Part VI:Launching Internationally

After arriving in Clearwater in 1981, I tried to interest the Flag staff in management and the service org in my Book One program. My initial attempts at this failed. But when some Division 6 personnel told me that they were already wasting their time trying to get Flag pcs interested in doing mini-courses, an idea started to develop of how I might accomplish my purpose.

I was also a Flag pc now receiving my NOTs auditing. During the time I wasn't in session, I started dialogs with the other Flag pcs in the lounge, by the pool, in the restaurants, and anywhere else I could find these people. Any time I had between sessions was spent briefing these Flag public on Book One.

Just as the Scientologists in Denver and Connecticut had responded, these Flag pcs got excited about my program. I began selling our Book One correspondence course and starting people on their first lessons. Soon the lounge was filled with people doing the course between their Flag auditing sessions. While Div 6 was unsuccessfully pushing their mini-courses, John and I were training Book One auditors.

When some Flag pcs started sending case success stories to the Flag CS, raving about the wins they were getting on our Book One course, I really started getting a lot of attention. Everyone in the service org, especially those in Division 6, now wanted to know what I was doing.

Those staff in Div 6 now wanted to get involved with Book One. I briefed them and now they listened intently. I suggested a launch of Book One on their upcoming May 9th event at Flag. Unfortunately I could not attend as I had already planned a large event in Denver on May 9th. Peter Pinchot was my first choice to oversee Flag's Book One event, but Peter also had a May 9th event scheduled in Connecticut.

Finally, Peter agreed to come to Flag the weekend before May 9th to perform the successful actions he had done in Connecticut. He would deliver his Book One seminar to Div 6 staff and the local Clearwater Scientology public. After the completion of the weekend seminar he would stress the importance of becoming competent at auditing Book One and pass out my written briefing, encouraging the students to start on our correspondence course. Additionally, Peter would train the Div 6 personnel to do what he had done. Flag would then bring people from all over the world to Clearwater on May 9th for a repeat performance of Peter's weekend. Those people would go back to their respective areas and perform the same seminar and event, thus launching my Book One movement internationally.

The staff in Div 6 were excited and agreed to my plan. As arranged, Peter went to Clearwater the weekend before May 9th and delivered his seminar and put on his event. His performance was a huge success. The ball was rolling and all was on schedule. The plan for taking my program to an international level would soon be realized.

On May 9th I put on my event in Denver, Peter had his in Connecticut, and Flag performed theirs in Clearwater. The following week a field Scientologist in Clearwater contacted me. She had attended both performances at Flag, the one delivered by Peter and the one delivered by Flag the following weekend. However, there was quite a difference in Flag's performance. They did deliver Peter's Book One seminar but there was no mention of my program or of our correspondence course, and my briefing was not passed out to the attendees. Furthermore, Flag took full credit for the seminar and launching the Book One movement! This woman was very confused, and as she also informed me, so were other field Scientologists who had attended both events.

Needless to say, I was incensed by Flag's betrayal. I felt that they had not only betrayed me, they had also betrayed Scientology. I immediately called Diana to alert her to what was occurring, but she already knew. I was additionally disheartened to discover that there was a distinct change in Diana's demeanor. While I was at Flag she was delighted with our progress and success. Now she was sullen about the whole thing. She said that it was too bad what Flag had done but that there was nothing she could do about it. She went on to say that I just had to make the best of things and that at the very least, I'd get some of the people who had attended Peter's performance on to our correspondence course.

From her communication, I could easily deduce that the pressure from above was now coming down on Diana, and that she was buckling. I realized that she was no longer able to fully support or run air cover for me. I was pretty much on my own.