Early in 1966, Ron turned over his hats at Saint Hill and
traveled to the Canary Islands to do advanced research. In March
he flew on to the southern African country of Rhodesia (since
renamed Zimbabwe), where he continued his research and inves-
tigated the relationship of the individual to a large group.
Returning to Saint Hill in July, Ron resumed lecturing to
students on the Saint Hill Special Briefing Course, completing this
monumental, six-year series of lectures and demonstrations in
On the first of September, Ron resigned from all directorships
in Scientology organizations and devoted his time to lecturing
and further research. Toward the end of the year, he was
awarded his third Explorers Club flag, which he was to carry on
a research expedition: the Hubbard Mediterranean Geological
Survey Expedition, examining ancient Mediterranean civiliza-
tions and amplifying man's knowledge of his history.