Alcor's Logo (was Re: META: Keep the subject lines and icons reader-friendly please!)

From: S.J. Van Sickle (
Date: Thu Oct 12 2000 - 07:43:44 MDT

On Thu, 12 Oct 2000, Damien Broderick wrote:

Thanks for the comments, Damien. Just to give you a background, the logo
is supposed to be the Phoenix, rising from the ashes (as I'm sure you
surmised). The human figure in the middle was added when Alcor moved to
Arizona, since the original logo was almost *identical* to the logo for
the City of Phoenix.

Alcor is in the beginning stages of an image and marketing overhaul, so
your comments are actually helpful. Any other comments are welcome.

You are right, though, and it bears reminding that people can see the
strangest things, especially if you are being subtle. Or they are just
ignorant. I remember once, living in rural Georgia (U.S.), mentioning
casually to someone that my wife had once been a member of the SCA.

"Wots that?"

"A medieval recreation society"

Step backward. " mean like satanist?"

On that note, in the U.S., ever since the movie -The Omen-, the name
"Damien" has taken on similar connotations (ironic, given Father Damien's
work with the lepers). Ever get any comments?

Steve Van Sickle
(a safe, solid, Dutch name)

> This all gets tricky, because we're set up to find familiar scary things in
> shadows. I looked at a cryonics site the other day,
> and bless my furry feet and ears there was an icon which showed:
> a) a human rising out of flames to supplicate a dragon, or
> b) a leering devilish skull with two forked horns rising from the top of
> the skull, or
> c) a weight-lifter engaged in carnal activities with a winged alien, or...
> Call me perverse, but the only thing I *couldn't* see as a gestalt was
> anything to do with fixing frozen people and returning them to a healthy
> life in the future.
> Don't provoke the bears as they roam about in the streets, people. Not
> unless you absolutely have to, with something you absolutely can't convey
> any other way.
> Damien the Preacher Man

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