L. Ron Hubbard

L. Ron Hubbard was a pulp science fiction writer who wrote Dianetics and founded Scientology. He died in 1986.

More about L. Ron Hubbard

Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard

Who started Scientology? Did L. Ron Hubbard start Scientology to make money? What was L. Ron Hubbard like?

Navy Report

February 5, 1942: Naval officer L. Ron Hubbard writes a report; in it, he quotes Commander L. D. Causey, the US Naval Attache to Australia, as saying, "I have sent a message to the CinC Asiatic as of this morning stating that I wish you to be removed from Brisbane, stating that you are making a nuisance of yourself. You have never been under my orders and I consider you as having nothing to do with me."

Army Report

February 13, 1942: A document purportedly written by US Army Colonel Alexander L. P. Johnson to the Commander of the Base Force, Darwin, Australia describes L. Ron Hubbard as "an intelligent, resourceful and dependable officer" and recommends that an earlier (unspecified) request be granted.

Navy Memo

February 14, 1942: A memo from the US Naval Attache to Australia complains about L. Ron Hubbard: "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 that he has unusual ability in most lines. These characteristics indicate that he will require close supervision for satisfactory performance of any intelligence duty."

LRH Letter to Navy

October 8, 1942: L. Ron Hubbard writes the Chief of Naval Personnel asking that he be nominated to "PC school".

Navy Letter

February 5, 1943: The Navy forwards to L. Ron Hubbard a letter from a Dave Margolis. Margolis wrote to the Navy requesting that it make Hubbard pay an unpaid bill. The Navy instructs Hubbard to attend to the matter.

Navy Letter

October 18, 1943: L. Ron Hubbard writes a letter to the Navy asking for orders taking him into combat duty.

Aleister Crowley telegram

May 22, 1946: Aleister Crowley cables his US office after reading reports from his branch headquarters in America and Jack Parsons's accounts of the occult ceremony he had performed with L. Ron Hubbard: "Suspect Ron playing confidence trick--Jack Parsons weak fool--obvious victim prowling swindlers." In a letter a few days later he said, "It seems to me on the information of our brethren in California that Parsons has got an illumination in which he lost all his personal independence. From our brother's account he has given away both his girl and his money. Apparently it is the ordinary confidence trick."

Navy Letter

February 19, 1948: L. Ron Hubbard writes to the US Navy, asking that his previous letter of resignation be disregarded, in response to a reply from the Chief of Naval Personnel regretting Hubbard's decision to resign.

Navy Letter

May 1, 1951: L. Ron Hubbard writes to the Veterans Administration stating that he is "willing to submit to a physical examination in connection with my claim for disability compensation." By 1951, he had already sold many copies of Dianetics, in which he claims that his "research" had enabled him to completely cure himself of all the injuries and maladies he suffered during the war.

L. Ron Hubbard in the News

Date Titlesort icon Blurb Tags
September 29, 1987 LA Superior Court judge rules there is insufficient evidence to prove that L. Ron Hubbard plundered church funds Los Angeles Times: LA Superior Court judge rules there is insufficient evidence to prove that L. Ron Hubbard plundered church funds L. Ron Hubbard, lawsuits
April 16, 1987 Hubbard's Estate Tops $26 Million San Jose Mercury News: Hubbard's Estate Tops $26 Million L. Ron Hubbard
April 16, 1987 The Wealth Of L. Ron Hubbard San Jose Mercury News: The Wealth Of L. Ron Hubbard L. Ron Hubbard
April 16, 1987 L. Ron Hubbard Estate Valued at $26 Million L. Ron Hubbard, the Scientology founder and author who died in 1986, left more than $26 million in assets, excluding trust funds, according to documents filed by the executor of his estate. Total assets listed in the inventory amount to $26,305,706. They include "$25 million even" in copyright and trademark materials and $1,305,706 in oil, gas and business investments. The estate documents were prepared in Los Angeles by Norman F. Starkey, the executor of Hubbard's estate. L. Ron Hubbard, Press
January 1, 1987 6 Ex-Scientologists File $1-Billion Suit Over Funds, Secrets Former members of the Church of Scientology filed a $1-billion class-action lawsuit against the organization Wednesday, accusing its late founder, L. Ron Hubbard, and a cadre of his most trusted aides of plundering church coffers, intimidating critics and breaching the confidentiality of sacred confessional folders. The action, charging fraud and breach of fiduciary responsibility, represents perhaps the broadest condemnation of the church to date. L. Ron Hubbard, lawsuits, Los Angeles, Press
December 17, 1986 Ex-Scientologist Settles on Fee for Documents A former archivist for the Church of Scientology has agreed to return thousands of pages of confidential church documents in exchange for an undisclosed payment as part of a settlement of his lawsuit against the church, attorneys confirmed Tuesday. The documents, which a Superior Court judge said portray church founder L. Ron Hubbard as "virtually a pathological liar," have been under court seal for nearly four years pending the outcome of Gerald Armstrong's fraud and misrepresentation lawsuit. Armstrong was a 12-year Scientologist who said he left the church disillusioned, taking with him more than 10,000 pages of the late L. Ron Hubbard's papers that purportedly proved that the church founder had misrepresented his military heroism and scientific achievements. Gerry Armstrong, L. Ron Hubbard, lawsuits, Michael Flynn
April 5, 1986 The Garden Of Hubbard San Jose Mercury News: The Garden Of Hubbard L. Ron Hubbard
April 1, 1986 Hubbard's Dekology Rolls On Philadelphia Daily News: Hubbard's Dekology Rolls On L. Ron Hubbard
January 30, 1986 Church Founder's Death Confirmed Lexington Herald-Leader: Church Founder's Death Confirmed L. Ron Hubbard
January 30, 1986 Officials Confirm Death Of Scientology Founder San Jose Mercury News: Officials Confirm Death Of Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard

