Alcor News Bulletin
                Number 16: September 1st 2003

                    After the Media Blitz

As reported in the previous Alcor News, our former Director
of Clinical Services, Larry Johnson, provided confidential
information to a journalist at Sports Illustrated, which
published a seven-page feature about Alcor around August
13th. (The cover date of the issue was August 18th.) We have
moved quickly in response to the negative nationwide
publicity which followed.

Former Alcor president Carlos Mondragon flew to Scottsdale to
help manage the media blitz while our current President and
CEO, Jerry Lemler, was in a local hospital receiving
chemotherapy. Carlos has been active in cryonics for more
than twenty years. He originally signed up with the Cryonics
Institute of Michigan in 1978 but became an Alcor member in
1982. He joined the Alcor board of directors as Treasurer in
April 1987 and took over as President in December of that
year. He is often credited with playing a very significant
role helping to defend Alcor against legal allegations from
the coroner's office in Riverside, California during 1988. At
the end of that case all charges were dismissed, the legality
of cryonics was affirmed by the court, and California became
the only state where cryonics is listed as an official option
on death certificates.

Soon after arriving in Scottsdale on August 11th 2003, Carlos
gave a press conference and we issued a press release to
counter the ways in which Alcor had been mischaracterized.
Excerpts were circulated by Associated Press.

Since we had lost our Director of Clinical Services,
contingency plans were made in the event that any of our
members experienced a health emergency. "I reviewed the
transport protocol, went over our equipment, and talked to
all the people involved, so that I could deal with an
emergency," Carlos comments.

On Saturday August 23rd Alcor served a law suit against Larry
Johnson and his wife alleging breach of contract, breach of
fiduciary duty, and conversion of property, meaning that
Alcor believes he took company property with the intention of
converting it to his own use. (Johnson's wife is named in the
suit because married couples own property jointly under
Arizona law.) Local police subsequently have returned some
items to Alcor which they obtained from Johnson, but other
items are still missing, including a laptop computer.

Johnson must respond to the law suit by September 20th. If he
fails to do so, Alcor may win a default judgment. If he does
respond, the discovery process will begin, and after it is
complete a court date will be set. This can take a
substantial period of time.

Separately from Alcor's civil suit, another investigation has
been initiated. Since this has not resulted in formal charges
yet, we can't provide any information about it at this time.

The flow of calls from journalists to Alcor has now ceased. A
Good Morning America segment is pending and is expected to
include footage shot at the facility, but the segment has
already been delayed by a week and may never be aired.

Alcor has found a replacement for Larry Johnson who has
substantial experience in cryonics standby/transport work and
in the operating room, but this person will not be available
until the end of September. Carlos Mondragon will return home
to Oregon on Sunday September 7th but will continue to be
available for phone consultations during the remainder of
that month. We are extremely indebted to him for the large
amount of time that he has donated to Alcor during this
stressful period, and for his decisiveness and fairness
during his temporary management role.

Alcor's other emergency team members remain on-call as usual.


          Cryonics Institute Faces Regulatory Action

According to a news item that appeared on August 26th in
about a dozen newspapers around the nation, the Cryonics
Institute of Michigan has been prohibited from performing
procedures at its facility until it conforms with regulations
intended for mortuaries and cemeteries. We have no additional
information at this time, but naturally we hope that the
management at CI is successful in resolving this serious
situation. It is in the best interests of all cryonics
organizations for human cryopreservation to be a legimate
legal procedure in every county of every state. Also there is
an obvious need to avoid any legal precedent for applying
mortuary or cemetery regulations to cryonics.

In the past, Alcor has successfully and correctly argued that
since we are a research institution receiving anatomical
donations under the Uniform Anatomical Gift Act, we should
not be subject to mortuary regulations that enforce
procedures such as embalming. Similarly, a sperm bank or a
laboratory storing tissue samples would be unable to do its
work if it were classified as a mortuary.

Cemetery regulations are equally inappropriate. To take just
one example, we cannot maintain patients in hermetically
sealed containers (as specified by Arizona mortuary law)
since venting is necessary to allow liquid nitrogen vapor to

If any readers of Alcor News have academic credentials or
other status which might be respected in a court of law, CI
asks them please to contact David Ettinger at the Cryonics
Institute in case they may be willing to make a statement
defending or explaining cryonics. David Ettinger's email
address is

Some Alcor members have expressed concern that we may be
vulnerable to the same kind of legislative initiative that
has been aimed at CI. Fortunately former president Steve
Bridge and former vice president David Pizer obtained
preapproval from local zoning officials before Alcor moved to
Scottsdale from its previous location in California. Alcor
also received formal preapproval from the local Health
Department and other agencies.

Alcor has undergone several regulatory inspections during the
past month, including a visit from the Fire Department and
the Department of Environmental Quality. The only concern
expressed by DEQ was that some cement left over from a floor-
tiling procedure was found in the parking lot behind the
facility. We are waiting for instructions on the correct way
to dispose of this waste. The fire department made eight
requests for minor changes, all of which have been completed.

Alcor has now requested an inspection from the Occupational
Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). By initiating this
assessment Alcor avoids the possibility of being fined for
previous regulatory noncompliance, but naturally if any
violations are found we will have to rectify them within a
period that will be specified by the agency.

