April 21, 1981: Some of Hollywood's biggest stars have been duped into endorsing a controversial drug rehabilitation program called Narconon, which is actually operated by Scientology. More than 170 celebrities' names have been used as "Friends of Narconon." Although a few are Scientologists - such as Cathy Lee Crosby, Priscilla Presley and Karen Black - others were shocked to learn Narconon was an offshoot of the weird cult.
April 19, 1986: Scientologists and opponents of cults waged a war of leaflets as more than 100 angry parents confronted two representatives of a Park Ridge Montessori school that fired five teachers in a furor over teaching materials. Claiming their children had been traumatized by the abrupt firings, some parents threatened a breach-of-contract lawsuit. Parents said two-thirds of the more than 200 students at the school were withdrawn because the teachers were fired when they refused to use books designed by the founder of the Church of Scientology, L. Ron Hubbard.
April 17, 1986: Six teachers at a Park Ridge Montessori school were fired yesterday after refusing to use books designed by Church of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard, school officials said. The teachers, described as "veterans" of the 16-year-old school, held a meeting protesting the Hubbard materials and also warned parents about the Hubbard book, Bowes said.
April 18, 1986: Susan and Robert Volenec were out of work and their two children were out of school yesterday after an uproar at a Park Ridge Montessori facility over books designed by Church of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard. The parents were among six teachers fired after they refused to use books designed by Hubbard.
April 15, 1990: Scientology's orchestration of best sellers, say former Scientologists, is merely a public relations means to a larger end. The goal is to establish an identity for Hubbard other than as the founder of a controversial religious movement. His broadened appeal can then be used to recruit new members into the Church of Scientology. The church uses two businesses to peddle its books, Author Services Inc., a Hollywood literary agency, sells the rights to publish Hubbard's works to Bridge Publications Inc., a Los Angeles company.
April 13, 1999: A Pinellas school district committee has refused to allow students to hear an anti-drug program based on the teachings of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard. The program is a product of Narconon International. Presentations included Scientology's tone scale and required giving thanks to L. Ron Hubbard.
April 11, 1994: A drug treatment program backed by a controversial church is trying to sell Alberta Natives addiction-cure services that medical experts have warned are unsafe and ineffective. As many as 10 Alberta reserves have been approached by Narconon, a U.S.-based program associated with the Church of Scientology. The program - which costs about $18,000 U.S. and prescribes daily saunas and megavitamin doses - has been rejected by a U.S. and state board of health because it "may endanger the physical or mental well-being of (its clients)."
April 10, 1995: Letters to the Editor on the Wall Street Journal's coverage of the use of Scientology administrative practices, including L. Ron Hubbard's teachings that productivity is all-important; includes letters from Heber Jentzsch, President of Scientology, a Scientologist, two directors of cult information groups, and a former Allstate agent.
April 7, 2000: With massive financial support and personnel from the USA, the Scientologists are again increasingly active in Hamburg. It is primarily the organization's intelligence service, the "Office of Special Affairs (OSA)" which has significantly increased its activity in recent times, reports Ursula Caberta. It is reported that organization opponents are being increasingly spied and eavesdropped upon and harassed. After they have been partly squeezed out of the real estate business, the Scientologists in Hamburg currently have their sights set on driving schools, among other things, according to Caberta.
April 9, 1995: Veteran agents are trying to unionize. They claim the insurance company's business strategy reflects certain teachings of Church of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard that stress higher sales at any cost. The company says some agents are simply unhappy with Allstate's new-found emphasis on competition and service.