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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.

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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—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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MEET A SCIENTOLOGIST—LEA WILSON, LIVING THE LIFE SHE ALWAYS WANTED

SANTA ROSA, CALIFORNIAFRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2012

Scientology helps Lea Wilson accomplish her goals in life.

Growing up, Lea Wilson knew what she wanted. And that’s exactly what she got. But life wasn’t always as straightforward or satisfying as it is today.

“What was really important to me was getting married and raising a family, but my attempts to find the right guy weren’t working,” says Wilson.

She had just ended a terrible relationship when her brother called her one day and asked how it was going.

“I burst into tears. It was horrible,” she says.

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MEET A SCIENTOLOGIST—HOW SCIENTOLOGY EXPANDED MEI-HUI HUANG’S HORIZONS

TAIWANSUNDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2012

For Mei-Hui Huang of Ji’an Township, Taiwan, Dianetics and Scientology opened new vistas and improved the quality of her life. Her video is one of more than 200 “Meet a Scientologist” videos available on the Scientology website at www.Scientology.org.

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MEET A SCIENTOLOGIST—COLLEEN MAY’S SURPRISING DISCOVERY

COLORADOFRIDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2012

Through Scientology, what was once a liability to Colleen May has proved to be one of her greatest assets.

Colleen May has never been satisfied with a pat answer. She remembers trying the patience of teachers and other grown-ups who demanded she take their word for things. She always insisted on knowing more.

So it came as a surprise to her, when introduced to Scientology by her fiancé Shawn in 2003, to discover that no one objected to her “attitude.”

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MEET A SCIENTOLOGIST—THE ENERGETIC MEGHAN PANEK

CLEARWATER, FLORIDATHURSDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2012

Scientologist Meghan Panek proves the point that good things come in small packages.

Meghan Panek is a 4-foot-9-inch ball of energy whose favorite activity is—work.

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MEET A SCIENTOLOGIST—PHYLLIS HARGROW, PASSING ON THE GOOD NEWS

HARLEM, NEW YORKTHURSDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2012

Having found the answers she was looking for, Scientologist Phyllis Hargrow now helps others sort out their own lives.

Before finding Scientology, Phyllis Hargrow knew exactly what the problem was—it was the other guy. How things have changed.

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MEET A SCIENTOLOGIST—DUSTIN MCGAHEE, A VOICE FOR HUMAN RIGHTS

FLORIDASATURDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2012

Scientologist, singer and songwriter Dustin McGahee uses music to teach human rights.

Dustin McGahee, 21, combines a love of music with a passion for human rights. A singer and songwriter, McGahee uses his music to educate youth on the 30 articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), the little-known document adopted by the United Nations in 1948.

“At 18, I began to realize there was more to life than just me, my friends, my family—I was living in a ‘bubble’,” says McGahee.

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MEET A SCIENTOLOGIST—JUDY FAGERMAN, LEADING SCIENTOLOGY VOLUNTEER MINISTERS OF THE TAMPA BAY AREA

TAMPA BAY , FLORIDATHURSDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 2012

For the past 10 years, Scientologist Judy Fagerman has been coordinating the Scientology Volunteer Ministers of Tampa Bay, Florida. This is her story.

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MEET A SCIENTOLOGIST—MONROE KLEIDERMAN, SERVING OTHERS

CLEARWATER, FLORIDAMONDAY, JANUARY 30, 2012

Scientologist Monroe Kleiderman has been using Scientology to help others for more than three decades.

Traditional values and a strong sense of duty set the direction of Monroe Kleiderman’s life.

“I grew up in New York watching John Wayne take on the bad guys on TV,” he says. “It was important to me to help my country. From a young age, people were my priority. I wanted to take responsibility for others.”

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MEET A SCIENTOLOGIST—SCIENTOLOGY HELPED PARIS MORFOPOULOS REVERSE THE DOWNWARD COURSE OF HIS LIFE

UNITED STATESWEDNESDAY, JANUARY 18, 2012

Before Scientology, Paris Morfopoulos would not have given odds on his reaching 30. Now 58, he counts himself one of the luckiest men alive.

Growing up in a rough-and-tumble mining town in Northern Canada, Paris Morfopoulos learned to rely on himself, his wits—and alcohol.

He gained the ability to talk his way out of a tough spot, defending himself only when he had to.

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