Facility manager Cindy Felix has had valuable experience
dealing with OSHA at a previous place of employment, and is
going through every section of Alcor's facility prior to the
inspection. In a related activity, Director of Suspension
Readiness Mathew Sullivan has been working for two weeks to
update a book of handling procedures for every chemical that
is used at Alcor.

We expected to be scrutinized after the Sports Illustrated
article appeared. So far, Alcor has not suffered any
significant consequences.


                  Facility Expansion Update

As reported in previous issues of Alcor News, we are midway
through an ambitious facility expansion plan. Earlier this
year a committee comprised of former Alcor president Steve
Bridge, director Steve Van Sickle, and then-C.O.O. Charles
Platt established a floor plan which was accepted by board
members and Alcor staff after protracted negotiations. A new
conference room has been created, new office cubicles were
built in the lobby, and plans were established for a new
operating room after consultation with one of our surgeons,
Jose Kanshepolsky, and our surgical technician, Jeff Kelling.

At the request of Carlos Mondragon, the facility expansion
committee has been disbanded, having completed its most
important work. Cindy Felix, our highly capable facility
manager, has been given the primary responsibility of
implementing the remaining tasks that were itemized by the
committee. An engineer has visited Alcor and has advised that
an upper storage level above our new operating room could be
prohibitively expensive if it conforms with local building
codes. Discussion is also in progress regarding the best way
to enable Dewar-to-Dewar patient transfers, which require
sufficient headroom to lift a wholebody pod from one Dewar
and lower it into another.

At each stage in the renovations, Alcor will be in compliance
with local codes and regulations.


               From Alcor's Board of Directors

         The Resignation of Alcor's President and CEO

On August 10th 2003 Jerry B. Lemler MD tendered to the Alcor
Board of Directors his intention to resign as the
foundation's CEO at the expiration of his current yearly
agreement, on December 31st of this year. The Board has
accepted Dr. Lemler's resignation. It is the expectation and
intention of all parties that Dr. Lemler be retained as
Alcor's Medical Director and chief spokesperson.

As many of you know, Dr. Lemler continues to undergo
intensive and extended chemotherapy and other treatments for
a recently diagnosed widespread lymphoma. During this
transition period he will be actively supporting and
participating in the company's search for new executive
management, and he will assist in the transition.

Alcor's Directors wish to thank Dr. Lemler for his
contributions and they look forward to his continued
association with them and his future work in the furtherance
of our mission. Dr. Lemler wishes to thank the Board of
Directors and Alcor's staff for their support of his efforts,
and to reaffirm his commitment to Alcor.


                     From Michael Riskin

               An Appreciation of Jerry Lemler

The Alcor Board of Directors has accepted the resignation of
Jerry B. Lemler MD as its CEO and President for reasons
related to his personal health and welfare. Dr. Lemler was
diagnosed with widespread lymphoma earlier this year and has
completed approximately half of an eight-month intensive
chemotherapy program. The results to date of this treatment
are quite promising. It is anticipated that he will
experience a 100% cure with no further complications or
symptoms. Starting on January 1st 2004 he will be assuming
new duties as Alcor's medical director and chief

During the rest of this year Jerry will be participating in a
search for his replacement while transferring his management
responsibilities on a timely and effective basis. In addition
he plans to fulfill his commitment to deliver a speech on
September 22nd during the Tenth Congress of the International
Association of Biomedical Gerontology at Queens College in
Cambridge, England. This PowerPoint presentation, entitled
"Medical Time Travel as a Bridge to Negligible Senescence,"
has been cowritten by a prominent team representing
cryobiology and research medicine with assistance from
science writer Charles Platt. The speech will be published
subsequently in the Annals of the New York Academy of
Sciences, marking the first time that the scientific basis of
cryonics will be presented and published in mainstream
medical venues.

Jerry's tenure with Alcor will be remembered as one of
"inclusiveness". It has been a time when diverse institutions
and people were drawn together, working as a team to
significantly raise the overall readiness, quality, and
efficiency of Alcor's cryotransport services from rescue to
cooldown. Further, it is widely acknowledged that he
developed into one of the most effective spokespersons for
Alcor and cryonics generally.

On behalf of the Alcor Board of Directors, I wish to thank
Jerry for those efforts he has already made on behalf of the
Foundation...and we look forward to more of the same as he
assumes his new responsibilities in the coming year.

Michael Riskin, PhD, CPA Chairman of The Board Alcor Life
Extension Foundation


               Finding a New President and CEO

Although Jerry Lemler's resignation does not take effect
until the end of the year, we have begun the process of
looking for a successor. Some Alcor members who have been
recommended as possible candidates have been invited to send
resumes. Alcor also invites resumes from anyone else who has
a serious interest in the position of President/CEO. The
organization may also use an executive placement agency, but
has not determined whether this is appropriate. We have
three months in which to find and hire a successor, and
another month in which an orderly transition can occur.


         Annual Elections at September Board Meeting

Alcor's next board meeting will be on Saturday September 6th
at the Scottsdale facility, commencing at 10 AM local time.
The annual election of Alcor directors will occur in this
meeting, which is open to the public.

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