I got into Scientology at a Mission, Arden Way in Sacramento, and took courses with some of the early pioneer missionholders. I was just telling Alan in a post, that I knew of him as my sisters were on staff at his mission, and I knew many at his Salt Lake mission. I also knew Pem and Roz Wall at Reno, Allen and Virginia Kapuler at South Lake Tahoe, David Stokes at Fresno. Jerry Hedin and Peter and Doran Greene had both owned Arden Way. Kip Kiplinger had also had SF Marina and was involved in Sac. While reading Kima Douglas' account of taking care of LRH over a number of years. I realized what a huge power shift occured in the mission network, after Ray Kemp had basically declared war on LRH, sending out people to photograph him, etc. Orange County was a watershed event for missions everywhere. I was in at a time when COSMOD was getting huge numbers of people into Scientology in Northern California. Out of my little high school in Truckee, over 25 OTs were eventually produced, due to Sacramento and Martin Samuels' COSMOD ( Church of Scientology Mission of Davis) missions. Just to give you the idea, everybody knew a little about Scientology, and had friends who were in or interested, in our college circles. The battles which culminated in 1982 with the mass declares , came about for many reasons. One of which was Ray Kemp flouting his money, buying Jaguars when the staff were broke. The locals in Orange County were very aware of this state of affairs. There were flaps at other missions as well. These were used as justifications to rip off franchises and blow private ownership of missions into a Sea Org supervised era, which proved very different. What gets lost in accusations, is that the missions WERE getting thousands and tens of thousands of people in and up the lower Bridge, and sending staff up to orgs, like SF, for training. It was FUN! The Sea Org points to the last 25 years and says "see, we did all that". Yes , you did, after you made it impossible for anyone else to move an inch without your imput. I hope Alan and others from the period will chime in, give some insight, and war stories. The Mission floodgates are open!