Welcome to my dedication page to my grandfather- an amazing genius whose books about the future could come true sooner than we thought. He was an amazing inventor and scientist, but read this first to learn about another side of him. It’s a letter I found that he wrote to his sister about falling in love with my grandmother:
Dandridge Cole was a genius, futurologist, and worked as a scientist for General Electric’s Space Technology Center, and sooo much more.
futurologist- (n.) The study or forecasting of potential developments, as in science, technology, and society, using current conditions and trends as a point of departure.
“Another tragic near-miss occurred later in the year. Dandridge M. Cole was a brilliant scientist and technological forecaster who had received a pre-publication copy of Ettinger’s book in 1963, and had been deeply impressed. His own most recent book, Beyond Tomorrow, had devoted several pages to the subject of suspended animation. He had expressed a wish to be frozen after death to several friends and relatives, and had had a long discussion on the subject with a close friend and colleague, Robert Prehoda. It was an unfortunate choice of a colleague. Prehoda was interested in cryobiology and wrote a book, Suspended Animation. He was, however, a determined opponent of cryonics, although he would later take part, reluctantly, in the Bedford freezing.
Cole was only 44 when, on Oct. 30, 1965, he suffered a fatal heart attack. After some delay a call was placed to Ettinger, who later would write, “I was consulted by long-distance telephone several hours after he died, but in the end the family did what was to be expected — nothing.” Discussing the matter in Suspended Animation, Prehoda managed to rationalize that “Rational counsel prevailed, and Dan was given a dignified burial.” 1
He was almost the first human account of ‘cryonic suspension’. Sort of like Austin Powers, but a lot cooler.
“Beyond Tomorrow: The next 50 years in space” (1965)
“Islands in Space: The challenge of the planetoids” (1964)
“Around the moon in 80 hours” (1959)
“Social and political implications of the ultimate human society” (1961)
(the only one I could find online was ‘Islands in Space’ but my grandma just might have all of them so I will begin my research ASAP)
I found this on a discussion part of the ‘Friends and Partners in space’ website (this is a thread of a longer discussion)
Commemorating the Memory of Dandridge Cole Hello Once Again Gang, Dandridge Cole who co wrote “Islands in Space: The Challenge of the Planetoids, with Donald Cox has been dead now for 40 years. He had untimely death. His book “Islands in Space: The Challenge of the Planetoids" laid the ground work for much of our current thinking on the Exploration, Mining, and Colonization of the Asteroids. Have there been any publications, magazine articles, or ceremonies to commemorate his memory? I had the great privilege of meeting Donald Cox at the National Space Society's International Space Development Congress (ISDC) when it was held in New York City back in 1996. He autographed my copy of “Islands in Space". It is one of my most prized books in my library. When I met Donald Cox he was well into his 80's. I doubt if he is still living today. -Alex
I found pictures from ‘Beyond Tomorrow’ on an index from philosophyinc.com, and this:
What can be said about ‘Beyond Tomorrow’ that hasn’t already been said?
In so many ways it’s a fulcrum there in space-age vellum; starkly reflecting our current dilemmas, our technologies and their concomitant ideologies. With it’s adolescent spirit and madman’s optimism, it speaks to a myth still alive within us all:
The Enlightenment in Cartoon/Buck Rogers-pop style! Late modern narratives to progress always parodied themselves the best anyway.
But let me not ruin this for you. These drawings and writings really are something special. The book is ‘Beyond Tomorrow’ by Dandridge M. Cole, with original space art by Roy G. Scarfo, Copyright 1965.(I like the part about the ‘madman’s optimism’)
(this is an excerpt from ‘Beyond Tomorrow’)
He had some mad awesome ideas. These are only just the beginning. I want to get some of the cool stories I heard about him from my childhood and write about them…
- He had a degree from Princeton and the University of Pennsylvania
- He died doing pushups at the office…or so they say
- He talked with Stanley Kubrick about 2001: A Space Odyssey
- He might have been an understudy for Einstein,,,,yeah i’ll get back to you about all this/that
WOOHOO FOR MY GRANDPA- Cheers to his memory!