X-Message-Number: 6148
Date: Mon, 6 May 1996 18:22:02 -0700 (PDT)
From: Arel Lucas <>
Subject: Re: Timothy Leary Renounces Cryonics

Charles, *you* are the strange case.  I wasn't going to reply to your 
earlier set of accusations, but I really can't stand this nonsense.  You 
and Mike are the reason Timothy has renounced cryonics, and you 
demonstrated to me last week that you find his household bizarre, so how 
can you think you know anything about him?  Another article?  Oh, 
goodie.  Now you and Mike have your scapegoat--me of course--since I 
couldn't bend Timothy to your will, throw everybody else out of his 
house, and smuggle you in.  Well if you do go back there, you'd better 
have some respect for him and his friends, and I wish you could see the 
love there.  But I doubt you will.  

PLEASE TAKE ME OFF THIS LIST.  I'm deleting any further messages I 
receive from any of you.

--Arel Lucas

On Mon, 6 May 1996, Charles Platt wrote:

> 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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