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On 17 May 1996 14:00:03 -0700, [email protected] (Rev. Dennis L Erlich) wrote:
>Perry Scott <[email protected]> wrote:
>> attention beam. (apologies to David Mayo, but I AM a J&D 3rd Class,
>> after all.)
> No apologies to David are necessary.
Wait. I can speak for myself.
No apologies to me are needed.
(That feels better.)
Besides, I was a frequent J&Der. Some people used to "write me up" for it, too.
Did I tell you about the time when some 18 executives were assembled outside the WDC office at CMO INT waiting for the announcement about whether we were going to be CommEved or not? Speculation ran high. Some were predicting we would be and others that we would not. After several had had their say there was a pause as I had, uncharacteristically, not opened my mouth yet. It was a hot 'n windy day in the desert. Several balls of tumbleweed rolled and bounced by in a gust. All eyes were on me; I responded with the question, "What do tumbleweed and Top Management (WDC) have in common?", paused, then said, "They're always blowing in the wind." A few chuckled nervously though most tried not to. I know, it wasn't all that funny a joke. The really funny part comes later.
After the CommEv had been convened and I was called before the Committee to face charges ranging from "Dev-T" to being "an FBI or CIA plant" to "international espionage and sabotage" (and I thought I was in a church), what hard evidence was I presented with? At one point Ray Mithoff, the Chairman, became more stern than ever and passed a sheet of paper to me to read. It was a Knowledge Report by the Executive Director of the Church of Scientology International(tm). The members of the Committee stiffened in their chairs. This is it, I thought. I braced myself to read: J&D. David Mayo made a joke about Top Management. He said they were like tumbleweed, always blowing in the wind. (paraphrased). That was almost all, there was only one more sentence. I looked up. They were waiting. I looked back at the paper, then turned to the other side to see if there was something written there. There wasn't. I realized they really were serious about that quip. That cracked me up, untimely as that may have been, I couldn't help myself, I laughed. I laughed more when someone said, "Obviously, guilty by own admission." The whole ponderous, pomposity of WDC and Top Management dissolved in an image of wind blown tumbleweed. Then I caught myself, remembering there was another sentence. Oh, oh! The ED INT went on to state that my J&Ding had caused him to become disaffected with Top Management! BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAH
>> The Xenu story itself is a HUGE evaluation.
Hey! That was my line. I've been telling people that for over 10 years. One famous critic even borrowed it from me -- without credit.
I guess he "made it his own"! There's humour in that, too. He couldn't attribute it to me and retain his 'party line.'
(Lest anyone make the wrong assumption, I am not referring to Dennis here, but the names of the guilty are withheld while they squirm, change their story and ... continue tumbling in the wind!)