A new home for a frozen dead guy

Bauge oversees the whole operation from afar. Even current cryonic practices are controversial, but he theorizes that someday science will advance to a point where scientists can create his grandfather’s younger genetic twin.

Still, Bauge admits his grandfather’s situation isn’t the best.

“Of course, he wasn’t stored under ideal circumstances compared to what we will be able to do 100 years from now but you have to start where you are and you have to improve from there, step by step. We live in a real world, not a fantasy world,” he said.

While science develops, Bredo Morstoel’s story remains a legend. Ultimately, the Nederland festival became a victim of its own success and it would have been canceled this year if it hadn’t moved to Estes Park.

That move was the brainchild of John Cullen, the president of the city’s historic, but eerie, Stanley Hotel, which inspired Stephen King’s horror novel, “The Shining,” and the movie and TV series that followed. 

Cullen sees a connection between the Stanley’s otherworldly reputation and the story behind the Frozen Dead Guy, and the festival isn’t the only thing he might move. There’s a historic ice house on the Stanley property and Cullen is talking to a nonprofit foundation that specializes in cryonics about leasing that space. Potentially, the body could then be moved to the ice house, where the foundation would maintain it in its frozen state and create a cryonics museum.

Cullen says he thinks the hotel’s zoning would accommodate that kind of move but he plans to work closely with regulators and the public before there’s a final plan.

In the meantime, Wickham will continue delivering the ice every couple of weeks, and he said he’ll be a little sad when that ends.

“After awhile you feel like part of the family,” he said, “to the point where I’m almost going to probably have some stages of grief once this is over.”

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