There are so many storm headlines today including, “Monster storm to blast East Coast before polar vortex uncorks tremendous cold late this week”. Which made me think of poor Walt Disney. Remember that rumor that Walt Disney arranged to have himself frozen in a cryogenic chamber full of liquid nitrogen upon his death, and he now awaits the day when medical technology makes his re-animation possible? If you think you are cold, think how cold it would be to be in a changer full of liquid nitrogen!
Of course, this rumor is not true. Walt Disney passed away due to lung cancer on December 17, 1966. He was cremated and buried in Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale California. Walt Disney was very private about his personal life and this privacy extended to his death. Disney’s lifelong interest in the future, projects such as his EPCOT Center (Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow) and the technical innovations for which he was known throughout his career would no doubt have lent the rumor a certain air of truth, while a Time magazine article about the cryonic freezing of a 73-year-old psychology professor, published just two months after Disney’s death, would have helped lend it weight.
The rumor has been repeatedly denied by various sources since that time, including by Disney’s daughter, Diane. There are signed legal documents that indicate Disney was in fact cremated and that his remains are interred in a marked plot (for which his estate paid $40,000) at Forest Lawn, the exact location of which is a matter of public record. Further, by all accounts, Disney was known to be a very private man in life, making the quiet circumstances of his cremation and burial far from suspect.
What rumors do you hope are spread about you after your death?