RON the Explorer-Adventurer-Pilot-Nuclear Physicist


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Montana Ranch a Quarter of the state-a few acres of land

Contemporary records state that his grandfather, Lafe Waterbury, was a veterinarian, not a rancher, and was not wealthy. Hubbard was raised in a townhouse in the center of Helena.

According to his aunt, his family did not own a ranch but had one cow and four or five horses on a few acres of land outside Helena.

Blackfeet Indians

Hubbard lived over a hundred miles from the Blackfeet reservation. The tribe did not practice blood brotherhood and no evidence has been found that he had ever been a Blackfeet blood brother.

(age 9-19)During the 1920s the Hubbards repeatedly relocated (exploring)around the United States and overseas.

(age 10) After Hubbard's father Harry rejoined the Navy, his posting aboard the USS Oklahoma in 1921 required the family to relocate (exploring) to the ship's home ports, first San Diego, then Seattle.

(age 12) During a journey to Washington, D.C. in 1923 Hubbard is said to have received an education in Freudian psychology from Commander Joseph "Snake" Thompson, a U.S. Navy psychoanalyst and medic.

(age13)The following year, Harry Ross Hubbard was posted to Puget Sound Naval Shipyard at Bremerton, Washington. His son was enrolled at Union High School, Bremerton,

(age15-16) and later studied at Queen Anne High School in Seattle. 1926–27

(age16) In 1927 Hubbard's father was sent to the U.S. Naval Station on Guam in the Mariana Islands of the South Pacific. Although Hubbard's mother also went to Guam, Hubbard himself did not accompany them to Guam but was placed in his grandparents' care in Helena, Montana to complete his schooling.

"ASIA Adventures"
(age 16-17)Between 1927 and 1929 Hubbard traveled to Japan, China, the Philippines and Guam. Hubbard's diaries recorded two trips to the east coast of China.

A brief stop-over in a couple of Chinese ports before traveling on to Guam for 6 week holiday.

(age 16-17)School Sep 1927- may 1928
After his Guam holiday Hubbard return to the United States in September 1927, and enrolled at Helena High School but earned only poor grades.Age 17)He abandoned school the following May 1928.

May 1928 back west to stay with his aunt and uncle in Seattle.

(17)(Guam) June 1928 His second visit was a family holiday which took Hubbard and his parents to China via the Philippines in (6 weeks) His holidays were said to have been funded by his "wealthy grandfather".(pocket money?)

. His mother took over his education in the hope of putting him forward for the entrance examination to the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland.

(8 week trip)Between October and December 1928 a number of naval families, including Hubbard's, traveled from Guam to China aboard the USS Gold Star. The ship stopped at Manila in the Philippines before traveling on to Qingdao (Tsingtao) in China. Hubbard and his parents made a side trip to Beijing before sailing on to Shanghai and Hong Kong, from where they returned to Guam.

Scientology accounts "deep into Manchuria's Western Hills and beyond—to break bread with Mongolian bandits, share campfires with Siberian shamans and befriend the last in the line of magicians from the court of Kublai Khan." However, Hubbard did not record these events in his diary.

Dec 1928 Back on Guam, Hubbard spent much of his time writing dozens of short stories and essays and failed the Naval Academy entrance examination.

(a18)September 1929 Hubbard was enrolled at the Swavely Preparatory School in Manassas, Virginia, to prepare him for a second attempt at the examination. However, he was ruled out of consideration due to his near-sightedness.

(a18) Sep 1929 He was instead sent to Woodward School for Boys in Washington, D.C. to qualify for admission to George Washington University. He successfully graduated from the school in June 1930 and entered the university September 1930.

George Washington "Nuclear Physicist" "Graduate Engineer"

Hubbard studied civil engineering during his two years at George Washington University at the behest of his father,

"many of his researches and published conclusions have been supported by his claims to be not only a graduate engineer, but 'a member of the first United States course in formal education in what is called today nuclear physics.'"

June 1930- Sep 1931 However, a Church of Scientology biography describes him as "never noted for being in class" and says that he "thoroughly detest[ed] his subjects." He earned poor grades, was placed on probation in September 1931 and dropped out altogether in the fall of 1932.

Scientology accounts say that he "studied nuclear physics at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., before he started his studies about the mind, spirit and life" and Hubbard himself stated that he "set out to find out from nuclear physics a knowledge of the physical universe, something entirely lacking in Asian philosophy."
His university records indicate that his exposure to "nuclear physics" consisted of one class in "atomic and molecular phenomena" for which he earned an "F" grade.

Barnstorming Pilot across the midwest- Gliding with Wife Polly

Meets Polly she is already a glider pilot.
He was more interested in extracurricular activities, particularly writing and flying.

Scientology.. pioneering barnstormer .. "recognized as one of the country's most outstanding pilots. .. he takes up powered flight and barnstorms throughout the Midwest."

His pilot's license, however, records that he only qualified to fly gliders rather than powered aircraft and gave up his license when he could not afford the renewal fee.

