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Options June 16, 2015: The Unbreakable Miss Lovely
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Tonight: The Unbreakable Miss Lovely
On March 24 of this year, Tony Ortega, executive editor of Raw Story and former editor of the Village Voice, who's been investigating Scientology for twenty years and whose website The Underground Bunker documents the outrages of the "Church" joined me to discuss Alex Gibney's Scientology documentary Going Clear (based on the Lawrence Wright 2013 book of the same name).

Tony returns tonight with his new book - The Unbreakable Miss Lovely - about the journalist Paulette Cooper, who exposed inner workings of the church and incurred Scientology's full wrath in a coordinated "Fair Game" campaign to ruin her life.

Click the image below to see a Paulette Cooper photo gallery:
Scientology is a subject that has long fascinated me and Tony's new book sheds yet more light on the despicable lengths to which that organization will go to silence their critics. We'll get caught up with Tony and hear the remarkable story of a woman who survived the Nazis only to be driven to the brink of suicide by L. Ron Hubbard's robots. Call 201-209-WFMU between 6 and 7 pm to go clear.
Last Week: Happy 100th, Les Paul!
Last week's show was all about the Wizard of Waukegan, Rhubarb Red. Lester Polsfuss.... Les Paul. I spoke with the Director of the Mahwah Museum, Charlie Carreras, about their permanent Les Paul exhibit, which includes one of his mixing consoles, his custom Ampex tape machines and guitars he owned and played, along with hand-wound guitar pickups and other odds and ends.

My friend Jim and I headed out to the museum on Saturday and Charlie gave us a personal tour of the exhibit. My favorite artifact was the portable mixer (above) used by Les Paul and Mary Ford while on tour. Something about the hand-labeleling in grease pencil caught my imagination and I pictured Les tweaking the knobs while performing live. Left to right the markings read MIKE (microphone), MARY, TAPE and LES.
We also checked out the traveling Les Paul's Big Sound Experience exhibit (pics above and below) and the fantastic Donald Cooper Model Railroad in the museum's basement. The Big Sound Experience has moved on from Mahwah but the permanent exhibits are more than worth your time.

Now, here are some pithy guitar-geeky playlist comments:
  • My sister took care of Les Paul in the hospital once and she had an awkward moment of asking him to extend his arm for blood pressure or taking blood or somesuch and he informed her that his arm was locked in the position required to play guitar (I believe from some kind of accident). She said he was super nice and got his autograph. I know many people with a les paul story...he got around North Jersey a lot. My grandparents live in Mahwah. Nice town.
  • ...& the point that - he was a Wizard Innovator - but his Pop records w/ Mary Ford singing are just really kewl Pop records for their own sake. He was technically ahead of his time, but Pre-Rock'n'Roll - so they have that remarkable 'Back to the Future' quality...He told the story that Miles Davis asked him how he got Hits - & he told Miles , 'my songs have Melodies!'...He would pose as a Country artist on one side of town - & then play post-Django Jazz on another...Such a total dude.
  • Beginners just need a guitar that is comfortable, not too heavy, can stay in tune, adjustable action and can be intoned. One will find their specific tone path later.
  • Silvertones were made by Harmony in Chicago. I lucked out recently and found a decent '50-something Harmony Archtone on ebay (you roll the dice and takes your chances...) It's kewl: flat black with an added P-90. Sounds and plays great!
  • When a thing—guitar or anything—comes with extra crap it always means the core item you are buying is crap.
  • Chris, great show. I do a lot of multi track recording , didn't' know Les Paul had pioneered this
All Cats Are One
With the Mermaid Parade almost here I've been thinking about my long history with the place, including the plays I performed in at the old Sideshows By The Seashore location, on the boardwalk (where a mini-Nathan's now resides). I was performing three or four roles in a play written by Coney Island USA founder Dick Zigun when I made the mistake of falling for an actress in the show. This is the story of how that whole thing imploded and your reminder that the WFMU Literary Guild meets Saturday night at the KGB Bar in Manhattan. I will be recovering from the Mermaid Parade but I hope to see you at the next gathering of the Guild. The pic above is my sister Diana, circa May 1968, with two kittens born to our cat Schatzie.
There was this girl, an actress, who I'd been working with in an Off-Broadway show (so far off Broadway it was staged on Coney Island) and we’d become close after long hours rehearsing, performing and driving to and from Manhattan (I’d transport her on my way back and forth from New Jersey). She was relentlessly cute - small, dark-haired, sharp featured - and funny as hell. All the warning signs had become apparent: comfort in one another's presence, the sharing of confidences, flirting, and the endless discussion of past love gone bad. On this last point she became rabid. Whenever we'd get together she'd bemoan the loss of her sweet, sensitive poet boyfriend who screwed other women when she wasn't around. I wanted her to move on from him with me. I decided to tell her how I felt.

