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Discussion in 'Stories From Inside Scientology' started by scooter, Nov 15, 2008.

  1. ttamaad

    ttamaad Silver Meritorious Patron

    Bloody hell, How are ya Allen, Good to see ya here
    Cheers... Bill Gray (or it was probably Billy Gray back then... either or!!!)
     
  2. ttamaad

    ttamaad Silver Meritorious Patron

    Yes, the Cont TTC... now there is a story I can fill in some data on as I was the lucky bugger that had to supervise it... actually, I'll post about it in another thread... this one is too interesting to get sidetracked.

    So many memories, Scoot!!!!

    Cheers... Bill
     
  3. dchoiceisalwaysrs

    dchoiceisalwaysrs Gold Meritorious Patron

    :welcome: Allen. What does ULR stand for?

    Seem like you and Scooter were quite the team.

    I look forward to seee who else appears from Scooter's story.
     
  4. ULRC/S

    ULRC/S Patron with Honors

    ULR stands for Upper Level Review.

    After I left the CoS in '82 I personally studied with Bill Robertson, and the ULR C/S Course was the course he wrote that enabled one to handle all the things that can go bump in the night above (and well above) OT3.

    Bill researched many levels beyond OT3, and this course allows one to audit and C/S the things that can go wrong confidently.

    Regards, Allen
     
  5. Dulloldfart

    Dulloldfart Squirrel Extraordinaire

    Hi Allen,

    Welcome to the board.

    I suggest you start a thread somewhere in the FZ or Indie section if you want to make statements like that - which are fine to make, by the way. You are likely to provoke quite a response, and it would hijack Scooter's thread to have them all here.

    Paul
     
  6. dchoiceisalwaysrs

    dchoiceisalwaysrs Gold Meritorious Patron

    Thanks for the clarification Allen.

    And DoF does have a point. We don't want to get into a whole acronym clearing chain like is used to have in the course room with a half a dozen red volumes out to get thru my integrity course. Besides Scooter is no longer on that post in PT, only in recall, from what I gather.
     
  7. ULRC/S

    ULRC/S Patron with Honors

    I didn't use any weird words in my message, it's my choosen logo.

    Anyway, back to Scooter!

    Regards, Allen
     
  8. scooter

    scooter Gold Meritorious Patron

    OK folks it's saturday night again and i have some computer time to do the next installment for you. Last week I was being incredibly slack and off-purpose as we had a few days at my sister's place on the banks of the Murrumbidgee River - I was lying in a tent looking out the window at the stars. But I'm back now :D Here tis.

    Running the Courseroom

    And so I was it. Out of ten or so course supervisors who’d been there before the purge, all had been gotten rid of, and I wasn’t even through a Course Sup course. The dreaded Matt Henderson had gone back to where he came from, and now the top floor of Castlereagh Street was taken over by the New Advanced Org, delivering the upper levels of Scientology for the first ever time in the Southern Hemisphere. They were only a small number at first, but soon expanded to the point they had to find their own building. In the meantime they took a lot of the students from my courseroom as they did grow. Some joined the AO crew, but most just began studying there. This of course affected my stats and meant endless investigations of the courseroom as to why the student numbers were down. But that all came later.

    My first memory of this was Harry Bloomberg walking into my courseroom and asking me a few questions – like what course sup training had I done. He told me in no uncertain terms that I had to get my training done immediately and I later saw the report he sent up to Int Management about the current scene – it started with “the enemy have struck here” and detailed some of the chaos that had occurred. I forget how I got hold of that communication but I wasn’t supposed to have seen it – it was one of the many “secret” comm.s that I managed to sneak a look at in my years on staff. Eventually I got to the point of happily looking through other people’s in-trays if I thought there was something there that I needed to know – and there usually was.

    The AO opening on the 3rd and 4th floors meant those up there had to move down with the “plebs” – and “they” weren’t happy about it. The DSA were moved into the old SSO office behind Qual and also took over two of the twenty auditing rooms nearby for “storage” (they kept placards from old demonstrations in them amongst other stuff) and Division One went to the dining area in the basement and we had nowhere to eat except at our desks. Same old same old. The squabbles about space broke out and continued for the next fifteen years or so until there were so few staff left that the space used for filing cabinets etc. was almost as big as what the staff actually used – but that’s a way into the future from here.

