EXPERIENCE "Cresson: Remembering Life at 'The San'" Premieres Monday, November 21 at 7:30 p.m. on WQED-TV
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November 14, 2011
PITTSBURGH—The tuberculosis sanatorium in Cresson, PA closed in 1964 but former patients are still haunted by their experiences. Many Western Pennsylvanians still remember the dangerous illness, the stigma of a TB diagnosis, and the landmark hospital in Cambria County known to many as “The San.” On Monday, November 21st at 7:30 p.m. WQED’s EXPERIENCE program premieres Cresson: Remembering Life at “The San.” The 30 minute documentary includes rare archival photographs, film and compelling interviews woven around the memories of a Texas man who launched a fascinating website about life as a teenage patient in the 1950s.
Chuck Felton was 17 when he was diagnosed with TB and sent to Cresson. Now 73, Felton received special permission to visit the former sanatorium, which now operates as a prison. WQED accompanied him on the tour and also attended a reunion of former patients and staff.
This episode of EXPERIENCE was written and produced by David Solomon, with camera and editing by Paul Ruggieri. Both are multiple Emmy® winners, and were recently recognized by the Entertainment Industries Council’s Media & Mental Health Awards for their documentaries Long Road Home and Losing Lambert: A Journey Through Survival and Hope in the categories of “Television Community Affairs Program” and “Television News—Program Length.”
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