Ted Williams, 1918-2002
The family of Ted Williams is feuding over what should be done with the slugger's remains. His son wants to deep-freeze Williams's corpse for future revival or cloning. But according to his daughter, the Red Sox Hall of Famer wanted to be cremated. What do you think?
I believe that Mr. Williams should have his last wishes realized and that was to be cremated. It is a shame his son is so money hungry.
Death should be a private matter, but instead, the whole story (to the delights of the press) has developed into a media bonanza. Whatever they do is no one's business except his family. Isn't it tragic enough that he is deceased, but now we have to add more grim news to our lives. Let's move on with living.
When this story broke, my first thought was, "Oh, no. He's going to put his father on display in a glass coffin." This is the most extreme case of a greedy son that I have ever had the displeasure to see. He should feel plenty of shame for having fed off of his father's fame while he was alive. He should try to make something of himself under his own power, never mind licking his chops over finding a way to make money off of his father's corpse. Disgusting. Shameful. Unforgivable.
Patti M., Stow, MA
After confirmation of the fact, Mr. Baseball's body should be cremated and his ashes stewn in Florida. Under no circumstances, should Mr. Williams's body be frozen with any potential whatsoever for extracting DNA!
Gayle Corning, Boston, MA
They should abide by Ted's wishes - not anyone elses!
Anne Charbonnier, Boston, MA
I believe that Ted Williams is a legend in his own time and should be remembered as such. I believe he should be cremated. John Henry is not thinking straight, he should let his father rest in peace not be used for cloning. Let Ted Williams rest in peace and be remembered as our hero not just for baseball but for what he has done for our country. John Henry needs to get a grip.
Kathleen Kiernan, Boston, MA
I think everyone should just get over it. Let John Henry drive Ted's corpse around to autograph signings and card shows if he wants to. Ted Williams left that body last week. It's not John Henry Williams who refuses to let Ted rest in peace, it's the media.
G Rautenberg, Wellesley
They should just let him rest in peace and cremate him as he wished. What kind of freaks would freeze a corpse for future revival or cloning anyways. Thats just wrong!
Chrissy Drummond, Burlington, VT
I have a modest proposal to solve the Ted Williams corpus crisis. Simply divide the body into small relics, as they do the saints, and sell them in the souvenir store on Yawkey Way. Call it Mawky Way. Proceeds to pay John Henry Williams's salary as a PawSox.
Steve Moore, West Stockbridge
We should preserve him somehow. Maybe mummify him, and put him in a big glass case at the entrance to the tunnel that bears his name.