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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Computer screams.

June 10th, 2008 ·

We’re back on the road. dsc09905.jpgWe left Pittsburgh yesterday morning about 11 am. We have a fine day. Beautiful blue skies above route 30 across the wide belly of Ohio. We eat lunch in Lisbon, Ohio, at the Steel Trolley Diner where Bob and I both have to have a Lincoln Highway burger with fries. Glenn has a Picnic burger.

We have to seek refuge late in the afternoon when a fierce storm stops us in downtown Van Wert, Ohio. dsc09928.jpgWe run into the beautiful county library there till the tornado warnings are dropped.

We continue on to Fort Wayne, Indiana. We find rooms northwest of town. We walk a block or so to a Thai restaurant for dinner. Then I’m too tired to blog before bed.

I get up early today. I’m writing a long preamble to our trip, explaining that this time it’s cameraman Bob Lubomski and me along with Glenn Syska as audio man and video blogger. As I’m typing, the computer starts moving slowly, and then the little multicolored pinwheel starts turning. I get dressed and the pinwheel is still spinning, so I push the start button to crash me out of the computer. When I press the button to start it up again, there’s a howling noise, a terrifying scream that seems to be coming from under my keyboard. Yow. I shut it down again. When I start it up again I just get a question mark in the middle of the screen. I think my old laptop has died here in Fort Wayne.

I’m pecking this out on my iPhone, wondering where I might get a new laptop on the road.

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