An Introduction to L. Ron Hubbard (Part 1/3)

Have you ever been on a frontier? Have you ever felt valued for yourself just because you are a lonely man in a lonely land and met with one such as you? Have you ever felt the clannishness of frontiersmen, the warm faith in the might of the friend beside you? For the world out there, when it was lonely, when it was new, demanded certain things of the individual or else he lived not long and amongst the things demanded were a certain courage and a certain camaraderie. Men had to be big or fall before the unknown.” LRH

L. Ron Hubbard and Paul Wilkerson, in one of Puerto Rico’s alluvial-gold bearing rivers

Included here are tales from some forty years of adventure and exploration in lonely places where men lived not long without courage and camaraderie. As a preliminary word, let us bear in mind that if L. Ron Hubbard has since become synonymous with grand exploration, it is only a consequence of having explored so many far-flung lands through a greater quest for answers now found in Scientology. Let us further bear in mind the goal had never been adventure per se, but merely, “I have gone through the world studying man in order to understand him and he, not my adventures in doing so, is the important thing.” Nor had he ever intended to make a legend of himself and, in fact, had only rarely discussed these matters. Finally, let us understand that the whole of Ron’s existence was an adventure and what appears here are but selections and accounts of key endeavors. Yet with all that established and remembering, as he so neatly phrased it, “What is life without challenge?” let us now proceed.

As a broad introductory word, we might best be served by a few biographical notes Ron himself passed on to readers of Adventure magazine in the fall of 1935. To begin with, he explains, “I was born in Nebraska and three weeks later went to Oklahoma,” where, we might add, his grandfather had established a horse ranch and where he took his first steps before the age of one. From Oklahoma, he next moved on to the state of Montana where, as he quipped, “I showed some signs of settling down, but I think this is merely rumor.” Then came several notable adventures, including an extraordinary friendship with a [Picture] Blackfoot medicine man and eventual acceptance as a tribal blood brother. He was also breaking range broncs at an early age, and narrowly escaping a pack of coyotes astride a mare named Nancy Hanks—a particularly telling event for the fact it was not initially believed. Hence his later admission, “I had my adventures but I learned to tell the lesser tale.”

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