During one late night phone call I told the actress how difficult it was to keep coming by to see her and then leaving at the end of the night. She wanted to talk about this so we made plans to meet at the avant-garde theater where she worked. Afterwards, we were to go see a downtown band known for its lead singer who stripped and stuffed eggs in her vagina. Then we were to talk.

The big night came at the end of a bad week and I experienced real dread at the thought of pending rejection. I had the strongest desire to stay home with a six‑pack and the TV but I forced myself into the car and through the Holland tunnel. I reminded myself of those moments in the past when everything aligned and a woman accepted me. It'd been a year and a half since the last one and I felt overdue. I made it to the theater ten minutes early and met the actress, who hugged me awkwardly ‑ she was heavy into hugging - and we made small talk until she led me to my complimentary seat. The lights dimmed and she took the seat to my right.

The play concerned one hundred and ten rules of civility as set forth by George Washington in a pamphlet. For the next hour, members of the cast shouted these rules to the accompanying din of strident music. They were an energetic bunch and periodically would venture into the audience to illustrate rules such as, “When someone comes to speak to you and you are seated, stand up.” You were supposed to stand up and participate and try not to look embarrassed. My actress friend laughed loudly at everything.

One actor looked incredibly like Danny Bonaduce, the kid from the Partridge Family, and he ruined the whole thing for me with his blazing orange hair and impish grin. It's funny how you can get fixated on things like that. I kept thinking What's the kid from the Partridge Family doing in this serious avant-garde production? The thought drove me to distraction.

Toward the end, the play became an anti‑war parable (Desert Storm had just begun) with yards and yards of camouflage cloth put to metaphorical use. After the lights went up one of the actors stepped forward and cajoled the audience to join the cast in an impromptu peace demonstration at a nearby intersection. Candles were hastily lit and passed among the audience and a solemn procession took to the street. At first I thought of staying behind, not wishing to be attacked by patriotic carloads of kids returning to Brooklyn. Then I realized I was in a pacifist camp and should get with the program.

I took a candle and crossed the street to a lamp‑post in front of a bodega. The wind was from the north and cared nothing for naive displays of peace. I kept re‑lighting the candle with my Zippo and one of the actors joined me, offering advice on how best to shelter the candle. We talked about America, war, death and the befuddled looks from passerby. After five or so minutes we filed back inside the theater as a few cast members sang “Give Peace a Chance”. I gathered up the actress and she said, “We have to swing by my place so I can feed the cat and then we'll go see the band.”

“Well? What did you think of the play?” she asked as she climbed into the passenger seat of my car. “I liked it.” I lied, not wishing to pick apart something she held in high esteem. “Is that all? Don't you have any criticism?” she pressed.

“The music was too loud - some of the cast couldn't be heard.” I offered.

“You know, I've been saying the same thing right from rehearsals. Maybe if I tell them an audience member said so they'd listen.” she nodded in agreement, making a mental note. I continued: “A few of the motions were contrived. The hand motions. Some of that stuff was over­wrought.”

 “I don't know, I kinda liked that stuff.” she responded, becoming defensive.

“I'm not a big fan of that kind of thing…” I explained, “…I guess I like a narrative. Call me old‑fashioned. And what about that Danny Partridge guy? Was that strange or what?”

“What? Oh, the guy with the orange hair and the freckles. He was really good.” she answered. I knew I shouldn’t have brought him up. The conversation got worse from there. She became agitated and bristled at every fault I'd found. Soon enough we were at her apartment. I wanted to double‑park while she went to feed the cat but she insisted I come up so she wouldn't feel rushed. I didn't want to climb the eight flights of stairs for a half hour of gabbing ‑ she always made me remove my boots because of the carpet ‑ but I put on a brave face and went.

