a picturesque little town about 45 miles northwest of Denver claims
more than just quaintness, beauty, and the ruggedness of the Rocky
Mountains to draw thousands of visitors. It also is home to
Grandpa Bredo Morstoel, more commonly known as "The Frozen Dead Guy.”
died on November 6, 1989 while at the family’s mountain retreat in
Norway and was immediately packed in ice before making the long trip
to Los Angeles, California, where he was cryogenically prepped and
frozen. Morstoel’s grandson, Trygve Bauge decided that his
grandfather should have the opportunity of potential immorality and
made the arrangements for his grandfather.
was kept at the Institute, while Trygve searched for a suitable place
to store frozen bodies. Grandpa Morstoel remained at the California
institute until 1993, when his body was packed in dry ice, shipped to
Colorado, and stored in a garden shed.
Cryogenic suspension requires a body to be frozen immediately after
death to ward off physical decay, then maintained in a frozen
condition until the time when medical science may be able to restore
it to life. Suspendees are typically kept cool via liquid nitrogen,
but due to budget constraints, "Grandpa Bredo” was kept on ice.
Born in Isfjorden, Romstel, in western Norway, on
February 28, 1900, Bredo Morstoel married his wife Anna in the late
1920’s and the couple had two children. Working as the head of
parks and recreation until his retirement in 1967, Bredo was fond of
painting, fishing, hiking and skiing.
Morstoel’s grandson, Trygve Bauge came to the United States, to "be
safe from nuclear war.” The unorthodox young man was long haired,
bearded and enjoyed scoffing at authority, as evidenced by his many
particular actions. Well known in the Boulder area, Bauge was
convinced that bathing in ice water would prolong his life and founded
the Boulder Polar Bear Club. He was arrested at the Stapleton
Airport in 1986 for joking that he was going to hijack a plane, and
was arrested again in 1988 when he was caught trespassing on the
University President’s property.