Caribbean Motion Picture Expedition- OR Failed Chartered Yacht Holiday

(a21)June 1932 During Hubbard's final semester George Washington he organized an expedition to the Caribbean for "fifty young gentleman rovers" aboard the schooner Doris Hamlin commencing in June 1932.

The aims of the "Caribbean Motion Picture Expedition" were stated as being to explore and film the pirate "strongholds and bivouacs of the Spanish Main" and to "collect whatever one collects for exhibits in museums".

It ran into trouble even before it left the port of Baltimore: ten participants quit and storms blew the ship far off course to Bermuda. Eleven more members of the expedition quit there and more left when the ship arrived at Martinique. With the expedition running critically short of money, the ship's owners ordered it to return to Baltimore.

Hubbard blamed the expedition's problems on the captain: "the ship's dour Captain Garfield proved himself far less than a Captain Courageous, requiring Ron Hubbard's hand at both the helm and the charts."

Specimens and photographs collected by the expedition are said by Scientology accounts to have been acquired by the University of Michigan, the U.S. Hydrographic Office, an unspecified national museum and the New York Times, though none of those institutions have any record of this.

Hubbard later wrote that the expedition "was a crazy idea at best, and I knew it, but I went ahead anyway, chartered a four-masted schooner and embarked with some fifty luckless souls who haven't stopped their cursings yet." He called it "a two-bit expedition and financial bust," which resulted in some of its participants making legal claims against him for refunds.

Puerto Rican Mineralogical Expedition or Red Cross Volunteer?

(Hubbard worked as a reporter for a few months in 1931 for the student newspaper, The University Hatchet, Six of his pieces were published commercially during 1932 to 1933)

(21)Sep 1932 After leaving university Hubbard traveled to Puerto Rico on what the Church of Scientology calls the "Puerto Rican Mineralogical Expedition".
Hubbard's unofficial biographer Russell Miller writes that neither the United States Geological Survey nor the Puerto Rican Department of Natural Resources have any record of any such expedition.

According to Miller, Hubbard traveled to Puerto Rico in November 1932 after his father volunteered him for the Red Cross relief effort following the devastating 1932 San Ciprian hurricane. According to Hubbard he spent much of his time prospecting unsuccessfully for gold.

Towards the end of his stay on Puerto Rico he appears to have done some work for a Washington D.C. firm called West Indies Minerals Incorporated, accompanying a surveyor in an investigation of a small property near the town of Luquillo, Puerto Rico. The survey was unsuccessful. A few years later, Hubbard wrote:

Harboring the thought that the Conquistadores might have left some gold behind, I determined to find it ... Gold prospecting in the wake of the Conquistadores, on the hunting grounds of the pirates in the islands which still reek of Columbus is romantic, and I do not begrudge the sweat which splashed in muddy rivers, and the bits of khaki which have probably blown away from the thorn bushes long ago ...

After a half year or more of intensive search, after wearing my palms thin wielding a sample pack, after assaying a few hundred sacks of ore, I came back, a failure.

"Alaskan Radio-Experimental Expedition" Crew Hubbard and his wife Polly- Engine broke down after 2 days

(29)February 1940 Hubbard joined The Explorers Club in February 1940 on the strength of his claimed explorations in the Caribbean and survey flights in the United States. He persuaded the club to let him carry its flag on an "Alaskan Radio-Experimental Expedition" to update the U.S. Coast Pilot guide to the coastlines of Alaska and British Columbia and investigate new methods of radio position-finding.The expedition consisted of Hubbard and his wife—the children were left at South Colby—aboard his ketch Magician.

Scientology "Hubbard's recharting of an especially treacherous Inside Passage and his ethnological study of indigenous Aleuts and Haidas" and tell of how "along the way, he not only roped a Kodiak Bear, but braved seventy-mile-an-hour winds and commensurate seas off the Aleutian Islands They are divided about how far Hubbard's expedition actually traveled, whether 700 miles (1,100 km) or 2,000 miles (3,200 km).

Hubbard told the Seattle Star in a November 1940 letter that the expedition was plagued by problems and did not get any further than Ketchikan near the southern end of the Magician's engine broke down only two days after setting off in July 1940. The Hubbards reached Ketchikan on August 30, 1940, after many delays following repeated engine breakdowns.

The Ketchikan Chronicle reported—making no mention of the expedition—that Hubbard's purpose in coming to Alaska "was two-fold, one to win a bet and another to gather material for a novel of Alaskan salmon fishing." Having underestimated the cost of the trip, he did not have enough money to repair the broken engine. He raised money by writing stories and contributing to the local radio station and eventually earned enough to fix the engine,making it back to Puget Sound, Seattle on December 27, 1940.

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I assume that the above text is a work in progress? If so, expect some wild stories to come. The book that forced readers into committing suicide, Ron's struggle against the commie invasion of the US, his survival of various assassination attempts, the first clear...