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Sea Org Day Pictures?

Discussion in 'General Scientology Discussion' started by Mest Lover, May 22, 2011.

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  1. Mest Lover

    Mest Lover Not Sea Org Qualified

    I only remember 1 picture being taken while I was in.

    Is there an online catalog of Sea Org pictures?
    There was 1 taken in front of CLO EUS with us all in dress whites on Sea Org Day, either 1989 or 1990.
     
  2. VaD

    VaD Gold Meritorious Patron

  3. Mest Lover

    Mest Lover Not Sea Org Qualified

    Not in the first one, lots to check in the 2nd one.

    OOOH and I forgot, there was 1 other picture taken of me taking out the trash by someone passing by the CLO about 3am. I sent that info in my security stat report to my Snr at INT. I can search through my telexes to find the exact date of that but it was about 1989.

    Not in the 2nd one either but I posted a request.
     
    Last edited: May 22, 2011
  4. Dulloldfart

    Dulloldfart Squirrel Extraordinaire

    A couple there.

    Paul
     
  5. Mest Lover

    Mest Lover Not Sea Org Qualified


    Oh that's a great idea actually. In addition to my search for the elusive 1 picture or 2, if you have a Sea Org Day picture or story to share do so in here.
     
  6. La La Lou Lou

    La La Lou Lou Crusader

  7. Re: Sea Org Day Pictures...

    :ohmy: :giggle: Paul trod the boards as a pirate!!! :thumbsup:
     
  8. Petey C

    Petey C Silver Meritorious Patron

    Then there's this one, of the IMO in the early 1980s, probably taken in the parking lot outside the WB (WestCoast Building). It's been posted before on ESMB. It appears to be half a picture -- the right hand side is missing in my version.

    A few extra names. The girl standing to the right of Chris Stevens was Jean Stevens, I think, no relation but married to Andrew Stevens (who was previously married to Janet Stevens in FOLO ANZO) who had been a Div 2 reg at Sydney Day. I think the tall guy to the right of Real Laplaine was Leon "Bones" Jones. Directly behind the woman behind Jean Stevens, peeking to the left, is Dave Caccavella who used to work in the Action Bureau with Allen Buchanan, RIP. Kirsty Hamilton (bottom right) was an FBO, married to Hamish Hamilton, both from Melbourne; he was in HCO. She later married Greg Wilhere's brother.

    Second picture is of four SO members at a Ron's Birthday bash sometime in the late 1970s in Sydney, on the 4th floor of the Lee Street building. Seated are Charles and Jane Watts, and standing are Peggy Daroesman and David Graham (David wasn't in the SO then but was a C/S at Sydney Day).
     

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  9. Whoa, I stand corrected. Paul wasn't a pirate, he was the Cannibal Chief! :ohmy:

    Look what I found posted by Paul about these pictures on another thread:

    Thread: Funny Scn stories
    Quote Originally Posted by fluffy
    Oh come on, now. There must have been some funny cute stuff that happened when some of you guys were in...

    Paul wrote:

    "Pic 1: Peter Hill with me on the front steps of Stonelands, SO berthing place.
    Pic 2: On stage. From left to right: Hazel Grafton; Peter Hill; me; David Flood; Carol Beatty; Anna Angel?.

    On Sea Org Day in 1974 or '75 we had the whole day off. Remarkable at the time. We put on a whole costume musical called "Treasury Island".
    It took place at Stonelands, a large stone Elizabethan mansion where the SO crew lived, about four miles from SH. There was a large ballroom there, with oak-panel walls and a large stone fireplace, which normally was a men's dorm. I slept in there with about twenty other guys for seven years.

    All the furniture was removed; a stage was built about two feet off the ground with rudimentary stage lighting installed; Alex Smith painted a large backdrop; chairs were imported; and we had a show for a couple of hours with an audience of about 100. There were some other items in addition to Treasury Island.

    There were also games and a roast pig barbecue and soccer and other goodies to pretty much fill up the day with fun.

    This was the best SO Day I experienced in 23 years.

