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L. Ron Hubbard

A brief look at the founder of Scientology

By Jeff Jacobsen


Lafayette Ronald Hubbard was born in 1911. His father worked for the Navy which meant Hubbard moved quite often during his early years. Some of his childhood was spent in the British West Indies where he would pick up a phrase that is still heard today inside Scientology. The British colonialists would disdainfully refer to the locals as "worthy Oriental gentlemen" or wogs. Hubbard later used the phrase "wog" to describe anyone who isn't a Scientologist.



Hubbard attended college at George Washington University for 2 years.

Later in life, Hubbard would make claims about his educational background which were at great odds with his college records.


Hubbard supported himself by writing fiction. He gradually began to specialize in science fiction for pulp magazines and books but also wrote westerns, fantasies and adventure stories.

Writing for the pulps was neither prestigious or profitable. The magazines paid a penny a word for their stories, perhaps contributing to the excessive verbiage of Hubbard's writing style.


Sci- Fi Pulp Covers

In World War II he had an undistinguished career in the Navy, later severely inflating his accomplishments. Scientology perpetuates many of the myths about Hubbard's military involvement.


Was Hubbard machine-gunned in the back while escaping the Japanese on Java?

Was he flown home in the Secretary of the Navy's private plane as the first US casualty from the Far East?

Find out more at Chris Owens excellent site, "Ron, the War Hero."

Near the end of his service Hubbard was at Oak Knoll Naval Hospital, suffering from ulcers and minor pains. Hubbard enhanced this to being "crippled and blinded" and later claimed to have healed himself using the precursor practices to dianetics.

After the war Hubbard settled in for a time with Jack Parsons, a follower of occultist Aleister Crowley. Hubbard would later call Crowley his "dear, old friend" in a Scientology audiotaped lecture.

Jon Atack (author of the book, "A Piece of Blue Sky") wrote about "Hubbard and the Occult."


Aleister Crowley

Hubbard left Parson's estate with Parson's girlfriend, Sara Northrup. Hubbard married Sara in 1946, making Hubbard a bigamist having not bothered to divorce his current wife Margaret who was unaware of these new adventures.

  While many of the events of Hubbard's life seem too wild to be true, they are all documented. Much of the documentation can now be seen on the web.

To fellow writers, Hubbard once reportedly stated that "writing for a penny a word is ridiculous. If a man really wanted to make a million dollars, the best way to do it would be start his own religion." Soon Hubbard was to do just that as his self help book, "Dianetics, the Modern Science of Mental Health" gave way to Scientology.

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