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By Tom Martiniano
 
We had just finished our move into our new “BIC” building in downtown Detroit.  It was the springtime of 1973 and of the 203 staff there were only a handful who were upset that they didn’t get the space that they wanted.  There were others who were hoarding space and not willing to give up the acreage they claimed for their division. It was an exhausting move, but we finally got it all sorted out and done. We mustered up after dinner for the first time in our new building.  Everyone was standing there in their blue jeans and I can tell you there wasn’t a staff member there who’s TA wasn’t soaring.  
The ED Fred Fairchild, (who was previously LRH’s D of P in FCDC) was OT VII, Class VIII and FEBC.  He stood there at muster and looked us all over with concerned eyes.  To us, he was a great ED because he was highly trained and he emulated LRH. He even looked like LRH with his blazing red hair and blue eyes set in his 6’1” hulking frame.  
Finally satisfied we were all attentive he cocked his head and that Irish grin spread across his face as he spoke:  “I’d like to indicate that we moved.”  It must have been the right indication for everyone there because we laughed until we had tears streaming out of our eyes.  He then gave us all a group locational and sent us off to post. 
 
In subsequent days Fred would muster us and then he would have us look out of the fifth story windows of the org down onto the streets below. He would see a guy walking down the street and shout out “Is that man a Scientologist?”  A few spattering “no’s” would come back and he would retort “Why not? Why can’t he have Scientology?  It was a good point and that kind of stuff only made us work harder.
 
One day at muster we picked out a sky scraper that we would move into over the next 5 years. Fred would tell us that we needed about 10 million dollars to make that happen and that it would just take hard work.  Fred always kept us at cause. 
 
Never did we have a threatening muster. We only had announcements or the LRH Communicator read new bulletins or new Policy Letters and then we would go to post.  We usually had 15-20 minutes to organize the area for production and then off we’d go.  We loved our public and they loved us.   
 
If a public ever got into any kind of trouble or lost their job or something, we would work to see that they were handled.  You see, every Scientologist was a brother or sister and we treated them with dignity and respect and made sure that everyone on our lines was doing well. If not, we would handle them until they were doing well. If they didn’t have the money we would just bill them for services rendered. But we never let staff or public flounder because the product of the org was people using Scientology to better their lives. People doing well was our product, so it made sense to help people when they needed it. It would be like a doctor having patients not doing well after being with him: Bad form. 
People loved being at the org because it was a safe haven – an island of sanity.  There were always around 150 public in the org. Forty or fifty of them would be in the academy, another 30 in the HGC and the rest on Div 6 course or just hanging out at the org for something theta to do.  We would have a lot of them volunteer their services working doing filing, or body-routing or whatever they wanted to do to help. 
 
In short the org was a wonderful place.  If anyone nattered about the org they stood out like a tuxedo at a nude beach. 
LRH was on the lines as well. We would get posters of him lighting off rockets that said “5X Your Org Stats”; or posters of him talking to someone and so forth. He was on the telex lines cheer-leading us on. It was a magic, wonderful time because we boomed the org and made products that we proudly sent on to ASHO for Power and Power Plus. 
 
Now as a comparison, let’s take David Miscavages crashing MU:  HCO PL Data Series 40 the Idea Org and compare it to the orgs of the 70’s:
 
“It would have enough space in which to train, process and administrate without crowding.”  Ya, we had around 12,000 sq ft of space and there was plenty of delivery area. 
 
“It would be located where the public could identify it and find it.”  Detroit org was on the corner of the busiest street in Detroit and another busy street with a good sized sign so people could find us. 
 
“It would be busy looking, with staff in motion, not standing about.”  This was not an Idle Morgue. This was a place that was in the tone level of action and we got a lot done. 
 
“It would be clean and attractive enough not to repel public.”   This was very in. It was not opulent but it was clean and neat. 
 
“The org board would be up-to-date and where the public could see who and what was where and which the staff should use for routing and action.”  We had a big org board in the public area and it was used to tell public where to go and who to see. 
 
“Heavy outflow of letters and mailings would be pouring out.” At least once per week we had all-hands mailing stuffing or whatever needed to get the promo out and make sure it was more than the week before. We understood the importance of mailing to our public. 
 
“Answers would be pouring in.”  And they were. We had a lot of letters pouring in. Public were scheduling and answering questions about their next step on the bridge. 
 
“Auditors would be auditing in Div 4 HGC and Qual would be rather empty.”  We averaged between 650 and 850 chair hours per week in the HGC weekly. Qual had too many interns to be empty. 
 
