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Dec 12, 1997 Ex-Scientologist wins $6 million after 17-year fight — Daily Journal (Los Angeles, California) More: link
Daily Journal (Los Angeles, California)
Type: Tort, intentional infliction of emotion distress,
Bench decision: Amendment of judgment - $6,025,857
($4,649,328 renewed judgment plus $1,376,529 accrued
Case/Number: Larry Wollersheim v. Church of Scientology of
California / C332027.
Court/Date: L.A. Superior Central / Oct. 29, 1997.
Judge: John P. Shook.
Attorneys: Plaintiff - Craig J. Stein (Gartenberg, Jaffe,
Gelfand & Stein, LLP, L.A.); Daniel A. Leipold, Cathy Shipe,
Robert F. Donohue (Hagenbaugh & Murphy, Orange); Lita
Schlosser (Encino); Ford Greene (Hub Law Offices, San
Dec 12, 1997 L. Ron Hubbard Strikes Back [Re: The Learning Cure, November 14-20] — L.A. Weekly (California)
L.A. Weekly (California)
As reported in the Weekly a few weeks back ("The Learning Cure" by Sara Catania, November 14-20), the folks at Scientology-affiliated textbook publisher Applied Scholastics think pretty highly of their L. Ron Hubbard-inspired pedagogy. In their push to qualify a series of five Applied Scholastics texts for public school use statewide, the company has touted the books' ability to help students think, speak and write for themselves.
It seems odd, then, that the honchos at Applied Scholastics apparently don't trust their ...
Dec 7, 1997 A belief in reincarnation — St. Petersburg Times (Florida) More:
link Nov 20, 1997 Last night's TV / Take me to your lucre — The Guardian (UK)
Nov 20, 1997 Name-calling and cryptic crossword clues — The Times (UK)
Nov 20, 1997 TV [re. Channel 4's Secret Lives] — The Independent (UK)
Nov 19, 1997 Secret lives: Lafayette Ron Hubbard [video] — Channel 4 (UK) More: transcript, local copy of transcript
Channel 4 (UK)
VOICES: "We were saving the world, we were convinced that Hubbard was the returned saviour and that his techniques and his knowledge and his majesty would eventually bring all mankind to an enlightened state and that was what we were doing..." "There were some things about him that I do feel were rather dangerous. I felt so much under his spell that I told my room-mate that if ever I told her that I was going to marry this man, she ...
Nov 15, 1997 This week / Follow the leader — Radio Times (UK)
Nov 14, 1997 The learning cure // Can L. Ron Hubbard's "study technology" make kids smarter? — L.A. Weekly (California) More: link
L.A. Weekly (California)
When you sit down to read, do you find yourself feeling blank or sort of spinny? Squashed, bent or just not there? Sure you do. And here's why: You've gone past a word you don't understand. In fact, the only reason a person gives up studying or becomes confused or unable to learn is because that person went past a word that was misunderstood. At least that's what the followers of the late Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard want you to ...
Nov 9, 1997 Travolta begs Channel 4 not to attack Scientology — The Independent (UK) More:
link Sep 1, 1997 Scientology: The science fiction religion — Victorian Inter-Campus Edition (Australia)
May 31, 1997 CATS out of the bag [May 31, 1997, Vol. 12, No. 9] — World Magazine More: 18.104.22.168
In the early fall of 1991 Atlanta businessman Ralph Regan participated in a local radio talk show dealing with abuses by the Internal Revenue Service and problems with the federal tax system. Shortly afterward, the 35-year old nurseryman received a call from Victor Krohn, the head of Citizens for an Alternative Tax System (CATS), who asked Mr. Regan to start up an Atlanta area CATS chapter. A few months later Mr. Regan resigned his post after discovering that CATS had been ...
May 11, 1997 Battlefield Tilden — St. Petersburg Times (Florida) More: pqasb.pqarchiver.com
St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
TILDEN, NEB. — In a no-stoplight town on the American plain, in a house where the King James Version lies open in the entryway, a woman unfolds her newspaper and begins to read. The headline in the Tilden Citizen announces, "New Park Groundbreaking Ceremony Held." A picture shows 13 people posed shoulder to shoulder, their grins as frozen as the February soil. The mayor, a construction foreman on his afternoon break, has the familiar job of holding the shovel. A banner ...
Apr 10, 1997 Mother warns on cult groups — South Western Times (Australia)
South Western Times (Australia)
A local mother warned parents last week that young people who travel to Perth in search of education, work or adventure could be influenced by cult groups. Young people often gravitated to Perth in search of excitement and some cults have been accused of preying on the lonely, offering friendship to young people feeling lost in an unfamiliar place, the mother said. Matilda, not her real name, said she wanted to warn others because her life had been turned upside down ...
Mar 30, 1997 The true story of a false prophet — Mail on Sunday (UK)
Mar 20, 1997 Cult of Personality — Woroni (Australia)
Having spent the morning on the Net, surfing any number of hideous accounts by ex-scientologists, I climbed the stairs of the Civic Scientology office with some trepidation. I felt armed with my newly enhanced awareness of cult recruiting tactics and brainwashing techniques, and had the specific aim of grabbing any printed material I could see and getting out fast. I was greeted warmly by a young woman and told that someone would be 'with me shortly.' A few minutes later she ...
Mar 9, 1997 Scientology's puzzling journey from tax rebel to tax exempt // Taxes and tactics behind an I.R.S. reversal — New York Times More: link
New York Times
On Oct. 8, 1993, 10,000 cheering Scientologists thronged the Los Angeles Sports Arena to celebrate the most important milestone in the church's recent history: victory in its all-out war against the Internal Revenue Service. For 25 years, I.R.S. agents had branded Scientology a commercial enterprise and refused to give it the tax exemption granted to churches. The refusals had been upheld in every court. But that night the crowd learned of an astonishing turnaround. The I.R.S. had granted tax exemptions to ...
Mar 6, 1997 Unfair attack on a new religion — The Australian
Mar 1, 1997 Phillip Adams: Weird Science — The Weekend Australian
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