A corner of the A.B. Won Pat International Airport soon will become a repository for photographs of L. Ron Hubbard, the founder of the Church of Scientology, Dianetics technology and noted science fiction writer.
Hubbard, who spent several years on Guam during the late 1920s, received posthumous recognition from the Guam Legislature on Wednesday via a resolution introduced by Sen. Mary Torres.
Resolution No. 23-35 recognizes Hubbard’s contribution toward the preservation of CHamoru culture. The resolution also recognizes the L. Ron Hubbard Foundation for establishing a permanent venue for the exhibition of Hubbard’s works.
Torres described the photographs as one of a kind, adding, “I think that many of us don't appreciate the significance of this gift to Guam."
The period during which the images were captured, according to Torres, constitute a time in history when Guam’s greatest generation lived.
“A lot of the pictures perhaps will capture the essence of what went into the fabric that made them so spectacular,” she said.
As a young man, Hubbard spent time on the island between 1927 and 1929 and was immersed in the island's ecology and CHamoru culture. While on Guam, Hubbard worked on the roadways as an engineer and taught at the Richard P. Leary Elementary, a prewar school located near the Plaza de España in Hagåtña.
During his stay on Guam, Hubbard took photographs of various aspects of island life. The photographs have been exhibited in various venues since 2006, according to the resolution.
Foundation President Sharyn Runyon and Johann Heemskerk, patron of the foundation, received the resolution.
After thanking the senators for recognition, Runyon said, “One of the things that was so amazing about these photos is that you see how he perceived the people of this community and the love that he put into these images where he captured the life and captured exactly what was going on during this time period,” Runyon said.
Speaker Tina Muña Barnes, Sen. James Moylan, Tony Ramirez from the Department of Chamorro Affairs and Rolenda Lujan Faasuamalie, Guam airport's marketing administrator, were present during the presentation.