I gasped for air when we got to her door, quietly huffing so as not to seem totally out of shape. “Take your boots off, come in.” she offered, heading for the answering machine. She played back her messages and one was this long pathetic monologue from some woman obviously experiencing a psychotic episode. I moved into the kitchen in an attempt to get out of ear‑shot but still heard every apology and confession of unworthiness the poor creature blurted. Never leave personal, intimate messages on an answering machine. God knows who's listening.

The actress went for some cat food, amused at my embarrassment for this woman I didn't know and would never meet, and it was then she noticed the cat wasn't quite right. It was hunkered down by a wall, listing to one side, its head bobbing barely upright. “Cassandra? Honey? Are you okay?” implored the actress, coming to the cat’s aid. She knelt down and stroked the cat's back. “How old is she?” I asked.
“Thirteen. She had a real bad kidney problem a year ago and nearly died. I have to put her on an IV every night.” she answered, growing more concerned.

“That's not a well cat.” I said. The cat looked to be buying the farm. I know - I've seen cats die before. My sister was once on a devil kick and kept getting these black cats and naming them Lucifer, Satan, Beelzebub - all of them got run over right in front of our house. They couldn't be seen at night. Some hapless driver would see a flash - cat's eyes reflecting headlights - and then it'd be too late. Skidding tires and a thump and my sister would be in the street crying and screaming at some poor apologizing soul. Then she'd get another one and it'd last maybe three months until the next inattentive motorist.

I once saw a kitten get stepped on and crushed by a friend of the family. My other sister's cat had just had a litter and this woman was over showing off her new baby in the room where the kittens were and she took a step backward and stepped on one of the kittens. She crushed the tiny creature and there was blood everywhere. My sister went absolutely berserk. She was inconsolable. Someone ushered her out of the room and tried to calm her down but she just kept screaming and yelling at this poor woman who still held her baby but now had a stunned, pained look on her face. My mother and I gathered up the kitten, most certainly dead, just blood and fur, and placed it in some newspapers and made a big production of rushing it to a vet. It was for my sister's sake: she refused to believe it couldn't be saved. The woman who crushed the kitten was banished forever from our house and my sister never forgave her.

My favorite cat when I was growing up, Crazy, who would sleep on my chest every night and was as malleable as cats get, disappeared one fourth of July never to be seen again. I figured some local cat‑hater had shoved a bottle rocket up his ass and made sport of blowing him to hell. Through all the cat death, one hung on - Socksie, who was a huge orange tabby with white paws. He lasted eighteen years, got blind and incontinent and died a natural death. My brother came home from school to find Socksie no longer moving. He put him in a Stride‑Rite box and buried him out back with all the other long‑since departed.

I was a veteran of cat death and knew Cassandra was rapidly exhausting her ninth and final life. The actress grew more alarmed and called the animal hospital, telling me she didn't think we'd get to see the band with the singer who stuffed eggs in her twat. She told someone at the animal hospital that we were bringing in a very sick cat and then I helped her get a pet carrier off a high shelf. I put my boots back on and went downstairs for the car.

Soon enough the actress appeared at the passenger door with the cat in the pet carrier and we made for 62nd street and the animal hospital. Only in New York will you find a 24 hour eight-story hospital strictly for pets. I was driving swiftly, trying to make time and the actress starting crying softly, saying over and over, “Okay, Cassandra. Mommy's here. Okay. It's okay, honey. Mommy’s here.” The cat meowed forlornly, ready to give up the ghost. At 34th street a taxi shot across two lanes to deposit a fare, nearly sheering off my left front fender. I cursed the driver who looked at me like a child who's just broken a toy and the actress admonished me to slow down but it wasn't my cat fading away on my lap. We got on the FDR drive headed north and we were soon at the animal hospital where I paid five dollars to park while the actress rushed the cat up to the emergency room.

I followed her up and watched her disappear behind sliding doors. I got a ginger-ale from a vending machine and flopped down on a wooden seat in the waiting area. It was now 10:30 and I wondered what kind of karmic debt I was re‑paying to find myself in a yellow room with sick animals on a Saturday night. I closed my eyes and try to remember the last time I’d been in this situation.

