X-Message-Number: 5269
Date: Sun, 26 Nov 1995 20:12:12 -0500
Subject: Milken

An AP piece today updated the crusade of ex-con, ex-billionaire, and still
half-billionaire Michael Milken to find a cure for prostate cancer (which he
has) within five years, or at least find something that will put it into
"suspended animation." He has recruited big names in science and medicine,
impressed them with his determination and intellect, and so far spent $20
million of his own money on research.

A couple of points:

First, maybe Jack Zinn will (if he hasn't already) invite Milken to the next
cryonics High Rollers conference at Laughlin's March next.

Second, even if no one has yet sucessfully approached him about cryonics,
maybe it is on his mind, as the reference to "suspended animation" suggests
might be possible. 

Third, this example at least offers a challenge to the "high rollers" who
attended last year and those who may attend this year. Here we have a very
wealthy and intelligent man who understands the need to subsidize research
when disease threatens his life. But the disease of old age--if nothing
else--threatens every one of us; so why are the high rollers (ALREADY
interested  in cryonics!] so coy or backward about making a significant
commitment? Does this offer a possible psychological wedge?

Robert Ettinger
Cryonics Institute
Immortalist Society

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