X-Message-Number: 19431
Date: Mon, 08 Jul 2002 19:32:36 -0700
From: "John Grigg" <>
Subject: A very public family feud

How "touching"...:

 My dad s in a metal tube, on his head, so frozen that if I touched him it would
 crack him because of the warmth from my fingertips,  Ferrell told The East 
 Valley Tribune of Mesa, Ariz.  It makes me so sick.    

She makes ME sick.  : (   
The NY Times article continues:   

Ferrell said over the weekend that someone at Hooper s Funeral Home in 
Inverness, Fla., told her that Williams  body had been moved on Friday to 
Scottsdale, Ariz. She would not identify the person.

       Ferrell said her half brother (John Henry Williams) had her father s body
       moved from the funeral home to Alcor Life Extension Foundation, where 
       bodies are frozen after death. Ferrell accused her half brother of 
       planning to freeze and preserve their father s DNA, perhaps to sell in 
       the future.

I wonder if the brother really had this as a plan?  Maybe he was not content to 
merely sell autographed memoriabilia! lol 

I find it so sad that Alcor and cryonics in general is getting such bad 
publicity from this very public family dispute.  I wish the real final wishes of
Ted Williams had been carried out so all of this would have been avoided.   

From the Boston Globe:

Most medical professionals view cryonics groups like Alcor with suspicion. 
However, Marvin Minsky, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology artificial 
intelligence specialist and Michael West, of cloning pioneers Advanced Cell 
Technology Inc. in Worcester, sit on Alcor's board of advisers.

Kudos to Raja Mishra and Scott Bernard Nelson of the  Boston Globe staff for 
ending their article on this note!!

best wishes,


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