NEDERLAND — Wild Mountain Icy Turkey Bowling. Coffin Races. The Brain Freeze Contest.
All of those events were spawned in 1993, after Bredo Morstoel’s frozen body was placed in a Nederland Tuff Shed. In 2015, the man who gave the remote mountain town a world-renowned three-day festival — Frozen Dead Guy Days — may be headed to a new home.
Morstoel’s grandson Trygve Bauge is the one who cryogenically froze the body, hoping medical technology would one day be able to bring his grandfather back to life. Bauge told the Boulder Daily Camera Tuesday that the potential move is due to the resignation of the man who has been delivering the dry ice that has kept his grandfather frozen.
That man is Bo Shaffer, who did not know Morstoel and got the charge to keep the stranger’s body on ice when he responded to an internet ad in 1995. Shaffer is a former candidate for Boulder County sheriff and told the Camera he quit because Bauge refused to compensate him for the rising cost of dry ice and gas.
Bauge said he has made an inquiry to a cryogenic lab in Michigan about the possibility of storing Morstoel at their facility. Bauge estimates he should have the necessary funds to make that move permanent by 2015.
Morstoel died of a heart attack in Norway on Nov. 6, 1989. After a brief stop in Oakland, Calif., Morstoel’s body has been kept at 24 degrees below zero with monthly dry ice deliveries.
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