few words on the subject proper:
For a more in-depth view of Dianetics see Ron, The Philosopher: The Rediscovery of the Human Soul.
p.o.: post office.
In reference to LRH's 120,000 word manuscript, "Excalibur" written in 1938. See Ron, The Philosopher: The Rediscovery of the Human Soul for details concerning "Excalibur."
ASF: Astounding Science-Fiction magazine.
skunk cabbage: a strong-smelling plant that grows in wet places of eastern North America. It appears early in the spring as a clump of large, broad, and veiny leaves and has an odor resembling that of a skunk.
Pathfinder: a US news magazine.
AP: Associated Press; a cooperative news agency for US papers that sold copy to daily papers throughout the country.
Winchell: Walter Winchell, syndicated newspaper columnist.
Satevepost: Saturday Evening Post magazine.
Number seven key: reference to the analogy in Dianetics where the mind is compared to an adding machine, and the aberrations or problems of the mind are compared to a "held down seven" producing incorrect answers
Mr. Dessler's: deeply moving plea was not at all treated lightly and, in fact, LRH brought him into the Los Angeles Foundation as an executive.
engram: a mental image picture which is a recording of a time of physical pain and unconsciousness. It must by definition have impact or injury as part of its contents.
Auditor's Code: a collection of rules (do's and don'ts) that an auditor (one who applies Dianetics procedures to another) follows while auditing someone.
Doctor Holliday: of the Douglas Hospital Clinic was trained at the Los Angeles Hubbard Dianetic Research Foundation shortly after the drafting of this letter. He then returned to Beaumont to oversee the training of all hospital staff in the application of Dianetics.
Tone Scale: a scale which shows the successive emotional tones a person can experience. By "tone" is meant the momentary or continuing emotional state of a person, for example: fear, anger, grief, enthusiasm and others.
FW-190, Spitfire, P-39 and P-40 are British and American World War II fighters.
B-17: a type of World War II US bomber.
V-2: a type of German rocket.
Remembered today as the "Countess Motorboat," Ron's famous calico cat is remarked upon in several LRH lectures, most notably for her ferocity in the company of cat-hater John W. Campbell, Jr.
straightwire: a technique of direct memory; the act of stringing a line between present time and some incident in the past, and stringing that line directly and without any detours, thus demonstrating that there is a difference of time and space in the condition then and the condition now, and that the individual, conceding this difference, then rids himself of the condition or at least is able to handle it.
As it happened, the auditing proved entirely successful, and no operation was required.
basic-basic: the first engram of the first chain of engrams.