Posted on October 24, 2015 by Haymaker


***Friendly reminder: rehearsal is in the basement of The Regulator***

Balloon Breath: this is your fucking gift.

Fridge Coffin Infomercial
Make an infomercial for refrigerators replacing coffins (see Jill Lepore’s “The Mansion of Happiness” below)

Emily Webb (from “Our Town”) // Lost and Found // Connectome


Jill Lepore’s “The Mansion of Happiness” – p. 175-176

From a short story – “The Penultimate Trump” – by the father of cryonics, Robert Ettinger.

The plot concerns H.D. Haworth, who is ninety-two years old and survives only because his doctors have cobbled him together. “They gave him gland extracts, they gave him vitamins, they gave him blood transfusions. They gave him false teeth, eye-glasses and arch-supports. The cut out his varicose veins, his appendix, one of his kidneys.” Haworth, pursing immortality with the same ruthlessness with which he had pursued an ill-gotten fortune, pays a brilliant young scientist to put him “to sleep in a nice refridgerator until people really know something about the body.” … Haworth makes his arrangements in secret, sure that if anyone were to find out what he was doing,” everyone would demand a Frigidaire instead of a coffin.”

Michigan is also where freezers came from. The first refrigerator for home use was sold in 1918. It was invented in Detroit; refrigeration was an offshoot of the automobile industry. By 1923, the year after the Ettingers moved to Detroit, a company named Frigidaire, owned by General Motors and based in Detroit, began selling refrigerators in cabinets for home use. A chemist hired by General Motors developed Freon-12. In the 1930s, General Foods launched Birds Eye frozen foods, By 1944, more than 85 percent of American homes had refrigerators, but freezers were scarce. During the war, they couldn’t be had for love or money; their sale was banned for the duration. When the war ended, Americans had babies and built suburbs and bought appliances, including two hundred thousand freezers in 1946, and twice that many the next year.