Scientology Mythbusting with Jon Atack: Original Spin - 2013-02-09
In 1990, author Jon Atack published what is still one of the very best books on L. Ron Hubbard and Scientology, A Piece of Blue Sky. Atack now has a new edition of the book out, and it reminded us what an encyclopedic resource he is. So we had an idea. In the world of Scientology watching, we noticed that there seem to be some legends, myths, and contested facts that tend to get hashed and rehashed in books, articles, and especially on the Internet. With Atack's help, we're going to tackle these issues one by one, drawing on Jon's deep knowledge.
This week, we try to clear up Scientology's origin, which journalists sometimes disagree on.
Jon, there was a fascinating story in Newsweek/The Daily Beast recently about a trove of L. Ron Hubbard documents at New York's Explorers Club. The article had some new information that tended to corroborate what you and other Hubbard historians have written over the years.