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Meet a Scientologist

MEET A SCIENTOLOGIST—JIM BREWER ON THE OLYMPICS, THEN AND NOW

MAYWOOD, ILLINOISWEDNESDAY, AUGUST 8, 2012

Former NBA center and member of the U.S. Men’s Olympic Basketball Team of 1972, Jim Brewer reflects on competing in the Munich Games and the direction his life has taken since then.

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MEET A SCIENTOLOGIST—THOUGHTS OF GROUND ZERO 10 YEARS LATER

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTSSUNDAY, JULY 15, 2012

On the 10th anniversary of the completion of the Ground Zero cleanup operation, Scientologist Caralyn Percy remembers 9/11/01.

Scientologist Caralyn Percy’s rendition of “Everyday Heroes” by Geoff Levin and Harriet Schock is a tribute to rescue and recovery workers of Ground Zero, New York. If it resonates with a compassion born of experience, it’s because Percy was there.

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MEET A SCIENTOLOGIST—PATRICIA GORE’S PHD IN MAKING IT GO RIGHT

WASHINGTON D.C.FRIDAY, JULY 6, 2012

The empowerment of knowing how to know.

Scientologist Patricia Gore is a “first” lady.

She was the first in her family to finish college and receive a master’s degree, first to move away from home, first to work eight years for the Congress of the United States—during the Carter and Reagan administrations, and the first Black ever to have achieved the State of Clear on African soil.

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MEET A SCIENTOLOGIST—PAOLA MARTINEZ, COMMITTED TO HUMAN RIGHTS

TAMPA, FLORIDAWEDNESDAY, JULY 4, 2012

Scientologist Paola Martinez, working to make human rights a fact.

Scientologist Paola Martinez, Human Rights Coordinator of the Church of Scientology Tampa, hosted the second annual Colors of the World Fair Trade Fashion Show for Human Rights June 9—one of the many programs she participates in to raise awareness on human right issues and bring an end to abuse in Tampa, Florida, and around the world.

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MEET A SCIENTOLOGIST—SHERRY VAN HOOTEGEM

CLEARWATER, FLORIDATUESDAY, JUNE 19, 2012

Scientologist Sherry Van Hootegem says Scientology gives her the tools to gets things done.

Sherry Van Hootegem isn’t particularly looking for trouble—but if trouble comes her way, she is never one to turn her back and pretend it isn’t there. And when it came to the North Greenwood neighborhood of Clearwater, Florida, trouble had been brewing for quite some time.

“I own some property in the community and when I found there were drugs being sold right on the street it made me mad,” she says.

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MEET A SCIENTOLOGIST —HUMAN RIGHTS ADVOCATE NIKO PAPAHERAKLIS

WASHINGTON D.C.MONDAY, JUNE 18, 2012

Scientologist Niko Papaheraklis is the Director of Youth for Human Rights, Washington D.C. chapter, and has traveled around the world to promote the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Dividing his time between work, volunteering and Scientology, in Panama, Washington, D.C., and Clearwater, Florida, Niko Papaheraklis is a focused and fun-loving 26-year-old ball of energy.

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MEET A SCIENTOLOGIST—GRACIA BENNISH, ART AND SOUL

CLEARWATER, FLORIDASATURDAY, JUNE 9, 2012

Scientologist and artist Gracia Bennish, creating a better world.

In a unique meld of art and activism, Gracia Bennish leaves her mark in unexpected places.

A true citizen of the world, Bennish, who lives with husband Garry in Clearwater, Florida, was born and raised in Detroit, has lived in the United States, Australia, Europe and Mexico, and has worked or volunteered in Haiti, Baghdad, Myanmar, Africa, Thailand, Cuba and Colombia.

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MEET A SCIENTOLOGIST—THE EXCEPTIONAL DR. GARBUTT

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIATUESDAY, MAY 29, 2012

Scientologist Alf Garbutt was named Chiropractor of the Year in 2010 by the American Chiropractic Association Rehabilitation Council.  He also has won a total of 18 martial arts world championships to date and in 2011 won a record-breaking seven gold medals in a single world championship competition.

Discipline is one of his secrets, and using that discipline to learn and do.

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MEET A SCIENTOLOGIST—ZAHID QURESHI, MAKING A SCIENCE OF HELPING PEOPLE

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIATUESDAY, MAY 29, 2012

When Zahid Qureshi was introduced to Scientology, it made perfect sense to him. It appealed to his practical nature while satisfying his thirst for the spiritual.

Born and raised in Pakistan, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in aeronautical engineering, Qureshi came to America in 1970 to do postgraduate work at MIT. But by 1986, a failed marriage and a dead-end job had robbed life of the promise it once held for him.

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MEET A SCIENTOLOGIST—ALISON OSBORN: OFF TO A GOOD START WITH SCIENTOLOGY

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIATUESDAY, MAY 22, 2012

Alison Osborn considers herself truly lucky, with an ideal marriage and a career she loves.

She credits her parents with helping her through the rough spots of her childhood and teen years, making it easier for her to think for herself and arrive where she is today. The way her mother approached Alison’s difficulties at school was one example.

