I grew up in Oregon. I was a child in the early 1980s, coming to adolescence when Rajneeshpuram was in the news All Day Long. Here's a recent article explaining that phenomenon.http://www.oregonlive.com/rajneesh/#incart_hbx
Watching this stuff on the news was my first exposure to the concept of a guru, to meditation, and to spiritual practice in a group. Since then, I've met committed Buddhists in North America who had been or in some ways still remain committed to the Rajneesh/Osho project.
In fact I've been invited to teach at a campus meditation group in which the regular teacher uses Osho's stuff. (We'll be doing something else on my watch.)
I bring it up here because I think this experience is useful to keep in our public memory. If you want to understand the context in which we practice now, this is an important moment in the history that produced this now. When did the 1970s really die?