The Arizona Republic, Jan. 24, 2003
By Elvia Díaz, The Arizona Republic
His followers couldn’t pass up the chance of seeing his pictures. Others were merely curious.”He seemed to be quite a dynamic individual but I don’t necessarily agree with him,” John Hoberg, a state government worker, said after spending a few minutes looking at some of the 100 pictures of L. Ron Hubbard displayed this week in the Capitol Tower. The exhibit ends its four-day stay at the Capitol today. It will move on to Glendale, Mesa and the Phoenix’s Civic Plaza later this month and through February.
Hubbard founded the Church of Scientology in the 1950s. The exhibit of 100 “rare and historic” photographs was unveiled Tuesday at the state Capitol with a mix of Hollywood glamour and political fanfare. Actress Anne Archer joined two legislators for the occasion.
Hubbard wrote extensively out of a home at the base of Camelback Mountain in the early 1950s. His often-controversial writings included Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health. The exhibit shows photographs of Hubbard’s life since childhood. As an Eagle Scout in the 1920s. As aviator. His many travels around the world before he was 20. And later as a writer.
However, Hoberg, 56, wasn’t impressed, saying Hubbard’s teachings about Scientology appeared to be too controlling. “It’s almost a cult,” Hoberg said. Nonsense, said Meghan Stone, 21, who embraces Scientology. Stone said Hubbard’s teachings have helped her lead a better life free of daily pressures. “I used to be someone who was very aggressive in my driving and constantly competitive,” Stone said. “There is no reason for me to speed on the highway anymore because it doesn’t make sense.”