Local Landmarks

The New Yorker has a long piece this week on Chateau Scientology, The cult’s church’s celebrity center here in L.A.  The piece was a pretty short on revealing details, but did include this choice tidbit:

From the outset, the conversion of celebrities was important to
Scientology. An internal newsletter produced by the Hubbard
Communications Office, probably in the mid-fifties, asserts, “There are
many to whom America and the world listens. On the backs of these are
carried most of the enthusiasms on which the society runs.” It goes on,
“It is obvious what would happen to America if we helped its leaders to
help others. Project Celebrity is part of that program. It is obvious
what would happen to Scientology if prime communicators benefitting
from it would mention it now and then.” The piece concludes with a list
of the day’s stars—Orson Welles, Howard Hughes, Walt Disney, and Greta
Garbo among them—referring to them as “game” and “quarry” for
Scientologists to “hunt.” Though Scientology is not known to have had
success with this early group, the movement now counts Tom Cruise, John
Travolta, Kirstie Alley, and many other celebrities as members.

I’d pay good money for a video of Orson Wells getting "audited" or Howard Hughes going "clear."