Tonight, I read an email that informed me that a man named Joe Jordan, who is an asbestos demolition contractor, recently bought the Weston Hospital in West Virginia, which is registered as a national historic landmark. He has renamed it the "Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum"" which was its name in another era. Constructed in 1864 as a psychiatric hospital, it housed more than 2,000 patients at its peak. It was closed in 1994. Further, The Associated Press reported that Jordan is trying to revive the property by offering tours and other "attractions." The planned attractions include a "Hospital of Horrors" at Halloween season, a "Nightmare Before Christmas" tour, and well as "Psycho Path" dirt bike races on the 307 acre complex. I don't know why mental health advocates are so up in arms about this. All they have to do is convince Jordan to give half the proceeds he gets from the asylum theme park to research on developing new drugs for schizophrenia that do not have terrible side effects. In fact, I even think a petition should be circulated to make an "Asylumland" part of Disney World and send all the money from food and beverage sales there to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (The folks that are all up in arms about Trans-Allegheny.") It is my contention that the more defensive you get when someone threatens you, the more you leave yourself open for further abuse. Further, Mr. Jordan is clearly trying to spark controversy to get publicity for his real estate venture and the more attention we pay to it, the more we are playing into his hand. Laugh it off. He'll go away when he realizes that no one is going to come to his crumby theme park.
Causes Wendy Aron Supports
Any organization that supports animal welfare.