The strangely true connection between Scientology, the Jet Propulsion Lab, and Occult Sorcery

One of the weirdest historical confluences you can imagine took place in Pasadena, California, in the 1940s. There, a darkly handsome young man and chemistry autodidact named Jack Parsons had just made a bundle of money by inventing solid rocket fuel and selling it to the military. He was part of a group of… »1/24/13 4:20pm1/24/13 4:20pm

The Life of Polyamorous Pagan Rocket Scientist Jack Parsons — In Pictures

Sure I'll take any excuse to use "polyamorous" and "rocket scientist" in the same headline, but in this case there's a good reason. Over at BoingBoing, David Pescovitz has unearthed an online comic book biography about Jack Parsons, the man who founded the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and shared a wife with L. Ron… »8/28/08 4:49pm8/28/08 4:49pm