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L. Ron Hubbard and His Church

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L. Ron Hubbard, shown in an undated photo, died in 1986. (File photo)
1974
Hubbard, seen in the Caribbean in 1974, was an avid photographer. (LAT)
Late 1970s
L. Ron Hubbard as educational film director in the late 1970s. Photo taken at the Scientology compound near Hemet, California. (LAT)
1973
L. Ron Hubbard in his apartment in Queens, New York in 1973. (LAT)
1974
L. Ron Hubbard as a photographer in 1974. (LAT)
Late 1970s
L. Ron Hubbard in La Quinta, Calif., in the late 1970s. This photo is believed to be the last picture of Hubbard in the public domain. (LAT)
1990
The ranch at Creston, Calif., near San Luis Obispo, where L. Ron Hubbard lived the last years of his life in seclusion. He died there in 1986. (LAT)
1950
A copy of Astounding Science Fiction Magazine from May, 1950. Hubbard’s article in this issue, “Dianetics: A New Science of the Mind,” grew into the book that laid the foundation for the Church of Scientology. (LAT)
1990
Cover of Hubbard’s “Dianetics” (LAT)
1981
Scientology’s eight-pointed cross. (LAT)
1977
FBI agents outside the Los Angeles headquarters of the Church of Scientology during a search for information in 1977. (LAT)
Castle
Scientology’s Saint Hill Castle in East Grinstead, England, on the estate where Hubbard lived in the 1960s. (LAT)
1984
English and Spanish language Scientology pamphlets from 1984. (LAT)
1986
Scientologists join other clergymen at a 1986 “Religious Freedom Crusade” in Los Angeles protesting jury awards against the church. (LAT)
1990
Scientology’s Blue building complex in Hollywood in 1990. (LAT)
1990
The church’s distinctive, powder-blue headquarters in Hollywood, 1990. (LAT)
1996
A typical course room in a Church of Scientology, taken in the 1980s. ()
1996
A typical Scientology spiritual counseling session, known as auditing, taken in the 1980s. ()
1996
This 110,000-square-foot office building is headquarters for Church of Scientology International in Los Angeles. ()
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Church of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard in May 1968 in the south of France. (L. Ron Hubbard Library)
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