X-Message-Number: 20418
Date: Fri, 08 Nov 2002 23:56:51 -0800
From: "John Grigg" <>
Subject: Why the Alcor Conference should be professionally taped...

Mike Peek wrote:
If we want to be considered creditable and look like we are involved in 
something of real merit and value, a reasonable cost surely would not be out 
of the question for those truely who have legitimate interest in cryonics. 
The curious, on the cheap, would only lambast the unprofessional look of the 
venue that John de Rivaz suggest we use in getting good exposure. This has 
never been a numbers game but rather something of special interest to those 
creative "thinkers'" out there who are mostly silent among us.

Ask in advance for those interested in paying for a quality taped 
presentation. HERE IS ONE!

And HERE is another!

Ralph Merkle wrote:

While videotaping this year's Alcor conference was considered we decided against
it largely because of prior experience with the Foresight conferences -- which 
had revealed some major drawbacks:
1) Making high quality videotapes tends to be disruptive of the conference
2) The organizational overhead and cost is significant
3) Few people actually buy the tapes

I think Mike Peek makes excellent points which Ralph Merkle and others should 
consider.  For those people seriously investigating cryonics(even if it is just 
a relatively few), we need the conference professionally taped because 
appearance does matter(especially in a media presentation!).  

But also we need to do this so we have a "time capsule" of the conference for 
ourselves and the historians of the future.  Considering how cryonicists 
strongly feel the need to keep records, I don't think I need to go into detail 
on this point.  

I for one would certainly buy the conference tapes if I am unable to attend.  
And I am sure there are others out there who due to a lack of money, work 
obligations, or both will not be able to attend, but would love to purchase 
professionally done tapes.  

A part of me wonders if a "media blackout" is being created so people will feel 
forced to physically attend the conference.  I sure hope this is not the case, 
since for some people it is simply a painful impossibility.

So even if making the tapes is a venture somewhat costly in time, effort and 
inconvenience, it is still well worth it in the long run.

Alcor is doing better financially than it ever has in the past and has a good 
pool of talent to draw upon so I hope the project will be undertaken.  But even 
if not at least I have stated my case.

Folks, this is going to be a TRULY GREAT conference and it really needs to be 
taped right!!!

best wishes,


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