The “About the Author” section in this 1967 printing of Scientology Fundamentals of Thought, an edition that was widely available when I joined Scientology in 1975, contains a number of claims by L. Ron Hubbard about himself that were changed in subsequent printings of the book.
About the Author
It was completed after 35 years of research.
Hubbard was born in Tilden, Nebraska, March 13, 1911.
Much of Hubbard’s early youth was spent in the American west and he travelled extensively in Asia as a young man.
He studied Science and Mathematics at George Washington University, graduating from Columbian College. He attended Princeton University and Sequoia University.
Before World War II he was well known in explorational circles and is to this day a member of the Explorers Club.
He wrote and published over 15,000,000 words of articles and novels of all kinds before World War II.
During that war he served as a commander of corvettes and was extensively decorated.
Crippled and blind at the end of the war, he resumed his studies of philosophy and by his discoveries recovered so fully that he was reclassified in 1949 for full combat duty. It is a matter of medical record that he has been twice pronounced dead and that in 1950 he was given a perfect score on mental and physical fitness reports.
Revolted by war and Man’s inhumanity to Man, he resigned his commission rather than assist government research projects.
He published his original thesis on his work and the startling popularity of the thesis brought publishers to offer him a contract for a popular work on the subject which in 1950 soared to the top of the best-seller lists and stayed there.
Probably no philosopher of modern times has had the popularity and appeal of Hubbard or such startling successes within his own lifetime. And Mankind has had no better friend.1
Hubbard, L. R. (1956). Scientology The Fundamentals of Thought The Basic Book of the Theory and Practice of Scientology for Beginners (6th Printing 1967 ed.). East Grinstead: Hubbard College of Scientology.