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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And when I die I’m a Pittsburgh Dead

June 29th, 2008 ·

Sunday morning. I get up by 9 to catch some of “CBS Sunday Morning,” my favorite TV program. I want to make my stories like theirs, and I really enjoy the commentaries too and the relaxed tone of the news. And of course, it used to be hosted by the late great Charles Kuralt who was, like me, a graduate of UNC at Chapel Hill. A Tarheel.

pghborncoverweb.jpgAnyway, I’ve got to be at the Borders in East Liberty (they are calling it “Borders East Side” for no good reason) by 1:00. There’s a book signing event there today to celebrate the publication of the tome called Pittsburgh Born Pittsburgh Bred. It’s about 500 people who’ve had some connection to Pittsburgh and some degree of celebrity for various reasons over the last 250 years. Andrew Carnegie, Andy Warhol, H.J. Heinz, Rachel Carson, Christina Aguilera, George Ferris and me, among others. I’m flattered to be included and quickly agreed to be a part of this event today.

There are 3 of us from the book at Borders: joe13_lg.jpglegendary guitarist Joe Negri (AKA Handyman Negri on Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood,) singer-songwriter and novelist Bill Deasy, and TV producer me.
Several of the writers of the book are there too: Prentiss Orr (who wrote my bio in the book), Tripp Clarke (who organized this book-signing today), Chris Fletcher (former editor of Pittsburgh Magazine who stayed only a few minutes) and Mr. Brian Butko, author of Greetings From The Lincoln Highway and other road-related classics.

I hadn’t talked to or seen Brian since we got back. He’s been kind to include lots of our recent adventures on his Lincoln Highway News website. dsc00006c.jpgAnd I want to see how we can use him in some of the stories that we still have to shoot. Maybe take him with us to Times Square so we can talk to him there about the scope of the highway and its history. Brian is looking mighty natty today: vintage Hawaiian shirt and one of his father-in-law’s old hats. I tell him it’s a good look for him.

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  • 1 Rick Sebak’s Blog » Eating the Evening // Jun 4, 2009 at 1:12 pm

    […] named Prentiss Orr, is in my show called STUFF THAT’S GONE, and he’s also behind the big book of Pittsburghers titled PITTSBURGH BORN PITTSBURGH BRED that was put together for the 250th anniversary of our town last […]

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