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Freddy in the Media

Don't feel bad, folks. He did it to himself.

Go to: Reviews of Lenz's Book Surfing the Himalayas

General News Articles:

As Empire Thrives, Guru Seeks Credibility Amid Fears He is a Dangerous Cult Leader
Barnes & Noble drops promotion for Frederick Lenz's new book following allegations he is a cult leader.

The Skeptics Dictionary
This one cuts to the chase and makes all of the big allegations in a good,
concise two pager.

May, 1996
Scum Gurus - Or, Gurus You Would Not Bring Home to Mother
The Neural Surfer
Oops, Fred seems to have made it into this list.

March, 1996
A Different Kind of Network: 'Crazy Fred' Expands His Reach
WIRED 2.04
Kristen Spence kicks it to Lenz where it counts.

February 4, 1996
Rough 'Surf' - Frederick Lenz is Riding High With a Hit Book, but There's a Lot More to the Author's Story
New York Daily News
Oooo, sounds foreboding.

January 11, 1996
The Guru's Latest Incarnation; Fred Lenz the Novelist Is a Hit. Fred
Lenz the Master Has Some Enemies

The Washington Post
This one is really good. It's a whopper of a story.

November 27, 1995
coolll...Taking On A Libel Suit and Winning
San Francisco Chronicle
Lenz tries to sue WIRED. WIRED proceeds to say, "NOT!"

November 17-19, 1995
Author Draws Fire From Some Who Followed
Colorado Daily
Fred can't even get any slack in Colorado!

November 12, 1995
Controversial Sect Leader Pays Brief Visit to His Old Hometown
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Dr. Lenz talks about dating and his mom.

August 8, 1994
Cult or Company?
Westchester Reporter
New York isn't pleased that Lenz decided to come back.
SUNY - Purchase says "Bye Bye" to Lenz's seminars.

June 14, 1994
WIRED Appalled at Accusations of Libel
WIRED - Press Release

January 1994
The Code Cult of the CPU Guru
The Story that got them into trouble.
>See coolll...Taking On A Libel Suit and Winning

June 20, 1993
Mentor to Some, Cult Leader to Others
The New York Times
Here's a good one. What do you expect, it's the Times.

April 19, 1993
A Cult for the Computer Age
A tiny article about Mr. Big.

October 24, 1992
Guru's Followers Find Some Doors Now Closed
The Hartford Courant
Lenz and his people push their luck.

October 20, 1992
There Are Many Ways to Learn to Meditate
The Hartford Courant
This one mentions Lenz and talks about meditation in the real world

October 18, 1992
Traveling Along the Path Towards Enlightenment; Along the Path to
Enlightenment, From Suburban House to College Hall

The Hartford Courant
I don't think Hartford is fond of Fred.

October 18, 1992
Guru Mixes Money, Mystiques; Ex-followers Say Students Exploited;
Mysticism, Capitalism Combined by Computer Guru Seeking Talent; Former Followers Fault Computer Guru

The Hartford Courant
Nope, Hartford definitely doesn't like him. That's two articles in one day!
And this one's a biggie.

July 30, 1992
Yuppie Guru Finds cash in Computers. Businesses Complain of Followers' Fake Resumes
The San Francisco Chronicle
Fake Resumes?!? Now Lenz has  gone too far!

July 30, 1991
The Yuppie Guru
Another good, big article.

February 1, 1988
Who Is This Rama?
America asks, "Rama's doing what?!?"

December 3, 1984
Why People Join Cults
Lenz is used as an example in this small article

Through Jan. 12, 1996
Fan Mail
From Flakezine  the snowboarders online magazine.
They're not happy with Fred.

Cult Following? No.
WIRED 2.04
One of Lenz's people speaks up. Which brings up the question, how does one determine if oneself is under mind control? Why not find out?

Bibliography of Newspaper Stories on Lenz

Reviews of Lenz's Book Surfing the Himalayas

December 2, 1995
Review by Joe Szimhart
As seen in the Skeptical Inquirer.
If anyone knows Dr. Lenz, it's Joe. Read this one.

January 22, 1996
Instant Bad Karma: A Controversial Guru Resurfaces as Novelist
They didn't like it.

December/January 1995 issue
Rama: Lama? Ding-Dong?
The Santa Fe Sun
Hmmm. This guy doesn't seem to like the book, either.

January 7, 1996
Fiction Boardrs on a Snow Job
The Denver Post
Hey, this guy didn't like it and he doesn't even know about the cult stuff! And he's a snowboarder and a Buddhist to boot. That's gotta hurt.

Nevember 29, 1995
Bulls Coach Deserves Technical Foul for Blurb on Mystic Book
Chicago Tribune

September 15, 1995
Kirkus Reviews
A straitforward trashing of the book.

November 2, 1995
Almost Another 'Tea Party' as Book Signing Turns into 'Free Tibet' Demonstration
Finally, something positive about the book. Oh, but wait... It's from Linda Palmer, Lenz's PR person. Oh, that's right. I was at the Boston Book Signing. And after you read Linda's story, take a look at my version.

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Cults come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Categories of cults that are recruiting successfully today include:

Eastern meditation: characterized by belief in God-consciousness, becoming one with God. The leader usually distorts and Eastern-based philosophy or religion. Members sometimes learn to disregard worldly possessions and may take on an ascetic lifestyle. Techniques used: meditation, repeated mantras, altered states of consciousness, trance states.

Religious: marked by belief in salvation, afterlife, sometimes combined with an apocalyptic view. The leader reinterprets the Scriptures and often claims to be a prophet if not the messiah. Often the group is strict, sometimes using physical punishments such as paddling and birching, especially on children. Members are encouraged to spend a great deal of time proselytizing. (Note: included here are Bible-based neo-Christian and other religious cults, many considered syncretic since they combine beliefs and practices). Techniques used: speaking in tongues, chanting, praying, isolation, lengthy study sessions, many hours spent evangelizing, "struggle" (or criticism) and confession sessions.

Political, racist, terrorist: fueled by belief in changing society, revolution, overthrowing the "enemy" or getting rid of evil forces. The leader professes to be all-knowing and all-powerful. Often the group is armed and meets in secret with coded language, handshakes, and other ritualized practices. Members consider themselves an elite cadre ready to go to battle. Techniques used: paramilitary training, reporting on one another, guilt, fear, struggle sessions, instilled paranoia, long hours of indoctrination. -- Captive Hearts, Captive Minds, Lalich and Tobias, Hunter House, 1993.