The Top 25 People Crippling Scientology, No. 25: Xenu, Galactic Overlord - 2011-08-05

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F11.png The Top 25 People Crippling Scientology, No. 25: Xenu, Galactic Overlord August 5, 2011, Tony Ortega, Runnin' Scared, Village Voice

But we think it's time Xenu got more credit for all that he's done. Think about it, for about 19 years, after L. Ron Hubbard dreamed the sucker up in a pill-popping and boozy haze while sailing the Atlantic and Mediterranean in the mid-1960s, until the Los Angeles Times finally made Xenu's story public during the Larry Wollersheim trial in 1986, only high-level Scientologists even knew that the alien leader existed.

UPDATE: Ah, the beauty of a blog -- instant updating! Maybe for many of us the L.A. Times was our first glimpse of our mighty galactic hero, but I've just been reminded that one of the giants of Scientology reporting, Richard Leiby, beat the Times by five years!

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{{cite news | first = Tony | last = Ortega | title = The Top 25 People Crippling Scientology, No. 25: Xenu, Galactic Overlord | url = http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/2011/08/xenu_top_25_crippling_scientology.php | work = Runnin' Scared | publisher = Village Voice | date = August 5, 2011 | accessdate = January 14, 2017 }}