Scientology in the Media [Internet]

A Documentary History of the Church of Scientology and the Net
Deana M. Holmes

[Introduction]

Usenet: alt.religion.scientology
April 1995

Main Index A.R.S. Web Summary Media

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A Documentary History of the Church of Scientology and the Net
VERSION 1.0 / April 17, 1995
Compiled by Deana M. Holmes (mirele@xmission.com)
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Compilation (c) 1995 by Deana M. Holmes.

The following is a documentary history of alt.religion.scientology. It consists pretty exclusively of posts from a.r.s. I had to be selective in what I included. But most anything else that a reader might want to know can be found on the major Scientology Web sites (see below).

GENERAL REMARKS:

The advantage of the documentary history format is that it presents the documents with a minimum of commentary. The disadvantage is that this document is LONG. So I have engaged in some selective choosing and judicious editing. With regards to choice of posts for inclusion here, I have for the most part stayed away from the affidavits that can be found on the various Web pages (referenced below). I've tried to stick strictly with a.r.s posts only. As far as the posts themselves go, I've only edited nonessential information from the headers. I have left intact the sender, date, subject, and message id number. The only exception to this is the cancel messages sent out by the CancelPoodle. Outside of this very limited editing, I have not done anything else to the posts.

If anyone has any additions or corrections to this history, please send them to me at the above e-mail address. I will consider these corrections and addtions and add any changes to the next revision, which hopefully will be posted to a.r.s about April 23, 1995.

WHAT THIS HISTORY DOESN'T HAVE IN IT:

All of this stuff can be found either on the Web, or ftp sites, or if you hang around long enough, the Scientology secrets will be posted again.

METHODOLOGY:

For the posts before February 13, 1995, I have relied on archived posts on various Web sites (see below). After that date, I have been keeping a private archive of all a.r.s posts which came through my site (xmission.com). This archive is approximately 30 megabytes in size.

HISTORY:

April 17, 1995--Version 1.0 release

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS:

I would like to thank all the people who sent me stuff for inclusion in this history. I'd particularly like to thank Ron Newman, for having his Scientology home page up and running. I highly recommend it:

http://www.mit.edu:8001/people/rnewman/scientology/home.html

Another good source of documents and links is Bob (Da Sloth) Bingham's home page at http://www.sky.net/~sloth/

I'd also like to thank those who posted information to a.r.s and/or emailed it directly to me, particularly Jeff Jacobsen and Arnie Lerma. Also, Diane Richardson needs to be singled out for her above-the-call-of-duty postings of crucial court cases involving the CoS.

I'd also like to thank Jeroen Schipper for his beta version of ReadMail 5.0. This made finding posts so much easier!


====================Deana M. Holmes================================
mirele@xmission.com================ Compiler of History of a.r.s ==
========You can get anything you want at Xenu's Restaurant=========
================Practicing encheferation since 1995================