The Worlds First Clear Presentation - Shrine Auditorium 1950
ABSTRACT: On August 10, 1950, L. Ron Hubbard presented to a crowd of 6,000 in Los Angeles’ Shrine Auditorium the first “clear” in the history of Dianetics, a college student called Sonya Bianchi. Anti-Scientology literature insists that the event was a fiasco, Bianchi behaved strangely, and the crowd left ridiculing Hubbard. This tale has been passed from one Scientology critic to another. However, it is not supported by contemporary evidence, from which the opposite conclusion may be reached. The event at the Shrine Auditorium was successful, and in the following weeks the sales of Dianetics and the interest in Hubbard’s theories continued to grow.
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- Research Paper by:
Ian C. Camacho
- Article First Published by: Center for Studies on New Religions