CBS New Drama to Feature Cryonics Episode

Thursday, November 13th (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
CBS has a new drama this season that airs on Thursdays entitled “Eleventh Hour.” On this Thursday’s episode, titled “Frozen,” a woman’s body is discovered on the beach on the hottest day of the year – frozen solid with no signs of thawing. Dr. Jacob Hood, Special Science Advisor to the FBI, is called in to investigate. A companion story about the real world of cryonics may air on late news stations directly following the broadcast.

Alcor Southern California CryoFeast

Southern California is having their annual Alcor CryoFeast on Saturday, November 22, 2008 at 4:00 pm. This year they are also inviting members of other communities in the area, such as life extensionists, futurists and singularitarians.

You are invited to attend and chat with other interesting, visionary, imaginative and farsighted people as they kick off the 2008 holiday season. Everyone is strongly encouraged to bring a dish and their favorite beverage. For the dish, please bring something that’s not only festive, healthy and tasty but fun and imaginative! There will be a prize for the dish that most embodies these five characteristics.

The event will be hosted by David Kekich and Kat Cotter at the home of David Kekich, located at 1110 Pacific Coast Highway in Huntington Beach, CA. If you are interested in attending this event, please RSVP to or you may call Kat at 310-528-6712.

For directions, parking and hotel information click on the link below:

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Singularity Summit 2008

Singularity Summit 2008: Opportunity, Risk, Leadership
October 25, 2008, 9am-5pm, Montgomery Theater (San Jose, CA)

– Peter Diamandis, founder, CEO, and chair of X PRIZE Foundation
– Esther Dyson, influential journalist, entrepreneur, investor
– Ray Kurzweil, acclaimed inventor, author of The Singularity Is Near
– Justin Rattner, VP and CTO of Intel Corporation
– Peter Thiel, co-founder of PayPal, initial investor in Facebook
– Vernor Vinge, renowned science fiction author

The Singularity Summit is the premier dialog on the Singularity. The first Singularity Summit was held at Stanford University in 2006 to further understanding and discussion about the Singularity concept and the future of human technological progress. It was founded as a venue for leading thinkers to explore the subject, whether scientist, enthusiast, or skeptic.

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Alcor Sends Large Payment to Patient Care Trust

In 2006 Alcor cryopreserved a member with approximately $400,000 of
cryopreservation funding, including life insurance policies and estate
assets specifically directed to his suspension fund in his will.

During recent discussions between Alcor’s board and management
regarding disposition of these assets, the member’s will and Cryonic
Suspension Agreement (CSA) were examined. The CSA was executed in the
1980s, and contained language not in current agreements, specifically:

“After the legal death and cryonic suspension of the Patient ALCOR
shall maintain all Suspension Funds up to the minimum level of funding
in one account, undifferentiated by Patient, for the joint care and
maintenance of all suspension Patients. Suspension Funds in excess of
the minimum required amount will be maintained in separate internal
accounts for the benefit of the individual Patient who provided the
extra funding.”

Alcor does not have the separate internal accounts anticipated by this
old agreement because individual accounts are now understood to be
incompatible with Alcor’s tax-exempt status. Therefore the CSA provisions
could not literally be followed. Instead, after deducting $15,000
for the Patient Care Trust (PCT) fund, $3000 for the Comprehensive
Member Standby (CMS) fund, and case expenses, management recorded the
balance of the member’s cryopreservation funding as a bequest and used
it to help fund Alcor general operations since 2006.

Upon examining the language of the member’s CSA, the Alcor board has
determined that the intent of the agreement was that excess funding
provided by the member be used to fund patient care, even if
individual accounting was not possible. Therefore the excess funding
should have been directed to the PCT, which funds joint care and
maintenance of all Alcor patients. To address this, $130,000 has been
sent from Alcor general funds to the PCT. The remaining balance owing will be
recorded as payable to the PCT, and repaid over time. This will
strengthen the PCT and increase security of Alcor patients. However
Alcor’s operating budget will suffer as a result.

Management informed the board that procedures followed in this case
were customary. The board therefore intends to investigate past
cryopreservation cases to ensure that the PCT has received all funds
it was due according to the Cryonic Suspension Agreement of each
case. Enhanced oversight is being established to monitor funding
disposition of future cases, and to ensure that there is general
agreement on cryopreservation funding policy.

NSU Welcomes Ralph Merkle, Ph.D.

The Division of Math, Science, and Technology in
the Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences is
proud to welcome Ralph Merkle, Ph.D., to Nova
Southeastern University as part of the college’s Distinguished Speakers Series.
Dr. Merkle will discuss “Life, Death, and Cryonics” on Thursday,
October 2, 2008, from 7:00-8:30 p.m., in the
Miniaci Performing Arts Center. Admission is free.
NOVA Southeastern University (NSU) is located in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.

Their web page on the talk is at:

Report of Cryonics UK (CUK) Annual General Meeting 3 & 4 May, 2008

by David Flude – CUK Organiser (edited by Veronique Struis)

On May 3 & 4 British support group, Cryonics UK (CUK) held their annual meeting as part of a 2 day training meeting. Both CI and Alcor members attended the meeting, which marked big changes in the British organisation. After 18 years as Training Manager, Alan Sinclair decided to step down as Training Manager, but he is staying on as CUK President & Team Consultant. To thank him for his long-term contribution Alan was made a Lifetime President of CUK.

During the annual meeting CUK introduced a new policy of involving all members in the decision making process and increasing the number of committee officers managing the CUK. The committee has been nearly doubled & the following officers were elected:

President for Life – Alan Sinclair
Secretary & Webmaster – Mark Walker
Treasurer – Graham Hipkiss
Membership Manager – Mark Willis
Organiser – David Flude
Team Leader – Mark Walker
2nd Team Leader – TBA

The officers gave their yearly reports during the meeting in which Mark Walker outlined his plans for new sub committees to empower ordinary members, Alan Sinclair highlighted one of the main problems with the current transport vehicle, Mark Willis gave a description of the new CUK Membership database he has created and David Flude suggested that the whole emphasis of the group should change to gain momentum from the Life Extension movement, rather than just as a Cryonics Standby Team.

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World-Renowned Scientists and Policy-Makers Discuss Curing Age-Related Diseases

The Methuselah Foundation presents Aging: The Disease, The Cure, The Implications, a panel discussion featuring world-renowned scientists and advocates of stem cell and regenerative medicine research, including Dr. Aubrey de Grey, the Foundation’s Chairman and Chief Science Officer.

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Alcor Board Appointees

Robert A. Freitas Jr. and Martine Rothblatt, PhD have accepted the Board’s nomination to join to the Scientific Advisory Board.

Welcome Robert and Martine!

Methuselah Foundation Rents Alcor Lab Space

We are pleased to have developed a cooperative agreement with Methuselah Foundation to rent them use of some of our laboratory equipment and space.

Their initial work in Alcor’s lab will be an extension of protein work done at Arizona State University.

In addition to generating some additional income from the arrangement, Alcor stands to gain recognition in any papers published as the result of their work.

New Answering Service

We changed answering services this month. Our previous service was unsatisfactory therefore we have replaced it with a medical-oriented answering service that appears to be performing well.

This service was in place when the calls started on the most recent case, and we are so far satisfied with their performance. One of the advantages to this new company is that we can listen to the calls after the emergency situation concludes, so that we can refine our instructions for them.

A broader description of what kinds of information Alcor needs when responding in an emergency will be posted to our blog at a later date.