Physics teacher Robert Ettinger publishes The Prospect of Immortality, introducing the idea of “cryonics,” the preservation of the human body by freezing until the time when advanced technologies can revivify it. In 1972 the company Alcor, now in Scottsdale, Arizona, was born, and in 1976 it performed the first “cryopreservation.” You can preserve your entire body or just your head, and the price varies accordingly.
HH: I understand quite a few celebs are frozen in Scottsdale, including Ted Williams, but Walt Disney is in Forest Lawn. I heard at one time that Michael Jackson wanted to be frozen or at least his brain. Wonder if that happened. Everything at the Alcor Lab is hush hush.
- Robert Ettinger: Scientist known as the father of the cryonics movement (independent.co.uk)
- Robert Ettinger, the father of cryonics, is gone - for now (telegraph.co.uk)
- Cryonics pioneer Robert Ettinger dies, body frozen (seattletimes.nwsource.com)