Archive Message - 1995
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Since some of the materials which describe the $cientology cult could be considered to be copywritten materials, I have censored myself and The Skeptic Tank by deleting any and all possible text files which describes the cult's hidden mythologies. I have elected to quote just a bit of the questionable text according to the "Fair Use" legal findings afforded to those who report. - Fredric L. Rice, The Skeptic Tank, 09/Sep/95 -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=- From news.interserv.net!news.sprintlink.net!EU.net!sun4nl!xs4all!utopia.hacktic.nl!not-for-mail Tue Jul 11 08:59:03 1995 Path: news.interserv.net!news.sprintlink.net!EU.net!sun4nl!xs4all!utopia.hacktic.nl!not-for-mail From: nobody@REPLAY.COM (Anonymous) Newsgroups: alt.religion.scientology Subject: Big Suprise Date: 7 Jul 1995 15:27:31 +0200 Organization: RePLaY aND CoMPaNY UnLimited Lines: 74 Sender: replay@utopia.hacktic.nl Message-ID: <3tjco3$so4@utopia.hacktic.nl> NNTP-Posting-Host: utopia.hacktic.nl Content-Type: text Content-Length: 3437 XComm: Replay may or may not approve of the content of this posting XComm: Report misuse of this automated service to <postmaster@REPLAY.COM> Float-building dying out as holiday tradition San Jose Mercury News Monday, July 3, 1995 By Sue Hutchison Randy Wagner and Chip Green are on a mission. They and a squad from Redwood City's Church of Scientology are building a Fourth of July float in parishioner Fabio Sanzogni's front yard. It's a volcano, like the one on the cover of L. Ron Hubbard's "Dianetics." You may have seen the book at the airport. "We put a parachute over this frame we made and mounted it on the truck," Wagner said, as he showed me their creation. "And we have Hollywood special-effects experts in our church who are going to make it 'smoke.' Then a big 'Dianetics' book is going to pop out of the top." Now that's a float. You're not going to see something like that in the Rose Bowl parade. The Scientologists are hoping to help inspire their neighbors to come back into the float-building fold. Though 120 groups will march in this year's parade, sponsored by the Peninsula Celebration Association, there will be only five floats. BUT REDWOOD CITY is hardly the only place suffering from float-loss. In fact, it's one of the few Bay Area Fourth of July parades that has any floats. Somehow, Americans have lost sight of the importance of gathering with their neighbors on a hot weekend to spend 48 frenzied hours stuffing red, white and blue crepe paper through chicken wire. They seem to have forgotten the spiritual thrill of creating something beautifully corny and ridiculous. Sure, we hear a lot about getting back to "traditional family values," but do you see Phil Gramm or Bob Dole sweating in their driveways with their wives, trying to mount a papier-mache' Uncle Sam on top of a pickup truck covered in Kleenex? I suspect the average American fourth-grader has seen floats only on television. But when I was 7, I already was a Fourth of July float veteran. My neighborhood won the blue ribbon in float building. Every kid, banker, housewife, engineer and retiree on our block joined in. Riding on our "Pioneer to the Moon" float is my earliest patriotic memory. (Even though I threw up on the pioneer next to me.) Sharon Hom, veteran Redwood City float-builder and chairwoman of this year's PCA parade, jump-started some float action earlier this year when she gave a "parade clinic" for residents. LUCKILY, THERE IS still plenty of local affection for the Redwood City parade. That may be enough to rekindle the float-building spirit that made it great. "We're parade nuts," Hom said proudly. Sally Morrison, known as "the PCA queen," has been helping launch the celebration since 1968. Both were on hand a few years ago to see a couple get married in a white stretch limousine on the marching route, perhaps the parade's most unique float. And tomorrow, as the Dianetics volcano lines up on the parade route at 10:30 a.m. by the corner of Brewster and Arguello, it may ironically take its place in history as the float that helped spark the Redwood City parade renaissance. What could be a more unusual tribute to Yankee ingenuity than this invention by Scientologists with a dream? "We have great sound equipment so it will make very realistic noise," Wagner said, surveying his creation with the same maniacal gleam in his eye my father had 27 years ago as he helped engineer "Pioneer to the Moon." "And next year we'll get a fire permit so it can have lava pouring down the sides!"

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