    There were a lot of staff missing – a lot of friends had gone and most never returned. Howard and a few other guys from our house had left (or more correctly had been told to leave) and many of my friends in the Day org had gone too. Some came back later and joined the AO crew but most just disappeared.

    Some people went off to the US and joined the SO there. A few years before there had always been great excitement about someone going “over the rainbow” as going to Int Management had been termed. Now it was just another person disappearing somewhere. I was usually so busy in the Academy I never found out until a week or so after the event. But the losses were felt keenly.

    From having an established courseroom and staff there was now me and two other staff, neither of who really seemed to be doing much. I was getting very frustrated by having to work the course hours and not be able to take any breaks and then, when the courseroom had breaks, my seniors or some exec from somewhere just HAD to see me. It was always about who was going to complete their course that week and where they were at or how was I going to do some target for some program which did nothing really but add to the workload without assisting in any way. I began to see just how insane the whole stat thing was.

    There was this incredible push for “up” statistics at all costs. And lots of yelling and screaming if they weren’t. Students were gotten to stay back late to complete their courses by Thursday 2pm – the worst was someone who stayed until 5am in the morning to finish their course and then do an exam. My protests about this were over-ruled and I allowed myself to get bullied into staying – all just to “get the stat.”

    I remember one Wednesday night there was a vigil in Hyde Park just across the road over some court case that was going against us and the whole staff had been ordered to attend. I got there around 1:30 am after “completing” a student on his course. Someone commented that I didn’t look happy – I certainly couldn’t feel even vaguely pleased about staying back late at night for no real reason. I hated doing it but didn’t feel I could do anything else – if the student had agreed to it, I felt that I had to provide them with the service. It was so stupid but the seniors talked it up like we were doing the world a service by this.

    There were also some amazing things added to the student points to get that stat up too. My solution became to wait for the Academy to empty out one week and the stats to nose-dive and then take off the add-ons that shouldn’t have been counted.

    I actually had the stats “handled” a few times after I’d left on a Wednesday night – someone would “find” something they decided could be counted as stats and added them on. Of course this meant that that would have to be added from there on, otherwise the stats would go down! But the only importance was THIS week’s stats, not the future.

    I decided that if I had to push stats, I may as well benefit from it. So I got myself onto my Professional auditor training (I had some money in my account – enough for a few courses) and would put myself on study if the points were down. As I was a quick student, I could make a lot of points in a short time and everyone was happy. I started on my auditor training and loved it immensely. I usually got some study in every night after course and I would get help from people because I was “public” so to speak.

    I also began to find out what went on in the registrar area – the registrars are the salesmen and women of Scientology. They are trained heavily in “Hard Sell” – a book called “Big League Sales” is used extensively to train all sales people in how to get the sale no matter what happens. I was used to “tag” – help sell students their next lot of courses because they knew me and trusted me. One incident completely turned me off this activity.

    There were a group of SO members who worked full-time selling Scientology services and books called the Tours org. There were several who worked in Sydney org and they had the biggest and best office in the sales area. The CO of the Tours org and the ED for Syd F were talking one day in front of me about the weekly income and how were they going to get it “upstat” for the week. The ED said she really had nothing else lined up and it was going to be “down” unless they could find something new.

    At this point, the CO Tours said “It’s time to go for the Golden Holden” – referring to a guy called Tony Holden who was a public person in the org then. Tony was a quiet guy who worked somewhere close to the org and had a good steady job. He had constantly been “reged” – been sold stuff by the registrars – and seemed to be so busy working he never had time to do any courses. I listened with a rising degree of horror as these two senior executives discussed what Tony should buy that would get the GI (Gross Income) upstat for that week – something that he’d probably never use in the next ten years from memory. Tony was reged for the dollars and he got the stats up for the org that week. I wonder if he ever felt used – he sure was.

    This same sales team had positively fawned over a Mexican guy a year or two earlier – I forget the guy’s name but he was “big.” He’d been promoting Scientology heavily in Latin America to apparently hundreds of thousands of people with great success (or so we were told.) He’d come to Australia to share his salesmanship successes with “us” and there was a big “event” at the Sydney Town hall I think to get lots of Latin Americans into Scientology. It was a bust and the guy later was declared “Suppressive” and expelled from the Church. But at the time he was royalty and was being lovingly escorted around by the CO Tours and his juniors. I remember being surprised to see this shabbily dressed man being treated amazingly well by people who only ever talked to well-dressed people with obviously lots of money and even then spoke down to them in a tone of “we know what’s best for you.”

