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Resurfaced video: An afternoon in 1963 with Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard

We want to thank the reader who brought to our attention that a pretty remarkable film featuring L. Ron Hubbard talking about Scientology from 1963 has resurfaced.

It appears that an independent Scientologist group in Argentina posted a video of the film to YouTube about four weeks ago, but we’re not sure whether it might have been posted earlier than that.

It’s new to us, at least, but some of you oldtimers might remember seeing it back in the day: It’s a 30-minute peek at L. Ron Hubbard working at Saint Hill Manor in East Grinstead, England, produced by early Dianeticist Reg Sharpe. It also features Hubbard’s wife Mary Sue (with a small speaking part!), and their children: Diana, Quentin, Suzette, and Arthur.

The film was apparently made for Scientologists around the world to get a sense of what things were like at Saint Hill, and it features a very short model auditing session with Hubbard asking the questions and Reg on the cans.

We can’t wait to see what your impressions of it are, but our first instinct was to get the thoughts of Alex Barnes-Ross, the former London Scientology staffer who has been focusing so much media attention on Saint Hill today.


“Knowing what I know now about hypnosis, the parallels couldn’t be more obvious. Seeing Hubbard demonstrate an auditing session – the way he speaks, raising his voice ‘start of session’ and ‘end of session,’ and getting the PC to ‘tell me I’m no longer auditing you’ – it’s textbook hypnotic tactics,” Alex says.

“When Hubbard asks, ‘Are there any gains you’d like to mention?’ The PC’s pause made me chuckle. He’s clearly struggling to think about how touching the various things on the table changed his life. But of course, he had to come up with something for the camera. The staged scene where Hubbard kisses his kids goodnight was poor acting worthy only of a Golden Raspberry Award, and if you ever wanted evidence that LRH was PTS, this is it. If I’m not mistaken, Peter Hemery, who was a close aide of Hubbard’s and features prominently in this film, wound up a declared SP.

“Two standout quotes for me were: ‘Scientology doesn’t work if it’s badly done’ – correction, sir. It doesn’t work full stop. And, ‘The sun never sets on Scientology’ – I think it’s pretty clear Scientology is past its heyday and now with fewer Scientologists than ever before, we’re moving into the twilight zone.”

Had Alex run into the film before?

“Nope, had no idea it even existed. I imagine Scientology wanted to keep the lid on this and filed it away in the archives of footage never to be played again after Hemery was declared. And also considering how much the Saint Hill Special Briefing Course is plugged.”

(Current leader David Miscavige has greatly diminished the prominence of the vaunted SHSBC.)

“It made me smile to see London get a mention,” Alex continued. “I mean, it was interesting to see old footage of Saint Hill – and how it hasn’t changed. The whole place is like a time capsule, especially the manor – kept exactly how it was when LRH left in 1966. Something else of note – which I believe has been said before – is that in Scientology you’re made to believe that during Ron’s residency at Saint Hill, the place was thriving and packed to the brim.. It was made to seem like the SHSBC was delivered to people in their hundreds, but this footage clearly shows just how small the room was and how there were only a handful of students.”

And how about our readers who were never Scientologists: How does Ron’s legendary “charisma” strike you? And the “technology” on display in that auditing session?

Ready to get your havingness raised, pilgrims?



Technology Cocktail


“One of the old problems of Dianetics was that the pc recovered from his arthritis fully and then only nagged the auditor about a new symptom. It wasn’t that the pc had to have an illness (only the 19th Century psychologist believed that it was no use to cure anything as the patient just got something else). The fact is that the symptoms of
the pc are several, not just one. You take up and audit each symptom or complaint to erasure of its picture, one after the other.” — L. Ron Hubbard, 1969



We first broke the news of the LAPD’s investigation of Scientology celebrity Danny Masterson on rape allegations in 2017, and we’ve been covering the story every step of the way since then. At this page we’ve collected our most important links as Danny faces a potential sentence of 45 years to life in prison. NOW WITH TRIAL INDEX.


THE PODCAST: How many have you heard?