    Treasury Island was a take-off of Treasure Island. It was basically about a Sea Org reg tour to a remote Pacific island to collect some money from a prospect and get it counted on the Gross Income stat for that week before 2 PM.

    I arrived late on the scene, about a week before the event. Someone had just discovered that I could write, and asked me to contribute.
    Things grew from there and come the night I ended up directing and performing six original songs that I had written. Oh, I sing too. Or I did.

    My character was the Head Cannibal. My costume consisted of some leaves sewn onto a pair of brief shorts, so it looked like I was wearing only leaves about my loins. And make-up to darken the skin all over. And a large circular-ish metal object on a chain around my neck, that went well with the native mock-up. I had hair then too.

    Sitting in the front seats of the audience were all the senior execs from the GOWW, as well as from FOLO UK and AOSHUK and SH FDN. My post at the time was Flag Banking Officer AOSHUK, and almost everyone knew me as a strait-laced kind of guy. It made for an interesting first appearance on stage.

    There were about ten characters total. The songs were performed mostly offstage with me directing, with me as lead and a chorus of four or five. There was a piano and a piano-player, but we had had no rehearsal, and the guy didn't really know the tunes ahead of time. So we sang them a cappella. Rehearsal was very skimpy! None of us were professional or even very experienced singers, but it all went over very well indeed.

    The first song was an introduction. To make it all simple, with very limited rehearsal time, and because I was lousy at writing melodies, I used well-known tunes and just wrote fresh words. What follows is just a few fragments from memory--I never kept a copy of the script. I think we managed to mimeo it off at the time. I'm sure there's one floating around somewhere in someone's treasured memorabilia.

    Song 1. Sung to the tune of "The British Grenadiers", one of the most recognizable regimental marches and still a much-loved patriotic British song (as some web-site says about it).

    We came out here on a Rush P.O.*
    To get GI** uptrending
    If we go home with the GI down
    We'll be had for over-spending
    Whatever may occur today
    We're going to see it through
    So come what may
    We'll win the day
    We're a loyal Sea Org crew

    (another three or four verses, now forgotten)
    (some syllables have to be extended to fit the music but I haven't
    bothered to reproduce that)
    *Rush PO = Rush Purchase Order, a basically-illegal way of spending
    next week's income
    **GI = Gross Income

    Part of the accompaniment was some people singing "bom...bom...bom" to simulate a drum beating in time with the music. Now that I think of it, the first verse was me bom-bomming my way through the melody to simulate a marching band. A bit of a skimpy marching band.

    At the end of the song, the rhythmic beat kept going, but segued into a "chhhsh" kind of noise, like a snare drum. It would have been better with real drums, but what the hell!

    Once this was going ahead and I was confident the rest of the chorus could keep it going, I left the group at the side of the stage (and off-stage), and crept around the back. My intent was to stick my head up over the back of the stage and make an appearance that way. I stuck my head up, but no-one could see me, so I gradually stuck my head and shoulders up until I got an audience reaction. I looked left and right in an exaggerated fashion to make sure the coast was clear, then stood up. I had to stand there for about a minute until the laughter had almost died away, then I thumped loudly on the stage with a big stick I was carrying. More laughter... Thump! Quiet. Then the rest of the cannibal band came on stage, equally sillily made-up. One cannibal (Dave Flood) was wearing dark glasses. Very authentic. More laughter... Thump!

    The snare drum was still going, so I used that for rhythm and launched straight into my introductory song.

    It was "I'm a Cannibal", sung to the tune of Monty Python's "I'm a Lumberjack". I would sing a line or two, then the Cannibal Chorus would repeat them, just like in the Lumberjack song, or as best as I remembered it.

    I'm a cannibal, and I'm OK
    I eat human bodies
    Nicely cooked o'er a big log fire
    With lovely bloody toddies

    (Chorus)

    (Another few verses I forget).

    Later there were another four songs, but I sang them offstage and I
    don't remember them now.

    Other cast members I recall were Chris Burton as Ben Gun, and Mark Gardner. I don't remember Mark's character, but he distinguished himself by performing drunk and falling off the back of the stage. It wasn't scripted, but no-one seemed to notice. Except Mark.