“Supervisors would be training students interestedly and 2-way coming all slows.” We hovered around 850,000 STP per week.  We made at least one Class IV auditor per week.  This was in. All academy students had done the PRD and were “Super Literate”.
 
“The HCO Area Sec would have hats for everyone. And checked out on everyone.”  I can’t tell you if this was in or not. I know I was always hatted for every post I was on. 
 
There would be a pool of people in training to take over new Admin and tech posts.” There were a few and I know that the HAS was working on getting this in. 
 
Staff would be well paid because they were productive.” We were never well paid because management always took the lion’s share of the money. No matter how much money we made, we never made money ourselves. But we never really cared either. 
 
“The public Divisions would be buzzing with effective action and new people and furnishing a torrent of new names to CF.”  Get this: We body routed hundreds of people into the org and got most of them through an intro lecture. The sign-up rate for the Communication Course was around 11 percent, but that course room was always stuffed. 
“The pcs would be getting full grades to ability attained for each, not eight minutes from 0-IV, but more like thirty processes. And they would be leaving with high praises.” This was in, completely. We always got high praise from our pcs and we never quickied anything. 
 
“The students would be graduating on fire to audit.”  Like I said we got at least one Class 4 graduate every week and they were on fire to audit. They loved to audit and we made sure they could do it. 
 
“One could look at this ideal org and know that this was the place a new civilization was being established for this planet.” I don’t need to prattle on about this. It was. LRH channeled us on this part because it is actually how we felt. We disliked the way the world was and wanted to change it for the better and we worked at it. We knew that LRH didn’t have any other fish to fry. We knew that he really wanted to change the world for the better and we were with him all the way. 
 
The thousand or more actions that made it up would dovetail smoothly one with another.” And they did. We really knew what we were doing. 
 
“And the PR area control would be such that no one would dream of threatening it.” We were in downtown Detroit, which at the time was the murder capitol of the world.  After we moved in, within 6 months the crime rate dropped by 40%. After a year it dropped by 80%.  After 4 years in that area the city condemned our building so we had to move. The neighborhood tried to block us from moving saying that their businesses were growing because of how safe we had made the neighborhood.  They boycotted the move, but the city and county forced us out. 
 
“Such an org would be built by taking what one has and step by step building and smoothing, grooving in and handling each of its functions with each of its divisions doing more and more of its full job better and better.” And that last sentence actually describes what we did to make it a big booming org. 
 
“The business is always there – the skill with which it is handled and the results on pcs and students is the single important line which makes is possible to build the rest.”  And this is what we understood to make the org grow. It is a business mentality.  DM doesn’t believe in Scientology. I saw it work and I saw people clamoring for it. In 1979 to 1981 I saw lines of people waiting to see the registrar at AOLA. Lines 6 or 7 people deep waiting to see the registrar!  Show me that in these “Ideal Orgs”.  You have to take one pc and one student and make them into a shining product and make sure that they are a shining product. Then you do that again and again and again and pretty soon you will have a booming org. Scientology works: I’ve seen it at Detroit and AOLA. People want Scientology and people need Scientology.
 
Don’t ever forget it. 
 
 
 
 

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steve
-1 # steve 2013-02-22 05:33
Great story. That's the spirit of Scientology. The human spirit. If we play our cards right, these days will come again soon.
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Chris Mann
0 # Chris Mann 2013-02-22 08:35
That sounds pretty awesome Tom. When I looked up the Phoenix Org in 92 and went there it was more like a campaign headquarters a week after the election was lost. I waited at reception for a few minutes because there was no receptionist. I started walking around the org and it was empty. The ED of the org put me on an OCA and afterwards told me to come back later for the results.
After I joined staff the Flag Rep told me they had gotten rid of all the SP's in management thanks to David Miscavige.

I think if you are doing straight Scientology people will come. People dont really care that much about fancy buildings. They want their lives to improve and they like to learn things so they can help people and be more at cause of life. Times have changed a bit, but people still want that if they know it exists.
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Silvia
0 # Silvia 2013-02-22 14:27
Thanks Tom - the last line is important, as well all stated before, but the point of "Scientology is needed and wanted" practicaly states the Non Ex Condition step and if we follow the rest we can take it back to the Affluence once was when things were done as per LRH. That is the key - per LRH!
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Boyd H.
0 # Boyd H. 2013-02-23 02:25
"Like I said we got at least one Class 4 graduate every week and they were on fire to audit."

