My father and Science Fiction Writer Fritz Leiber challenged L. Ron Hubbard to prove a statement Hubbard made when at a party at Fritz's house. Science Fiction Writers back then did not usually make a lot of money. Hubbard had boasted that the way to really make money was to start a religion and enjoy the money sent into church headquarters by the idiots who need religion in their lives. Hubbard boasted that it would be easy for a Sci Fi writer to start a new religion. Fritz and my father bet him five dollars each that it would fail if he tried. Hubbard eagerly said they were "On!" and that they could pay him the five dollars in ten years. Since he was so eager, they put a few provisions in the bet. He had to incorporate something from Sci Fi as the foundation of his new religion. A year or so earlier they had all vacationed in Acapulco, Mexico, and my father insisted that Hubbard include the electrical shock paddles that they all tried down on the beach. A Mexican peasant had a black box with a grinder handle on it. Extending from the box were two electrical wires. As the Mexican ground on the handle it generated an electrical charge to the paddles. If a brave young man held onto the paddles, he would receive a shock. If it was too much, he would have to let go. Dad insisted that the hand paddles had to be part of the religion. He did not say the box that generated the electrical shock treatment, just the paddles. Hubbard agreed and said that he would make it part of the introduction to the religion. After the party, Hubbard started making up his religion with the ludicrous requirements. He ended up a millionaire. Dad and Fritz lost the bet.