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

  1. ttamaad

    ttamaad Silver Meritorious Patron

    Hey Scooter,

    Just a quick question... you being a professor and all!!

    There was policy stating that a professor got paid the equivalent of the top auditor plus his bonuses at any place he/she worked (or something along those lines)

    Was that policy still being actioned while you were on staff??
  2. scooter

    scooter Gold Meritorious Patron

    No - mainly because the pay was virtually non-existent again when I actually left.

    The line was also being used that I wasn't on a Course Sup post (I was Dir Correction then Qual Sec) so therefore wasn't eligible - not that it would've made much difference to the $s amount.
  3. ttamaad

    ttamaad Silver Meritorious Patron

    Hmmmm... seems like an alteration of the policy too... I can't remember that it ever said anything like that... you aren't eligible due to the post you hold. Oh well, just another out point to add to the list
  4. Human Again

    Human Again Silver Meritorious Patron

    Wow, I just read your story Scooter. It's amazing to see this from your Viewpoint. I am amazed at your recall, it's so clear and your writing fully brings it all alive. And knowing the story behind the "strong silent type" that I had observed form afar is mind boggling.

    Matt Hendersen. Perhaps I should try and write my story. He has such a different role in mine. I never knew the effect he was having on Sydney orgs. He was the first SO member who ever showed me any respect or comerarderie. I'll see if I can drege up the photo I have from when he took the Tours org out to dinner as a congrats for a HE GI. When I heard he was declared I felt so happy that he had gotten out of the rat trap.

    Looking forward to hearing more from you.
  5. scooter

    scooter Gold Meritorious Patron

    For Human Again: I would LOVE to hear your story on those crazy days. I'm sure you'd find it therapeutic to sit down and put it all together.

    For everyone, here's the next little bit in my story. I was hoping to keep the vitriol to a minimum on this but....

    Now that the AO was open for business upstairs and having to get their stats up, they began looking for students of their own and – surprise, surprise - found a whole bunch of them two floors below – in the academy I was running. One by one the students were being sold on transferring up to the AO courseroom as “it was a better space” or “it’s more theta” or “there’s less bank because there’s lots of OTs there” ad nauseum. These were actual lines used on paying public to get them to move up two flights of stairs if they paid ten percent of their original cost for their courses. Many went, some stayed.

    Of course, this was not an accepted reason why the student numbers were dropping. There HAD to be something wrong with me or what I was doing for this to be occurring – in Scientology, you control your own stats, even if you have a black PR (propaganda) campaign running against you that few executives in my own org were serious about challenging. I did get some back-up but mostly I was targeted as the person emptying the courseroom, especially at the CLO level.

    Some of those who went even came back when they found that the service they got there wasn’t as good nor as personal as we were providing. They didn’t get their ten percent back however.

    It was incredibly demoralizing to have an organization in the same building actively competing for your business – why this was ever allowed to continue was completely beyond me, and I questioned this to a great many people. My immediate senior was useless so never did anything but occasionally natter ineffectively about it but his senior did make noise, usually unsuccessfully about it but sometimes the more blatant lies being told were stopped.

    I should probably mention my senior in a little more detail. He was the D of T and his goal seemed to be to do as little as he could and leave as early as he could. From memory he joined staff some time after Matt Henderson left town and was in the TTC as a sup in training then was made D of T as I refused to do the post myself. He re-introduced getting students to stay back late to complete courses and began to get students to buy short courses that they didn’t need so that they would complete them quickly and get his stats up.

    His greatest “success” at this was when he found a checksheet for a tapes course that was used a lot in European orgs at the time as they had few written translations of Hubbard’s stuff but a lot of taped translations. Our hero would spend time convincing some student that this course would help them later with course that had tapes on it and get them to either pay for it or transfer money from their other courses to cover it. The only person who benefited from this was the D of T.

    He would sometimes put himself onto study on a course to “get the stats up” and I got to the point of refusing to supervise him as he would sit there yawning and going to sleep but refuse to do any of the Hubbard handlings for this – majorly looking up misunderstood words. As a matter of my own personal integrity, I refused to sign anything off on his checksheets and he’d have to get other staff to sign things for him as he knew I wouldn’t.

    He’d been sent to Flag at one point to do the “New” Professional TRs Course and came back a “graduate” who was going to “boom the Academy” as he was the ultimate in TRs. Trouble was, he kept bragging to the students and staff about how he’d had heaps of trouble doing the first drill on the course and was sitting there in “so much pain I was about to fall off the chair and I was just about to open my eyes and say I can’t take it when the Course Sup walked up to me and said ‘Pass’” This is the drill that you only pass when you could “be there comfortably for two hours.”

