On July 8 Mark Plus mentioned the upcoming article by Kerry Howley, which appeared July 11, Until Cryonics Do Us Part, about Alcor member Robin Hanson and his disapproving wife, Peggy jackson. Strangely, no further comment seems to have surfaced on Cold Filter, although relatively significant public relations questions arise.
The article appeared July 11, last Sunday. You can access it on line for free. It is interesting in several ways.
First, the piece itself was not particularly negative about cryonics, although the focus was the "hostile wife syndrome." One of the facts a reader might easily overlook is that, while the wife does indeed express disapproval in fairly strong terms, she does not say or imply that she will try to interfere with her husband's plans.
Of course there were many sins of omission, neglecting some of our best arguments and evidence. On the matter of interpretation of the alleged hostile wife syndrome, the author doesn't mention that one would expect dissension in any family, simply because a huge majority of ANY group at present is hostile or indifferent. In fact, families concur surprisingly often.
Her male/female numbers are wrong too. In the Cryonics Institute, about one third of members are female and slightly more than half of the patients (52 out of 98). (I attribute this to the fact that mothers are often beloved and tend to live longer.)
Interesting also are the comments from readers that the Magazine has published on line. Opinions differ as to the sentiment and meaningfulness, but it appears to me that the prevailing sentiment, among those who commented, was not at all unfriendly. The number of comments, I am told, was also somewhat higher than average. Also, the CI web site got a noticeable blip in hits that day.
All in all, nothing earth shaking, but my impression of this as a PR event is positive.