How Scientology was born in N.J.

March 27, 2015 5:31 PM

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Frank Sinatra. Bruce Springsteen. Jon Bon Jovi. L. Ron Hubbard. The first three were born in New Jersey and are indelibly associated with the Garden State. Hubbard, born in Nebraska and raised in the west, only lived in New Jersey for a short time, but it was here that he wrote "Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health," which became the basis for Scientology, and founded the first Hubbard Dianetic Research Center.

Always controversial, Scientology is back in the news thanks to a new HBO documentary blasting the church by Summit filmmaker Alex Gibney. It premieres Sunday at 8 p.m., and delves into Hubbard's early life as a pulp writer, his development of Dianetics, a path to overcome negative feelings, fears a...

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