Sparta Report

It’s Time for Frozen Dead Guy Days!

A story of death, deportation, and beer.

Bredo Morstøl entered the country from Norway legally, more or less, in 1989. Bredo was actually dead at the time and so although he was a citizen of Norway, his delivery and residency didn’t cause any additional burden to the citizens of the United States. Excerpt, perhaps, to the citizens of Nederland, Colorado who have long ago made up any deficit from t-shirt sales during the annual “Frozen Dead Guy Days.”

Frozen Dead Guy Days this year is March 9-11. If you haven’t purchased your flight yet, now would be a good time to do that.

So here’s the story. Bredo was a believer in cryogenics and arranged for his body to be delivered for storage to the Trans Time cryonics facility in San Leandro, California where he stayed in repose until 1993.

A that point, his daughter Aud Morstøl and his grandson Trygve moved the body to Nederland where they intended to build a cryogenics facility of their own. Soon after, however, Trygve was deported from the U.S. due to a visa overstay (Note). Aud was subsequently evicted from the shack where she was living since it had no electricity or plumbing which were violations of local ordinances.

Things went from bad to worse for Grandfather Bredo as the town of Nederland became concerned that other frozen dead guys might move in so they passed Municipal Code §7-34(16) but “grandfathered” Bredo in allowing him to stay.

Thanks to the community of Nederland, and to is own family, Grandpa Bredo continues to rest in pieces of dry ice to this day. His -60°F cryonic state is maintained by caretakers and volunteers who deliver 1,600 pounds of dry ice to the Tuff Shed he’s stored in every month.

And all of this is plenty good enough for a party!

For those who have bit more time to chill, here’s a video:

And for additional details, http://frozendeadguydays.org

I got a spare room if you need it, Doomberg!

 

NOTE: Yes, by ICE! How fitting!

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