X-Message-Number: 7661
Date: Thu, 06 Feb 1997 22:47:01 -0800
From: Paul Wakfer <>
Subject: Prometheus Pledge Campaign Update

The Prometheus Project pledge campaign total has now increased to
$357,900 per year for ten years. $5,000 per year was pledged by Peter
Voss, another $1,000 per year by someone who prefers to have his name
confidential, and $1,000 per year by Rudi Hoffman who wrote:

>Paul, I love life.  I think that we happen to be alive in a very UNUSUAL
>period of time.  A time future generations will look back on as the period
>immediately before the single biggest breakthrough in the history of the
>human race.
>I am referring, of course, to the technological mastery of aging,
>disabilities, and death.  
>Should I not live to see these breakthroughs, there is a safety net called
>cryonic suspension.  The purpose here is to provide a bridge to a technology
>that *may* be able to bring my brain and mind to a restored, and indeed
>improved and optimized state. 
>There are no guarantees in this procedure.  It would be naive to think that
>the process is simple, easy, or inexpensive.  But how exciting it is to be a
>part of a rather small group currently, who have at least a measurable and
>scientific chance of being alive at AD 2000 and AD 3000!  
>I look forward to learning from each of you, and sharing ideas in our bright
>and joyous future for thousands of years!  
>My current and everyday life has been dramatically improved by learning to
>think about my life in these longer terms.  I hope you will investigate your
>options and find some value that may dramatically improve your life as well.

     Another very sizable pledge for $6,800 per year was received from
Lee who wrote:

>I believe it is most important at this time to do research on 
>cryogenic preservation, especially on brain cryopreservation. 
>I want to see some hard evidences (based on current technology) 
>to support my dream of extending my life. 
>The more scientific results supporting cryogenic preservation, 
>the easier it is to present cryonics to the scientific and medical 
>community and to the public at large. 
>The pledged amount is about 2 months of my full-time salary before 
>tax. I am prepared to continue working for the next 10 years so I can 
>commit this amount each year. I hope my effort will help to achieve 
>significant results on brain cryopreservation. 
>My second hope is to make some profits, where possible.
>I think you are doing a courageous job of initiating the Prometheus 
>Project. You have worked hard and have persevered well in the past 
>months. Therefore, I have one more hope - that you continue your effort 
>to get this important project underway. For that, you have much for me 
>to thank you for.

I wish to give special acknowledgement and thanks to Larry for showing
he *really and truly* does want to do *everything possible* to see that
life is extended. He has pledged 1/6th of his before tax earnings. This
level of pledge is very gratifying to me. I even a small percentage of
those who
desire vast life-extension would show their sincerity by pledging near
percentage of income level, we could have the project funded very

Pledge Campaign Statistics

     The pledge totals in each dollar level are now:

          3 for $50,000 per year for 10 years,
          10 for $10,000 per year for 10 years,
          1 for $6,800 per year for 10 years,
          8 for $5,000 per year for 10 years,
          1 for $4,000 per year for 10 years,
          1 for $2,500 per year for 10 years,
          7 for $2,000 per year for 10 years,
          4 for $1,500 per year for 10 years,
          3 for $1,200 per year for 10 years ($100 per month),
          31 for $1,000 per year for 10 years,

The 69 pledges total $3,579,000 over all ten years.
43% of the pledgers having pledged 18% of the total are not signed up
any cryonics organization.

     Pledge totals per year by national origin:

     Australia                  $5,500
     Canada                    $26,000
     France                     $2,000
     New Zealand                $1,500
     Sweden                     $1,000
     United States            $316,900
     No country                 $5,000

-- Paul --

Paul Wakfer
email:  phone:909-481-9620  pager:800-805-2870


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