from the UK and arrived in Salt Lake a few weeks ago. This place is absoutely stunning! It is known for its skiing/snowboarding as it has incredible mountains surrounding the City.

There are currently 120 staff members and we need another 80 staff before the opening!

We are looking for people who are interested in being staff members and working with us. If you are interested or have skills in the following areas then please let me know:



Quality Control
Building Maintenance
Public Contact
Anti drug campaigns
Human Rights Activist
Human Resources
Disaster response representative
New public host
Effective education tutor
Plus more (contact us to find out what other roles are needed)

If you are interested in any of the above then email me back or just contact me directly on either my normal phone: 801-300-5961

Or if you have whats app then contact me via whata app: +447450961064


Chiara Calcioli

Ideal Org Missionaire

Another Calcioli? A Chiara Calcioli appears in a photo on Alessandro’s online photo album, so we’re going to guess that Chiara is one of Lizzy Calcioli’s five children, sibling to Alessandro, and niece to writer Neil Gaiman.

That Gaiman-Calcioli clan really gets around.


Make your plans now!

Head over to our HowdyCon 2018 website to start making your travel plans!



Scientology disconnection, a reminder

Bernie Headley has not seen his daughter Stephanie in 5,011 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 1,614 days
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 157 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 1,220 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 1,994 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 2,768 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 2,114 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 2,608 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 1,648 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 1,360 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 886 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 4,975 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 2,115 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 2,435 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 2,410 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 766 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 5,068 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 1,174 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 1,577 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 1,449 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 1,031 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 1,536 days.
Mary Jane Sterne has not seen her daughter Samantha in 1,780 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 12,889 days.


3D-UnbreakablePosted by Tony Ortega on January 31, 2018 at 07:00

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The Best of the Underground Bunker, 1995-2017 Just starting out here? We’ve picked out the most important stories we’ve covered here at the Undergound Bunker (2012-2017), 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

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