This is my first post, as I just joined the message board a couple weeks ago.
My curiousity with scientology began after graduating from college as I was looking for a job. I'm trained as an illustrator and I had a very unusual interview with NeoPets... a very small unknown (at the time) internet site for kids.
Heres my story so you understand my question in the subject description.
I was out of school for a few months, had a job for a short while and was laid off, so I was out pounding the pavement... Thats when I found a great opportunity for the little startup NeoPets... I went to their site and checked it out. The basic premise was that you adopt a "pet" and take care of it in this little world. The art was extremely poor at the time and since childrens illustration was my main focus in school, I set an appointment for an interview.
I thought I had this job in the can for sure. But then I got there... early... and they said "OK... have a seat, we'll wait for everyone else coming and we can start the tests."
Now, when you are in my industry, taking a "test" isn't unusual... Its usually a test to see what you can do on the computer in a given amount of time or can you storyboard quickly etc. But this test was NOT anything related to my field. In fact there were 2 tests. Growing up I had a bit of a learning disability and I recognized the tests easily... An IQ test, a personality test. I thought this was unusual, but I took the tests anyway. Now days I'd march to the front desk and demand to know why I was given an IQ test... But I figured it didn't really matter and that my portfolio would be looked at after I was done.
When I finished the test, I was told to wait for my interviewer, which I did. Finally the interviewer came, and we sat in the conference room... You would think that the first thing asked would be to see my work... but instead, it was "we run our company according to dianetics and the teachings of L. Ron Hubbard... Do you have a problem with that?"
I knew NOTHING about any of it at the time, and I said so. But I knew in my head something was really off. I eventually asked HIM if he wanted to see my work... and he said he would, but as if he hadn't even considered it, and then he flipped through in about a minute... At that point I realized that my gut was right and there was no way this company was hiring me... so I started asking my own questions. "Why did you give me an IQ test?" etc... I was told that it was NOT an IQ test and that it was a "placement" test to see where I would fit in. I said something to the effect of "But I'm an illustrator... thats where I fit in."
Now, I'm not sure if the company is still run the same way or by the same people. But I have recently started looking more into scientology and what they do... So thinking back on my encounter I looked at the site again... Its not only about adopting pets and taking care of them... They are different alien races, and theres an evil race of aliens... battles... tournaments etc...
So, my question is... Does anyone know if NeoPets is still run by SoC people? And if they are, are they trying to feed scientology to kids without anyone being the wiser? Or are they just a pokemon rip-off set on another planet/space?
heres the site... http://www.neopets.com