Well, Mathew, I see you are back to your old habit of veiled accusations, so let me take a little walk down memory lane, and see if my recollection matches your recollection of those happy times we spent in Florida.
Mathew was preparing to make a visit to CI, and seemed just a little concerned that his legacy to cryonics might be lost in the event of a plane crash. Thus he asked for a meeting in which he would divulge something of great importance. In the presence of one other person (whom I won't name here since he might not wish to be dragged into this) I sat down with Mathew at a conference table in a state of some anticipation. Mathew brought our a single sheet of paper on which he had used a rudimentary drawing program to create the shape of a box with some circles and lines on it, like a child's drawing of a 1950s radio set. "I want you to keep this in case anything happens to me," he said.
I stared at it, nonplussed. "What is it meant to be?" I asked.
He dropped his voice to an even more conspiratorial level. "Field vitrification," he said.
I suggested that field vitrification was not an original concept.
In response, Mathew insisted that Alcor was unaware of it. "If they see this, they'll steal it," he told me. "I know they will."
I assured Mathew that I would keep his piece of paper in a safe place. I think this happened in 2005, although I would have to check to be sure.
(Does that match your recollection, Mathew? Please let me know if I have made any errors.)
On another occasion Mathew told me that he was planning to enter a NASA contest which offered an award for ideas to hasten the development of a space elevator to synchronous orbit (the so-called "beanstalk" concept which was discussed by Arthur C. Clarke among many others).
"I plan to do it with balloons," Mathew confided.
"Uh, as I recall, geosynchronous orbit is more than 22,000 miles above the surface of the Earth," I said. "Isn't that right?"
His blank look suggested to me that he did not actually know where synchronous orbit is.
"There's no air up there," I pointed out, as gently as I could.
But Mathew's belief in himself was unshaken. "I still think balloons will help," he said.
(Do I have this right, Mathew?)
He also told me, in all seriousness, that he had been submitting story ideas to his favorite science-fiction TV show, and had noticed that the show had started to use some of these ideas, although without crediting him.
Well, you get the gist. Mathew has a very strong belief in the unique value of his contributions--and who knows, maybe he's right, and one day the genius of this man will be fully recognized.