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How AO and ASHO got there

Discussion in 'Staff "War Stories"' started by Mimsey Borogrove, Jun 17, 2016.

  1. Mimsey Borogrove

    Mimsey Borogrove Crusader

    I was on lines in the early 1970 at ASHO when it was on Temple and AOLA was on Westlake. One day they had a sort of recruiting event, out front of AO and the moral, and inspirational message was how competent the Sea Org is, and that you should join up. And just how did they convey that message?

    They told the story of how ASHO and AOLA came to be. Surprisingly, the story shared some entheta.

    The featured SO Officer giving the speech, described how there was a flight to freedom. This was where they booked or chartered a jet, loaded it up with scientologists, and flew to Merrie Olde England. The Brits, had a dim view of Scientology, and so, denied them entry. What to do - Hubbard sent down the order to AO Edinborough and to Saint Hill, that they each were send a team to the USA in Los Angeles and set up an AO and SH (Saint Hill) there. And - get this - they only had 3 days to do it in. Scientology put up the Scio's in some local hotel, and then planned on sending them to LA

    So the mighty SO at Edinborough put together a mission and jetted to LA and started hunting for a suitable home near LA org which was on 8th street and Alvarado. They found a small apartment building on Westlake and set up house keeping. They were up and running when the flight landed at LAX.

    But when the public arrived - they were in for a shock. The public wasn't ready for them. They needed to do R6EW, power, etc. What to do? The AO had CC and OT materials, but nothing below that. So they raided LAO's mimeo section and found they had enough tech stuff there to start delivering the solo course etc. There was any number of confidential materials in the mimeo files, so they started delivering.

    I don't remember exactly how much later, maybe two weeks? that the SH team arrived to set up ASHO. See, the SH was non - SO in those days, so they weren't as on purpose as the SO was ( remember the first paragraph?) so they just weren't able enough to make good on LRH's orders.

    So, what to do? Since the weather was nice, they ran ASHO on LA Orgs porch while they looked for a suitable building, which they found on Temple Street. Then they moved every body there and began delivering services.

    So, Boys and Girls! Do you want to become a competent, make it go right person, or just sort of limp along in life? If it's the former, you should see the friendly SO recruiter and sigh up with the winning team!

    What else is there to do that is worthwhile for the next billion years?

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  2. afaceinthecrowd

    afaceinthecrowd Gold Meritorious Patron

    Thanks for the Great Story, History and Pic, Mimsey.:thumbsup::dieslaughing:

    That "Foot's" seamlessly with all that was related to me by some Folks that were there during that time. :yes:

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  3. afaceinthecrowd

    afaceinthecrowd Gold Meritorious Patron

    One of my daughters did her year of "Study Abroad" at the University of Edinburgh ('merican pronunciation: EH-din-bur-uh). It was cold, damp, stark, "old" and oozed history, tradition, heritage, fortitude and she LOVED (after a few early bouts of homesickness) every minute of it. She hoisted pints of local Bitters, sipped the distilled single malt dew of the Isles and ate the Haggis while getting one Helluva fine and challenging year of academic education. She has returned to Scotland a number of times to visit the haunts of her youth and hike the Cairngorms, Western Highlands, Lochs and Glens. She truly "Came of Age" and flowered into Adulthood during her year at Edinburgh, and Scotland and the Scots will forever be in her Heart. :yes:
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  4. strativarius

    strativarius Inveterate gnashnab & snoutband

    Oops! Wrong thread. Profound apologies.

    The extended discussion on pronunciation is now here.
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  5. Dulloldfart

    Dulloldfart Squirrel Extraordinaire

    Yup. This properly-located and appropriately-titled thread seems destined to have an on-topic post tally of:


  6. Gizmo

    Gizmo Rabble Rouser

    Now, how to make them go away . . . . forever.
  7. joycecook

    joycecook New Member

    Hm... This story is really interesting. Thanx a lot for it!
  8. Clay Pigeon

    Clay Pigeon Gold Meritorious Patron