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Friday, October 2, 2009

Ted's Head

Former baseball great Ted Williams was frozen, or at least his head was frozen, after his death.  For some reason his head was severed from his body in connection with the cryonics process.  I knew about this when it occured a few years ago. There was a big fight between members of Ted's family over the freezing issue.  I am still wondering why the head was removed from his body because I thought that the purpose of freezing the deceased was to keep him frozen until they could find a cure for what killed him.  If Ted was dethawed and brought back to life, he would look fairly odd without his head.  Where would he put his baseball hat?   Where would he wear his sun glasses.  How would he listen to his Ipod?    He arranges to meet a blind date at a restaurant. She says "I will wear an orchid in my hair so you will recognize me."  He says "I will be the guy without the head." 

Anyway the news about Ted is as follows:

"The New York Daily News is reporting that Red Sox Hall of Famer Ted Williams' severed head was mistreated at an Arizona cryonics facility, according to details from a new book.   In "Frozen," Larry Johnson, a former executive at the Alcor Life Extension Foundation in Scottsdale, Ariz., writes that Williams' head, which had been severed and frozen for storage, was abused at the facility. Johnson claims a technician took baseball-like swings at Williams' frozen head with a monkey wrench. Williams, the last player to hit over .400 in a season, died in 2002 at age 83 and had his remains sent to Alcor for cryogenic storage in the hope that future generations would develop the technology to revive him."

What kind of person would be wacking on a frozen head with a monkey wrench? (Ok there are a couple of guys I golf with on Thursday that might). What would the guy say when, after getting home from work, his wife asks him "How was your day dear, anything interesting happen at the office?"   His response "No same old stuff."

This is not the guy you would want to house sit your cat while you are out of town.

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