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Date: 30 Dec 91 03:44:14 EST
Subject: Alcor Indiana Newsletter

  ISSUE #1, November/December 1991    
  Editor Pro Tempore:  Richard Shock
     To many, an average Bible Belt state like Indiana might seem a 
strange place to discover Cryonics Movement roots.  Few remember that in 
1977 a supremely hopeful group led by Mike Federowicz Darwin and Stephen 
W. Bridge incorporated the "Institute for Advanced Biological Studies," 
a roundabout name for what was Indiana's first serious cryonics 
     During its four-year sojourn in the Midwest, IABS held numerous 
public meetings and seminars, attempted a series of ambitious research 
projects, and eventually built up a limited cryonic suspension capability.  
What IABS failed to do, however, was enlist new members or generate much 
interest itself.  By 1981, sheer frustration drove Darwin and a handful of 
other IABS members to relocate in California, where such organizations as 
Alcor, Bay Area Cryonics Society (now American Cryonics Society), 
Cryovita, and Trans Time were making relatively significant strides.  In 
1982 IABS merged with Alcor, leaving Stephen Bridge as the Cryonics 
Movement's last Indiana representative.
     Over the years Mr. Bridge acquitted himself admirably, first as co-
editor of CRYONICS magazine until 1984, then later as Alcor's Midwest 
Coordinator, a post he still holds.  Through his assistance as 
Coordinator, Alcor received three new Indiana suspension members:  
Margaret and Bob Schwarz in late 1986, and Angalee Shepherd in 1987.  When 
Bob Schwarz's mother, Alice, deanimated in 1988 (less than two months 
after she signed on as a full Alcor member), Mr. Bridge played a key role 
in preparing for Alcor headquarters personnel to begin her suspension.  As 
a trained Alcor technician Mr. Bridge also aided in the 1989 suspension of 
Dr. Eugene Donovan of Ann Arbor, Michigan.
     Now, with the initiation of Alcor's fifth animate Indiana member, 
Brian Richard Shock, the Cryonics Movement in this area is heading toward 
a new level of activity.  ALCOR INDIANA remembers the hopes and dreams of 
cryonics pioneers, while heeding their painful lesson:  hopes and dreams 
are not enough without persistence and preparation.
     Of course, money doesn't hurt either.
  -- ALCOR INDIANA's first official meeting took place on September 
  15, 1991, in the form of a small lunch party at the Olive Garden 
  restaurant on East Washington St., celebrating the arrival of 
  Brian Richard Shock's Alcor Emergency Bracelet.  Mass quantities 
  of delicious artery-clogging food were consumed by all, with 
  scarcely a note of the irony involved.  An innocent waiter was 
  first deceived into believing the group was a family with "roots 
  in Riverside, California," then repeatedly admonished to read 
  "Engines of Creation" by Eric Drexler.  Afterward the five 
  revellers attended a showing of the film "The Doctor," which all 
  thought well made.  Tacit agreement was given to a motion that 
  each new ALCOR INDIANA member be given a similar party when his 
  or her bracelet arrived.
  -- October's meeting was held on Sunday the 13th, at the home of 
  Bob and Margaret Schwarz.  Also in attendance was Dennis Ciurej, 
  who generously agreed to videotape each of the five Alcor 
  member's "Intent for Cryonic Suspension," a precaution suggested 
  by such prominent cryonicists as Alcor founders Fred and Linda 
  Chamberlain.  Four members were videotaped in interviews that 
  demonstrated their commitment to cryonics, while Angalee Shepherd 
  chose to read a personal statement to that same effect.
  -- ALCOR INDIANA's third and latest meeting was on Sunday, 
  November 17.  Since three of the five members had November 
  birthdays (Brian Richard Shock, Stephen Bridge, Margaret 
  Schwarz), the initial meeting was a sedate birthday celebration 
  at the Sizzler restaurant on Shadeland Ave.  Unfortunately, 
  Angalee Shepherd was unable to attend because of an unforeseen 
  engagement.  Ms. Shepherd's place was filled by her two children, 
  Robyn (8) and David (14), who lent a certain youthful energy to 
  the proceedings and will perhaps someday continue to do so as 
  Alcor suspension members.
