X-Message-Number: 6147
Date: Mon, 6 May 1996 20:48:05 -0400 (EDT)
From: Charles Platt <>
Subject: Timothy Leary Renounces Cryonics

At 4 PM Pacific time, on Monday, May 6th, Timothy Leary 
called me and said he is no longer interested in being frozen 
after legal death. "I've got other plans," he said. 
"Are you sure?" I asked him. 
"Yes, yes, I've made up my mind," he said. 
I asked him if he would like to contact a different cryonics 
organization instead of CryoCare. Would he prefer to be 
frozen by Alcor? "No," he repeated, "I'm no longer interested 
in cryonics, I have other plans." 
He said he hoped there were no hard feelings. "None at all," 
I told him. 
"Good," he said, "come by the house next week if you like, 
and we'll go on from there." 
I verified his statement with Trudy, a young woman who is 
with Leary every day and handles his scheduling. She 
confirmed that he had firmly decided against cryonics. 
Leary's voice and style of speech are distinctive, and I 
recognized him immediately. I am certain beyond any doubt 
that it was he who telephoned me. Moreover, I am not 
surprised by his decision. He has been moving in this 
direction for the past week or so. 
I have my own ideas about his reasons for promoting cryonics 
vigorously for eight years, then suddenly renouncing it. I 
will explore this topic in the article that I now plan about 
this very strange case. Right now, I must say I am glad that 
we finally have a clear-cut decision after many days of 
uncertainty. I regret that Timothy Leary has chosen to 
deprive himself of a possible chance of future life, but I 
respect his right to make that decision. 
--Charles Platt 

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