Cresson TB Sanatorium Remembered


The media was well represented at the reunion, including newspapers, radio and TV coverage.  My thanks to all who helped publicize the reunion and made it possible for us to leave behind a permanent record of our experiences for future generations to see.
Newspapers included articles in the Cresson Mainliner, Johnstown Tribune Democrat and the Altoona Mirror.  Click on the following links to read the stories: 

Sanatorium Reunion Brings Many Closure by Justin Eger (Cresson Mainliner)

Tears And Rememberances At Reunion Of TB Hospital by Kathy Mellott (Johnstown Tribune Democrat)

Cresson Sanatorium Patients Reunite, Swap Stories About TB by Greg Bock (Altoona Mirror)


Patti Satalia of PBS radio station WPSU in State College, Pa attended the weekend events and recorded many interviews with the guests.  These interviews were aired in 2011 in two radio segments, each about 8 minutes in length, and can be heard by clicking on the links below.

Segment 1

Segment 2

                                                          PAPBA AWARD

Each year, the Pennsylvania Associated Press Broadcasters Association (PAPBA) announces the winning stations in the Pennsylvania Associated Press News Awards contest. Entries were judged by The Associated Press Television and Radio Association of California, Nevada, Hawaii, Arizona, Idaho, New Mexico, Washington, Colorado, Utah, Montana, Wyoming, Alaska and Oregon. The awards recognize outstanding broadcast journalism efforts by AP member radio and television stations, cable television and networks in Pennsylvania.

In April 2013 it was announced that the radio program entitled "Chuck Felton Remembers his 16 Months at the Cresson TB Sanatorium" won the award in the category "News Documentary".  The program was produced by Patty Satalia and aired over PBS Radio Station WPSU in State College, Pa.



Patty Satalia also taped an interview with Chuck Felton at the WPSU studio at State College in 2011 following the reunion.  The interview, first broadcast on WPSU radio on 14 April 2013, is approximately 28 minutes in length and contains additional audio from the two segments above.  Click on the following link to listen to it on the WPSU website.


Patty also took many photos during the reunion weekend. Click here to view them.

David Solomon (producer) and Paul Ruggeri (camerman) of PBS TV Station WQED in Pittsburgh videotaped the reunion events and aired a half hour documentary covering the san history, the san website and the reunion.  Along with Chuck Felton, they were permitted by CSI Cresson to have access to the prison grounds for filming in Grace Chapel and Children's House.  Our thanks to Kenneth Cameron (surerintendent) and Rebecca Reifer (superintendent's assistant) for their hospitality while filming on the prison grounds. 

Click on this link to view the video at the WQED website.

To order a DVD of the san video, call Betsy at WQED at
(412) 622-1307. The cost of each DVD is $14.95 plus $3.95 shipping. There may also be state tax depending on where you live.



On Sept 23, 2012 the program "Cresson: Remembering Life At The San" received an Emmy Award by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Mid-Atlantic Chapter. The 30 minute documentary, produced by WQED Pittsburgh, was chosen in the category of Outstanding Historical/Cultural Program. The Mid-Atlantic chapter of the Emmy Awards recognizes broadcast excellence in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and parts of Ohio and West Virginia. Producer/Writer David Solomon accepted the award.

We congratulate David Solomon and Photojournalist Paul Ruggieri on their recognition by the Academy and personally thank them for all their interest and work in telling our san stories, which had remained hidden for so many years.

Thanks to all those who shared their memories and photos, gave interviews, opened their homes or helped in many other ways. It's wonderful to know that your willingness to participate has been recognized by this award.

Click on the link below to see the list of all the 2012 Emmy winners. Scroll down to category 26 for the san video.

Congratulations To All,
Chuck Felton
                                    Additional San Reunion Videos  

In 2011, David Solomon of PBS Station WQED filmed our san reunion and produced the 30 minute program "Cresson:  Remembering Life At The San".  David spent over 20 hours interviewing people for the 30 minute program.  Obviously only snippets of those 20 hours of videotape made it into the program.   

After the san program won an Emmy in 2012, I asked David if there was any way that some of those 20 hours of interviews could be preserved.  He agreed that would be a worthwhile project and has been doing just that for the past 2 years.  The editing was  completed in March 2014 and the videos have been put on You Tube.  You can see the videos by clicking on the following link: 


David and his tech people at WQED have been very gracious and performed a valuable service by preserving these videos.  His email is  if you wish to comment on his efforts.