Scientology's words to hit the airwaves - 1993-08-28
Cartwright, jazz pianist Chick Corea and other celebrities are helping sell Dianetics in the infomercial. They're part of a show hawking a $69.95 package that includes the book, audio and video tapes and other instructional material to help you begin counseling yourself and others.
Scientology is never mentioned in the infomercial, called Dianetics: The Bridge To Clear. To many people, the word "Scientology" is linked to its critics' contentions that it is a money-making scheme or, at worst, a cult. Scientology officials point to more than 60 court decisions validating their status as a religion.
Even without the word Scientology, the importance of the infomercial to the organization is clear.