[1] Marc Headley [2] Claire Headley [3] Jeffrey Augustine [4] Bruce Hines [5] Sunny Pereira [6] Pete Griffiths [7] Geoff Levin [8] Patty Moher [9] Marc Headley [10] Jefferson Hawkins [11] Michelle ‘Emma’ Ryan [12] Paulette Cooper [13] Jesse Prince [14] Mark Bunker [15] Jon Atack [16] Mirriam Francis [17] Bruce Hines on MSH

— SPECIAL: The best TV show on Scientology you never got to see

[1] Phil Jones [2] Derek Bloch [3] Carol Nyburg [4] Katrina Reyes [5] Jamie DeWolf

— The first Danny Masterson trial and beyond


[18] Trial special with Chris Shelton [19] Trial week one [20] Marc Headley on the spy in the hallway [21] Trial week two [22] Trial week three [23] Trial week four [24] Leah Remini on LAPD Corruption [25] Mike Rinder 2022 Thanksgiving Special [26] Jane Doe 4 (Tricia Vessey), Part One [27] Jane Doe 4 (Tricia Vessey), Part Two [28] Claire Headley on the trial [29] Tory Christman [30] Bruce Hines on spying [31] Karen de la Carriere [32] Ron Miscavige on Shelly Miscavige [33] Karen de la Carriere on the L’s [34] Mark Bunker on Miscavige hiding [35] Mark Plummer [36] Mark Ebner [37] Karen Pressley [38] Steve Cannane [39] Fredrick Brennan [40] Clarissa Adams [41] Louise Shekter [42] John Sweeney [43] Tory Christman [44] Kate Bornstein [45] Christian Stolte [46] Mark Bunker [47] Jon Atack [48] Luke Y. Thompson [49] Mark Ebner [50] Bruce Hines [51] Spanky Taylor and Karen Pressley [51] Geoff and Robbie Levin [52] Sands Hall [53] Jonny Jacobsen [54] Sandy Holeman [55] Mark Bunker [56] Trish and Liz Conley [57] Trish Conley [58] Alex Barnes-Ross [59] Alex Barnes-Ross [60] Alex Barnes-Ross [61] Alex Barnes-Ross [62] Alex Barnes-Ross [63] Alex Barnes-Ross [64] Tory Christman [65] Tammy Synovec [66] Dennis Erlich [67] Alex Barnes-Ross [68] Valerie Ross [69] Kat in Austin [70] Mark Bunker [71] Phil Jones


Source Code

“Sacredity. I think it’s very amusing, if you like to laugh at funerals. I do myself. I do. The last funeral I saw in Kansas, a dead wagon went by, you know, and it was one of these hearses, you know, with the great big plate glass side windows, you know. You could see the coffin in there. Flowers all over it. And here came limousines after it, you know, one after the other. And there were people crying and people sobbing in these limousines. I pulled off to the side of the road, naturally, and I took off my hat. And all this was just automatic, you know, took off my hat. I sat there and watched this thing go by. And car by car my risibility started getting the better of me, you know. I thought here’s this bird, he kicked off, you know, and they shoved this body full of embalming juice, and this bird is sailing around here someplace or another. He probably already picked up somebody in a maternity ward or something of the sort, and he’s long gone, you know, and here’s these birds left with this piece of MEST, you know. And they’re crying and sobbing, you know, and they’re filling it full of flowers and embalming fluid, and going to take it out to the graveyard and erect some stone over the top of it, you know. The unreality of these people and their attitude and what they believed, and what I myself knew for a fact, you see, were so far apart that I’m afraid that by the time the last funeral car had passed, I was just doubled up with laughter. I just can’t take funerals very seriously. I’m sorry. It’s too silly.” — L. Ron Hubbard, April 5, 1962


Avast, Ye Mateys


God Speed
And Early Return

I thank you
The Sea Org thanks you

For your good work
And Contribution

To us all.
I know
The good things you’ve done
And good intent.
Forgive the conditions
And any hardship

And carry away
No bitterness
But only pleasant
Memory of Flag.

In appreciation

And full respect:


God Speed
Soon Return
April 5, 1969”


Overheard in the FreeZone

“Several of my high school aged clients have remarked on how auditing has been a game changer in regards to their chosen career paths. The focus is not on the financial gains of MEST, but more towards ‘dealing with the futility postulates’ that many on this planet carry. They have noticed the automaticity of the adults around them leading towards the game of death rather than creating, of a paycheck rather than a purpose, and souls lost in amnesia.”



Past is Prologue

2000: Reuters reported that South Africa has agreed to allow Scientology ministers to marry other people. “The South African Department of Home Affairs has granted ministers in the Church of Scientology the right to marry people in that country, a spokesman for Los Angeles-headquartered Scientology said Monday. The Rev. Heber Jentzsch, president of the Church of Scientology International, said the decision legalizes all marriages performed by Scientology ministers in that country and ‘means that Scientology is now fully recognized as a bona fide religion in South Africa.'”


