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From:  (Alan Lovejoy)
Subject: Cryonics Publicity

The local newspaper, the St. Petersburg Times, recently ran a front page
article about cryonics.  Also on the front page, right next to the article,
was my picture.  The reporter interviewed me for an hour and a half, about
4 days before the article appeared.  The article included one sentence-long
quote from that interview.  The reporter also interviewed Bill Faloon for
three hours.  He got two sentences.  The reporter visited Alcor for several
days, and interviewed Carlos Mondragon.  He got two paragraphs.

The article boiled our arguments that it is reasonable to speculate that
cryonics patients can be revived down to the two words "molecular engineering,"
with no further explanation of what those words mean.

The article referred to cryonics as "an often-reviled pseudo-science."

The article quoted two cryobiologists with negative comments about the chances
for revival of cryonics patients, inluding Rowe's infamous "hamburger" quote.

I wrote a letter to the editor explaining that cryonics is not a science,

pseudo- or otherwise, that although Ph.D.'s in biochemistry/chemical engineering
might know what "molecular engineering" is, it is doubtfull that most of their
readers do, and that cryobioligists lack the expertise in neuroscience and
molecular engineering required to qualify as authorities on the feasibility
of reviving cryonics patients.  

However, most people to whom I have spoken with about the article seemed to
have a favorable impression!  Apparently, the average Joe doesn't judge
these things by the same criteria that techies and cryonicists do.

And, as a result of the article, I have been invited to take part in a TV
talk show on cryonics.  It's a local program called "Eye On Tampa Bay," which
airs every weekday from 12:30pm to 1:00pm in the afternoon.  The show is
aired live, has a studio audience and one female interviewer.  Questions are
also accepted from the studio and home audience.  They usually deal with
serious subjects in a responsible manner:  the Morton Downey Show it is not.

One of Bill Faloon's employees, who is also a cryonicist, will also be a 
guest on the program.  The station is paying for her airline fare here and
back.  The show on cryonics will air on Friday, April 6, on the local CBS
affiliate in Tampa Bay (Channel 13).

The show's producer, Cathy Good, got in touch with Alcor and ordered Alcor's
video tape on cryonics, including footage of cryonic suspensions.  Bill Faloon
sent them a ton of literature, inluding material from the Foresight Institute.
>From conversations with the producer, I get the impression that she and the
interviewer are *personally* interested in the subject--they don't just see
it as a ratings booster.  We'll see how the show goes.  Someday, somewhere,
we're going to get really favorable treatment on TV.  Perhaps this will be an
example.  It it is, it will be interesting to see how many suspension members
will be generated as a result (if any).  My own prediction is: not many.
I don't think people will sign up in large numbers until people with high
social status publicly reveal their cryonic suspension arrangements.  Until
then, most people won't be interested.

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