When the feds tracked down L. Ron Hubbard's boast about getting rich by creating a religion - 2016-01-19
We're nearing another big anniversary — 30 years since the Great Thetan, L. Ron Hubbard, dropped his material body — and so we've been looking through our files for material about the man that isn't already picked over. We have something pretty nice and never posted online for the anniversary itself. But along the way we also found some items we thought you'd like to see.
The other day, one of our commenters asked about Isaac Asimov and whether Hubbard had ever told him his line that the only way to make a million dollars was to invent a religion. Previously, we concluded that Hubbard did, indeed, make that statement to several different people in the period 1948-1949, before publication of his 1950 book Dianetics. Asimov was probably not one of them, however.
We say that because Asimov himself said he saw little of Hubbard, and not during that period. We know this because it turns out that Asimov was interviewed by FDA inspectors during its investigation of Hubbard after raiding the Scientology org in Washington DC in 1963. Researcher R.M. Seibert has turned up a wealth of great stuff after convincing the FDA to turn over documents from that investigation, resulting in stories here at the Bunker revealing Hubbard's high school grades for the first time, for example, and that Hubbard had told John McMaster that he intended to be reincarnated as the future son of his daughter Diana.