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Scn for the millions, 1969

Discussion in 'Reconnecting with Old Friends' started by Veda, Jun 17, 2019.

  1. Veda

    Veda Sponsor

    Independently published in 1969, as part of the "For the Millions" series, was Walter Braddeson's
    'Scientology for the Millions'

    I still have the autographed copy given to me by Ben Gibson. Ben was one of the few Scientologists of African ancestry at the time. He had plans of opening an Org in Harlem, although I don't know if anything ever came of it.

  2. pineapple

    pineapple Silver Meritorious Patron

    I've never heard of "Scientology for the Millions." I guess that's supposed to be a Greek theta on the cover, but it sure looks like a zero. (I guess when I was a scngst I'd have seen a deeper truth there: a thetan is supposedly a "nothing" which is actually infinite, blah blah blah.)

    The title itself could be an allusion to the prices.

    There actually is an org in Harlem now, so I hear.
  3. Veda

    Veda Sponsor

    At the time there was a "for the millions" series of paperback books on an assortment of topics.

    Probably inspired by the notion of educating the masses who, a few decades earlier, had no books in their homes - except perhaps a Bible.

    There was a time, during the 1950s and into the sixties, when supermarkets sold inexpensive encyclopedias. As I recall, one volume a month or so.

    Over time, a family could amass a complete encyclopedia at low cost.

    Looks like Walter Braddeson ran the idea of doing a "Scientology for Millions" book past for the "For the millions" people and they went for it.
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  4. Karakorum

    Karakorum supressively reasonable

    Wow that's a trip down memory lane. I remember we had one, either my mom or my gramps. My gramps wasn't a fan, was dimsissive of the whole "for the millions" series. Now that I think of it, he probably saw this book as disparaging to scientology.

    This series had stuff on all sorts of wacky nonsense. Phrenology:

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  5. Bill

    Bill Gold Meritorious Patron

    I'm guessing the "For the Millions" was the equivalent of the "Dummies" books today.
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  6. HelluvaHoax!

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  7. strativarius

    strativarius Inveterate gnashnab & snoutband

    Yes, that's what I thought at first, but on second thought, the 'Dummies' books dealt with real subjects, and from what I've seen so far (phrenology, UFO's and scientology) this 'For the Millions' series specialises in garbage.
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  8. Karakorum

    Karakorum supressively reasonable

    Don't forget ESP


    UFOs, ESP, Phrenology... Hubbard sure found himself in worthy company.
  9. F.Bullbait

    F.Bullbait Oh, a wise guy,eh?

    Billions and only...

  10. strativarius

    strativarius Inveterate gnashnab & snoutband

    My point exactly!
  11. Operating DB

    Operating DB Truman Show Dropout

    Trip down memory lane when I saw Veda's pic of the 22 volume set of the world books. I frequently referred to those as a kid for fun and knowledge.
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  12. TrevAnon

    TrevAnon Big List researcher

  13. pineapple

    pineapple Silver Meritorious Patron

    The article on scn that described it as "a growing cult that reaches dangerously into the mind" is this 1968 Life Magazine article by Alan Levy. Levy went undercover and got audited up to Grade IV to see what scn was really like. An interesting read. reaches dangerously into the mind&f=false
  14. Gib

    Gib Crusader

    so did I when a kid. My parents bought a bunch and I would open a read some of them.

    Kind of reminds of Hubbard's Green volumes (organization), red volumes (technology) and blue volumes (research and discovery).
    I did the same with Hubbard's shit since I bought them all.

    I forget now what exactly the color code meant, but I think the color blue meant knowledge, I totally forget what the color's green and yellow meant, those are dianetics, I think it's in the Art Series book what the colors are supposed to mean.

    But, in the end, it doesn't matter, as there is no actual bridge to total freedom, so the colors are a mute point.
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  15. freethinker

    freethinker Sponsor

    Good guess.
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