Scientology scam: 'It hadn't occurred to me I was getting appalling advice from Church execs' - 2018-06-30
This week in our series of excerpts from books about Scientology, we have an excerpt from the newest addition to the pile, Chris Shugart's Fractured Journey: A Personal Account of 30 Outrageous Years in the Church of Scientology. We specifically asked for this portion of the book, which practically drove us nuts when we read it. Couldn't Chris see the disaster he was walking into? Ah, Scientologists. From the books chapter ten, "Rising Costs," here's Chris's setup for what became a world of hurt.
With the beginning of 1982, came a series of events that turned my life in a completely different direction. And I never saw it coming. It actually all started in 1978, when my dad, Al Shugart, founded Seagate Technology. He was already a prominent figure in the Silicon Valley computer industry, but this new venture would soon become his best known accomplishment.
In 1980 my dad gave me a few thousand shares of Seagate stock as a Christmas present. It wasn't worth anything then because the stock hadn't gone public. My dad suggested I hang on to it because he said, in a casual way, "one of these days it might be worth a million dollars." I laughed and said, "Hey, you never know."