@ - LongHairGal - You are absolutely correct. We are talking about over 20 yrs ago. I was in my very early 20s, and was gone not too long after all that hypocrisy was thrown in my face. I have been out for about 20 yrs now, and my how this Org has changed.
They bygone days, and flashing of money, is quite over, like you said. There has been a degeneration on EVERY level of the Borg, and its very much out of the decline phase, and fully into the decay phase, at this point. Its only getting worse, or better, depending on how you look at it, lol.
@ - Fulano & Pete Zahut - I knew Russ Kurzen as well. I did not know him incredibly well, as I was young when I met him. My Father had dealings with him on quite a few occasions, and I, in turn, met him thru that. He was kind of an ambassador of Bethel, and he would arrange certain visits for us.
One time he invited my Father, and of course myself, Mother, and sister down to sit at the "head" table. He was a short, little, energetic dude, with a cheery disposition, from what I remember. He DID seem like a very humble, sincere human being. I am a good judge of character, and I did NOT sense any "bad vibes" from him, even at that young age, and into my late teens.
I remember hearing from some Bethelites back then, that the running joke about Russ Kurzen, was "what did Russ Kurzen DO", lol. It was basically known that Russ just kinda hung around, and didn't do too much. He was like a figure head, always floating around, with no specific job assignment or purpose, lol. He was simply Russ Kurzen, you knew him, and you loved him.