While I am trying to cover eccentric aspects of Scientology, I should definitely mention Captain Bill Robertson (CBR, real name: William Branton Robertson).
CBR was Captain on the Apollo, the former 3280-ton motor vessel built in 1936 and in service as a cattle ferry on the Irish Channel crossing. The ship was constantly renamed. Its previous names were Royal Scotsman and then Royal Scotman. The story behind the various names is more amusing than any other gossip. Anyway, I am not going to cover the Apollo story here today.
Sometimes you hear about Scientology referred to as a “UFO cult”. I would say that especially CBR is the one who caused these false impressions. Most people from outside do not differentiate between the Church of Scientology and the splinter groups. There are many misunderstandings.
CBR told many stories about aliens and conspiracies. You could say that his fictitious stories were as creative, fascinating and overwhelming as the ones by Hubbard. The two were both aboard the Apollo and CBR did neither leave nor was he fired. This more or less implies that CBR must have lived in his own world that was not part of Scientology. Hubbard mentioned Space Opera and Body Thetans. He also made people paranoid about anything imaginable, but he never made such a fuss about aliens. Having been a member of the church cult I can assure that you never come across such stupid alien stories. CBR was the master of disaster concerning aliens. And even nowadays many people are still CBR’s Kool-Aid drinkers. Not only that he claimed his real name was “Astar” like “a star”, he also claimed Ron’s real name was “Elron Elray”, which coincidently sounds like “L.Ron”.
CBR’s recorded telepathy seminar is amazing I have to admit! When you listen to it you simply hope that something of what he says is true. This is a skill that everybody wants to have. You just might wonder why he never gave a demonstration. Please, if there is anybody out there, who can prove that I am wrong making fun of this, tell me! I do believe in telepathy, I had my own experiences with it, but the point here is, I do not buy any of CBR’s stories unless proven. I would be mad taking a single word of this guy for granted.
Let’s have a look at CBR’s strategy.
It seems he used the good old formula. He showed dedication to LRH, he told everybody about conspiracies, he had secret communication lines to LRH including telepathy and last but not least he invented god like stories about LRH. But should he not have known LRH’s real personality? CBR had been together with LRH on the Apollo, there is no way he could have missed that! Or was CBR brainwashed like mad? Maybe Hubbard hypnotised him like he did with others? Whatever the reason was, finally the fact remains.
Does CBR’s strategy sound familiar to you. David Miscavige (DM), yes, here he is again. Same classical strategy, LOL.
But let me also mention some good points about CBR. Comparing CBR with LRH and DM he definitely was an angel. He has built up an organization where it must have been fun to be part of it. The concept was new. The atmosphere at “Ron’s Org” is much better than the one in the Church of Scientology. At Ron’s Org is not all about money and people feel good about being part of the movement. And I would like to acknowledge his achievements here.
In case you have to choose between DM and CBR you should go for CBR. Nevertheless, there is one guy I have not mentioned yet. David Mayo – he was the sanest of all (regarding the history of Scientology). He is the one you should consider. Unfortunately David Mayo is not auditing anymore – how come? His last sign of life I found here: