X-Message-Number: 23700
Date: Sun, 21 Mar 2004 17:40:07 -0800
Subject: Re: FDGD plans
From: Kennita Watson <>

"Billy H. Seidel" <> wrote:
> Kennita Watson writes:
> "I plan to attend the 2005 Frozen Dead Guy Days, with as high
> a profile as I can manage, because I actually think it will
> be *good* for cryonics."
> Kennita, Could you explain why you believe that your attendance at the 
> would help Cryonics.

Hmm -- a Mission Statement is called for now (which brings up the
possibility that my Project Management texts may be helpful).  A
first crack at it:  "To introduce a number of laypersons who have
little or no prior knowledge of cryonics as a serious lifesaving
pursuit to its basic premises, possibilities, feasibility, and
procedures, and to point out salient differences between those
procedures and those used to preserve the 'Frozen Dead Guy' in
simple and compelling terms."

A good first shot, I think, though perhaps a mite longwinded.
Suggestions for refinement are welcome.
> What exactly do you mean by, "with as high a profile as I can manage"?
My current plan (subject to change, of course) is have a booth at
which to hand out informational material, to post flyers, etc. at
event sites, to wear T-shirts, etc., and to have good responses
prepared for any media persons who may approach me and for any
event attendees who may have disparaging comments to make about
cryonics in general.  We've gotten way beyond the mission
statement here, but suggestions for things to do here are also

> Kennita, I see nothing wrong with going to a party, but your above 
> statement
> really scares me. Certainly you do not need my permission to do 
> anything you
> want to.  I would caution you that Cryonics has had enough tough and
> incorrect publicity of late, we do not need any more.

The trick is to correct the maximum number of misconceptions
possible briefly and clearly enough that people can remember the
corrections, and to create as few additional misconceptions as
possible in the process.  Note that silence doesn't work because
nature abhors a vacuum, so people _will_ have conceptions, and
left unguided they will probably be misconceptions.
> Billy H. Seidel
Thanks for your input, Billy.  I hope to allay your fears as
time goes on and my plans unfold.

Live long and prosper,
Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery;
none but ourselves can free our minds.
           -- Bob Marley, "Redemption Song"

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