Church of the SubGenius

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The Church of the SubGenius is a religious organization, often seen as a "parody religion", that satirizes religion, conspiracy theories, UFOs, and popular culture. Originally based in Dallas, Texas, the Church of the SubGenius gained prominence in the 1980s and 1990s and maintains an active presence on the Internet. In 1996 the legal entity SubGenius Foundation Inc became located in Cleveland, Ohio, United States. The Foundation's president is Ivan Stang. Publicly accessible cited figures from 1988 indicated a membership of 3,500,[1] "more than 5,000" in 1990[2] and "close to 10,000" by 2003.[3]

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History

The Church of the SubGenius claims to have been founded in the 1950s by the "world's greatest salesman" J. R. "Bob" Dobbs. "Bob" Dobbs is depicted as a cartoon of a Ward Cleaver-like man smoking a pipe, an image originally seen in one of the many "can you draw this" ads commonly found in the back of comic books in the 1950s and 60s.[citation needed] The church really started with the publication of SubGenius Pamphlet #1 in 1979. It found acceptance in underground pop-culture circles and has been embraced on college campuses, in the underground music scene, and on the Internet.[citation needed]

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