Membership Matters

On October 31, 2006, Alcor had 819 members on its Emergency Responsibility List. Six memberships were approved during this month, no memberships were reinstated, one (1) membership was cancelled and no members were cryopreserved. Overall, there was a net gain of five members this month.

Though we didn’t have any cryopreservations in the past two months, we had several member issues, not the least of which was three member surgeries and one emergency admission to the hospital. All these members were fine and released from their respective hospitals. One of these members was inspired to start wearing his medic alert tag after years of it gathering dust in a drawer, so it had that net positive effect.

We also had two last minute cases develop. One of these cases was declined because of a combination of a lack of funding and the extreme amount of time between cardiac arrest and the time the individual was discovered dead. The other is a case still in negotiation.

Membership and Public Affairs

On August 31, 2006, Alcor had 809 members on its Emergency Responsibility
List. Four memberships were approved during this month, no memberships
were reinstated, no memberships were cancelled and no members were
cryopreserved. Overall, there was a net gain of four members this month.

121 info packs were mailed this month, 9 were handed out during facility
tours, making an average of 174 info packs sent per month in 2006 as
compared to 122 in 2005.

The 3rd quarter issue of Cryonics magazine has printed and will be mailed
the week of September 10.

Media in August
RAI documentary, Italy: Tanya Jones granted an interview to a production
company doing a one-hour documentary on the Posthuman era, investigating
how nanotechnology, cryonics, neural interfaces, stem cells research, and
psychopharmology will change human beings, and the ethical, philosophical
and religious implications.
Arizona Republic: Sergey Sheleg was interviewed for this local newspaper
with a focus on the relationship between his work at Alcor and his career
Biofutures: Owning Body Parts and Information, Duke University: A
professor at Duke University is developing a scholarly multimedia DVD-ROM
that explores key ethical issues that have emerged as a result of rapidly
changing relationships between commerce, human tissue, and biotechnology.

The purpose of the chapter on cryonics is to introduce students/readers to
the importance of “temporal manipulation” in laboratory settings. The
author’s goal is to show the continuity between Alcor and the kind of
biological research that goes on every major research institutions across
the U.S.

Welcome to the New Alcor News

For some time now, we have been looking for ways to bring more timely information about Alcor to our members and the public. The lead time for Cryonics magazine is several months, and even the email Alcor News only went out once per month. Furthermore, the email format was limited to short news items, which was often confusing. So, we decided to bite the bullet and join the blog bandwagon. As you can see from the dates on some of the posts, it took a while to work things out, but by doing this we hope to bring up items as they happen, with the space to do them more justice.

Now, this is a news blog, and not a conversation group. There are many discussion groups on the web, including Alcor United and Cryonet. We don’t have the time to deal with either moderating or comment spam, and as an official Alcor publication we would need to, so commenting is not enabled. That said, feel free to send email to alcornews@alcor.org, with any questions or comments you have. From time to time, we will publish “letters to the editor” right here.

And if you subscribe to the email Alcor News, don’t worry. We will still send it out, with links to the blog articles and stories that have appeared over the previous month.

To start things off, we are presenting a Guest Editorial from former Alcor President Steve Bridge. Steve brings up some excellent points about the relationship between cryonics and conventional medicine, and some theories about why cryonics has not “caught on”. Most everything I agree with, and much of what he suggests we are in the process of actually doing. For various reasons, we are limited in what we can say just now, but I hope to be able to fill things in much more at the upcoming Sixth Alcor Conference. Don’t miss out on it! As of two weeks ago we already had 132 paying attendees, so it promises to be the best attended conference ever.
Stephen Van Sickle
Executive Director

July Membership Report

On July 31, 2006, Alcor had 805 members and 48 applicants. Thirty-three
applicants were cancelled in July due to no progress towards completing
membership. In a majority of cases they were unresponsive for over a year
and had not completed the required extended application charge form.

Brief Emergency Answering Service Outage

During this month Focus Telecommunications, our emergency answering service, relocated their offices. No interruption of service was experienced for the emergency line, just the answering service. Our call forwarding to Focus was offline for less than a day during which we answered directly, and the new service was initiated from the new location with no complications or other outages.