The Lost Works of L. Ron Hubbard in Wichita?

L. Ron Hubbard lived in Wichita, KS from approximately 1950 to 1952.  Hubbard was invited to our fair city by a wealthy oilman whom had sought out Hubbard’s “therapy”.  Hubbard came to believe that this oil man wanted to take ownership of “Dianetics” – the original work that started Scientology. I hear word that wealthy Scientologists are very interested in knowing where L. Ron lived during his Wichita years because there are persistent rumors among them that undiscovered work may still be in Wichita.  I would think finding out where Hubbard lived would be fairly easy to determine.

Who knows, maybe some entreprenuer could type up some seriously strange drivel on an old Remington type writer and walk off with some serious cash. 🙂


Filed under History, Original writings, Weird news

7 responses to “The Lost Works of L. Ron Hubbard in Wichita?

  1. Ask Jammers, he looks like an alien loving dude 🙂 . Hey, I have an old Remington…

    • jammer5

      Aw, yes: Battlefield Earth . . . wasn’t that one of the greatest movies of all time (turns head and coughs)?

      • You know Jammers, I have watch all kinds of crap in my life, but I didn’t even have the heart to rent it (even when it went to weekly!). I bet Cruise is glad he wasn’t tempted!
        So anywho, spill it Jammers, where did Hubbard stay? It was your place, right? I know it wasn’t at Fnords’, he wouldn’t have approved of the Chicken in a Can.
        Come on, he was there for two years someones gotta know. For goodness sakes Herbert Hoover came to our town for a few months and there are friggin plaques everywhere.
        I grew up in a house, where it was rumored DH Lawrence stayed and took notes for one of his famous novels. More than likely “Kangaroo”.

  2. jammer5

    Hey, it was a Hubbard movie . . . what can I say. Scientology has to be one of the weirdest out there. I have a problem even calling it a religion. More like a cult.

  3. I’m no detective, but Hubbard did live in Wichita for a few years. Seems to me there was a court case about Dianetics and its eligibility for a tax exemption back in the day, so there should be a paper trail to follow for anyone who really wants to pursue the matter.

  4. The following is from a Scientology website. It describes Hubbard’s Wichita experience:

    * * * * *

    Having completed a second Dianetics text, Science of Survival, in mid-1951, Ron accepted a seemingly generous invitation to head a consolidated Dianetics Foundation in Wichita, Kansas. Extending that invitation was a somewhat ambiguous Wichita oil man by the name of Don Purcell. The name initially appears on but one of seven thousand letters received through the previous summer. Then again, this Don Purcell is vaguely recalled by students from the first New Jersey Foundation where he briefly appeared in search of professional counseling. But his late April offer to provide L. Ron Hubbard with a financially independent foundation and all else necessary for the advancement of Dianetics was, on the whole, unprecedented.

    The arrangement essentially called for LRH research and lectures at an equitable salary, while Purcell attended to financial concerns – even including the assumption of debts from an over-extended Los Angeles Foundation. In what amounted to a small formality, Purcell was to further assume a nominal hold on the copyrights of Dianetics, but only for a limited period.

    Initially all proceeded as described. Dianeticists uprooted themselves from New Jersey, Chicago, New York and Los Angeles, and LRH commenced instruction in a neatly appointed West Douglas Avenue hall. Meanwhile research continued into that most fascinating realm of past-life phenomena, chronicled today in A History of Man.

    Then quite without warning, the curtain fell with a midafternoon announcement of bankruptcy.

    Details are complex, and letters to follow effectively tell all. But for the sake of simplicity, the sequence was essentially this: On what amounted to a fabricated claim, Purcell had plunged his Wichita Foundation into bankruptcy. LRH, in turn, found himself served with several writs and demands for equity, although, as he so succinctly put it: “They obviously do not want my car or my cash. And they obviously want my copyrights, the name HUBBARD, the word DIANETICS and Dianetics processes…. And this is obviously no bankruptcy, but a scheme to place me in such straits and hurt me so much that I will be forced to give all they seek.”

    And it was true – every word of it. For having succeeded in his plunging the corporation into bankruptcy, Purcell casually cut a $6,124 check and purchased fifteen oak side chairs, thirteen arm side chairs, nineteen inkwells and pens, ten thousand copies of Science of Survival – and for the same six thousand dollars – the names and copyrights for both Dianetics and L. Ron Hubbard.

    While just for good measure (and perhaps even more to the point), Purcell further received a most mysterious fifty thousand dollars from an undisclosed medical/psychiatric slush fund.

    In addition to a powerful LRH message to Purcell, we have also included Ron’s wry memo to the southwest court where he ultimately triumphed, paving the way for the return of those copyrights and trademarks.

    * * * * *
    What interests me the most is that, even early on, Hubbard saw himself as a victim of traditional psychiatry.

    The site is here:

    I think 6 is correct, there could be a lot of information in court documents.

  5. This is an interesting observation. When one googles the search terms L. Ron Hubbard, Wichita, KS – this blog post shows up second on the list.

    I am not sure how those priorities are determined.

    And . . .
    I am not sure that I am really happy about that result. If Tom shows up, tell him he needs to leave – we don’t have a couch anywhere that he can jump off of.