I was nineteen and still living at home. My next-door neighbor was this girl named Denise and she was the object of my hidden desire. She was like the girls in Playboy - the only skin mag I had seen up to that point - blonde, curvy, big-breasted. She was my girl next door and she actually existed in three dimensions. During the late spring and summer she'd tan herself on a chaise lounge in her backyard, in a little black bikini. From behind the drawn curtains of my bedroom window I'd watch her for however long she'd spend in the sun. She followed the same regimen each time: she’d pull the chaise lounge into a bright spot, cover it with her towel, set her portable radio at arm's reach, put on her sunglasses, uncap the suntan lotion, lay down and lather herself. First, her arms, right then left, then her neck and upper chest, always lifting the bikini top slightly to check her tan lines (if I was real lucky I’d spy a hint of nipple), then her stomach and as much of her back as could be reached, then down to her hips, her crotch, again lifting the bikini, then her inner thighs, her calves, ankles and feet. She'd then check all over to make sure the job was complete, and when satisfied, she'd lean back, laying her arms at her side and drift off. I would be there, crouched down in the dark, studying every inch of her, spying wisps of blonde pubic hair and committing it all to memory for later that night.

Denise had a cat, whose name I forget, and sometimes it would jump on the chaise lounge and demand to be noticed. It was an intruder and would always spoil whatever fantasy I'd work up in my mind. Denise was like a dream to me. Although we were the same age, she went out with guys much older. I could never find the courage to actually talk to her except very briefly because I was afraid she somehow knew about my spying.

Then one afternoon I was in the driveway washing my car when I heard this loud wailing. It was something from a nightmare ‑ the howling of a banshee ‑ and soon it was joined by another voice yelling “Ohmigod! Ohmigod!” over and over. It was Denise’s mother. She was standing in their driveway in front of their Volvo station wagon with her hands over her mouth and tears in her eyes. She looked like she was going to vomit. She saw me and ran over to the fence separating our yards, screaming “Help me! Help me!” as she ran. I met her at the fence and she tugged at my sleeve while dragging me toward the car. Between sobs she blurted out, “Ohmigod, help me, help me, I think it's the cat, I think it's under the hood of the car!” We stood in front of the Volvo and Denise’s mom got frantic, more frantic than my sister when she saw her crushed kitten. “She's under the hood of the car! She's under there and I started the engine and she's under there and I can't get the hood opened… Ohmigod…my daughter is going to kill me. I've killed it. It's dead, I know it. I can't open the hood!” She was shaking me and turning red in the face. I opened the hood of the Volvo and there was the cat, wedged in between the fan blades. It was still howling and louder than anything I'd heard from a cat. The fan had sliced the cat's scalp nearly off leaving the skull partially exposed.

There was a deep crack in the skull. One of the rear legs was dangling from a piece of fur, the bone had been broken. The animal looked like it had been through a thresher with a can of motor oil. Blood, fur and grease and Denise’s mom going absolutely overboard at the sight of the cat: “Ohmigod! Ohmigod, it's dead! Ohmiqod, what are we going to do? What are we going to do?!”

I leaned into the engine compartment of the car and got a firm grip on the cat's rib cage. By turning the fan blades slightly while tugging the cat gently downward I was able to dislodge him. His eyes were wide and he howled louder and with his face by mine I could smell his breath. It smelled like something dead and Denise’s mother smelled it too and moved away, her hands still over her face, still saying “Ohmigod, ohmigod, ohmigod.” The cat clawed at me and scrambled over my shoulder and down my back, then tore off across the lawn, dragging its ruined leg behind. Denise's mom screamed something about calling her daughter and ran into the house.

I went after the cat and found it cowering beneath rose bushes at the back of the house. I crawled under the bushes on my belly, cutting myself on the thorns and scratching my arms and face until they bled. I located the cat and pulled him out, holding him tight against my chest. He did not want to come with me, he wanted to stay where he was and lick at his wounds and it was only force that convinced him otherwise.

I brought him around the front of the house and sat down on the porch. I could hear Denise's mom frantically explaining what'd happened and telling her daughter to come home, saying she was in no condition to drive. She hung up and came to the screen door. “How is he?” she sobbed. “Not good. Can you get me a towel or a blanket or something?” I asked. She went and got a towel and I wrapped the cat in it and held him on my lap. “My daughter's coming home and we'll take him to the vet. Do you think he'll be all right? What the hell was he doing under the hood of the car?!” she sobbed.

“They go under there at night, for warmth. My mother always told me to bang the hood of the car in the morning, just in case there's a cat under there.” I answered.

“My daughter's going to kill me.” she said and then went back to the phone and called the vet. I looked down at the cat, who howled even louder and squirmed to be free. I thought of putting it out of its misery. I could just twist its neck... I thought.

