Long before he was a best-selling author and nerd icon, Neil Gaiman was just a little boy trying to explain Scientology.
Back in 1968, then 7-year-old Gaiman was actually thrown out of school because of his family's affiliation with the Church of Scientology (apparently his father actually worked for the church at the time). This led the BBC to conduct a radio interview with the young man about Scientology as he saw it. A transcript of that interview has actually been floating around for a while, but the audio hadn't been found ... until now.
Last month Gaiman was on the BBC Radio program "Daily Bacon" to talk about his most recent novel, The Ocean at the End of the Lane, and during the interview host Colin Paterson revealed that he had a clip from the 1968 interview, and played it for Gaiman. In the clip, the young Gaiman talks about what Scientology means and how it helps him in his daily life. It's proof that even at 7, this writer-in-the-making was one eloquent guy.
You can listen to the clip, as well as Gaiman's reaction to it and a brief discussion on his family's connections to Scientology now (he's no longer a Scientologist, but he has relatives who are) below.
For a full transcript of the 1968 interview, head over to Tony Ortega's site.