After publication, the passage was corrected to: “Hubbard’s frailties were obvious to everyone; among other things, his hands were beginning to shake from palsy and he was hard of hearing...” (which is also untrue).
>> True Information: These statements are false. Mr. Hubbard’s hands did not shake “from palsy.” Wright even contradicts himself just three pages earlier on page 86: “He [Hubbard] taught the children how to play ‘Chopsticks’ on the piano and showed them card tricks with his quick hands and perfectly manicured fingernails.”
That is the more accurate statement. There are also films of Mr. Hubbard at Saint Hill that clearly show this.
Mr. Starkey, a 53-year Scientology veteran and long-term Sea Org executive who captained the Apollo on which Mr. Hubbard resided for some years, stated,
“This is a complete fabrication. For example, Mr. Hubbard’s handwriting is steady, firm and a beautiful flowing pattern. Even Mr. Wright—in total contradiction—comments on it later in the book. ‘...his hand raced across the page, faultlessly, in handsome, legible script.’ I have seen Mr. Hubbard shoot photographs with an analogue camera, holding it perfectly still—(see The L. Ron Hubbard Series – Photographer: Writing With Light) —and the shots came out perfect with absolutely no blurring from camera shake.”
“As to Mr. Hubbard’s hearing abilities, he was so audibly astute he could spot a violin slightly out of tune when being played together with other musicians in one of the Apollo Troupe musical groups (see The L. Ron Hubbard Series – Music Maker: Composer & Performer). In countless meetings with Mr. Hubbard in his Research Room, in one of the ship’s holds, out on deck or on a noisy movie set, I never ever heard him question what someone had said.”