Blog: WTF? - 2012-03-12

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F0.png WTF? March 12, 2012, Marty Rathbun, Moving On Up a Little Higher

WTF? sort of sums up my initial thought upon completing Tony Ortega's mini opus on Writers of the Future (WTF) at the Village Voice.

Uncharacteristically, Tony uses an awful lot of ink to get to the heart of a matter. I think it was out of respect to those he interviewed who had a lot of good things to say about L Ron Hubbard's Writers of the Future contest and publications. I respect and appreciate that. WTF has served to open doors for a lot of talented writers and artists.

Fact of the matter is WTF was originated by L Ron Hubbard as a Public Relations action. It was created during a time in his life where a tremendous amount of blowback was occurring; so much so that number one priority for church resources at that time (early 80's) was attaining an All Clear (a legal and PR climate that would allow for Hubbard to return to the Int Headquarters base near Hemet California unmolested to complete production of the technical training films). The promotion of and resurrection of LRH's SciFi career was orchestrated during that time ultimately, by LRH's copious directions, to forward his legacy so as to drive more people toward Scientology books and organizations.