An enduring myth in Scientology - that L. Ron Hubbard actually read your letters - 2016-11-05
Jon Atack is the author of A Piece of Blue Sky, one of the very best books on L. Ron Hubbard and Scientology. He has a new edition of the book for sale, and for more than three years he's been helping us sift through the legends, myths, and contested facts about Scientology that tend to get hashed and rehashed in books, articles, and especially on the Internet.
Standing Order #1 is one of the enduring myths of Scientology. In 1961, Hubbard wrote: "Standing Order No.1 'All mail addressed to me shall be received by me'." He added: "I am always willing to help. By my own creed, a being is only as valuable as he can serve others."
In reality, letters to Hubbard had long been outsourced, as seen in a memorandum of March 9, 1953, and reissued in a bulletin of 24 January 1958. This apportioned certain responsibilities to the "Hubbard Communications Office Office of L. Ron Hubbard" [whole statement sic and rendered as written]. The first task of this office was: "The receipt and answering of correspondence addressed to myself, some of which is personal, much of which is to the interest of the general operation."