X-Message-Number: 18412
Date: Fri, 25 Jan 2002 14:16:31 -0700
From: Jessica  Lemler Sikes <>
Subject: This Week at Alcor

Week of January 21 through 27, 2002
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Jennifer Chapman, Membership Administrator 
It was my pleasure to provide assistance to a multitude of Alcor members and
applicants this week, although these activities left little time for other
engagements. My membership tasks included processing address updates, sending
emergency wallet cards, assisting with insurance changes, reviewing funding
documentation and membership paperwork, sending notices of pending
cancellations, and processing cancellations. My applicant tasks included
sending and reviewing membership paperwork, processing insurance transfers,
reviewing insurance documentation, sending applications, and processing
Joe Hovey, Accounting Manager 
Finished the 1099's. Submitted payroll. Working on tax records for membership,
detailing dues and donation payments for 2001. Has to be finished by the 31st
of the month. 
Hugh Hixon, Facilities Engineer 
Friday, various e-mail. Do calculations for solutions to be used for the OR
data collection test. 
Monday, various e-mail on Southern California operations, last minute cases,
tour. Catalog work on neuroperfusion box. Chase down parts order and reorder. 
Tuesday, staff meeting. Curse Windows. Legal conference. Mixing of
and final setup of OR data collection test circuit. 
Wednesday, help with tour. With Jeff Benjamin, run (with Mike Perry, take an
LN2 delivery) a test of the OR data (noodle with Jeff on neuronal structure
the nature of memory) collection system. Clean up. Help with a class tour.
Extended late night conversation on an info request (he was working off the
Omni ad). 
Thursday, Assorted administrative stuff. Look at our DSL bandwidth. Minor
cleanup. Minor equipment maintenance, Work on some ceiling lights. Work a
little on the neuroperfusion box. 
Mathew Sullivan, Facility Operations Manager 
Facility Operations: 
I have focused most of my time again this week working on various computer
issues. I have installed new hardware and software, troubleshot problems,
network issues, installed updates and patches. I have also installed a few new
network cards that will increase our data transfer rate from 10 mega bits per
second to 100. With all the downloading and file transferring I have been
here lately, my interest has peaked for increasing the data transfer rate to
improve my efficiency. 
Worked with our pager Rep to upgrade our pagers at no additional charge. Those
getting new pagers will be able to send text messages back and forth. Each of
the pagers comes with a mini flip top keyboard. 
Tom Brown's employment will be starting next week, so I reprogrammed his phone
I purchased office supplies, stocked, and submitted my receipts for
Jessica Lemler Sikes, Administrative Associate/Webmaster 
I have learned the value of my notary seal this past week, as I have done
numerous notarizations. It was wonderful to be able to help a member in the
sign-up process notarize his paperwork, and is very convenient to be available
to notarize various documents for fellow staff members. In additionally to my
usual administrative responsibilities, I attended a marketing meeting which
gave me some insight into what needs to be done to help Alcor with regards to
marketability. The gentleman we met with has some great ideas for Alcor,
and it
should be exciting to work with him. 
Dr. Jerry Lemler, President, CEO 
Once again, my week at Alcor was punctuated with visitors, some from out of
town, and others from nearby. On Monday, we hosted a Funeral Association
Delegation from the Chicago area. They toured our facility, and were most
pleasant to be with. They asked many pertinent questions, especially regarding
how funeral directors and mortuaries can one day reach the goal of
cryosuspension services as a routine alternative third option to conventional
burial and cremation. 
Thanks go to Hugh Hixon for helping me guide our undergraduate visitors
Wednesday from Joni Adams s Death and Dying (?redundant) class at Ottawa
University. Joni brings her class biannually, and this was the largest (20)
group we ve met with to date. Each semester with these students (and
others) we
fulfill our community educational service requirements to sustain our 501(c)3
status, and the students  refreshing inquiries and comments are a pleasure to
One of my favorite (and the most attractive) Board Members, Dr. Kat Cotter,
her most engaging husband, Dave Kekich, have announced an exciting event for
life extension enthusiasts I d like to help promote. It s called the Longevity
Bootcamp, and it will take place on April 27-28, at the Sahara Hotel in Las
Vegas, Nevada. You can learn more about this intriguing even by accessing them
at http://www.maxlife.org/bootcamp/index.htm. 
As a sidelight, it was exactly a year ago today, January 25, 2001, that after
three and a half days, with two cars, two dogs, and three cats, our caravan of
ragtag drifters from east Tennessee, pulled into Scottsdale, Arizona, and
settled into our new home. It s been, to say the least, quite a year! 
Mike Perry, PhD., Patient Care Assistant 
This week for me was taken up with writing projects, a bulk nitrogen fill, and
some interfacing with the rep from Media Architects who wants to redesign our
website and do other things for us. The writing projects include a "For the
Record" column on cryonics history and related topics. This time I decided
to do
one on Robert Prehoda and his 1969 book, *Suspended Animation*. Prehoda
a strange place in the cryonics arena. He did not support the practice,
the prospects of reanimation were hopeless, even allowing for future
advances in
technology. Still, on occasion he did get involved, as in the freezing of
Bedford, and he strongly advocated research in cryopreservation and human
hibernation. He was also a proponent of antiaging research and thought aging
would be cured eventually. He was quite knowledgeable and a good writer. But I
think his views alienated him both from the scientific mainstream and the
cryonics community, and he never did get the research going he was aiming for.
(As far as I know, he is still alive now, though getting along in years and
retired.) I also think his story has a bearing on our efforts today, both
on the
research and promotional ends. But watch for my column when it appears. 

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