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RUNNING CCHs (Level 1 tape) A lecture given on 22 June 1961

SHSBC-18 renumbered 20, of 22 Jun 61, Running CCHs

[rerecorded by St. Hill] [75 min long]

[Checked against the old pre-clearsound academy cassettes, material missing from the clearsound version is marked ">"]

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[This entire opening section was cut, up to the point marked with >>>> below. For easier reading, we did not mark each line.]

Got a piece of interesting news today. The Explorer's Club just awarded me flag number 163 for the Ocean Archeological Expedition. [applause]

Some of you are wondering "What's this expedition? Yeah, what's this expedition?"

Well, a long story, but in 1950 a fellow named Palmer walked into the Explorer's Club just as I was leaving the mailroom and Palmer says to me, he says "Hey Ron, You want an expedition?"

And I said "a ... sure." (laughter)

And he said "Well, there's a whole bunch of Greek and Roman statuary that was being brought from Athens to Rome and the ship went aground on the North side of the Duo-decanies, and its been there ever since and they just located it in about thirty fathoms of water," he says, "And nobody's having anything to do with it until we have permission from the Greek government and so forth, and we called the thing and we're getting it all organized and everything was going along fine, and all of a sudden the government of Ecuador - " he was in an awfull rush, "The government of Ecuador has just grabbed all of us to explore the hinterland of Ecuador." And that's always a very juicy activity, you know, when a South American government tells you to explore the hinterland because they pay you. And that is almost unheard of. And they actually pay you by giving you a half a million square miles of headhunter-ridden jungle or something of the sort. But anyhow, he was on his way and he was picking up a couple of fellows instantly and as a matter of fact they were walking into the club and they had - despite the mustaches they looked very Ecuadorian and they were seeing him to settle these affairs.

Well, anyhow, this fellow threw all of his papers and so forth with regards to this expedition in my box at the club. And two days later I was just about to put my hand in and recover them when May 9th occured, 1950. That was an interesting day. It was publication day of Dianetics The Modern Science of Mental Health.

I want to call something to your attention. It's eleven years later. There's 11 years more algie accumulated on this statuary. And I haven't had a breather, haven't had a breather at all. It doesn't take very long. It doesn't mean that I would be vastly absent for any lenght of time. Actually what you do is you take the sunny stormless period of the year, which is not necessarily summer as anyone in the West Indies will tell you, and you take a run down and get your feet wet, let the diver get his hose snagged on the coral, you know. Do what you gotta do, survery it and lay it out, and next year you go back, push it around a little bit further and then you happen to find out that Alexander the Great's Wall of Tyre is very interesting, you see. So you drop down and see what's happening there and you accumulate various things. We have now accumulated the Maritime Museum at Greenwich - is now one of our boosters, and the Museum of the United States Naval Academy at Anapolis is one of our boosters, and we're accumulating left and right, and actually the nephew of Round The World Slocum - you heard him round the world single handed in a twenty-eight foot boat, Slocum. Well his nephew is a Royal Navy retired captain, so he has now joined this ship's company. This kind of thing starts snowballing, you see.

And all you do is innocently lift your head and say "I think I will go on an expedition." And you've said it. Actually it doesn't take very much time. You decide, you see, that an expedition or something that people disappear into small igloos for six months at a crack or something like this. This isn't the way it goes at all. I call to your attention there are aircraft these days which put you in the area where your people have been working getting things ready, and put you in the area on a Tuesday, you see, and you can pull out from that area on a following Wednesday and you keep up with it pretty closely.

Anyway, we have a ship, a hundred and eleven tons wind screw desiel schooner, that I have rebuilt on paper now into an expeditionary vessel. Arguing with the United States Coast Guard as to whether or not its a scientific ship or a yacht and whether or not it can remain to be a yacht and still be used as a scientific ship, and almost ready to throw up my hands and fly the Panamanian flag if not the Jolly Rodger. [laughter]

I've just been sort of working on this in my spare time, not that I have quite a bit of that, and getting it together. Nothing very dramatic in the way of progress. We hit these dramatic points because you have to be pretty well accredited or reputed in order to get accredation on an expedition. They don't give that to every body.

The Explorer's Club hadn't written me and hadn't written me and hadn't written me. They had me right there at wait on the pre-have scale. And I finally wrote them a letter to ask them if my letter had been lost or something of the sort or if I had been taken out of the files or something and just today, why their delay was explained. They had already put it before the flag comittee and the board of directors and that sort of thing, so the expedition as of that action it became an official scientific expedition - Ocean Archeological Survery with the purpose of discovering various periods of marine history in the past as possibly represented on the floors of sunken harbors which had long since passed from the view of man where there are, of course, still ships. And I don't guarantee that we wouldn't stop by on some of this stuff sunk here in World War II and pick up some tommy guns. (laughter)

But anyhow, an expedition of this character does get a sort of lonely activity, because people are always spinning the idea that you might bring up the Crown jewels of Ophir or something of the sort. No telling what might happen. Anyway the wide blue horizon opened up and there it is and I just thought I would tell you about it.

Ever see the Exporer's Club flag?

[noise, voices]

I've got it upside down. There it is.

[voice in background, unintelligible]

Yup. Now this flag is not in bad shape. It was just carried by Waldo Smith on his expedition into the Belgian Congo just before the recent difficulties.

My old flag - I've pinned it up there on the bulletin board for you to see - is reported to me to be in such a state of dishebile that it couldn't be issued to ... [laughter] - which is absolutely true. Hurricans are only supposed to go about a hundred miles an hour, but that particular flag was flying all through in a hurricane that was blowing a hundred and eighty five miles an hour at anchorage - that was really rough.

All right, well I've probably used up the tape ration on you. But anyway there's the tale about it. Thought you might be interested.

I don't always have my attention on the hot brains, don't always. But actually, although I do other things, neither do I let them get in my road. All right, I keep my job up. Try to anyway.

Now, understand that you are probably going through a number of catastrophies, probably have run into some imponderables and I wish to tell you somewhat amusedly that Johannesburg has found a new way of running the CCHs. You just sit there and pump somebody's hands for many hours hoping there will be a reaction. I have a hint for that area, they should read the bulletin.

They got one guy on a course that isn't progressing, in spite of the fact that they are running for hours and hours and hours and hours on CCH 1 with no reaction so Routine 1 isn't working.

[comment from audience - unintelligible]

Oh no! Well, a three hundred word cable has just gone out. We insulated the telex up here. Actually the cable is pretty articulate, it hardly gibbers at all. [laughter]

Now ... [clearsound begins "All right" taken from above, and then continues with next word below]

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[All right]. I'd better cover the running of the CCHs just for fun, just for fun, just as an amusing activity that, of course, has no relationship to anybody that's ever going to make a mistake - particularly here.

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