Denise pulled up in front of the house, tires screeching, and bolted from the car door. She was still in her waitress uniform. She worked at a Friendly’s half a mile away and there were ice cream stains on her apron. When she saw me with the cat she flew into a fit to top her mother's. Her mother came out of the house and they stood on the porch yelling at each other and crying. I heard myself quietly saying “Let's get this cat to the vet or it's going to die.”

We piled into the car and Denise gunned it the two miles to the vet's office. She ran stop signs and red lights, cut across lanes, cut off other drivers, swerved around corners and frightened pedestrians. Her mother sat in the back, sobbing and saying, “Denise, slow down. For chrissakes, slow down! I'm sorry, I didn't know he was under the hood, I'm sorry. Slow down! What the hell was he doing under there? Ohmigod, please slow down, you're going to kill us all! We’ll get there. Don't drive like this, you're scaring me!”

Her daughter kept a hand on the cat, trying to pet it through the blood and grime, and paid no attention to her mother. Soon we were at the vet's and I carried the cat inside and handed it over to a man in a white lab coat. The vet laid the cat on a steel cart and removed the blood‑soaked towel. Denise decided she couldn't watch so she begged me to stay with the cat. The vet gave it a needle, some painkiller, and told me it didn't look good. “Fifty‑fifty,” he said. “Fifty-fifty” I thought. This cat has attained a strange kind of balance. It hovers between life and death.

I joined the distraught mother and daughter in the waiting room and when it was seen there was no more we could do, we got in the car and went home. Three days later the cat was back home, minus a front leg, and getting around quite nicely. Denise sent me a six‑pack of St. Pauli Girl and a note calling me her “Hero”. I was never able to watch her sunbathe after that.

And here I was again, back in the waiting room. I found some literature on ear mites and heart failure in cats. Two cops came in with a little girl. One of the cops had a kitten bundled up in a sweater. The little girl was crying and one of the cops, maybe her father or brother, tried to calm her down as the vet explained that the kitten had an ear infection and would have to stay overnight.

The actress came out a little while later to say that they were running all kinds of tests on her cat and before they were through it'd probably cost $450. The actress fretted about the cost, saying she didn’t have it. I certainly didn’t have it either. “Look,” I explained, “I’ve been a cat owner all my life and God knows I love them but maybe it's time to let go of this one.” She began crying, softly, and said, “I wouldn't keep her alive if she didn't have any 'quality of life'. If she's going to be in pain I'll have her put to sleep.”

“'There's so many cats in the world... and all cats are one, if you think about it. You'll grieve over this one, then you'll get another one.” were the last words I said she was able to hear. She then shut me out.

An hour of stony silence later we were told that the cat probably had a stroke. Which was a new one on me. We left it overnight for “observation” after much over­wrought agonizing by the actress. She felt it would be emotionally better for the cat to be at home with her and I reminded her that it would be “emotionally” better for the cat to be in an animal hospital if it started dying in the middle of the night. She wanted to leave something for the cat to sleep on, something that smelled of home, but couldn't bear to part with the sweater she wore ‑ it had been a gift from her father. I suggested she leave the towel that was in the bottom of the pet carrier and she thanked me for my thoughtfulness.

On the way home she asked me if I might be in the city the next night, “In case I need a ride back from the animal hospital…” and I begged off with some lame excuse. “I think it would be hard for me to discuss our relationship in light of what's happened tonight.” she said as we pulled up in front of her building. “I'm sorry because I think I have some good news for you, I know you've been depressed lately and this might've cheered you up.” she offered. I double-parked and asked her to please tell me what was on her mind, thinking maybe the night wouldn't be a total wash‑out, hoping she'd tell me how much she'd come to like me and appreciate me and saying she'd like to see more of me.

“You have a lot of negativity and self‑destructiveness.” she began, “It's probably because of your family background. From what little you've told me I can tell it must have been hellish. I think you're problem is that you're an alcoholic and I want to tell you that you don’t have to keep on that road. I was an addict for many years, going from one addiction to another until I got into a program.” she continued.

“What makes you think I'm an alcoholic? Because you've seen me have a few beers?” I asked.

“I saw you at that Christmas party. You drank all night. You've had a few every time I've been with you.” she answered.

“Did you ever think that maybe it's because I'm so damn nervous around you? Maybe I'm scared to be around you and I need something for my nerves?” I stammered.

