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A Tribute to

Lafayette Ron Hubbard

Founder of the Original Scientology Philosophy

Remembered with Respect and Honor

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Lafayette Ron Hubbard

Who was L Ron Hubbard

L. Ron Hubbard was born in Tilden, Nebraska, to Harry Ross Hubbard (1886 to 1975) and Ledora May Waterbury, whom Harry had married in 1909.

Lafayette Ronald Hubbard (March 13, 1911 to January 24, 1986), better known as L. Ron Hubbard, was a prolific American author and the founder of Dianetics and Scientology. As well as discovering and developing the basic principles that form the philosophy known as Scientology he also wrote fiction in several genres as well as business management texts, essays and poetry and music.

During the 1920s, L. Ron Hubbard spent time in the Far East He also attended the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at The George Washington University in Washington, DC between 1930-1932.

In May 1950, Hubbard published a book describing the self-improvement technique of Dianetics, touted as "The Modern Science of Mental Health." With Dianetics, Hubbard discovered and introduced the concept of "auditing," A therapy of reviewing painful memories in order to allieviate their effects on the individual. In his introduction to the book, Hubbard declared "the creation of dianetics is a milestone for man comparable to his discovery of fire and superior to his inventions of the wheel and arch."

Dianetics was a hit, selling 150,000 copies within a year of publication and The Hubbard Dianetic Research Foundation was incorporated in Elizabeth, New Jersey, with branch offices opening in five other US cities before the end of 1950.

In mid-1952, Hubbard married Mary Sue Whipp, to whom he remained married for the rest of his life. Ron and Mary Sue had 4 children, Diana, Quentin, Suzette and Arthur, over the next six years. With Mary Sue now assisting in his research, Hubbard developed the philosophy known world wide as Scientology.

In December 1953 the first Church of Scientology was founded in Camden, New Jersey. He moved to England at about the same time, and during the remainder of the 1950s he supervised the growing organization from an office in London. In 1959, he bought Saint Hill Manor near the Sussex town of East Grinstead, a Georgian manor house owned by the Maharajah of Jaipur. This became the world headquarters of Scientology.

Hubbard conducted years of intensive research into the nature of human existence. To describe his findings, he found it necessary to develop vocabulary in order to reduce the confision of his discoveries with those of other philosophies. Many newly created or coined words were used and a set of axioms set out that form the basis of the philosophy.

Hubbard discovered that 80% of mans ills were psychosomatic and, through the right application of scientology or dianetics, one could alleviate oneself of the effect of past traumas and activities that give rise to many fo these psychosomatic ills.

Hubbard apparently died under what could be described as mysterious circumstances at his ranch on January 24, 1986, reportedly due to a stroke.

Following Hubbard's death, David Miscavige, one of Hubbard's former personal assistants, took over the leadership of Scientology, via his position as Chairman of the Religious Technology Center, a non-profit corporation set up in 1982 to safeguard Hubbard's copyrighted works. The RTC is controlled by the Curch of Spiritual Technology, A not for profit controlling corporation.

Several issues surrounding Hubbard's death and disposition of his estate are also subjects of controversy, a swift cremation with no autopsy; the destruction of coroner's photographs; coroner's evidence of the drug Vistaril present in Hubbard's blood; questions about the whereabouts of Dr. Eugene Denk (Hubbard's physician) during Hubbard's death, and the changing of wills and trust documents the day before his death, resulting in the bulk of Hubbard's estate being transferred not to his family, but to Scientology.

Hubbard was a high volume author. As the majority of Hubbard's writings of the 1950s through to the 1970s were aimed exclusively at Scientologists, the organization established its own publishing companies. Bridge Publications for the US market and New Era Publications based in Denmark, for the rest of the world. New volumes of Hubbard's transcribed lectures continue to be produced although are now produced as, 'based on the works of' Hubbard with many changes, and deletions noted in recent editions since his demise. Hubbard also produced some 3000 or so audio lectures during the 50s through to the 70s. A selection of some of Hubbard's best-known titles are below. this is not a complete bibliography however.

