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Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard is celebrating another birthday, and it’s a party!

It’s the holiest day on the Scientology calendar again, L. Ron Hubbard’s birthday! Ron is 108 today, wherever he is, and so we’re sending our annual birthday wishes to the Great Thetan while he’s researching OT levels off at Target Two.

The Church of Scientology celebrated Ron’s latest milestone last Saturday at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater, Florida, which will continue to be the site for the annual party, at least until L. Ron Hubbard Hall is completed at the Flag Land Base in a couple of years.

But even though they’ve already had the big party, you won’t see any indication that it’s Ron’s birthday until after this Saturday, the 16th. That’s when video of last week’s event will be shown in Scientology’s other facilities around the world.

So today, on the actual anniversary of Ron’s nativity in Tilden, Nebraska on Monday, March 13, 1911, we’ll do the celebrating here at the Underground Bunker.


And that’s where you come in. We thought that this year, we’d make this a group effort and ask for some audience participation. Our readers are amazingly knowledgeable about this stuff, so we’re really looking forward to what you all come up with if we ask you this question. In Ron’s 74 years from 1911 to 1986, what were your favorite biographical milestones or stand-out moments in his life that you tend to think about on occasions like this?

They might be major turning points in his life through his various lives as a pulp fiction writer, Navy man, self-help author, family patriarch, yacht commodore, and recluse! Is there an anecdote or vignette that you come back to time and again?

Let us know your thoughts about LRH on what would have been his 108th birthday. And remember, it’s a party.

…and speaking of a party, more images have come in from Clearwater, thanks to our tipsters. Not only from Saturday’s birthday event, but also the mini Patron’s Ball they held the next day to celebrate individual donors.



HowdyCon 2019 in Los Angeles

This year’s HowdyCon is in Los Angeles. People tend to come in starting on Thursday, and that evening we will have a casual get-together at a watering hole. We have something in mind, but for now we’re not giving out information about it.

Friday night we will be having an event in a theater (like we did on Saturday night last year in Chicago). There will not be a charge to attend this event, but if you want to attend, you need to RSVP with your proprietor at tonyo94 AT gmail.

On Saturday, we are joining forces with Janis Gillham Grady, who is having a reunion in honor of the late Bill Franks. Originally, we thought this event might take place in Riverside, but instead it’s in the Los Angeles area. If you wish to attend the reunion, you will need to RSVP with Janis (janisgrady AT gmail), and there will be a small contribution she’s asking for in order to help cover her costs.

HOTEL: Janis tells us she’s worked out a deal with Hampton Inn and Suites, at 7501 North Glenoaks Blvd, Burbank, (818) 768-1106. We have a $159 nightly rate for June 19 to 22.



Scientology’s celebrities, ‘Ideal Orgs,’ and more!

[Elisabeth Moss, Michael Peña, and Laura Prepon]

We’ve been building landing pages about David Miscavige’s favorite playthings, including celebrities and ‘Ideal Orgs,’ and we’re hoping you’ll join in and help us gather as much information as we can about them. Head on over and help us with links and photos and comments.

Scientology’s celebrities, from A to Z! Find your favorite Hubbardite celeb at this index page — or suggest someone to add to the list!

Scientology’s ‘Ideal Orgs,’ from one end of the planet to the other! Help us build up pages about each these worldwide locations!

Scientology’s sneaky front groups, spreading the good news about L. Ron Hubbard while pretending to benefit society!

Scientology Lit: Books reviewed or excerpted in our weekly series. How many have you read?



[ONE year ago] Scientology TV kicks off with Miscavige monologue, settles into familiar propaganda
[TWO years ago] Danny Masterson turns 41 today, and we have a gift from his cast and crew at ‘The Ranch’
[THREE years ago] John Travolta and his ancient galactic friends celebrate Scientology’s holiest day of year
[FIVE years ago] ‘BARE-FACED MESSIAH’ back in print: Our interview with author Russell Miller
[SIX years ago] What Could L. Ron Hubbard Use on His 102nd Birthday? How About a Little SUPER POWER!
[SEVEN years ago] Happy Birthday, L. Ron Hubbard! Here’s Our Surprise Gift For Scientology’s Founder
[TEN years ago] Scientology Gets Its Ass Kicked In the Desert


Scientology disconnection, a reminder

Bernie Headley has not seen his daughter Stephanie in 5,387 days.
Valerie Haney has not seen her mother Lynne in 1,518 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 2,020 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 1,500 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 563 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 451 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 3,758 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 1,626 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 2,400 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 3,174 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 2,520 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 11,086 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 7,006 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 3,173 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 2,754 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 3,014 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 2,054 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 1,766 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 1,292 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 5,381 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 2,521 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 2,841 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 7,697 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 2,816 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 1,172 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 5,474 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 1,580 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 1,982 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 1,854 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 1,437 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 1,932 days.
Mary Jane Sterne has not seen her daughter Samantha in 2,186 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 13,295 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on March 13, 2019 at 07:00

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Our new book with Paulette Cooper, Battlefield Scientology: Exposing L. Ron Hubbard’s dangerous ‘religion’ is now on sale at Amazon in paperback and Kindle formats. Our book about Paulette, 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 can also be found at the book’s dedicated page.

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