“That sounds just like an addict - 'I need something' is the first justification. Your pain is self‑imposed. You can be happy if you want to. I can give you the number of an Adult Children of Alcoholics chapter near you.” she calmly replied.

“What I really need is for someone to accept me. Some member of the opposite sex to take a chance on me.” I said.

“You have so much anger in you. You remind me of me six years ago, before I got straight. I was so bitter and mad at the world and no one wanted to know me.”

“I'm just lonely, that's all.” I rested my head on the steering wheel. “I spend all my time by myself. I’m sick of always being by myself. I want companionship. I'm excluded from that world because 'You must love yourself before you can love others', is that it?”

“It's true. How can anyone else love you with all that self‑hate?”

“But we all need approval and acceptance. We all need a minimum of feedback, someone telling us we're okay, we measure up. No one is entirely self‑supporting. We have these egos that need support, somehow. Didn’t you ever hear that ‘No man is an island’ stuff? Didn’t you ever wonder that it means?”

“So if I become your lover that'll make you think you're okay?”

“It's a start.”

“It doesn't mean anything. I keep friends much longer than I keep lovers. If you're my friend, you're my friend for life. If you're my lover it might last three months.”

“So this is a quantity versus quality thing, huh? I have these feeling for you and I should just shut them off and be glad that you’re my friend and the first time some big, strapping surfer dude comes along and lights your fire I just say to myself Big deal, he'll only last three months. I have her for a lifetime!'”

“That was a low blow. You know that's not my type. I like men like you.”

“Men like me? Men like ME? How can you mean that? Who's more like me than me?! Just tell me I don't make the grade, that's all. Quit trying to let me off easy with this 'Let's be friends' shit. I can't be your friend.”

“Well, that's all I can offer. I'm sorry if it's not enough. But please think about what I said, about gett

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Mermaid Parade THIS SATURDAY!
The Mermaid Parade is THIS SATURDAY!  Are you ready?! I'm adding items to my list daily but you should remember to bring some sunscreen and a sense of humor. Look for me behind the Mermaid Podium on the small bally stage in front of the two reviewing stands. 

This year I'll be using Periscope (see below) to bring you live "behind the parade" action before, during and after the parade (or as long as my various supplemental battery packs hold up!).

The parade begins at 1 PM and all the info can be found at coneyisland.com. See you there!
Periscope UP!
Periscope is a new live-streaming video app from the people at Twitter. It's available for iOS and Android and you can use your Twitter account to sign up (or create a stand-alone account). Once you do, you can follow people and you'll be notified (if you enable the notifications) when they're streaming live video. You can also create your own live video feed and broadcast to the world from your phone.

I signed up specifically to bring you live Mermaid Parade action, so make sure and find me on Periscope. I'm under my Twitter handle, which is my name: - @ChrisTsakis - and I'll be using Periscope throughout the week to make sure I know what I'm doing!
Upcoming WFMU Events
After the Mermaid Parade this Saturday night, why not drop in on the WFMU Literary Guild for a reading and listener meet-up at KGB Bar (85 E. 4th St, Manhattan) beginning at 8:30pm. Hear poetry and prose from WFMU's esteemed writerly cabal, including Dan Bodah, Bronwyn C., Kurt Gottschalk, Cheyenne Hohman, Dave Mandl, Scott McDowell, Amanda Nazario, and Jason Sigal. The show is free, but there's a 2-drink minimum.
If you'd rather stay on the Jersey side of the Hudson River, head down to WFMU's own Monty Hall and see Morricone Youth provide a live score to Night Of The Living Dead. Morricone Youth is the brainchild of Morricone Island (the show that follows Aerial View on Tuesday nights) host Devon Levins, so show some love.
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Cooling off in the WFMU Froeburg Hall Freezer, circa 1989.
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Listener comments!

Avatar Tue. 6/16/15 6:01pm SeanG:

Let him have it Chris!
  Tue. 6/16/15 6:03pm P-90:

Lemme have it, Mermaid King!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 6/16/15 6:04pm Marcel M:

Hubbard just looks sooo gross and sketchy...

