OK, it's true, the dateline on the press release the Church of Scientology sent us about the centennial of its founder L. Ron Hubbard was March 13. But it didn't land in Unreal's e-mail in-box until March 16. (Yes, we know, it's March 18 now, but we're still not as far behind as the Scientologists. So there!)
Apparently, for the creators of this press release, Hubbard's "genius" is proportional to the number of words he cranked out during his lifetime: "35 million words, 12,000 writings and 3,000 recorded lectures."
If Unreal generates that much crap, do you think we could get our own cult, er, religion too?
Centennial Celebrations Announced for One of the Most Remarkable Americans of the 20th Century
March 13th 2011 marks the Centennial Celebration of author, humanitarian and philosopher L. Ron Hubbard (www.lronhubbard.org) and is being celebrated throughout the world.
March 13, 2011 St. Louis, MO -- Across major cities in the United States, the Americas, Africa, Australia, Asia and Europe millions will recognize the life works and legacy of L. Ron Hubbard (1911-1986) on his Centennial Celebration this coming March 13th 2011. Celebrations will take place through next Saturday, the 19th of March, in commemoration of Mr. Hubbard's many contributions in the areas of the arts, exploration, his fiction works, his work as a humanitarian and the religious philosophy Mr. Hubbard developed, all of which are known and used by millions worldwide.
Born in Tilden, Nebraska on March 13th 1911, the son of a Naval Officer*, L. Ron Hubbard's adventures and travels began at an early age by becoming the nation's youngest Eagle Scout of his day in 1924 - just two weeks after his thirteenth birthday. By the age of 19 he had traveled over 250,000 miles before the advent of air travel** by way of land and sea throughout America, the Caribbean and the Far East. These travels brought Mr. Hubbard face to face with many different cultures where he witnessed widespread social degradation in many different lands. This provided him a first hand insight into society's most prevalent issues and served as a research base to his philosophical and humanitarian works in use today.
L. Ron Hubbard is known as one of the most prolific writers of the 20th Century - publishing 138 short stories, novelettes and novels during the 1930's and 1940's. This early writing career funded his continued research into the mind and the nature of man, only interrupted by his military service during WWII where he saw action both in the Atlantic and the Pacific. In 1948 Mr. Hubbard served as a Special Officer of the LAPD, which he used like any other experience in life - to observe in order to resolve problems concerned with social degradation.
His research led to the release of Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health and several years later was the founding of the Scientology Religion. Continuously researching in order to help his fellow man, L. Ron Hubbard later developed humanitarian programs for drug rehabilitation & detoxification, criminal reform, education & literacy and his common sense guide to better living - The Way to Happiness - which combined have touched close to a billion lives in over 170 nations.
Mr. Hubbard's total body of literary accomplishments, fiction and non-fiction, expanded to become the largest single works for any individual - 35 million words, 12,000 writings and 3,000 recorded lectures.
"We are celebrating the centennial of one of the most remarkable lives of the 20th Century," said President of the Friends of L. Ron Hubbard Foundation, Monica Sanz Polo. "Mr. Hubbard has left an indelible mark as an author, humanitarian and philosopher whose life works and legacy are known and cherished throughout the world."
In anticipation of the L. Ron Hubbard Centennial, hundreds of letters of recognition, proclamations, awards and honors have been received by the Friends of L. Ron Hubbard Foundation from around the world in recognition of Mr. Hubbard's works.
For more information on the life and works of L. Ron Hubbard visit the new interactive audio visual website www.lronhubbard.org.
* Does anyone else find it fishy that a Naval Officer would be living in Nebraska?
** Hubbard turned nineteen in 1930. The Wright Brothers first flew in 1903. Airplanes were used in World War I (1914-1918). Charles Lindbergh crossed the Atlantic by plane in 1927. Even if Hubbard weren't that special -- and who are we to deny that he was? -- he could have taken a commercial flight as far back as 1914.