Nan McLean in 1973: Rare Scientology documentary goes online, and it rocks - 2017-04-24

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F347.png Nan McLean in 1973: Rare Scientology documentary goes online, and it rocks April 24, 2017, Tony Ortega, Underground Bunker

Thank you to the Canadian tipster who let us know that the W5 television program recently posted one of its all-time gems, a 1973 documentary about Scientology that featured one of our favorite old-school critics, former church member Nan McLean and her family.

We featured Nan in our book about Paulette Cooper, The Unbreakable Miss Lovely, because her story was intertwined with Paulette's — in the early 1970s, as they will tell you, there was almost no one else who was called on regularly to talk to news organizations about Scientology, and both of them paid for it dearly.

This particular program is especially good because it catches Nan at an early moment in her move away from the church. Her own daughter calls her out, saying that she can't admit that she had simply been duped. Nan argues that in fact she still believed that there was good in Scientology and that she had not been duped.


{{cite news | author = Tony Ortega | title = Nan McLean in 1973: Rare Scientology documentary goes online, and it rocks | url = https://tonyortega.org/2017/04/24/nan-mclean-in-1973-rare-scientology-documentary-goes-online-and-it-rocks/ | work = Underground Bunker | date = April 24, 2017 | accessdate = August 21, 2017 }}