There's an enemy line in the church today that the old auditor training lineup, though it created auditors in abundance, also created a lot of auditors that didn't then go out and audit. They quit. And now with the basics lineup, this is an attempt to make auditors who stick with it and audit after their training.

This is an easy one to take apart if you've had any auditor training. I've only done M1 co-audit, but take this for example.

I took a strong interest in the theory and practical sections of the checksheet, knowing that my auditing someone else was close at hand. I passed the model session drill at the end after two tries and knew I needed to drill it more because I hadn't gotten all the parts dovetailed smoothly so I could actually perform the action of auditing without major flubs. Later I even considered KRing the supervisor because he'd passed me so quickly on the model session and I felt I was quickied through it.


But I was "thrown into session" the next day. I was nervous and so happy my pc's ruds were out so I didn't have audit that day, so unprepared. But the following day I was auditing and messing up all over. It was dangerous and fun because of the dangerousness. I started to smooth out and calm down the following days, basically making stuff up to keep the session going, to fill holes in my lack tech theory. The PC was having wins and so was I. One of the happiest periods in my life. I finished M1 co-audit and joined the Sea org. I personally couldn't see walking away from auditing after my training lineup would be completed. There's much more dynamism in the old training lineup. The needs are met of the average joe who needs some action in life to stay interested.

This talk of "getting it" after doing the basics is fine, but will never get the broad spectrum of IQ's out there up the bridge. Some scientologists live in the courseroom for 30 years. Nothing will dissuade them from taking every new course that management comes up with. Of course they're having wins! But what about "getting it" because you learn so much about the mind through auditing others, and you learn so much about the Axioms for example, from your PC's cogs?

Training stats of yesteryear versus today don't lie, LRH's streamlined checksheets as a major Why was for lack of auditors was correct, and battle tested.
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Boyd H.
0 # Boyd H. 2013-02-23 15:35
"LRH's streamlined checksheets as a major Why was for lack of auditors was correct, and battle tested."

I meant to say here:
"LRH's streamlined checksheets as a handling for the lack of auditors was correct, and battle tested."
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Thoughtful
+1 # Thoughtful 2013-02-24 10:01
Boyd, I love that line — battle tested. You are so correct. This was a beautiful post. Part of DM's whole aberration is "having to have before you can do." Where as LRH would tell you a couple of things and throw you into the water to swim, and by God, almost everyone did! The fear factor was high, and consequently, the feeling of accomplishment was out the roof.
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Boyd H.
0 # Boyd H. 2013-02-23 03:26
One other thing I wanted to mention.
When the settlers came to the new world in the 17th century, defection to the Indians posed a huge problem for the European powers, each trying to get their own beachhead here. So many settlers found the Indians so much more pleasant to be around that they'd go marry Pocahantas and wouldn't be heard from again.

Later, the redcoats lost the war from a tactical POV basically, not because of the exploits of Washington, Arnold and Gates, but because so many soldiers would defect to the colonies, noticing a freer lifestyle from what they had in Britain.

Then settlers reached CA, and ran out of land and now there's silicon valley. There's no place for free people to leave to. And as Ron Paul pointed out through his actions, it's a battle royale now with almost no chance of victory for freedom in America. Maybe a stalemate is in the works at least, but there's no new land for free people to flee to.

But if the country could be split in half, and those who want very few laws etc. could live on one side, and those who wanted many laws and taxes could live on the other, this could be resolved. The free people wouldn't have a problem with this solution. Let the fascists have their fascism. But the fascists would have a problem with a division like this, recognizing that if this division were to happen, their people would defect over to the free side and they'd be stuck over there by themselves.

So now I understand better this viewpoint of Tom and others. Just skip the fascists and let them suppress. As long as we have free country to move into (applying standard Scientology - a right guaranteed so completely long into our future by the socio-political climate and the first amendment on top of that), we'll be alright.

If we couldn't plan and organize and talk about planning and organizing because SP's have such a stranglehold on us, the Indies would have already have been stopped. This is not my political naivety seeping through, at a certain point simple facts win, too much complexity gets nothing done for either side. This is how Ron handled things in his day as a case in point.

SP's MUST operate in the shadows. They can never overtly oppose a forthright push towards obvious sanity. Always forced to retreat and regroup. And all throughout history, when enough sane people realize this, the good wins and the bad guys lose for an extended period of time.
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Paul
0 # Paul 2013-03-04 13:48
Oh TOm. Tris is such a great write up. These sere wonderful Times.
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