QUOTE(Detective @ Sun 13th February 2011, 3:15am)
QUOTE(It's the blimp, Frank @ Sun 13th February 2011, 3:48am)
QUOTE(Kelly Martin @ Sun 13th February 2011, 2:32am)
Then again, I've run into this as well with respect to Disney.
Do you think Jimbo will have his noggin cryogenically preserved?
I think that's a joke about Disney being frozen. Someone who hated him put it about that he'd had it done "in an attempt to become a warmer-hearted person".
No, there's some truth in it. Walt "Tomorrowland" Disney did express interest in being frozen upon death (nobody was freezing heads in 1966, though). Then, as a life-long smoker he got lung cancer on top of his heart disease. His doctors told him he had a chance if they removed one lung (not likely) and he went for it. Three weeks after that operation he had the heart attack that would kill him two weeks after THAT. He really had no time and no energy to be the first guy to be frozen. He had the money, but imagine the legal nightmare if you have THAT much money.
There are people who think that if you merely express your wish to be frozen cryogenically to your family, that they'll actually do it when you're alive.
No, here the cynics are right. Families will have somebody who wants to be frozen, instead buried or cremated and be off with the goods and money before the funeral services are even planned (as happened in fact to Disney).
Cryonics started in Michigan as an idea and in New York state as an organization. The California Cryonics Society by accident had its first press conference announcing its existence, on the day Disney died, Dec. 15, 1966. Reporters went from one event to the other (which may have had something to do with the rumors). The first person ever to be frozen for the long-term in this way however, turned out to be a California UC vocational college teacher named James Bedford
. He died less than a month after Disney, and was frozen in California. His family fought tooth and nail to get the money he spent on it, but lost. Bedford remains frozen today in Scottsdale, Arizona.