Gerry Armstrong's full 1997 'Secret Lives' interview about L. Ron Hubbard - 2015-02-27
We have a special treat for you today. It's another full interview leaked for the first time from Channel 4's excellent 1997 documentary, Secret Lives — L. Ron Hubbard, and this time with Gerry Armstrong, who is probably very well known to most readers of this website.
The documentary is one of the better ones made about Scientology, and it contains numerous short clips of people who knew Hubbard. A source is releasing to us the uncut segments with these participants for the first time. So far, we've seen interviews with Hubbard's literary agent, Forrest Ackerman, his press assistant and lover, Barbara Klowden, one of Hubbard's fellow science fiction colleagues, Arthur Jean Cox, the former mayor of Clearwater, Florida, Gabe Cazares, and Hubbard's former medical officer, Jim Dincalci.
Gerry Armstrong is a special figure indeed. We've told his story before, and you might want to look at those pieces (one, two) before watching him here. But what's important to know is that Gerry worked closely with Hubbard in the 1970s, and he came across and preserved a vast collection of Hubbard's personal papers, which later became the subject of a nasty lawsuit as Scientology demanded that Armstrong return them.