Inside the Craziest, Most Conspiracy-Filled ‘Church’ in America



The Church of the SubGenius may have originated from the minds of two good ol’ boys living in Texas, but it’s more of a “universal thang” than a “Texas thang.” The future founders of the Church of the SubGenius, Reverend Ivan Stang (Douglass St. Clair Smith) and Dr. Philo Drummond (Steve Wilcox), were born into the suburban world of the 1950s. As young boys, they experienced the “duck and cover” strategies taught in public schools in the event of nuclear war, watched on television the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in Dallas, Texas, on November 22, 1963, and witnessed firsthand the UFO folklore surrounding Area 51, the highly-classified U.S. Air Force base. They came of age...

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