Yet the real subject of these letters is neither Dianetics as a technology for miracles nor the worldwide movement those miracles finally inspired. Rather, the subject here is L. Ron Hubbard himself – from his first bold step into that once forbidden terra incognita to the honing of methods, techniques and nomenclature (“an outgrowth of re-definition of the character of the mind and an examination of the exact causation and effectiveness of traumas”). Then again, here is L. Ron Hubbard in the New Jersey birthplace of Dianetics where, “the ocean is just outside the front door but it knows its place and never makes a real nuisance of itself,” and yet again at the site of the first public lectures where he found himself obliged to inform the landlord: “Happily for me if unhappily for you I have a book on the bestseller lists. The volume of traffic cannot be stopped.” Additionally germane to this story are those letters pertaining to the equally extraordinary backlash from a covetous medical/ psychiatric establishment, and what ensued from that onslaught in Wichita, Kansas circa 1952. Then, too, here he is with colleagues, associates, his parents and friends (including a wonderfully irascible author, inventor and occasional farmer by the name of Russell Hays). And if the private L. Ron Hubbard of these letters is finally the same as the public L. Ron Hubbard, then here he is even more so: “I am not god or an angel. I’m just another guy....But I’m a guy with a job to do and a guy who, amongst all these, is peculiarly fitted to do that job.”

     To Ron’s earliest references to “this research on the mind,” we further include his formal statement to psychological circles and several less formal notes from the first Dianetics Research Foundations. Also included are selections from the storm of replies to the publication of Book One, and correspondence from the birthplace of that work at Bay Head, New Jersey. Then again we offer the most significant LRH challenge to psychiatric circles – a challenge for results no psychiatrist would accept – and his letters to the unwitting psychiatric agent who very nearly put an end to all. But remembering this story is ultimately one of discovery and triumph, let us introduce these letters as LRH himself introduced this subject nearly half a century ago: “You are beginning an adventure. Treat it as an adventure. And may you never be the same again.”