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Happy Trails and Carpe Diem, Mitch; "waking up" is just that, whenever it happens in one's life, and I hope that you continue to embrace and learn from the triumphs and heartaches that are inevitably a part of that journey. Thank you for sharing your story!

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Mitch and I were friends before I worked with him as his composer on regular TV commercials. And then in the mid-eighties he helped change the image of Dianetics and Scientology overnight. The team that created the iconic QUESTIONS- DIANETICS commercial that ran on TV was: Jefferson Hawkins(head of SO book marketing), Rick Rogers, Mitch Brisker(creative director) and me and Chris Many(composers). I remember sitting in my recording studio with Mitch as I created the iconic theme music on my Yamaha DX7 FM synthesizer. A simple repetitive pulse using an harp sound. It became the Dianetics theme.

And shortly after that massive success, Mitch was hired as an independent contractor to upgrade the look of Scientology. And he did it. I was impressed because prior to that, the image of the cherch was horrible.

As a composer working with Apple, Microsoft, Nissan, Nike, Honda, Yamaha motorcycles and other Fortune 500 companies I knew how bad Scientology films were. And as Tony writes, Mitch improved the organizations films so they communicated very effectively to the general public. He became THE film director for Scientology and Dianetics films.

I lost touch with Mitch as he spent more and more time at Golden Era Productions in Hemet, CA.

And then I left the cult. I never expected to see my old friend again.

I credit Tony for recently reconnecting me with Mitch after he left. And we rekindled our friendship and creative collaboration. (I wrote the theme music for his YouTube channel.)

Mitch I am so glad you wrote your book. You were there during the rise of Scientology’s popularity and the ascent of David Miscavige as the supreme ruler of Hubbards organization. I’m looking forward to your insights and first hand accounts.

I ordered your book on Amazon this morning. I’m excited to read about your journey out of the abyss. That took courage my friend.

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Saying ”I was wrong” is difficult, even in the most banal of circumstances. To say it when the stakes are much higher, and to take steps to make amends takes courage and humility. I look forward to reading your story, especially as it might lend some dimension to Miscavige, a person drawn here in The Bunker (and in my own work) as a bit of a cartoon villain. Welcome back to the world outside the bubble.

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Good show, writing a book about it all. One could make sarcastic remarks about the lack of ability of those inside the criminal organisation known as the “church” of $cientology to make films - the Co$ ending up relying heavily on new talent when so many third generation victims have read and drilled the numerous ramblings by El Rhum Glybbard on the subject. But all that goes without saying.

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Nov 24, 2023·edited Nov 24, 2023

Mitch Brisker! another impressive person, bravo!!

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Kudos Mitch and thanks for speaking truth about the cult. May it help many more people leave.

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Looking forward to reading your book and so happy that you are out. I know that your story will help people that others might not be able to reach. Blessings to you!

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