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Sunday, May 16, 2010

Profile Of The Week: L Ron Hubbard

He's the founder of one of the most controversial religions, but not much is known about L. Ron Hubbard. He was born March 13, 1911. His early life became quite interesting when his family moved to Kalispell, Montana he befriended medicine man Old and also claimed to have went through a ceremony to become a blood brother to the Blackfeet Indians. At the tender age of 19, L Ron was called the youngest Eagle Scout ever by The Washington Evening Star. However the Boy Scouts of America tampered that by saying that the records were listed alphabetically with no reference to age.

During a brief career in the military, L Ron published 138 short stories and novellas. His first novel 'Buckskin Brigade' was published in 1937. After several more attempts at writing novels, L Ron moved to self help, and he developed Dianetics. However no one would publish this work so he turned to his first publisher John W Campbell. In April of 1950 Hubbard with a few other set up the Hubbard Dianetic Research Foundation, the foundation was doing research for the forthcoming book "Dianetics: The Modern Science Of Mental Health" With the book, Hubbard introduced 'Auditing', which is a 2 person question and answer session that focuses on painful memories. Dianetics centers opened up all over the country, however things would not stay good for very long. By the end of 1950 many of the centers began closing after critics cried foul. In August of 1951, Consumers Report went a step further and said that Dianetics had no merit and called it "the basis for a new cult"

In December 1953, L Ron founded what would become his legacy, the Church Of Scientology.  Which has been a hot rod of controversy since it's inception. Countries the world over have held inquiries into the church,  in Australia one state, Victoria, went as far as to claim L Ron was insane, a report said that his sanity was "to be gravely doubted"

Even after his death on January 24, 1986 L Ron created controversy. He died in his Ranch in Creston, California. Attorneys for Scientology quickly got to their leaders house so they could cremate the body per his will. However they were blocked by San Luis Obispo County medical examiner, who wanted a toxicology test done on L Ron. There was a trace amount of hydroxzyzine found in his blood.

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