Scientology on the High Seas: Yuletide Cheer, Including Dickens Adapted with Evil Psychs
On November 18, we started a new feature here on Fridays: the Voice has obtained hundreds of copies of L. Ron Hubbard's previously unpublished "Orders of the Day," which he gave to crew members as he sailed the Mediterranean. Our documents cover the period from 1968 to 1971, and this time we're looking at what was happening the week of December 18 through 24 during those years.
After the jump, the crew prepares to celebrate the Yuletide the LRH way...
December 18: Success despite more SMERSH meddling.
1. MISSION ACCOUNTS UK
COMMANDER HANA ELTRINGHAM and FELICE GREEN are very much welcomed back. They did a find job straightening up accounts at WW, SH and Pubs.
As an added bonus they found Pubs was owed about ₤300,000, nearly 3 times what it owes and that SH was owed over ₤90,000 and ₤50,000.
SMERSH is noted as active in Edinburgh in the form of our being worked on to make us unpopular. Well, they can try.
The Mission did a great and very long job.
They are highly commended.
LRH, COMMODORE 18.12.68
3. To CS-1
The materials were NOT received. Suspect counter-espionage. Investigate their disappearance immediately.
Your loving Granny Genova 18.12.68
December 19: A (self-conscious?) clarification.
The word "SMERSH" is a code name. It was borrowed from James Bond 007 book "Goldfinger." Its letters stood for Soviet, Executive, Murder and so on, which combined spelled SMERSH. "SMERSH" of course was a fiction. The enemy we fight is not. We call him SMERSH just to be factual and impolite.
December 24: The Bridge to Total Freedom...unless you want to mail something.
There has never been any order permitting mail to be taken directly to the post office by individuals.
I would like to find out who started this.
It is illegal to send mail any other way than via the Dept of Comm.
N. Jessup CS-1
And ending the same dispatch...
MERRY MERRY CHRISTMAS TO THE FLAGSHIP APOLLO, HER OFFICERS, CREW AND STAFF AND TO ALL THE SEA ORG OVER THE WORLD. MY LOVE -- FROM
December 18: Mole men?
Watch C apparently falsely attested readiness for sea. The watch members should be examined by the 4th Mate for a false attest on AB Checksheet or possession of one. The watch did have a watch change the day before sailing due to Missions. They were put to the test of leaving harbour and did not perform adequately making it necessary to single hand the ship.
Persons who should wear glasses and don't put us at risk. Unable to read compasses or radar or see ships while on lookout without others suspecting it brings about an unsuspected Danger Condition.
If I knew who was in this state, it would be possible to improve their eyesight with processing. But if one doesn't know who is a mole man, what can be done?
We used to have a barrel of thrown away glasses in the Wichita Org in 1951. The tech has been lost.
It gives us a chance to develope a 5 hour Eyesight Intensive for orgs to sell.
So come on, mole men, send in your names for the Molemen Project.
December 19: LRH feeling nostalgic?
OLD SEA ORG MEMBERS
Last July I wrote individual letters to old SO members, departeds and on leave.
You will be pleased to know they answered up with great ARC, are taking courses, doing well.
It was a very pleasant experience reading their answers to my query of how they were.
L. RON HUBBARD, COMMODORE
December 21: LRH having some fun.
We arrived here mainly due to an ebonite rod which is used for wine dousing. The Captain has not done any wine dousing before, being a teetotaller. Dousing for water (as in looking for wells with a dousing stick) was not possible as we were totally surrounded with it. The Captain hit upon WINE dousing, as there is some wine made here. The dousing rod in spite of fog, pointed directly at the wine in the port and we came on in. Nobody ever got here before.
Very simple really.
(The above report of finding our way is guaranteed to be as factual as all wog newspaper stories.)
December 22: Anyone know what became of the couple?
Peter Church, FEBC student and Sharon West were married at sea by Captain W.B. Robertson at 2151 hours 21 Dec 1970. The marriage will be recorded at the nearest consul under Maritime Law and the Laws of Panama. The entry has been duly recorded in the ship's log.
Peter Church is from Delta Meters, Los Angeles.
They will have a brief honeymoon in the nextport.
They have the good wishes of the officers and crew of the Apollo and my own.
December 23: Captain Bill Robertson administers a ship quiz and then reports the results, giving us at least partially a manifest of who was on board...
Hey, Kate: only a 65? (And note, Captain Bill docked himself a half point, out of sheer humility, we assume.)
December 24: Time to party.
From the same dispatch...
2100 hrs. PIRATES ABOARD!!! The Bosun, Carpenter and Ship's QM would like to invite all Pirates on board Apollo to the best pirate party in Madiera! See you in Number 1 Hold and be ready for looting!