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MEET A SCIENTOLOGIST—JULIETA SANTAGOSTINO, HELPING FLORIDA CHILDREN LIVE DRUG-FREE LIVES

CLEARWATER, FLORIDASUNDAY, MAY 20, 2012

Scientologist Julieta Santagostino is director of the Florida chapter of the Foundation for a Drug-Free World.

Fashion designer Julieta Santagostino, 28, is the driving force behind the Florida chapter of Foundation for a Drug-Free World. Her profile is one of more than 200 “Meet a Scientologist” videos on the Scientology website at www.scientology.org.

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MEET A SCIENTOLOGIST—PATRICK CLOUDEN, THE POWER OF INTENTION

BUFFALO, NEW YORKWEDNESDAY, APRIL 25, 2012

Among the most striking qualities of Scientologist Patrick Clouden are his friendliness, energy, and intention—traits that explain, at least in part, his success in sales, as a motivational speaker and an entrepreneur. But Clouden describes the inauspicious beginnings of his career and the role Scientology played in helping him accomplish his goals.

“I had just graduated from Canisius College in Buffalo, New York, in 1975 and I was ready to take on the world. But no one seemed interested,” he says. “I couldn’t get a job.”

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MEET A SCIENTOLOGIST—LESLIE HULL

CLEARWATER, FLORIDAMONDAY, APRIL 23, 2012

Possessed of an inquisitive nature, attention to technical detail, and the will to carry through despite obstacles, Scientologist Leslie Hull has succeeded in an unusual field. She runs sales reps in countries around the world as vice president for sales and marketing in an engineering company that produces polyurethane components for heavy-duty trucks, trailers and buses.

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MEET A SCIENTOLOGIST—GEORGE SEIDLER, THERE SINCE THE DAWN OF DIANETICS

PEORIA, ILLINOISWEDNESDAY, APRIL 18, 2012

When George Seidler first read Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health in July 1950, the book was already breaking records. Published two months earlier, it rocketed to the New York Times bestseller list, where it stayed for 100 weeks.

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MEET A SCIENTOLOGIST—EMMETT OSBORN A TRULY AFFABLE GUY

UNITED STATESMONDAY, APRIL 16, 2012

If you were to see Emmett Osborn performing his cooking show at a home show or fair, and stopped to watch and listen for awhile, you would learn almost as much about him as the cookware he’s demonstrating. This is a truly nice and funny guy.

“My basic purpose is to raise the tone of the people around me,” he says.

And wife Alison, who works the cooking show circuit with him, agrees, saying if she ever loses track of his location, she can always track him by following the laughter that surrounds him.

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MEET A SCIENTOLOGIST—GINA KUGLER

PALM HARBOR, FLORIDAFRIDAY, MARCH 16, 2012

Scientology helped Gina Kugler imbue her life with a sense of calm and take it in the right direction.

The way Scientologist Gina Kugler of Palm Harbor, Florida, juggles career, family and volunteer work, she makes it all look effortless.

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MEET A SCIENTOLOGIST—LISA CUMMINS, ARTIST, VOLUNTEER AND HANDS-ON MOM

DUNEDIN, FLORIDATUESDAY, MARCH 13, 2012

Lisa Cummins was homeschooling her son and three daughters in Dunedin, Florida, and the topic was American History, so she packed them up and took them up and down the East Coast, to see the historical landmarks they were learning about, including the Statue of Liberty, Wall Street, the Empire State Building—and the Twin Towers just months before they came down.

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MEET A SCIENTOLOGIST—BARRY COZIAHR’S DREAM OF PEACE

Scientology inspired Barry Coziahr to reach out to others to create a better world.

Scientologist Barry Coziahr believes we can combat the violence that blights our cities, one person at a time, with The Way to Happiness, an entirely nonreligious, common-sense moral code written by L. Ron Hubbard.

His belief is based on personal observation.

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MEET A SCIENTOLOGIST—THE BEAUTIFUL WORLD OF KARLA BARTHOLOMEW

CALIFORNIA, USAMONDAY, MARCH 5, 2012

Scientology auditing—spiritual counseling—inspired Scientologist Karla Bartholomew to venture into the art world as a professional.

One of Scientologist Karla Bartholomew’s earliest memories is of a painting of the Grand Canyon by American artist, Thomas Moran. The painting, which hung in her grandmother’s home, has continued to inspire her work as an artist to this day.

I painted and drew for years, but it was only recently that I started displaying my work and considered painting as a career,” she says.

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MEET A SCIENTOLOGIST—GRAHAM PAYNE’S GOOD LUCK

CLEARWATER, FLORIDAWEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 29, 2012

Scientologist Graham Payne, a New Zealand-born business consultant living in Florida, found in Scientology the answers he was looking for.

Scientologist Graham Payne is a firm believer in the power of intention.

Just one example was a decision he made some 17 years ago.

“I was living in Chicago at the time,” says Payne. “Although my life was going fine, I sensed something was missing. I thought to myself, ‘I just want to be in love again.’”

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