    I had all my attention on the songs, and others had written the dialogue anyway, and I don't remember a single line of it apart from Hazel Grafton running on-stage shouting, "Help, help, I've been GRAPED." Someone said, "Surely, madam, you mean 'raped'?" "No, no there was a BUNCH of them." It's not even particularly funny, but since it's all I remember after thirty years I added it to this historical record.

    The whole day went very well. We put the beds back into the ballroom that night so we could sleep, then completed the move back the next morning. It was Sunday, so we didn't have to be on post until noon.

    And that was my introduction as a performer to the world. And to me too, astonishingly. I had never done anything remotely similar this lifetime, except to sing a few quiet songs with a guitar in front of three people at most a few times.

    Paul"
     
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  10. Mest Lover

    Mest Lover Not Sea Org Qualified

    On Sea Org day I got to stay at CLO and make sure nobody got in.
    The rest of the crew went and had fun for the 1 day they got to.

    I remember 1 year, probably 1990 when the picture I remember was taken, we went to a park in NJ. They actually took me that time. I felt so disconnected from them that I felt I probably would have been better off back at the CLO anyway.

    It seemed like forever but I really would have only experienced 2 Sea Org days before I got out. I remember thinking why do I have a dress white uniform that I am only supposed to wear for a picture on Sea Org day, what a waste.
     
  11. Purple Rain

    Purple Rain Crusader

    The one Sea Org Day I got to go to, we were supposed to dress up as Sea Org of the Future. The Dude from External Comm went in his dressing gown as Arthur Dent ... lol! I wore the Sea Org laurels and five pointed star like a tiara - made out of cardboard and tinfoil I think, and a kind of blue and silver shimmery science fantasy tunic with a blue light sabre - just because!

    We got to go out on Sydney harbour on a boat, and it was really cool all lit up and stuff. The trouble was I needed to change when I got there so I sneaked off into the toilets below. I thought, "Goodness these ship type toilets are funny," but there was a little room with a louvred door that I went into to change. When I walked out one of the (real) ship's crew was standing there going, "Um, you know this is the men's toilet??" and I was like, "Get out! You're kidding!" and he was like, "Well, what did you think those were?" pointing to the funny little porcelain doohickeys, and I was like, "Damned if I know!" then I rofl'd and scrammed!

    It was so embarrassment, but kind of funny!

    They also gave me a really cool Sea Org pen, but I think I threw it out recently.
     
    Last edited: May 24, 2011
  12. Purple Rain

    Purple Rain Crusader

    Oh, and I had a sparkly blue cape! I was awesome! And gold boots! LOL!
     
  13. Mick Wenlock

    Mick Wenlock Admin Emeritus (retired)

    heres a pic from FOLO UK
     

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  14. Dulloldfart

    Dulloldfart Squirrel Extraordinaire

    That must be from about 1974, Mick. I hardly recognise anyone - Thelma Cusworth and a daughter next to her (Janet?); Linda Parselle; Kathy Uytenbogaart, and that's about it. Is that you with a lot of hair top right?

    Paul
     
  15. Mick Wenlock

    Mick Wenlock Admin Emeritus (retired)

    Nah, Im not in the pic Paul , was before my time - it was emailed to me by someone. Yep that is Janet next to Thelma. Marion (another cusworth) is the one with the long hair in the front there.
     
  16. Free to shine

    Free to shine Shiny & Free

    OMG Kathy U. She was a good friend of mine and I can't even identify her! I wonder where she is now?
     
  17. Dulloldfart

    Dulloldfart Squirrel Extraordinaire

    I'm assuming that is her in the front row, second from left, fairly tall with the long red hair. She was Chief Steward Stonelands at the time. She married Robin Scott a bit later. I remember getting off a fantasy-type withhold in session to him about her.

    I haven't heard anything updated about her for 35 years.

    Paul
     
  18. Purple Rain

    Purple Rain Crusader

    They all look so nice and normal, don't they? It always amazes me that we were actually real people. I know that sounds weird ... it's hard to explain.
     
  19. Free to shine

    Free to shine Shiny & Free

    Could be... gee....