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Thursday, 21st July, 2016 01:55:35pm

Name or Alias: davidwalbridge (Wally)
Training and/or processing level: Class 6 / Grade2X
Org or location: StevensCreek Mission SantaClara,Cal
Time involved in the Church of Scientology: 20 years
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1. How did you first become acquainted with the Church of Scientology?
A ticket on my windshield stating how I "could increase my abilities, awareness, I.Q., etc MORE than I ever thought possible!I was attending DeAnza college in Cupertino at the time and had just been discharged (honorable) from the Navy shortly before. I read the Sports Illustrated article about John Brodie and what he stated it did for him. I could see this by his actions on the football field. Circa 1971.

2. What initially appealed to you about scientology?
Was really Brodie and his demonstration of increased ability and awareness etc. Although I never met him, I knew this was for me! Even though I was no top PRO, however I felt it could still benefit me too!

3. Were there problems in your life that you thought scientology would address?
Oh, yea. Had taken drugs years before and had problems with a girlfriend or two. My mother died in 1970, my father 1963. I was also very curious about life after death and higher spiritual knowledge.

4. Did you see, experience, or hear about things that didn't seem right while you were in the Church of Scientology? What were they, and what convinced you to set aside your feelings?
Larry Wollersheim trial weas certainly wrongdoing. Also was complete with bias and unfair treatment. Similar treatment I heard about was Martin Samuels, Bent Corydon, Bill Franks and Kingsley Wimbush.

5. Why did you choose to stay in the Church of Scientology?
I still considered it part of my duty. I STILL had'nt made it up the bridge yet despite all the training and auditing I received. I felt like I did MORE than my share of contributing as full-time staff. Both as tech TR's supe , DofT in the Academy, and door-to-door line passing out personality tests.

6. Were you staff or public? If staff, was it at a mission or an org? Were you ever in the Sea Org or OSA? Which unit? If not on staff, did you ever volunteer to 'help out'?
I started out public, but ended up full-time staff. Stevens Creek Mission, Santa Clara,Cal.

7. Why did you leave the Church of Scientology? Was there a "final straw"?
I felt like I was forced to leave by out-ethics OT's whan I was full-time staff in Portland, 1989. I was also an unannounced Solo Not's Breakthrough. I evidentally didnt handle a certain terminal at SFO Day 850 miles away when I KNEW it was out-tech and out-ethics.

8. Do you think the Church of Scientology needs to change some of its practices? If so, what should be changed? How did those practices affect your life?
I feel there needs to be more understanding of Scientology,not less. There should't have to be quarles, backing-biting, fisticuffs or even "suppressive declares". LRH said "every time we lable a suppressive, it's our hanging" What's in-ethics about hanging yourself? There should'nt BE declares. It's an admission of failure to understand and apply Scientology itself. He also states "if things were a little better known and understood we'd ALL lead happier lives." What could be more optimum? Also states "we deal in eternity". That's an AWFUL long time. Much longer than one life-time! How about getting the understanding right? It's part of "all the richness there is" and "life in it's highest state". We could do with a LOT more of it.

9. If the items you listed in the previous question were changed, would you consider rejoining or staying in the Church of Scientology? If so, why?
I would consider it. Not full time staff, however. I could like courses where communication IS the universal solvent instead of having it suppressed so it would'nt be. As a suppressed Solo Not's breakthrough maybe Church hierarchy can get THEIR ethics in with Service, Exchange and Product P/Ls.

10. Any additional comments you would like to make?
I value my freedom, life and livingness. I feel happiness IS important. I don't like being lied to or cheated out of anything that was mine or supposed to be. We sure could use a lot more friendliness!

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