       After lunch the members regrouped at the Schwarz home to 
  review application of cryonics patient stabilization equipment.  
  (The Schwarz's possess an operative Alcor emergency kit, used in 
  the transport stabilization of Alice Schwarz.  Mr. Bridge has 
  access to this equipment at all times, and attended an Alcor 
  review course in its use last September, along with Mr. 
  Schwarz.)  Members were refamiliarized with (or introduced to) 
  the configuration of the Patient Ice Bath, the various 
  connections of the Heart-Lung Resuscitator, and the location of 
  Transport Medications.  Time restraints prevented any attempt at 
  an in-depth course, but contact with the equipment served as a 
  constructive basis for future training sessions.
       Because of the HLR's age and wear, members discussed the 
  possibilities of purchasing a new unit.  Mr. Bridge warned that a 
  state-of-the-art Michigan Instruments "High Impulse" HLR would 
  cost somewhere in the range of $5,000.  Mr. Schwarz suggested the 
  group obtain a loan for that amount, then split the monthly 
  installments five ways.  While this procedure would be the best 
  course for future equipment purchases, the consensus was that 
  monthly installments of the amount necessary for the HLR would be 
  difficult for most members.  Mr. Shock then suggested that a used 
  machine might be purchased for considerably less.  Mr. Bridge 
  agreed to consult ALCOR Research Director Mike Darwin on the 
  possibility, and the subject was tabled until such time as a new 
  figure could be determined.
       Still on the subject of equipment, Mr. Schwarz voiced the 
  need for an "Squid" water dispersal apparatus.  Since this device 
  was an invention of Alcor, Mr. Schwarz would construct it 
  himself, at a cost of a few hundred dollars -- considerably more 
  reasonable than a new HLR.  Although a Squid couldn't substitute 
  for the HLR, its acceleration of patient cooling rate (10xC/hour 
  during the Elaine Friedman suspension) might compensate for some 
  degree of ischemia damage.  Mr. Schwarz agreed to request Squid 
  diagrams from ALCOR NEW YORK, which reportedly has the most 
  efficient version of the device.
     Anyone who receives Saul Kent's "Life Extension Report" knows how the 
valiant FDA has been struggling to keep America's Precious Bodily Fluids 
pure by harassing purveyors of such deadly substances as vitamin 
supplements.  As far back as 1987 the forces of Good and Justice were 
protecting us from these insidious salesmen, most notably with a full-
blown SWAT raid on Life Extension Product headquarters in Hollywood, 
Florida.  When Mr. Kent of the Life Extension Foundation had the gall to 
stand before a congressional committee and defend his industry, the FDA's 
freedom-loving bureaucrats vowed not to rest until this entrepreneurial 
rogue was safely behind bars.
     Now, at last, the Authorities have struck, dragging Saul Kent and his 
cohort Bill Faloon off to the local Chateau d'If on twenty felony charges, 
which, all told, could keep these evil individualists incarcerated for 
about eighty years.  Bail was set at $900,000 apiece, a level known in the 
legal profession as "The Columbian Plan."
     So fearsome were the crimes of Kent and Faloon, that honest cocaine 
dealers in lock-up shunned the duo in mortal terror (or so it's been 
rumored).  Although the pair were soon skulking the streets again, they 
remain under the shadow of the FDA-sponsored indictments.
     We at ALCOR INDIANA urge everyone who cares about his or her right to 
ingest the uncontrolled substance of his or her choice to contact the U.S. 
Attorney in charge of the case and express his or her relevant feelings on 
this matter.  Just one bit of advice:  please keep it clean.  Write to:
                  U.S. Attorney General Dexter Lehtinen
                  c/o Zuckerman & Spaeder
                  201 South Biscayne Boulevard, #900
                  Miami, FL 33131
                  FAX: 305-579-9749
     For more information on THE LIFE EXTENSION FOUNDATION, write to them 
at 2490 Griffin Rd., Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33312, or call 1-800-841-LIFE.

     On the evening of November 21, ALCOR INDIANA members had the pleasure 
of meeting Paul Wakfer, Canadian, computer consultant, and ALCOR 
suspension member.  Mr. Wakfer was passing through Indiana after spending 
some time on the East Coast, where he first attended ALCOR NEW YORK's 
successful rally, then visited with respected cryobiologist Gregory M. 
