Thank you for putting my Making Light of Black PR Series, and the Sheila Norlen poem on your site.
I think you are conveying an erroneous idea that I had copyrighted or claimed to own the copyright to the photos from my wedding on the Apollo in 1974. I did not take the photos and never considered that I owned their copyright.
I believe the photos were taken by the LRH Photographer on orders from Hubbard. He took a bunch of photos of the wedding party and had an album made for each of the couples. Hubbard also gave away the brides.
In any case, the photos have been legally in my possession for over 25 years. I don't mind that they're on your web site, and I'll answer questions about them, but I don't own their copyright. I believe that Hubbard was the copyright holder.
I also don't own the copyright to the Admissions. I typed them as accurately as I could from the copy I was sent, and for all the reasons I stated when I posted them, I believe that I did so legally and justifiably. I also believe that for the same reaons it is legal and justifiable for anyone else to copy, publish or web them.
I don't think all the same reasons with the same force and urgency exist for webbing the wedding photos as for webbing Hubbard's Admissions. The photos are helpful to me of course in making light of the black PR the cult has disseminated on occasion that I'd never even met Hubbard.
Posted and emailed.
© Gerry Armstrong
From: [email protected] (Shy David www.xenu.net)
Posted and Mailed.
First off: I will make the corrections to the pages in about one hour.
Secondly, my motivation for posting the pictures and the "Making Light of Black PR" series was to help put a real face to Gerry Armstrong and show viewers that he is not the faceless inhuman monster that the crime syndicate makes him out to be. He is a living, breathing, functioning human being who has loved and has been loved. His "crime" against the crime syndicate was a basic, simple one: when asked to write about Hubbard's life, he wrongly assumed he was supposed to actually write about Hubbard's life. For that "crime," the crime syndicate sought to destroy him utterly, without sorrow.
The third reason is: I wish to show viewers that the people who fall for such self-destructive, hateful, criminal organizations such as Scientology are -NORMAL.- They have real lives; they are not stupid, nor intellectually weak, nor somehow "less" than your "average Jane / Joe." I think the wedding images show this very well. Gerry looks like a kid on the happiest day of his life--- not some psychopath who cannot cope with life and had to run away to some cult who would do his thinking for him.
The forth reason: I like Gerry Armstrong's "pluck"
("Resourceful courage and daring in the face of difficulties;
spirit"). The space on my server is a small "thank you" to him
personally for the work he has done exposing the crime
syndicate for what it is. That "work" is mostly self-defense
(the made war on him: he did not start the fight).