The Ice Man Meets The Doyenne of Death at Frozen Dead Guy Days

Mar 5, 2020 | 0 comments

The Ice Man cometh to meet the Doyenne of Death at the annual Frozen Dead Guy Days Festival on Saturday, March 14, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. in the Caribou Shopping Center in Nederland, Colorado.

Gail Rubin, The Doyenne of Death®, has presented The Newly-Dead Game® at the festival since 2011. She also presents the award-winning documentary, “Grandpa’s in the TUFF SHED,” which tells the wild and wacky story of how the Frozen Dead Guy came to be there in Nederland.

The Frozen Dead Guy, Bredo Morstoel, is kept deeply chilled by 1,000 pounds of dry ice, replenished every two weeks. His body is kept inside a metal coffin, inside a box surrounded by dry ice, inside a TUFF SHED®. The original Ice Man for many years was Bo Schaffer. Now, Brad Wickham holds that honor.

Brad Wickham will join Gail Rubin at the 4:00 p.m. showing of “Grandpa’s in the TUFF SHED” for a Q&A with the audience. They’ll talk about what it’s like to keep the Frozen Dead Guy supplied with dry ice, and how he came to have this most unusual job.

Each showing of “Grandpa’s in the TUFF SHED” will be preceded by a trailer for the Nederland-based independent TV series, Frozen Dead. The pilot will be screened at the Backdoor Theatre at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, and 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. on Sunday. Here’s the preview:

Frozen Dead Preview at the 2020 Frozen Dead Guy Days

The screenings of “Grandpa’s in the TUFF SHED” and The Newly-Dead Game® take place in the Caribou Shopping Center, 20 Lakeview Drive, first floor. Look for the bright red EVENT banners!

News media are welcome to cover this event. Contact Gail Rubin on her cell phone to make arrangements: 505-363-7514.

Frozen Dead Guy Days 2020 Preview

About Frozen Dead Guy Days

The Frozen Dead Guy Days festival annually draws 20,000 to 25,000 people to the tiny mountain town of Nederland. Events include a parade of hearses, costumed team coffin racing over a snowy obstacle course, costumed polar plunging, frozen turkey bowling and salmon tossing, lots of music, and much more! Learn about all the details at

Showings of “Grandpa’s in the TUFF Shed” and The Newly-Dead Game are sponsored by, providing the latest information about the alkaline hydrolysis method of body disposition, available in Colorado. You can learn more about this approach in this video:

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About Gail Rubin

Gail Rubin, humorous motivational speaker for hospice
Gail Rubin, CT, The Doyenne of Death®

Gail Rubin, CT, The Doyenne of Death®, is a pioneering death educator and speaker who uses humor and film clips to get end-of-life conversations started. She’s the author of the award-winning books A Good Goodbye: Funeral Planning for Those Who Don’t Plan to Die, Kicking the Bucket List: 100 Downsizing and Organizing Things to Do Before You Die (Rio Grande Books), and Hail and Farewell: Cremation Ceremonies, Templates and Tips. She is also the coordinator of the award-winning Before I Die New Mexico Festival.

A doyenne is a woman who’s considered senior in a group who knows a lot about a particular subject. The “CT” after her name stands for Certified Thanatologist. A fellow CT dubbed her “The Joan Jett of Death Education.” Her TEDx talk, A Good Goodbye, focuses on the importance of starting end-of-life conversations before there’s a death in the family. Albuquerque Business First named her one of their Women of Influence in 2019.

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