    The reges and the recruiters used to gather outside the door to the courseroom ever night at the end of course time. I got reported to ethics for referring to them as the “gathering of the vultures” one night A few gave nervous laughs but all looked a little shamefaced. I was constantly told that these posts were a vital part of the org and I shouldn’t treat them as enemies. I slowly ceased to treat them quite so badly as they did provide my meagre paycheck and some fellow staff members over the years.
     
  9. Aerial

    Aerial Patron with Honors

    :drama: looking forward to your next installment Scooter
     
  10. Been Done Had

    Been Done Had Patron with Honors

    Scooter

    I'm enjoying your journey very much. Very man versus church. Despite their best efforts to tame you, they couln't kill the fire.

    The Thursday at two shenanigans bring up a lot of memories. :grouch:

    Continue!
     
  11. FoTi

    FoTi Crusader

    Thank you

    :goodposting: :clap: More please. :drama:
     
  12. ULRC/S

    ULRC/S Patron with Honors

    Scoot,
    Fantastic!

    Any chance tou could add in more names of the staff after the time I left, especially the execs? Very interested in who stayed and who were kicked.

    Regards, Allen
     
  13. HappyGirl

    HappyGirl Gold Meritorious Patron

    Popcorn's ready. :drama:
     
  14. Carmel

    Carmel Crusader

    Oh Scoots, I get so sad reading your installments sometimes (I can laugh too though :) ).

    As you say, we lost just so many friends back then, and the cummulative heart of the org had dissappeared. It was very much "what the hell has happened?", and "what the hell do we do now?". While it got worse, the shock factor and the losses back at that time, are still are somewhat painful to look at.

    You describe it well - I'm appreciating your story.
     
  15. Panda Termint

    Panda Termint Cabal Of One

    Hey Scooter,
    Loving the story.
    Gawd, I remember the infamous "Man Who Opened Up Mexico" tour. It was Ricardo Garcia, was it not?
    He was a funny dude and sort of amused at all the hooplah. When he saw the big Event backdrop reading, "The Man Who Opened Up Mexico", he said it made him think that we must all think that Mexico was a can of baked-beans or something. Ricardo did get declared but not before he'd educated us about what he called "The Mexican CSW". He told us the only way to really get anything done in scn was to just DO it, then write up a CSW asking for permission after the fact. I loved it! :D
     
  16. Dulloldfart

    Dulloldfart Squirrel Extraordinaire

    "Write a Mexican CSW". I like that. It's very true that it's often the best way to get things done in life, but be careful if it's government bureaucracies you're dealing with. :)

    Paul
     
  17. scooter

    scooter Gold Meritorious Patron

    Yep that was his name, Panda - I just saw a shy lightly shabby guy with a nice smile followed by SO uniforms.

    I'll get the next install up for you all in the next few days and Al, I can't really name all the names - there are some who won't appreciate what I have to say about them :D
     
  18. Megalomaniac

    Megalomaniac Silver Meritorious Patron

    More Please!

    Scooter!

    You are a NO SHOW. :naughty: Flunk. :grouch: Get your stats up! :furious:

    I was feeling bad because I only read half your story, and now I find out that you only wrote half your story. :duh: Are you running some kind of make wrong on me?

    Ok, then. I'm gonna go read Feral's story. I'm gonna write a chapter in my story. I'm gonna go to the toilet. Run a few errands. Maybe mow the lawn. Then I'll be back to inspect. I expect to see the next installment or I'm going to send a search party to the Murrumbidgee River and get you back on post.




    Whoa! 'scuse me. I don't know what got into me there.

    I meant to say :goodjob:

    mac
     
  19. scooter

    scooter Gold Meritorious Patron

    Mac - I stand chastened.

    I will try to post more soon.

    Really!

    I'll try at least :D
     
  20. Megalomaniac

    Megalomaniac Silver Meritorious Patron

    Murrumbidgee River

    Ha! There you are. http://www.roslynoxley9.com.au/artists/3/Anne_Zahalka/330/35366/

    Actually, that looks fun. Here I am on Emma's Bridge to Total Status and you're having fun. :think: Why come we can't take stats for having fun? :confused2: I've been reduced to an ESMB product officer, yelling at my new friend. :bigcry: