Recently I came across an old copy of the Scientology publication, The Auditor. This was an undated reprint of issue #13 published in 1965. What is remarkable about it is the over-the-top, bare-faced lies told in its short biography of the Great Thetan, L. Ron Hubbard. It would be hard to find a document anywhere that has been crammed with more lies in such a short compass.
There are some truthful statements to be found amongst the hills of balderdash here; for example he was born in Tilden, Nebraska. It is also true that he attended George Washington University. Not stated though is the fact that he dropped out after three years of poor grades. True he did take some science courses but this dubious prodigy failed to shine in that area; he flunked nuclear physics for one thing. His stay at Princeton was much shorter; he took a course there on civil administration while he was in the navy. As for “Sequoia University” that was a diploma mill run by an Los Angeles chiropractor that was later shut down by the State of California.
The claim that he wrote some 15 million words prior to WWII is just plain nonsense. He was a rather prolific pulp fiction author but his stories were short as were most of that era. In later years this claim would be reduced to a mere one million words but even this vastly inflated his output.
Hubbard always puffed himself up with vain glory and bravado when it came to exploits in WWII. But this erstwhile hero never smelled gunpowder fired in anger. Nor was he wounded or heal himself with any special insights or powers. He was not pronounced dead at any point.
Hubbard did accomplish one feat that set him apart from other officers of the war; he was not promoted. In war with death from disease and combat lurking around each corner promotion for anyone competent could be fast. Except for L. Ron Hubbard. Perhaps reviews of his performance by his supperiors were responsilbe. Rear Admiral Braisted stated in his report,
“Consider this officer lacking in the essential qualities of judgment, leadership and cooperation. He acts without forethought as to probable results. He is believed to have been sincere in his efforts to make his ship efficient and ready. Not considered qualified for command or promotion at this time. Recommend duty on a large vessel where he can be properly supervised.”
Worse would be said about Hubbard by the Australian Military attaché:
By assuming unauthorized authority and attempting to perform duties for which he has no qualifications, he became the source of much trouble… This officer is not satisfactory for independent duty assignment. He is garrulous and tries to give impressions of his importance. He also seems to think he has unusual ability in most lines. These characteristics indicate that he will require close supervision for satisfactory performance of any intelligence duty.”
L. Ron Hubbard would never tell the truth where a lie would do; that is the foundation that Scientology is built upon.
For more on the military career of Hubbard go here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Military_career_of_L._Ron_Hubbard
For a full account of Hubbard’s life this book is one of the best sources: http://www.xenu.net/archive/books/bfm/bfmconte.htm