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    Default Mission Network Pre 1982

    I got into Scientology at a Mission, Arden Way in Sacramento, and took courses with some of the early pioneer missionholders. I was just telling Alan in a post, that I knew of him as my sisters were on staff at his mission, and I knew many at his Salt Lake mission. I also knew Pem and Roz Wall at Reno, Allen and Virginia Kapuler at South Lake Tahoe, David Stokes at Fresno. Jerry Hedin and Peter and Doran Greene had both owned Arden Way. Kip Kiplinger had also had SF Marina and was involved in Sac.
    While reading Kima Douglas' account of taking care of LRH over a number of years. I realized what a huge power shift occured in the mission network, after Ray Kemp had basically declared war on LRH, sending out people to photograph him, etc. Orange County was a watershed event for missions everywhere. I was in at a time when COSMOD was getting huge numbers of people into Scientology in Northern California. Out of my little high school in Truckee, over 25 OTs were eventually produced, due to Sacramento and Martin Samuels' COSMOD ( Church of Scientology Mission of Davis) missions. Just to give you the idea, everybody knew a little about Scientology, and had friends who were in or interested, in our college circles.
    The battles which culminated in 1982 with the mass declares , came about for many reasons. One of which was Ray Kemp flouting his money, buying Jaguars when the staff were broke. The locals in Orange County were very aware of this state of affairs. There were flaps at other missions as well. These were used as justifications to rip off franchises and blow private ownership of missions into a Sea Org supervised era, which proved very different. What gets lost in accusations, is that the missions WERE getting thousands and tens of thousands of people in and up the lower Bridge, and sending staff up to orgs, like SF, for training. It was FUN!
    The Sea Org points to the last 25 years and says "see, we did all that". Yes , you did, after you made it impossible for anyone else to move an inch without your imput. I hope Alan and others from the period will chime in, give some insight, and war stories. The Mission floodgates are open!
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    Quote Originally Posted by OHTEEATE View Post
    I got into Scientology at a Mission,

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    I hope Alan and others from the period will chime in, give some insight, and war stories. The Mission floodgates are open!
    I ("Popsweetland" i.e "E. David Sweetland") took the first Comm Course offered at Martin & Diana Samules "Dianetics and Scientology Center" in Davis, in October of 1969. It wasn't called a "mission" until a few years later and we went through all that Roman collar crap.

    I was, I belive, the tenth staff member in the original Davis mission signing in April or so of 1970. There was Martin & Diana Samules; Vaughn & Toby Young ) That - Robert "Vaughn" Young who was teaching philosophy at Univeristy of California - Davis - (UCD) ; James Hare (brother of Fred and recepient of the first Class VIII cert); Jerry & Nola Simmons (Jerry tenured professor of sociology at UCD); Lawrence Lynn; Jeannie Danilovich; then me.

    Martin had a staff joining ceremony where the new member "signed in blood". My predecessors had done so by making a pin prick in a finger and swiping a little blood on the contract. When I was offerd the pin I rejected it and went to James Hares's office where he had an engraved dagger. I was deeply conflicted about my decision to reject my collge education and join staff. At age 20 two-and-a-half years seemed like an eternity. I made a pretty good gash in the back of my left hand while Martin and others roared and convulsed in a combinataion of revulsion and support. I wiped plenty of blood across the contract. I still have the scar - subtle, but there.

    By the time I left staff in 1980 "COSMOD" included Davis, Sacramento, Portland, SanFrancisco, and the Delphian FOUNDATION (later the Delphian SCHOOL). We had somewhere bewteen two and three hundred staff - maybe more -- I don't recall. Wild times ..... more later...

    I didn't realize that the "Truckee contingent" also had people at Arden Way. Rohn and Vicki Walker; Steve Besio and his girlfriend Jeannie Danilovich - she was from another small Sierra town - Jackson); Greg and Cathy Moore also from Truckee were all part of COSMOD's "Truckee" contingent. I believe that all are still active "churchies"--- although "who knows"... If anyone is lurking you know how to contact me.

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    AFAIK, the missions fed the upper orgs.

    When the missions were destroyed the orgs suffered.

    Now, there are so many people reporting how the orgs are dead. Duh!

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    Gee Mike,

    I watched every mission in New York fold.

    Word from inside was that L.R.H. sold it all to DM for a bit over 450,000.

    That word came from his CMO missionaires.

    DM got the money for the buy out from raiding the mission network and that is why he had the ...whatever...to buzz Hubbard and his wife off.

    He bought it like a store.

    DM ownes it from raiding the missions.

    He bought it, get it?

    It hasn't been Hubbard for 2o years, it's been David Miscavige Inc..

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    I am very interested in hearing about the time period of 82 when all of this occured, and things surrounding it. At the time I was in the church, but at the ripe age of 10 years old, I was unaware of what was the goings-on within the church. I was busy in school, trying to find a TV to watch (as they had all been confiscated in that year), trying to see my dad (who we were in contact with in 82, last time I ever saw him) and other such things.

    And how did the whole COSMOD thing relate time-wise with the Snow White operation? Were they in the same time period?

    Is there a book covering this or something I could read up on?

    (My story is later years mostly - though I was in Scn/Sea Org from 1975 - 2004)

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    The Mission Network started this week in California in 1850!

    Do you know what else happened this week back in 1850, in California?

    California became a state.

    The State had no electricity.

    The State had no money.

    Almost everyone spoke Spanish.

    There were gunfights in the streets.

    As you can observe; even after 157 years there has been little change, basically, it was just like California today, except the women had real breasts, and the men didn't hold hands.

    Alan
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    "I am very interested in hearing about the time period of 82 when all of this occured, and things surrounding it".

    Dear Whatever,

    Here is a link about the actual meeting:

    http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~dst/Cowen/audit/missions.html

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    The original Mission Holder Meetings occurred in 1981.

    Once the CMO and DM had reneged on their agreements to reform Scio., it was a forgone obviousness that DM's and the CMO's psychotic behaviour would continue.

    Dec 1981 was the beginning of the end......

    Alan
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    Wow. Thank you for that. From inside in the SO, that was considered the turning point, where everything off the rails got back on the rails, starting with that conference.

    I didnt know Wendel Reynolds was in on it too. I knew him later when he was the CO Gold. I babysat his daughter for a few months. Later he was posted as a dishwasher at Gold. That was all late 80's (88 - 89).

    Among other things really off with all that, is that alot of that stuff was originally authorized to be done, so why did they have to hit so hard to people who were trying to do good? I know they consider that they were not trying to do good.

    Oct 1982 - My 10th birthday. I was still in Florida and still able to see my dad (even though he was declared, we were allowed to see him.).

    Interesting...

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    Quote Originally Posted by theillusioness View Post
    "I am very interested in hearing about the time period of 82 when all of this occured, and things surrounding it".

    more here http://www.factnet.org/Books/PieceOfBlueSky/bs7-1.htm

    and here http://www.factnet.org/Books/PieceOfBlueSky/bs7-2.htm

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