     Over dinner Mr. Wakfer regaled ALCOR INDIANA members with tales of 
his Libertarian activism, his straightforward approach to life, and his 
views on ALCOR's political, social, and economic situation.  Afterward the 
group retired to the home of Bob and Margaret Schwarz for conversation 
lasting until midnight.  Throughout the evening Mr. Wakfer demonstrated 
impressive energy and openness, leading this editor to believe he is a 
force to be reckoned with in the near future.
     Currently Paul Wakfer is using his interdisciplinary talents to 
investigate cryonics research possibilities on both sides of the country.
       Remember Heinlein's "A Door into Summer"?  Remember 
  Spinrad's "Bug Jack Barron"?  Remember Pohl's "Age of the 
  Pussyfoot"?  Sure you do . . . IF you're old enough, or happened 
  to stumbled over copies of these works in a used book store or 
  library.  All the best cryonics stories seem to have been 
  exhausted with the 1960's.  Being the the stalwart crowd we are, 
  though, cryonicists have never quite become inured to the endless 
  parade of truly awful fiction written about their subject, from 
  H. Walker Whyte's ridiculous "Deep Freeze" (1978) to Hollywood 
  coroner Thomas Noguchi's downright insulting "Physical Evidence" 
       But at long last cryonics may have found a sure and steady 
  voice:  Gregory Benford, Ph.D., author of such Hard Science 
  Fiction novels as "Timescape," "Great Sky River," and "In the 
  Ocean of Night."  The most recent issue of SCIENCE FICTION REVIEW 
  contains an excerpt from Dr. Benford's latest novel, "Chillers," 
  revealing a decidedly pro-cryonics bent.  Except for the 
  unfortunate title (too reminiscent of a best-forgotten TV movie 
  that mangled cryonics a few years ago), "Chillers" appears to 
  possess all the style and incisiveness fans have come to expect 
  from this Nebula Award-winning writer.  Look for it in hardback 
  sometime this coming year!
       Earlier this year came the hardcover edition of Eric 
  Drexler's "Unbounding the Future," an updated, less technical 
  version of his "Engines of Creation."  Now word has it that 
  Drexler has completed the rough draft of a nanotechnology book 
  MORE technical than "Engines."  Copies of this work are currently 
  being examined and evaluated by scientists and techies around the 
  world.  With some luck the general public may have a chance at it 
  toward the latter part of next year.
       Incidentally, last month MIT awarded K. Eric Drexler the 
  first Ph.D. in Nanotechnology.  (Ralph Merkle of Xerox's Palo 
  Alto Research Center observes that Drexler's doctorate took so 
  long because the man virtually had to invent his own field of 
  study before he could receive a degree in it.  Talk about boot-
  strapping!)  Congratulations and good luck to Dr. Drexler.
       "Great Mambo Chicken and the Transhuman Condition," Ed 
  Regis's entertaining journey through the world of far-edge 
  science (nanotechnology, space habitats, robots, cryonics, etc.) 
  is now out in paperback.  Unconfirmed reports say that Mr. Regis 
  is also working on a book exclusively about nanotechnology.  No 
  word yet on his progress.
     ALCOR INDIANA is an unincorporated group of ALCOR suspension members 
who have banded together to help ensure each other's eventual cryonic 
suspension.  Monthly meetings are informal, and open to anyone who calls 
ahead of time.  Subscriptions to the semi-monthly ALCOR INDIANA NEWSLETTER 
are at present free of charge.  We are especially looking for interested 
persons in the five-state area of Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Illinois, and 
     For information on ALCOR INDIANA meetings, newsletter subscriptions, 
ALCOR LIFE EXTENSION FOUNDATION, or cryonics in general, call Richard 
Shock (days: (317) 872-3070;  evenings: (317) 769-4252) or Stephen W. 
Bridge ((317) 357-9910).  Write to Richard at 670 S. St. Rd. 421 N., 
Zionsville IN 46077 or to Stephen at 1208 Charleston E. Drive, 
Indianapolis IN 46219.  Or contact Stephen Bridge via e-mail at 

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