DOX: Two early Dianetics supporters, including the E-meter inventor, turn against Hubbard - 2015-03-12
This week has been all about the excitement of Going Clear hitting theaters, and we expect a big burst of activity when the documentary by Alex Gibney and Larry Wright opens in New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco for limited runs starting tomorrow. But we also want to keep up on our other subjects here at the Underground Bunker, including our ongoing project to mine through some great new government documents that a researcher and friend to the Bunker tracked down with the help of the Muckrock website.
Last time, we got a look for the first time at L. Ron Hubbard's high school grades. This time, we spin forward to the 1950s, when Hubbard got crosswise with a couple of his most interesting early supporters. One of them, Volney Mathison, was the actual inventor of the device that Scientology today calls the "E-meter." The other figure was Alphia Hart, whose Dianetics 'zine, The Aberree, is an invaluable guide to the early days of Hubbard's movement.
Mathison was an inventor who had an interest in psychotherapy and found in Hubbard a man who was investigating similar lines. Hart was a writer who, after the war, had witnessed the Bikini Atoll atomic bomb test. He came to Dianetics looking for a cure for his high blood pressure.