I was on the ship with George when he was doing OT VIII in Aug 1988, so I can validate that he was there then doing it.
I don't think I knew George. (And I don't know who you are, P & B.) I was auditing in the NOTs unit at Flag when the first groups of OT VIIs were getting put through their OT VIII eligibility programs.George Witek said:Hubbard died in January 1986. The OT VIII level was to be released in May 1988, and I was eligible. I did not go on the Maiden Voyage of the Freewinds because I wanted to wait for the first 150 to return with reports on the level. In June, I was contacted by some friends who I had known in Miami since 1984. They strongly urged me to leave for the Freewinds in July, 1988. I completed the level on July 17, 1988. I left Scientology in late1989.
WITEK, GEORGE M.. LUCIFER'S BRIDGE: SCIENTOLOGY'S LOST PARADISE (Kindle Locations 1680-1683). . Kindle Edition.