Tracking Scientology's claims about membership - a new digital project with Jonny Jacobsen - 2017-11-06
While we were researching material for our book on Paulette Cooper a few years ago, we happened upon a 1969 New York Times article that quoted James Meisler, the PR man and "minister" for the New York org in those days. In 1972 Meisler become a key player in the plot to frame Paulette for a crime she didn't commit, which had her facing 15 years in prison.
But that was in the future. In 1969, he was interviewed by the Times, and what really caught our attention was that he was asked how large Scientology was around the world.
15 million members, he said.