Colorado's Iceman and the Story of the Frozen Dead Guy

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The Frozen Dead Guy was once just a regular Norwegian named Bredo Morstoel. When he died in 1983, his family cryogenically preserved his body and placed it in a permanent holding facility in Nederland, Colorado, to wait until technology might allow it to be defrosted and resurrected. His caretaker is Bo "Iceman" Shaffer, who has transported ice to the facility and represented the Frozen Dead Guy for seventeen years and counting. Here he chronicles one of Colorado's strangest and most colorful attractions, one that draws travelers from around the globe to tour the site, attend the annual Frozen Dead Guy Days festival and have a drink.
ISBN: 9781609492489
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: Colorado
Images: 66
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Descended from politicians, carneys and renegade Scots, Bo Shaffer was born in Pennsylvania but moved all over the country as a child. His father was a lineman in the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), and whenever he didn't like a job, he'd move on. Bo had lived in fifty different places by the time he was in middle school. After his family finally settled for a while in Upstate New York, Bo graduated high school and took off around the country again: college in New Orleans, Army Ranger School in Georgia, working on an oil rig in the Gulf, doing contract work for NASA in Houston, running a French crepe and omelet restaurant in La Jolla, surfing from K-38 to Steamers Lane, hand-crafting leather in Santa Cruz and eventually ending up in UC Davis, where he worked as a vet surgical assistant while finishing his undergraduate degree. Eventually, Bo moved his family to a ranch in rural Boulder County, where he got into investment properties, politics and water. Chairman of the county Libertarian Party, Bo ran for several state and county elected positions, including county sheriff, where he got almost 30 percent of the vote. Bo was eventually elected to a local district government board, where he helps oversee an $85 million water district. Bo also sits on the board of CCTV54 and Channel 22, local access TV stations, where he also had a show called Common Sense for several years. Semiretired, Bo, his wife and their two children raise organic goats, chickens and eggs on their ranch. Bo and his wife will have their twenty-fifth anniversary the same year as the tenth anniversary of the festival.
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