Mentions Irving when he was called a "Squirrel" and declared Suppressive and Fair Game by Scientology in 1968.
He had utilized some Dianetics techniques with interest, seeing them as extensions of Freudian thought and Eastern religion; but following a series of aggressive moves against him (in his opinion and mine) in the mid-1960s, Irving decided never to have anything to do with "the Org" again. He also sued them for slander and libel for a number of statements they had made about him publicly.
He won a settlement in the case-- I believe the first person ever to do so.
It's a long story. I always thought Dianetics sort of stupid, though a pleasaant enough game to play with ones parents when little "remember -- or imagine, as we usually said--a time when the sun was high in the sky,,," I didn't believe we had once been clams.
Even at age 4 or so, that was beyond my ability to suspend disbelief.
Irv also came to view the cost of Scientology processing as insanely expensive and a con game of the worst order. He felt that anyone could and ought to be able to use these ancient (plagiarized from Buddhism and other sources) techniques for free.
PS -- I suppose I fall into the following category--
"Anyone who has PT or recent connections with any of these people is under suspicion and the information regarding the person should be forwarded to Internal Security Bureau 4."
I think that Scientology has kept a rather bleary eye on me for years, and periodically sends someone here to try to gain access to Irving's private papers.