Meeting Henning Heldt DGFUS and Marty Greenburg
I'm sorry this is not in date order, it is coming out in snapshots, after writing one here, the next one comes out...
There was another project I did... I got a message from Mike Smith that Henning Heldt wanted me to go to his home up in the hills for a meeting. Seems that during the postulate check era, when Alex Sybrski (spelling) was CO Contl, and the PAC Area bank accounts were all at Crocker Bank, that the accounts were a mess, and no one could reconcile them.
During the postulate check era, during a reg cycle, people would say they did not have any checks with them... and the reg would whip out a blank counter check, where you fill in the numbers and names and ABA number of the bank. Often people would fill these out just to be rid of the registrar. Anyway, most of these things bounced, and errors were made keeping track of them. The number of bounced checks was so huge that Crocker bank asked Scientology to LEAVE.. and closed the accounts.
After a check would bounce twice, you could not deposit it again, HOWEVER, it can be put in for collection on what is called a Collection Item Form, and you under 'instructions" you can say "Hold for ten days awaiting funds" - 30 years later I had just one guy bunce a check on my Lerma Audio Video business, and I went to my branch and told the teller what I wanted to do, she said it "it can';t be done" so I asked for the Branch Manager, the branch manager told me it can't be done, so I told HIM to call his superior at the main office and ask. He did, and then when he got off the phone he sheepishly produced a "Collection Item Form" and filled it out as I described.. and I put that check in for a third time... with "Hold ten days awaiting sufficient funds" (it came back unpaid anyway..)
Marty Greenburg said that of all the spreadsheets that were turned in from the various Orgs, mine from Pubs US were the only ones whom he did not have to 'fix' before filing with the IRS. I said thanks but why am I here. I was told they wanted me to reconcile the rest of the crocker accounts. So I was working in a trailer behind ASHO for a few months reconciling bank accounts. I used to be good at this sort of details I suppose hyperfocus is good for some things, but not any more.
I believe this project was after I had been canned as FBO Pubs US... At Pubs booksales were good and I used to send checks payable to Hubbard to Society Anonyme in Luxembourg I think it was though Lichtenstien also comes to mind. I think over a year and half at Pubs I sent over $100K to "Ron" for his royalties. Book Account policy says that the purpose of the Book Account, other than getting Hubbard his royalties and printing more books in ever larger print runs.. which makes more profit, is to have money for book advertising. Pubs was sitting on over 100 K at the time... which using inflation adjustment is like over half a million now... and the Pubs us warehouse didnt have any more room to store larger print runs.
There was so much money in that account at Sumitomo Bank that the bank would open their doors after they had closed to let me in to do business. I was 21 years old?
I recall the books then were printed at Anderson Ritchie and Simon printers, on cream colored paper in Bodoni typeface. I wanted to run a book advert in TV Guide... in a city edition.. The advert was $500 or $1000 or so, I don't recall, the Guardian's office would not approve it ( I did not know, at the time about the mess going on with Paulette Cooper's new book (at the time)) The guy that was the AGF ASHO is here on ESMB now... anyway, there was a big fight, as I said to hell with the GO and placed the advert anyway.
Also, that expensive book advert sold exactly one book. A single copy of Dianetics was sold to the head of The Montessori Institute..
The gal that was CS2 Vickie Polemini was arguing on my behalf, at the time I was married to A/CS2 Ensign Sue Swift. (this is a whole chapter) Well we both got sent to the deck project force on the Bolivar.
The DPF was what was used for 'rehabilitation and punishment" before the RPF policies were published. I thought, "They sent me to the ship, YIPPEE! On the Bolivar, yes, I had to chip paint and yes I had to clean cold metal shavings out of the bottom of the bilge under the main engines, but I loved the boat... the independence, the security, the engines.. and because of my technical background, I didn't do much paint chipping etc, but ended up acting as Chief Electrician and keeping the generators running.. I did not find out until years later that the reason we had an ex-navy subchaser for a (shore story) training vessel, was because it was supposed to be the PAC Area GETAWAY vehicle for PAC Area $cientology. ( per Scott Mayer who told me this 30 years later.)
On the DAY the now dreaded RPF policies (which have kept some for many years) arrived in the inbox of the supervisor in the DPF course room on the boat, I finished my DPF tenure...I saw the RPF Policies sitting in her inbox as I was at the examiner to be finished with the Deck Project Force...