Lafayette Ronald Hubbard (March 13, 1911 – January 24, 1986) was an American science fiction writer who devised a self-help system called Dianetics, first published in 1950, which he developed over the next three decades into a set of doctrines and rituals he called Scientology. Hubbard's writings became the guiding texts for the Church of Scientology and a number of affiliated organizations that address such diverse topics as business administration, literacy and drug rehabilitation.
Hubbard was a controversial public figure, and many details of his life are still disputed. Official Scientology biographies present him as a "larger than life" figure whose career is studded with admirable accomplishments in an astonishing array of fields. These accounts have been disputed by third-party researchers not connected with Scientology, who have often written sharply critical accounts of Hubbard's deeds.
L. Ron Hubbard was born in 1911 in Tilden, Nebraska to Ledora May Hubbard and Harry Ross Hubbard. Since Harry Hubbard was involved with the Navy, the family had to move as Harry was reassigned to new posts. While living on the Puget Sound in 1923, L. Ron Hubbard joined the Boy Scouts of
Vivica Genaux, the Fairbanksian mezzo who achieved international fame with bel canto and baroque repertoire, is back in her hometown this week in the title role of Opera Fairbanks' production of Rossini's comedy "L'Italiana in Algeri."
The cast ...