I remember back in the 70’s when the events used to be at the Hollywood Palladium. There was no “call in”, no pressure to go; everybody would just show up and fill in the place.
There were short speeches with live bands playing Disco music, dancing and a lot of fun. It was like a variety show. Theta news, great entertainment, LRH’s kids and everybody was there on their own self determinism.
More often than not one of Ron’s kids, Suzette or Diana would show up and give a speech or simply mingled with the rest of the Scientologists. It was fun, no hard sales and no long infomertials about the ‘new releases’. Back then you got to meet a lot of people and you made a lot of new friends. That was the main thing about the Scientology events, Fun!
I remember coming all the way from San Diego to LA, just to listen to the Apollo Stars or to hear Diana play piano solo.
Today I was talking with a friend of mine who was in the Sea Org for many years, she was on staff at Flag and we were reminiscing about Org events.
Now days, staff ARE actually ordered to go to such events. It’s mandatory and particularly RTC and ASI staff. I suspect that it is mainly to fill the empty seats at the auditorium.
Also, anyone who has had even the most superficial contact with an org is called up and harassed to attend one of those events. If you happen to be on course or auditing lines, the staff is constantly asking, “are you going to the event?” There is a lot of pressure for the public to go to events and I actually heard that if you don’t go or tell them you cannot go, then you may be sent to ethics.
The last time I attended one of those events was on Auditor’s Day 1995. The course supervisor a the Class VIII academy told us that there were going to be special seats for the Class VI and Class VIII auditors. When we arrived at the Shrine Auditorium the best seats were given of course to Patrons and celebrities, the second best to executives and so on.
The rest of the seats were for the general public. The Class VI and Class VIII auditors were assigned the second floor far from sight at the balcony where no one could see them.
My ex Sea Org friend told me that for some events they were required/ordered to dress in civilian clothes depending on the event. Preferably long dresses, evening gowns, etc, which most staff cannot afford on their meager salary. Some staff would go to a thrift shop to get some second hand clothes. However, when Kirstie Alley heard about this she kindly donated a lot of her gowns for the girls to look elegant at events. But, the gowns were sold to staff for the hefty price of $50 dollars a piece, I say hefty because that is a week salary or more for the majority of the staff.
I wonder what Kirstie Alley would think if she knew that her donated gowns were sold to SO members. Here is Kirstie Alley with some of her beautiful gowns. Too bad that she does not know her donations are being used to exploit the Sea Org members.
My ex Sea Org friend told me that she saved money for many weeks and managed to buy three of the gowns, but when she left the SO they confiscated them all.
Sometimes the staff is ordered to be dressed in full uniform and regalia. The Int Crew wear rented tuxedos to look extra sharp and have ‘ethics presence’. All of the staff are supposed to arrive hours early at the venue. To make sure that everybody shows up they do a roll call. Those who don’t show up are punished severely with lower conditions and removal of post.
The job of a staff member is NOT to have fun at the event or socialize with the public. No, their job is to sell, reg, make money and make sure that nobody leaves the place without having bought something or the other. A staff is not allowed to go to sleep until they have made their quota for the event.