Sleep In Free Day Aboard
0900-1000 hrs. Breakfast Served (MENU: Cornflakes with Bananas, Fried Eggs, Scrambled Eggs, Bacon, Sausages, Pancakes with Whipped Cream, Fresh Scones, Assorted Fruits, Assorted Juices, Egg Nog)
1000 hrs. Santa's Give Exhange, Main Dining Room
1300 hrs. Christmas Dinner (MENU: Roast Turkey with Cranberry Sauce, Bread Dressing, Gravey, Mashed Potatoes, Sweet Potatoes, Peas, Green Beans with Almonds, Green Salad, Ice Cream, Fruit Salad, Plum Pudding with Hard Sauce, Assorted Fruits and Nuts, Cheese and Crackers, Assorted Sweets and Chocolates)
1900 hrs. Buffet Supper, Main Dining Room
2030 hrs. Christmas Party Begins, Dancing & Party - Party
Special Programme Commences Upon Commodore's Arrival
1. A Christmas Carol Gets the Dickens Adapted by: Dora Hannides & Iris Reaves Further Adapted By: Al Bornstein & Larry Frazier
CAST (In order of appearance)
Narrator - Murdock McBride Cratchet - Francis Weilgart Ebaneezer Scrooge - Ernie Martin Scrooge's Niece - Bonnie McPeake Dr. Shockwell - Eric Magnusson Dr. Sawskull - Robin Lindsell Jacob Marley, AB - Wayne Alkire Clock - Vicki Alpe One, Two and Three - By Himself Missionaire of Christmas Past - Peter Warren Missionaire of Christmas Present - Sue Pomeroy Missionaire of Christmas Future - Share Rice
Adele Vonnie as Scrooge's Mother!!!!
Marcia Swengel and the Apollo Chorus Sets by Arthur Hubbard Stage Manager - Larry Frazier Directed by Al Bornstein
2. Christmas Gift Presentation to the Commodore and Mary Sue. Reading of thank-you notes from the Orgs. Executives of Tommorrow Presentation
3. Snipe Show Starring - Snipes of course!
4. The Apollo Chorus Directed by Marcia Swengal
In their Premier Performance of
Good King Wenceslas God Rest Ye, Merry, Gentlemen Little Drummer Boy
In the play:
plus added extras......
SOPRANOS (Peggy McCoy, Bess Sullivan, Janice Tidman, Vicki Alpe, Terri Descilo)
TENORS (Gene Juss, John Wiley, Francis Quirion)
ALTOS (Share Rice, Adele Vonnie)
BASSES (Al Bornstein, Peter Warren, Jerry Rice, Hugh Harrison)
4. Music by the Plus Points
Captain Bill - Clarinet Bill Lowrance - Trumpet Norman Starkey - Ukulele Fred Blessing - Trombone Richard Gorman - Bass Des Popham - Guitar John Wiley - Recorder Danie Ezekwe - Drums Bill Tucker - Flute
5. Christmas Carole Hootenany Dancing and Party Continues
Did you catch the name of the play's director?
We contacted Al Bornstein -- who is now Kate Bornstein -- and asked her for her memories of the Christmas musical she put on. Here's what she sent us:
Oh, yes--I remember it well: a heart-warming romp through Scrooge's reactive mind. There were body thetans on all sides of the audience, speaking as chorus. Instead of wearing chains, Marley was thrown into the chain locker. Flag missionaires used e-meters of past, present and future to rescue Christmas and clear the planet. Tiny Tim said, "ARC, all of us." The old man loved it.
Nah. Everything I just wrote was a lie. I don't remember a damned thing--nothing. It *sounds* like something I would have done. I remember the faces of the crew members/actors, and those would have been people I'd cast--Ernie Martin (Scrooge) was a dead ringer for Boris Karlov, and I was crushed out on Bonnie McPeake so of course I would have cast her. If I'd directed that, I must have been thrilled to be doing theater for the old man. I'd only been aboard Flag a couple of months. I was a deckhand. I hadn't even finished my able-bodied seaman checklist, which would have allowed me to put the rating AB after my name in the OODs. I'd been a Scientologist for less than six months. I still thought it was possible to make art while being a Sea Org member. Silly me.
I did e-mail a group of ex-shipmates and posted those OODs to an entire list of ex-SO folks. They don't remember it either. Our time in Scientology and the Sea Org was traumatic, and PTSD has dug deep holes in all of our memories. A few folks do remember the old man's reaction during the skit: one for one, they said he looked sour. Now, that's not because the show sucked--it was all down to what had happened earlier that day: a major shore flap in Morocco, involving the plots of two assassination attempts on the King by the very guy the ship's PR staff and GO were trying to woo as an ally. Ah, but that's a whole other story.
Thank you, Kate!
And now that we've buried Christmas Past, we leave you all to your Christmas Present. Be merry!
Tony Ortega is the editor-in-chief of The Village Voice. Since 1995, he's been writing about Scientology at several publications.
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