Before The DHARMA Initiative
Founding The DHARMA Initiative
The DeGroots from the Pearl Orientation Video.
In 1970, Karen and Gerald DeGroot founded the DHARMA Initiative. It was financially backed by Danish industrialist and munitions magnate Alvar Hanso and his Hanso Foundation. The purpose of the Initiative was to create "a large-scale communal research compound where scientists and free-thinkers from around the globe could pursue research in meteorology, psychology, parapsychology, zoology, and electromagnetism."
After The DHARMA Initiative
According to Thomas Mittlewerk, the DHARMA Initiative "failed". The whereabouts of this couple are unknown today but many theories have surfaced.
- Karen appears briefly on the full length Room 23 video with Gerald DeGroot although she is not visible in the actual episode. This was an easter egg on the season 3 DVD.
- Reference Dharmasecrets.com forum