Gold Meritorious Patron
I agree, Leland.
Marty/Mark was an angry man back then. Everyone was promoting joining the TTC, and he could have as easily joined ASHO or AOLA or Flag to be an auditor, but he chose the GO.
My recollection from that era was that newbie SO members didn't have a choice where they ended up. You could be told you were going one place and be doing something you wanted, but then end up being sent somewhere else, and being that the SO is a bit like the army, you go where you're ordered. I was recruited for Golden Era Productions aka SU, but shortly after routing in, found myself in the GO office filling out paperwork. I have only a vague recollection of this. I'm guessing they found me unqualified or something, because I did end up at Gold after a few months.