Ron’s Greenwich village apartment at 40 King Street.
New York City, 1936.
The fact is, if Mr. Hubbard had stopped after only one of his many accomplishments he would still be celebrated today. With such monumental bestsellers to his credit as Battlefield Earth, Fear and the Mission Earth series, Mr. Hubbard is one of the most widely read authors of all time. Forty of his novels have appeared on bestseller lists and have earned some of the world’s most prestigious literary awards. He has been genuinely described as “one of the most prolific and influential writers of the twentieth century.”
In point of fact, between 1933 and 1940 Mr. Hubbard spent six months out of each year in New York, where he penned over 2 million words of fiction. While writing to finance his early researches into the mind and life,
His other early accomplishments are similarly impressive. As a barnstorming aviator through the 1930s, he was known as “Flash” and broke local records for sustained glider flight. As a leader of expeditions, he is credited with conducting the first complete Puerto Rican mineralogical survey under United States protectorship and his navigational annotations still influence the maritime guides for British Columbia. And as a member of the world-renowned New York-based Explorers Club, which included such luminaries as Admiral Byrd and Sir Edmund Hillary, he carried the organization’s flag on three separate expeditions. Mr. Hubbard kept the Explorers Club as his permanent address for the rest of his life.