X-Message-Number: 32417
Date: Tue, 23 Feb 2010 19:33:09 -0500
Subject: Apology to Alcor Board
From: Rudi Hoffman <>


Hello, Alcor Board and Whom it May Concern:

This note is to apologize for my previous email, labeled "PR Debacles and
how to avoid them."

While I think some of the observations I made were valid, what was
suboptimal was the tone of the email, which, upon re-reading, I decided came
across as unduly harsh or critical of the board and management.  This was
truly not my intention.  Nor did I, upon reflection, mean to adopt a
simplistic or overly arrogant or didactic tone in my email.

While bicycling today, I came upon a church sign on my bike route.  This
marquee usually has nonsense about trusting god instead of human
understanding, praising the virtue of believing without evidence, and the
usual annoying drivel promulgated by the over-religious.  However, today it
had a sign that really spoke to me.  Here is what it said:

"Why not try giving others a piece of your heart, rather than a piece of
your mind?"

Upon reflection, it occurred to me that at least part of my earlier email
may have been "giving a piece of my mind" to the board upon hearing of yet
another lawsuit.  This email is to provide, instead, a piece of my heart.

Additionally, an Alcor board member was good enough to share some of the
details of why Alcor is in a legal fuss over the Mary Robbins case.  And, as
is often the case, understanding breeds compassion.

Anyway, I won't belabor this further.  Other than to once again assert how
easy it is to second guess the people in the trenches struggling to make the
best decisions possible.   And to re-affirm my personal commitment to find a
way to help without being a dilettante operating on limited information.

Also, I thought the postings on cryonet today were most thought provoking.
I like Keith Henson's verbiage to the effect that "Anyone contesting the
cryonic suspension of the member is hereby directed to receive absolutely
nothing from my estate."


The enterprise we are engaged in is SUPPOSED to be hard.  No one ever said
that developing the legal and technological infrastructure for indefinite
lifespans would be easy.  But we will persist, and we will struggle, and we
will succeed.

The march of science and progress and time is on our side.  I am proud to be
a part of this endeavor known as cryonics.  We place a premium on individual
lives.  We are engaged in what may be the most epic and historic struggle of
all time against the tyranny of aging and death.

I am grateful for the best efforts and wisdom of all who read this.


Rudi Richard Hoffman CFP CLU ChFC

World's Leading Cryonics Insuror rudihoffman.com
Former Board Member Financial Planning Association fpafla.com
Board Member Salvation Army salvationarmy.org
Member Alcor Life Extension Foundation alcor.org,
Member Cryonics Institute cryonics.org
Certified Financial Planner(TM) CFP Board of Standards
Member World Transhumanist Association http://transhumanism.org/


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