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Sensational art from the Western pulps of a renaissance word wrangler.


From the time of his birth in windswept Tilden, Nebraska, on March 11, 1911, L. Ron Hubbard wandered through a West criss-crossed by his parents, naval officer Harry Hubbard and his mother, the former Ledora Waterbury.

The bottom-of-the-barrel peace-time pay brought the little family to Grandfather Waterbury’s ranch in Kalispell, Montana. Homesteading the place, which was only a quarter section, Waterbury added to his beef sales as the small cattle town’s sole veterinarian.

Here, the family toughed out the droughts, gully washers and skin-and-bone economy of the time. Long before he was able to attend the local school,
L. Ron was on horseback, riding some of the ranch’s more sedate cow ponies.

In the Depression years, L. Ron found himself back on that Western trail, as he settled himself at a small beachfront town in California to tackle the pulps. Originally strewn across newsstands in a riot of color, the wood...

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