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Dec 28, 1997 60 Minutes: The Cult Awareness Network — CBS News
Transcript: Descriptions of video in italics. VO=Voiceover of Lesley Stahl. LESLEY STAHL (in studio): There was a time if you were worried about your son or daughter being in a cult, you could get help from a small, non-profit organization called the Cult Awareness Network, or CAN, for 20 years the nation’s best-known resource for information and advice about groups it considered dangerous. Among them was Scientology, a church not known for turning the other cheek. But church officials say Scientology ...
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 7, 1997 Scientologists attack police chief in letter — St. Petersburg Times (Florida) More:
link 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 ...
Oct 31, 1997 In her final years, Scientologist spent $175,000 — St. Petersburg Times (Florida) More: lisamcpherson.org, pqasb.pqarchiver.com
Thomas C. Tobin
St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
Lisa McPherson turned to the Church of Scientology in her 20s as she tried to shed the emotional baggage of a rocky youth. By age 36, with a high school education, she was earning a handsome salary as a sales representative in Clearwater. Today, as the church tries to rebut assertions that it caused her sudden death, it also credits Scientology for her successes in life. But McPherson's turnaround came at a financial price. From 1991 until she died in December ...
Sep 1, 1997 Special look at the Church of Scientology [exact date unknown] — Lotus magazine
Jul 29, 1997 L. Ron Elementary -- a parody with a point — Los Angeles Times (California) More: link
Los Angeles Times (California)
The following parody, based on news accounts of semi-secret Scientology teachings, is offered as a cautionary tale as the LAUSD board ponders a proposal to create a 100-student charter school with instruction based on L. Ron Hubbard's teaching methods in the Sunland-Tujunga area: * "Good morning, class!" "GOOD MORNING, MISS DIANETIC! WE'RE ALL IN OUR PLACES WITH BRIGHT SHINY FACES!" "You certainly are! Why, I don't even need Mr. E-Meter's help to measure your galvanic skin response! And you should be ...
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 ...
May 1, 1997 Scientologist Lisa McPherson's tragic death — Watchman Expositor
The death of 36 year old Lisa McPherson while in the "care" of fellow Scientologists at the Clearwater headquarters has led to an ongoing investigation by Clearwater police and has been the focus of numerous stories in the
Tampa Tribune, St. Petersburg Times, New York Times, local media, NBC Nightly News, and episodes on Inside Edition. Lisa's tragic story began when she joined Scientology upon high school graduation. But two weeks before Thanksgiving, 1995, Lisa "told friends that she was ready ... Mar 25, 1997 The Scientology problem — Wall Street Journal More: holysmoke.org, link
Wall Street Journal
As no doubt befits a society founded by Pilgrims, America has a long tradition of controversial movements maturing to success, whether Mormons or Christian Scientists or Jehovah's Witnesses. Today, the latest cult forcing itself to our attention is the Church of Scientology. Scientology was founded in the early 1950s by L. Ron Hubbard, a science fiction writer. He fashioned a creation myth around Xenu, who froze and transported thetan souls to volcanoes in Teegeeack, now earth. The creed holds that humans ...
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 1, 1997 Phillip Adams: Weird Science — The Weekend Australian
Feb 1, 1997 Victims or VILLAINS? — The Weekend Australian
Jan 28, 1997 Word War Two — Star magazine
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