Thirty-three years later, Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard is still surfing the galaxy - 2019-01-24
It's a major date on the Scientology calendar today, even if the church itself doesn't actually celebrate it. And you know, they really should. It was 33 years ago today that Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard voluntarily left his hale and fit 74-year-old body in order to continue his upper-level OT researches without the burden of a physical form. He's been off exploring the outer reaches of understanding ever since.
At least, that's what Scientologists were told three days later, on Monday, January 27, 1986, at a gathering hastily put together at the Hollywood Palladium. We've talked to numerous people who were in the audience that night, and they tell us they sort of realized that this was how the church was breaking it to them that Hubbard had died. (In fact, he took terrible care of himself and had a host of ailments before he had a couple of strokes and breathed his last on a ranch near Creston, California with just a few followers with him.) They also, every one, told us that when a diminutive guy in a naval uniform walked out on stage to start the briefing, they didn't recognize him and had never heard his name before.
It was a 25-year-old David Miscavige.