    He was single when he joined staff then married a quite sweet girl who many tried unsuccessfully to talk out of it. He dropped her after a while chasing a 19 year old who’d just joined staff and was in the TTC – she had a boyfriend who was a student in the courseroom. Despite my protests that this was a violation of the Course Supervisor’s Code which strictly forbids any sort of non-professional relationship between sup and student, they got together and eventually made plans to get married. He asked me to be his best man and I was going to refuse but relented for his wife-to-be’s sake as there was no-one else I could think of who would’ve accepted the job – the guy was universally disliked by the staff and a large number of the students. I doubt that he actually saw that he treated most people with disdain. He was the first example of an OT that I’d seen who obviously wasn’t what an OT should be – to say he was careless with the truth would be an understatement. And he had absolutely no compassion for his fellow beings if they were having a hard time of it

    He found a porn mag in the toilets one night and told myself, the other sup and the word-clearer all about it. It was apparently graphic photos of anal sex. So we wanted to look at it too. No, no – get back to work was the reply. Was this taken to HCO? Or did our hero sit at his desk looking electrified for nearly an hour while students around him studied? His “bullbaiting” (one of the TRs where you have to be able to sit in front of a person who can do and say anything and you have to not react to it at all) contained a lot of references to anal sex after that. I wondered what happened between his wife and him that night when they got home from the org. Surprisingly (to me) he never claimed student points for his night’s work.

    More soon - I promise :D
  6. Woggin' out

    Woggin' out Patron with Honors

    Anticipating moar!!!:thumbsup:
  7. FoTi

    FoTi Crusader

    Looking forward to moar. :drama: :drama:
  8. Megalomaniac

    Megalomaniac Silver Meritorious Patron

    I'm hoping the next chapter is happier. :whistling: But I can hold out until the last chapter for that, if needed. :)
  9. FoTi

    FoTi Crusader

    Moar please of whatever it is. :drama:
  10. Megalomaniac

    Megalomaniac Silver Meritorious Patron

    Oh-oh, FoTi. :no:

    I think it means it's our turn now. We have to write another chapter of our own stories.

    Ok, it's my turn. :yes:

  11. FoTi

    FoTi Crusader

    Why you oh-oh me?

    I'm going to write more of my own....I have lots more to write, but I want to hear more of Scooter's story.......I like to read Scooter's story. :yes:
    Last edited: Feb 14, 2009
  12. Megalomaniac

    Megalomaniac Silver Meritorious Patron

    ME O O U?


    :whistling: What was I thinking?....

    Oh yeah. If we want more and moar of Scooter's story, then we have to write moor of our own. Only fair.

    Then I realized I was behind target :nervous: and downstat :naughty:, not you. Sorry.

    Me, too. :yes:
  13. scooter

    scooter Gold Meritorious Patron

    Next installment :

    The technical training films had come out a few years earlier and as the Course Admin I’d been responsible for getting these shown to all students training up as professional auditors. I’d had to do a course on running a cassette projector and had watched the films myself so many times I could quote some of the scripts verbatim. Given the crap sound on some of them, it was quite a help for the students to have someone who could make out the words they couldn’t.

    They were quite corny and several staff and students commented on this. I didn’t mind that – they reminded me of me of the Monty Python sketches in their blatant over-acting. It wasn’t until later that I found out they were meant to be serious works of art. And, despite Hubbard’s criticism of Hollywood movies for their poor sound quality, some of his were atrocious in the sound quality department. It was one of those contradictions that sat uneasily with me – Hubbard’s “Golden Era Studios” were always promoted to us lowly staff members as the ultimate in professionalism, especially in cine production.

    As course sup I had had no time to run out and put these on while the film room was two floors away but then it got moved to next door to the academy. And I could now walk into the room, set it up and scamper back to the courseroom without being missed. These were the ultimate in Source – they’d been scripted, produced, cast, directed, etc. etc. by Hubbard. They were meant to show how to audit etc. and I thought they were amazing as they showed what “real’ auditors looked like when they were auditing. I promoted them heavily to the students and made sure they watched them lots of times over.

    The soundtrack music credits were also claimed by Hubbard. I read somewhere where he said he “reached down the track’ to get the music for these films. Much later I heard a lot of it on a classical music station – it was written by an obscure 19th Century French composer of operas. At that time, I just assumed it must’ve been Hubbard in a previous life.