Dianetics and Scientology

* Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health, New York 1950 ISBN 088404632X
* Child Dianetics. Dianetic Processing for Children, Wichita, Kansas 1951
* Scientology 8-80, Phoenix, Arizona 1952
* Dianetics 55!, Phoenix, Arizona 1954
* Dianetics: the Evolution of a Science, Phoenix, Arizona 1955
* Scientology: The Fundamentals of Thought Washington, DC 1956
* The Problems of Work Washington, DC 1956
* Have You Lived Before This Life?, East Grinstead, Sussex 1960
* Scientology: A New Slant on Life, East Grinstead, Sussex 1965
* The Volunteer Minister's Handbook, Los Angeles 1976
* Research and Discovery Series, a chronological series collecting Hubbard's lectures. Vol 1, Copenhagen 1980
* The Way to Happiness, Los Angeles 1981
* Among many others including some 3000 tape lectures, innumerable bulletins and policy letters and other issues.

Fiction

* Slaves of Sleep (1939)
* Typewriter in the Sky (1940)
o Magazine/Anthology Appearances:
o Typewriter in the Sky (Part 1 of 2) (1940)
o Typewriter in the Sky (Part 2 of 2) (1940)
* Final Blackout (1940)
* Magazine/Anthology Appearances:
* Final Blackout (Part 1 of 3) (1940)
* Final Blackout (Part 2 of 3) (1940)
* Final Blackout (Part 3 of 3) (1940)
* Fear (1940)
* Death's Deputy (1940)
* The Kingslayer (1949)
* Magazine/Anthology Appearances:
* The Kingslayer (Complete Novel) (1950)
* Return to Tomorrow (1954)
* Battlefield Earth (1982)
* Battlefield Earth: A Saga of the Year 3000 (1982)
* The Invaders Plan (1985)
* Black Genesis (1986)
* Fortune of Fear (1986)
* An Alien Affair (1986)
* The Enemy Within (1986)
* The Doomed Planet (1987)
* Villainy Victorious (1987)
* Voyage of Vengeance (1987)
* Death Quest (1987)
* Buckskin Brigades (1987)
* Disaster (1988)
* A Very Strange Trip (1999) with Dave Wolverton
* L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future XVII (L Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future, Vol 17) (2001) with Algis Budrys and Robert Silverberg and Dave Wolverton
* Mission Earth: Disaster (2004)
* Mission Earth: Black Genesis (Mission Earth) (2004)
* Mission Earth: Fortune of Fear (Mission Earth) (2004)
* Mission Earth: The Enemy Within (Mission Earth) (2004)
* Mission Earth: An Alien Affair (Mission Earth) (2004)
* Mission Earth: Death Quest (2004)
* Mission Earth: The Invaders Plan (Mission Earth) (2004)
* Mission Earth: Villainy Victorious (Mission Earth) (2004)
* Mission Earth: The Doomed Planet (Mission Earth) (2004)
* Mission Earth: Voyage of Vengeance (Mission Earth) (2004)
* Writers of the Future (2004)
* To the Stars (2004)
* Magazine/Anthology Appearances:
* To the Stars (Part 1 of 2) (1950)
* To the Stars (Part 2 of 2) (1950)
* Slaves of Sleep/the Masters of Sleep: 2 Bks in 1 (2005) with Hubbard
* The Ultimate Adventure (2006)
* The Ultimate Adventure (2006)

Collections

* The Kingslayer (1949)
* Magazine/Anthology Appearances:
* The Kingslayer (Complete Novel) (1950)
* Typewriter in the Sky and Fear (1951)
* Science-Fantasy Quintet (1953) with Ed Earl Repp
* From Death to the Stars (1953)
* Ole Doc Methuselah (1970)

Further information can be obtained from the Marburg and the Hall of Fame websites

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