On the 30th anniversary of L. Ron Hubbard's galaxial soul ejection, an obit by an old friend - 2016-01-24
Thirty years ago today, this planet lost a singular individual to parts unknown. Lafayette Ronald Hubbard had lived one of the most unique lives in history. He had literally created his own personal navy from crew members who signed pledges to serve him for a billion years. He convinced thousands of people that they could become gods by paying him large sums of money and ridding themselves of invisible sentient entities. He had become fabulously rich at the same time that he had spent the last ten years of his life mostly in hiding and fearing that he'd be arrested or sued.
And finally, on January 24, 1986, he left us. Thirty years later, we still marvel at what L. Ron Hubbard convinced people to do and say. At least there's that, whatever else you might say about a man with enormous problems telling the truth and who often treated other people as less than human beings.
How to sum up a life like L. Ron Hubbard's? We still struggle with it three decades after his death, even though we write about the creation he left behind every single day. But we take solace that the people who knew him best also found it wasn't easy to summarize Hubbard after he was gone, and today we have a special example of that.