I know I've been one to post quite a few polls on here lately, mostly just a bunch of interesting entertainment topics.
But this one is more about an idea I had and I'm curious about what others would think about it. I mentioned this on the other Jackson thread, but I think it got sorta missed in the rapid movement of that thread.
To briefly explain what brought me to this idea, I heard on local news last night that 3 of Michael's brothers paid a visit to the Neverland Valley Ranch during the weekend to view some of Michael's things before it goes up for auction. The entire ranch is also expected to be auctioned off sometime in the future and an idea came to me that would better serve the fate of the ranch that Michael called home.
Part of me thinks they should turn the ranch into a place of memorial, similiar what they do with the birthplaces of past presidents. One, perhaps they could place his body there. That was where Michael felt truely at home, it was where he escaped the real world and it's pressures that were thrown at him. Not sure if they could place a library, but maybe either a museum or perhaps even a fully dedicated, fully staffed, and technological children's hospital and medical facility, built in Michael's name, and in his memory. If they were to go with the hospital idea, perhaps Michael's body could still be on site, a marked gravesite, perhaps an "eternal" torch. But the hospital, in my opinion, is a good idea. Michael loved children, he loved their innocence, and he wanted children to be happy. I guess he felt that his childhood was taken from him. The facility could perhaps also be a place that would be a home for terminally ill children, where they could go to Neverland, not worry about pain or death, and live out the remains of their lives happy and care free.
There is only one thing I see that would make this a bad idea. It would be too easy to "cash in" or exploit. If it became a memorial, or a museum, fans from all over would flock to the site, to see the ranch that they could only see on tv, among other things. And to put up some sort of control over the amount of visitors to the site, they would naturally have to charge for those to come in, which could mean ever increasing ticket prices throughout the long haul. And if the amusement park that Michael had built were to remain on site, then the place could become another Disneyland. I wouldn't want this to happen and tarnish Michael's name or his home. Granted, any proceeds could go back to the estate (once building costs are covered). Maybe there could also be a place, a discovery institute, a center where "students" of all ages can go. Be in a place where they can feel Michael there in spirit, and still be inspired to "Heal The World" in any way that they feel they can contribute in. Discover their inner music talent within them, learn ways that they can help with the environment, and other ways to help make this world a better place. Taking Michael's music, and it's words to heart, and his humanitarian efforts a step further. He already created the "Heal The World Foundation" in 1992. Perhaps have a Heal The World Foundation Institute on the ranch.
And I still stand behind the hospital and medical facility idea. A fully staffed, fully functional, and technologically updated children's hospital and medical center, dubbed the Michael Jackson Neverland Valley Medical Center (unless there is a better name for it). Despite his insecurities, his past controversies, his bad choices & way of life outside of music, and anything that was accused, but never proven beyond a shadow of a doubt, this medical center, if were to come to fruition, it would be a long lasting tribute to Michael's name, his legacy, and what he brought to this world.
I guess the only hurdle would be the financial one, getting past building costs, and the huge debt that Michael's estate was in before he passed away.