A Blog Along The Lincoln Highway

All of this is about a public TV project about one of America’s great roads, and we’re hoping you might enjoy reading about some of our behind-the-scenes work. I’m Rick Sebak, and I write most of the tales. Bob Lubomski is our cameraman. And Glenn Syska has been traveling with us recently. He made the video blog entries in 2008. Back in 2007, Jarrett Buba did all that. A RIDE ALONG THE LINCOLN HIGHWAY first aired on PBS on October 29, 2008 at 8 PM. Check with your local PBS station to find out about repeat broadcasts. Or go for the DVD at www.shopwqed.org.

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Between September 2007 and June 2008

June 8th, 2008 ·

We three musketeers go our various ways. Bob shoots with many of the producers for WQED’s nightly news magazine program called “On Q.” Then he and I start to work on a new Pittsburgh program that will be called “Invented, Engineered & Pioneered in Pittsburgh.” Jarrett gets hired as a grip on several of the Hollywood movies that come to shoot in Pittsburgh, including “The Road,” based on Cormac McCarthy’s unforgettable novel.

One fine fall day when the leaves look colorful, Bob and I get a station van and head east on the Lincoln Highway to Bedford. The sun doesn’t shine as much as we’d like, but we find a few nice autumnal shots along 30 and pieces of the original Lincoln.

We stop to see the Flight 903 memorial near Schenksville, PA. It’s barely a mile or two off Route 30. It’s simple to find, but then it’s not easy in any way. Grief and confusion and terror and bravery and tons of things left to honor the victims are somehow all there in the middle of a Pennsylvania field.

We shoot some of the murals that have been painted along the Lincoln Highway corridor in Pennsylvania, and we stop to meet the couple who run the Lincoln Court Motel. When they show us the inside of one of their cabins, I know we have to do a story there. I doubt that the insides of those cottages look much different than they did in the 1950s.

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