Koos Nolst Trenite: A Footnote

In late 1994, a netizen named Koos Nolst Trenite posted the first of a bizarre series of posts to alt.religion.scientology and alt.clearing.technology. These posts purported to be transcripts of auditing sessions conducted by Koos on none other than L. Ron Hubbard himself. In these sessions, the shade of "Hubbard" claimed that he was returning from beyond the grave to resume control of the Church of Scientology.

Koos' posts became more bizarre as time went on. At some point he and "Hubbard" had some sort of falling out, and he began posting all sorts of vitriol about him. He "audited" various other Scientology officials, celebrities such as John Travolta, Michael Jackson, and Diana Ross, and even some of the critics of Scientology posting to a.r.s. If anyone dared to mock him or even disagree with him, they were summarily declared an "Institutional Case" or even a Suppressive Person.

This sort of behaviour earned Koos the Usenet Kook of the Month Award for February 1995.

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Created February 7, 2001 by Scott McClare

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