On June 28th in Scientology history
Costly Strategy Continues to Turn Out Bestsellers
June 28, 1990, Robert W. Welkos, Los Angeles Times
In some cases, sales of Hubbard's books apparently got an extra boost from Scientology followers and employees of the publishing firm. Showing up at major book outlets like B. Dalton and Waldenbooks, they purchased armloads of Hubbard's works, according to former employees.
Tags: Bridge Publications, Corinda Carford, Dianetics, Earle Cooley, L. Ron
Hubbard, Mike Gonzales, Tom Fudge
Missionary Man: Tom Cruise and the Church of Scientology
June 28, 2005, James Verini, Salon.com, Spiegel Online
Before they're allowed to continue on to OT, a rigorous screening process and background check are conducted, according to Melton and others. Reaching the highest OT levels usually takes from a decade to three decades, the current and former Scientologists say. Lower estimates for the total cost of this are around $30,000, but some people claim to have spent several hundred thousand dollars. The current Scientology member tells Salon he pays several thousand dollars a year for the services.
Tags: Bridge Publications, Gordon Melton, Narconon, Nazi labelling, OT,
Stephen Kent, Tom Cruise
Stranger than fiction
June 28, 2005, Laura Miller, Salon
The first thing you notice about "Dianetics" is that it is spectacularly dull. L. Ron Hubbard promises, in this seemingly endless treatise, that his "modern science of mental health" will cure everything from schizophrenia to arthritis, claims for which he presents no credible evidence whatsoever -- unless you consider merely insisting that you"ve got evidence to be the same thing as offering it. But I am here to testify that "Dianetics" is a phenomenal remedy for at least one widespread affliction: insomnia.