Random Howdy

“It’s ‘nix’ on ESP and telepathy, but ‘ja’ on Telekinesis and Astral Projection? No reason or rhyme to the mind of Mother Hubbard.”


Full Court Press: What we’re watching at the Underground Bunker

Criminal prosecutions:
Danny Masterson charged for raping three women: Found guilty on two counts on May 31, remanded to custody. Sentenced to 30 years to life on Sep 7.
‘Lafayette Ronald Hubbard’ (a/k/a Justin Craig), aggravated assault, plus drug charges: Grand jury indictments include charges from an assault while in custody. Next pretrial hearing May 17, 2024.
David Gentile, GPB Capital, fraud.

Civil litigation:
Leah Remini v. Scientology, alleging ‘Fair Game’ harassment and defamation: Some defamation claims were removed by Judge Hammock. Leah seeking to amend her complaint.
Baxter, Baxter, and Paris v. Scientology, alleging labor trafficking: Forced to arbitration. Plaintiffs allowed interlocutory appeal to Eleventh Circuit.
Valerie Haney v. Scientology: Forced to ‘religious arbitration.’
Chrissie Bixler et al. v. Scientology and Danny Masterson: motion to file new complaint, hearing on May 29.
Jane Doe 1 v. Scientology, David Miscavige, and Gavin Potter: Case unsealed and second amended complaint filed. Scientology moves for religious arbitration, hearing on April 16.
Chiropractors Steve Peyroux and Brent Detelich, stem cell fraud: Ordered to mediation.



After the success of their double-Emmy-winning, three-season A&E series ‘Scientology and the Aftermath,’ Leah Remini and Mike Rinder continue the conversation on their podcast, ‘Scientology: Fair Game.’ We’ve created a landing page where you can hear all of the episodes so far.


An episode-by-episode guide to Leah Remini’s three-season, double-Emmy winning series that changed everything for Scientology watching. Originally aired from 2016 to 2019 on the A&E network, and now on Netflix.


Find your favorite Hubbardite celeb at this index page — or suggest someone to add to the list!

Other links: SCIENTOLOGY BLACK OPS: Tom Cruise and dirty tricks. Scientology’s Ideal Orgs, from one end of the planet to the other. 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 a weekly series. How many have you read?



[ONE year ago] Eyewitness report: Scientology leader David Miscavige at the LRH Birthday Event
[TWO years ago] Melissa McPhail: A fantasy writer’s travel through time to her Scientology Sea Org past
[THREE years ago] Former Scientology OT gets indicted on $4 million securities fraud
[FOUR years ago] Whoopi Goldberg recommends Scientology’s drug rehab Narconon on ‘The View’
[FIVE years ago] Scientology gets away with abuses because it has friends like author Orson Scott Card
[SIX years ago] What do super powers smell like? For around 30 grand, Scientology can help you with that.
[SEVEN years ago] Bryan Seymour: Scientology’s sniffer-dog problem is bad timing for Narconon in Australia
[EIGHT years ago] After their daughter died at Scientology training, a friend makes off with the funeral money
[NINE years ago] Saturday Night Live’s genius spoof of Scientology: Lyrics and images
[TEN years ago] Jon Atack’s final weekly column for us on Scientology, and it’s a doozy
[ELEVEN years ago] Remembering Diane Colletto, Who Would Have Been 60 Today


Scientology disconnection, a reminder

Bernie Headley (1952-2019) did not see his daughter Stephanie in his final 5,667 days.
Tammy Synovec has not seen her daughter Julia in 2,861 days.
Valerie Haney has not seen her mother Lynne in 3,356 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 3,871 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 3,421 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 2,411 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 2,292 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 5,596 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 3,467 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 5,019 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 4,360 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 12,927 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 8,846 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 5,014 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 4,595 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 4,856 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 3,892 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 3,608 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 3,172 days.
Julian Wain has not seen his brother Joseph or mother Susan in 1,487 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 2,662 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 7,213 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 4,344 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 4,682 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 9,535 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 4,656 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 3,012 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 7,315 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 3,421 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 3,819 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 3,695 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 3,260 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 3,773 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 4,027 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 15,136 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on April 5, 2024 at 07:00

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