Hi Chris and friends.
  Tue. 6/16/15 6:05pm P-90:

Calibrate your electropsychometers and wind up your propeller beanies, Kids!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Tue. 6/16/15 6:05pm cklequ:

Looking forward to more Tony Ortega.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 6/16/15 6:14pm Marcel M:

I had to scroll the page down so Hubbard stops staring at me and laughing
Avatar Tue. 6/16/15 6:15pm SeanG:

kinda looks like John Madden
Avatar    Tue. 6/16/15 6:16pm V Priceless:

Hey Chris! Hubbard owned a Mellotron, legend has it! Ha!
Avatar Tue. 6/16/15 6:17pm DanH:

What's the book about Burroughs and Scientology? I wanna read that!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 6/16/15 6:17pm Marcel M:

@SeanG: hahah
  Tue. 6/16/15 6:17pm Jack:

Scientology is so over now. The new religion to watch is: ECKANKAR
  Tue. 6/16/15 6:18pm Listener Robert:

OTOH, what art have the Jehova's Witnesses produced related to their religion?
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 6/16/15 6:20pm Cheri Pi:

Yay for this CT!!
  Tue. 6/16/15 6:22pm LES:

Great topic Chis T
  Tue. 6/16/15 6:24pm Jack:

Hey wait a minute! "Battlefield Earth" is an incredible movie. And some FMU DJ's have played Scientology music, some by EL Ron himself.
  Tue. 6/16/15 6:24pm P-90:

Elizabeth Moss? Oh nooooo...
How can SHE not know better?!
  Tue. 6/16/15 6:30pm P-90:

"The Guardian's Office.": sounds like an Ian Fleming name for a secret brotherhood of assassins. Or a sinister conspiracy investigated by John Steed and Mrs. Peel.
  Tue. 6/16/15 6:34pm Listener Robert:

You can't kill yourself w Valium, unmixed with anything else. Valium is amazingly safe.
  Tue. 6/16/15 6:36pm Listener Robert:

Of course the irony is how opposed to psychiatric drugs Scientologists are, so having a great demonstration of the safety of Valium would burn them. You take too much, you sleep extra long, but you don't stop breathing as w barbiturates.
  Tue. 6/16/15 6:42pm P-90:

"Freezoners", I love the sci-fi comic book names they come up with.
  Tue. 6/16/15 6:43pm P-90:

That's the fucked-up thing, some members are actually gonna find some direction just when they need it. They really do benefit, at first.
  Tue. 6/16/15 6:49pm Liz:

Organizations with secrets are bad. Stay away from them. How did Scientology last this long? Where do they get money? I have to see this movie.
  Tue. 6/16/15 6:50pm Jack:

Couple years ago at a friends house I was ranting about Scientology, and my friends mother says "my neighbors are scientologists and they're perfectly lovely people."
  Tue. 6/16/15 6:50pm Listener Robert:

There have been, & still are, plenty of mystery cults that use the same method of unpeeling the layers only a little at a time.
  Tue. 6/16/15 6:52pm Jack:

Seriously, ECKANKAR is Scientolgy-Lite. Same kind of spiritual scam for lonely lost people. It may have been influenced by Hubbard.
  Tue. 6/16/15 6:55pm Jack:

In fact, L. Ron Hubbards writings (including his pulp sci-fi) are considered "scripture" by his followers, AND the IRS.
  Tue. 6/16/15 6:56pm Listener Robert:

Eckankar may have been influenced by Hubbard, but Hubbard was influenced by others; he just combined certain strands.
Avatar Tue. 6/16/15 6:57pm Bryce:

thanks so much, ct & tony. been a GREAT listen
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 6/16/15 6:57pm Marcel M:

correction: go to smile.amazon.com and select auricle communications as the beneficiary!
  Tue. 6/16/15 6:57pm Listener Robert:

Hubbard combined the sci-fi mythology of I forgot which predecessor with the reification of psychology as physics by Reich.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 6/16/15 6:58pm Ike:

Yeah, excellent listen!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 6/16/15 6:58pm Marcel M:

Great show thanks Chris
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Tue. 6/16/15 6:58pm Greg from Bloomfield:

Thanks, guys!
  Tue. 6/16/15 6:59pm LES:

Chris try to get Tony back on again. This was excellent.
  Tue. 6/16/15 6:59pm Jack:

Read the books; there are a few now, including Tony's. Hubbard dabbled in Satanism and other occult practices, as well.
  Tue. 6/16/15 7:00pm P-90:

hubbard was also a student of the recruitment, initiation, manipulation, and brainwashing techniques of modern intelligence services.
  Tue. 6/16/15 7:02pm Jack:

Yeah, he loved his mind control. Obviously.
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