L. Ron Hubbard in the News

Date Title Blurb Tags
June 8, 1950 L. Ron Hubbard L. Ron Hubbard released "LRH Auditing Demonstration". Event, L. Ron Hubbard
August 31, 1948 L. Ron Hubbard, $25.00, San Luis Obispo, California L. Ron Hubbard is fined $25.00 for writing a bad check in San Luis Obispo, California. Event, L. Ron Hubbard
February 19, 1948 Navy Letter L. Ron Hubbard writes to the US Navy, asking that his previous letter of resignation be disregarded, in response to a reply from the Chief of Naval Personnel regretting Hubbard's decision to resign. L. Ron Hubbard, Navy
January 27, 1948 Veteran's Administration, overpayments, L. Ron Hubbard writes In response to a notice from the Veteran's Administration demanding the return of overpayments, L. Ron Hubbard writes, "I cannot imagine how to repay the $51.00 as I am nearly penniless." Event, L. Ron Hubbard
October 15, 1947 L. Ron Hubbard, Veteran's Administration, treatment: L. Ron Hubbard writes to the Veteran's Administration requesting psychiatric treatment: "After trying and failing for two years to regain my equilibrium in civil life, I am utterly unable to approach anything like my own competence. My last physician informed me that it might be very helpful if I were to be examined and perhaps treated psychiatrically or even by a psycho-analyst. Toward the end of my service I avoided out of pride any mental examinations, hoping that time would balance a mind which I had every reason to suppose was seriously affected. I cannot account for nor rise above long periods of moroseness and suicidal inclinations, and have newly come to realize that I must first triumph above this before I can hope to rehabilitate myself at all." Event, L. Ron Hubbard, psychiatry
February 17, 1947 L. Ron Hubbard's VA, begins;, $11.50, 10%, war, pension, exam, VA, Hubbard, of L. Ron Hubbard's VA pension begins; he is awarded just $11.50, having been rated 10% disabled after the war. He appeals this small pension, and is granted a new medical exam, but VA doctors are unable to find much physical evidence for the many ailments Hubbard complains of. Event, L. Ron Hubbard
August 10, 1946 L. Ron Hubbard, Sara Northrupp, Polly Grubb first L. Ron Hubbard marries Sara Northrupp without divorcing Polly Grubb first. Event, L. Ron Hubbard
May 22, 1946 Aleister Crowley telegram Aleister Crowley cables his US office after reading reports from his branch headquarters in America and Jack Parsons's accounts of the occult ceremony he had performed with L. Ron Hubbard: "Suspect Ron playing confidence trick--Jack Parsons weak fool--obvious victim prowling swindlers." In a letter a few days later he said, "It seems to me on the information of our brethren in California that Parsons has got an illumination in which he lost all his personal independence. From our brother's account he has given away both his girl and his money. Apparently it is the ordinary confidence trick." L. Ron Hubbard
February 16, 1946 L. Ron Hubbard, US Navy L. Ron Hubbard is honorably released from active duty in the US Navy. Event, L. Ron Hubbard
December 12, 1945 L. Ron Hubbard's, Navy report, 5/20, (which, 12/20, 14/20, respectively). This, "legal blindness", doubtful. There, "legally bli L. Ron Hubbard's last Navy report. He is rated at only 5/20 in both eyes (which glasses corrected to 12/20 and 14/20 in right and left respectively). This was certainly poor eyesight but whether it was "legal blindness" is doubtful. There is no record in his file of him having been declared "legally blind". Event, L. Ron Hubbard