    There were a lot of students in the academy despite the poaching by the AO. But there were others who also seemed determined to take these guys out of the courseroom. I had two friends of Armenian descent who were twinning on their objectives co-audit and had had a lot of problems getting started but now were doing fine. But then Tours got hold of one of them and the next thing I knew he was out of the courseroom and being given professional auditing in the HGC. His twin was incredibly upset but then he too spent hours in the Tours office until he also bought professional auditing and left the courseroom. No matter how much I complained, the dollar won out over my courseroom. My seniors were totally in agreement with these sort of dealings as it brought more money in and meant less yelling from THEIR seniors. And there were attempts to handle my “disagreements” but the sour taste in my mouth always remained. I just figured if we all could get up the Bridge, all of this insanity would disappear.
  14. FoTi

    FoTi Crusader

    Thank you.

    More, please. :drama:
  15. Human Again

    Human Again Silver Meritorious Patron

    Yeah Scoot, the cine quality from Gold was a very good indication that Hubbard did not look at the same world we were looking at. He thought they were leading edge? When was the last time he went to the movies? The launch of Mickey mouse cartoons with sound?

    I always felt a little uncomfortable watching these ( the tech films not mickey mouse) , and also the "What is Scientology" book with those early photo's - so dated and corny - no understanding of subtlty.

    As a tours reg I sometimies wondered if it would be better if the C/Ses ran everything. Decided, with D of P ints of course, what the student/pc needed and how they needed to get it and would then give an "OK to reg" for the next level. If the PC had enough havingness, and money, to look at buyinig their whole bridge straight off, fine, but for many people that I observed, the regging would actually push them out of the org, even if the reg cycle was successful. I also wondered, if "auditors were the most valuable being on the planet" why did we take so many student auditors and turn them into PCs? :sad:

    *sigh* It really was about the money, even then. :bigcry: I was so into saving the planet and all I was doing was making money so fat guts Hubbard could pop some more blues and pinks. :sadangel:

    I don't mean to hijack your thread Scooter. It just seems now, looking back, I can see how so many in Tours acted as if div 4 was just an excuse for div 2 to operate and when we add to this that the OT levels don't deliver what is promised, I guess they were right all along.

    Ready for moar when you are :drama:
  16. sallydannce

    sallydannce Gold Meritorious Patron

    Hey Scooter!

    Thank you so much for taking the time and care to write your story. Your writing evokes vivid imagery. For me it has brought back memories of that powerful feeling of dedication, that pure unstoppable belief in what we were all trying to achieve. And... the friggin' madness that swirled all through it.

    The detail you are putting into your story is amazing. God you have a brilliant memory!

    On a personal note, do you still have that love for nature? I hope your life is full of orchids and choruses of birds singing loudly at dawn.

    Really looking forward to reading more Scooter.
  17. scooter

    scooter Gold Meritorious Patron

    House has:
    2 dogs, 3 cats, 1 rabbit, 1 quail, 2 budgies, 2 finches, 11 chooks and some fish.

    I have most of my remaining orchid collection here with me (I sold a lot of it before moving to Victoria) and we have a house on an acre of land where the parrots come sit on our verandah for food and there's wild pigeons in the chookpen stealing food.

    My kids have a great appreciation for nature and my son has a fascination with all small crawling things. He's very good at taming wild birds/lizards/etc that he catches or finds injured and decided he wants to be a vet when he grows up.

    As you can imagine from the above, our house has a lot of life about it.

    Will try to get some more scooterstory done tonight my friends - thanks for your support and encouragement
  18. Happy Aberree

    Happy Aberree Patron with Honors

    Awesome Scooter!!

    Just started reading your story Scooter -- still back in '79

    Mate, the memories you are bringing up are unreal. I had totally forgotten that I used to sneak away to some of these Syd org parties when I was in the SO in the 80s -- and the most of the staff you're mentioning, I remember too, they were still there.

    The details!!!! Awesome. The gradual changes are right there, plain as day. That's how it happened to me, very very gradually.

  19. FoTi

    FoTi Crusader

    Scooter, what's a chook?
  20. EP - Ethics Particle

    EP - Ethics Particle Gold Meritorious Patron

    I know! I know!

    Chickens! :yes: (I asked a while back too, Foti.) :coolwink:

    EP - love your story, BTW! :clap: :thumbsup: