Someone emailed me, today, asking me why Alcor was "taking all the heat" for the Ted Williams debacle, when the so-called "Team Leader," who appears to have performed most of the surgical tasks during the procedure, (judging from the case notes), was an employee of Suspended Animation, at the time. Is that true?
I find it odd that Federowicz' Wikipedia entry doesn't mention him being at Suspended Animation, in Florida, but him working there is mentioned, on various other Internet sites. In Ben Best's "A History of Cryonics" Ben writes: "He (Federowicz/"Darwin")worked briefly
with Alcor and Suspended Animation, and later did consulting work for the Cryonics Institute."http://www.benbest.com/cryonics/history.html
In a Cryonet post, dated July 30, 2002, (four weeks after Ted's death), Alan Sinclair wrote: "I had heard that Mike Darwin was no longer working for SA...He is prohibited from providing any service, or even advice, relating to cryonics, for the next two years, because he recently left his position at
Suspended Animation Inc..."http://www.cryonet.org/cgi-bin/dsp.cgi?msg=19659
Was the person, (whom Johnson called a "ringer"), who was brought in to cryopreserve Ted Williams, an employee of Suspended Animation, at the time?
Is it true that most of the "professionals" Alcor claims to be using, for their recent medical procedures and training sessions, are mostly Suspended Animation staff members, or consultants?
This message has been edited by melmax on Oct 14, 2009 3:42 PM
Although it probably would not be too difficult to check whether the timeline of Darwin's employment at SA coincides with that of the TW suspension, I have not taken the time to do so; anybody who really wants to could. It is common knowledge that Darwin was employed at SA for a while, and as typically happened with him over the years, did not seem to get along well with the 2 Davids and either quit or got fired, we are not sure.
But Melody, you evaded the question as usual, you and George are great at that. I said why not just get to the point? What is the point? Also waiting on a clear statement from you: Did you, or did you not, send or order the sending of the stack of complaint letters you referred to before, intended to wreak havoc with cryonics?
... either the one who caused yet unspecified improvements in cryonics, or, the one who destroyed cryonics.
Of course, I'm sure that in reply to this, rather than answering the question, she will reiterate "George knows nothing about my mail." Hey Mel, why not just answer the question, yes or no, did you send a bunch of rat letters off or not?
I'm also waiting to see what her response is to Tripper McCarthy's CryoNet post #32067, which challenges her to provide a specific agenda for cryonics to change. That some people rate her postings there so lowly that they do not appear in the Digest, is no excuse for not posting them. Not everyone reads the Digest, they know how to just go to the archives and read what they want to. Melody's posts are there. Sometimes other people even repost such messages if their content is useful and not inflammatory.
So let's see if Melody Maxim did indeed send off all the "whistleblower" (toot toot!) mail, and
if Melody Maxim even has a clear idea of what she wants to play Joan of Arc or Lady Godiva, about. What the hell horse IS she riding anyway?