The 1950s were heady days, indeed!
L. Ron Hubbard's Dianetics had just been promoted by John W. Campbell, Jr.
in Astounding Science Fiction magazine.
The world was ablaze with Dianetic groups resulting from Campbell's influence
and Hubbard's new book -- doctors, lawyers,
engineers, mathematicians, teachers -- everyone, including the common man was
out to become "clear," a superior
beingness promised by Hubbard's first book, "Dianetics: The Modern Science
of Mental Health."
The first of several Hubbard Dianetic Research Foundations was established
and then quickly folded, bankrupted,
and then all but one was bought out in Federal court by a new oil well millionare,
Purcell and Hubbard set up The Hubbard Dianetic Center in Wichita, Kansas.
Hubbard lectures often but all is not rosy in "sanity" land as Purcell wants
Hubbard to suppress some of his research findings.
They break up.
One of the auditors, Perry A. Chapdelaine, Sr., B.A., M.A., H.D.A. goes on to
Minneapolis, MN where he meets and audits
Ronald B. Howes. Howes appears to be a genuine "clear." His attributes seem
to be what the future evolved Homo sapiens
will be. Many flock to Howes' doorway and go away convinced that he is not
just clear, but also superior to most of us.
A tape is made immediately after Howes' auditing, "Prologue to Survival,"
I & II.
Chapdelaine travels the US convincing people that a "clear" is possible. The
Dianetic field is rejuvenated.
Hubbard goes on to England and then on further to set up the Sea Org, an
organization designed to keep the techonology
working, to insure it is not corrupted. He also establishes a new religion, the Church of Scientology, charged with delivering
the correct technology.
Chapdelaine writes and publishes a pamphlet, "Health & Happiness." Howes is published in "Dr. Howes Discusses Humanics"
by some of his admiring followers.
The giants are now dead but the legacy of John W. Campbell, Jr., Lafayette Ron Hubbard and Ronald B. Howes continues to grow.
Yes, indeed, those were heady days!
Read the raw truth here, presented by one survivor, Perry A. Chapdelaine, Sr.
Perry A. Chapdelaine, Sr. has been CEO of the Arthritis Trust of America charity since 1982. He writes for the charity under the pen-name of Anthony di Fabio, also works found on Kindle and Nook.
When the work of the English Roger Wyburn-Mason,M.D., Ph.D. and American Jack M. Blount, M.D. quickly got Chapdelaine well from “galloping” rheumatoid arthritis in the early 80s, they, along with dozens of American doctors, formed The Arthritis Trust of America.
Chapdelaine received his BA degree from Iowa State Teachers College Majoring in mathematics and minoring in chemistry, physics and psychology. He received his MA degree from Geoge Peabody College for Teachers majoring in mathematics and psychology.
Chapdelaine taught all levels of mathematics in several colleges or universities. At one university he applied for and received a half million dollar grant from the National Science Foundation to help develop Computer Assisted Instruction. Its principles, developed further by others, are now to be found in handheld devices for teaching mathematics and other subjects throughout the world.
He was a psychometrist for the US Air Force, also system analyst when computers were first funded by the Air Force. He also was City Manager of a small city and ran several small mom and pop businesses.
During World War II, the army sent Chapdelaine to the University of West Virginia to become a civil engineer. Six months before graduating he requested transfer overseas to join the physical battle. Unfortunately -- or perhaps fortunately -- the war ended.