The Saga of David Mayo: Scientology's Banished Tech Wizard - 2013-04-13
Jon Atack is the author of A Piece of Blue Sky, one of the very best books on L. Ron Hubbard and Scientology. He now has a new edition of the book out, and on Saturdays he's helping us sift through the legends, myths, and contested facts about Scientology that tend to get hashed and rehashed in books, articles, and especially on the Internet.
Jon, there's a large and active "independent" movement that has split away from the church and gets a lot of news coverage. But throughout its history Scientology has experienced schisms and breakaway groups. In particular, David Mayo's "Advanced Ability Center" in Santa Barbara comes to mind. What are the basics that we should know about Mayo, his involvement in the upper level materials, and why church leader David Miscavige considered him such a threat?
JON: By 1982, David Mayo was regarded as Hubbard's successor. Scientologists thought of him as the greatest of experts on the "technology" — or counseling procedures. Members were told that in 1978 Mayo had saved L. Ron Hubbard's life by repairing mistakes and errors in his auditing, largely made while Hubbard had been auditing himself. Out of that work Mayo also helped develop New Era Dianetics for OTs or NOTs, which became New OT V a few years later.