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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On the air! But still itching to get back on the road.

October 30th, 2008 ·

Yes. The program aired last night. I watched it in my living room with my mother Peg who paid close attention and never dozed. That’s a good sign.

Many people left comments at the bottom of “Saturday night at the Car Store” and you can read them there. Or you can leave a comment at the bottom of this post.

The program repeats in most cities this Friday or Saturday. It’s on the PBS and PBS-HD schedules for Friday night at 10 PM, but you really have to check your local listings for when it comes back on your local public TV station.

So, what did you think?

Tags: Road Diary

9 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Mindy Crawford // Oct 30, 2008 at 1:04 pm

    The show is wonderful. It was fun to see it officially. I wanted to let you know that I already received about a dozen e-mails requesting information about the highway. These were clearly from folks who went to the LH website and got my official LH e-mail.

    Sorry we missed the big party at the car store. We were actually in Jim Thorpe celebrating our first wedding anniversary. Would have loved to have been there. Thanks for sending the DVD. I was in Tulsa when it arrived and when I called home that evening, my mom and Rodney were watching it.

    It was so great working with you and the guys. I think the show will enjoy much success!

    Take care and I’ll let you know when I’m coming to Pittsburgh. Maybe Brian, you and me can go to Peppi’s!

  • 2 Kimberlee Love // Oct 30, 2008 at 2:56 pm

    I’m a sucker for anything produced by Rick Sebak and his crew: I’m always guaranteed a good time, and an introduction to people and places that fascinate. But this time you folks have outdone yourselves! Talk about an hour flying by!

    I watched the program first at the premiere at the Sewickley Car Store (really well done event, by the way) and enjoyed the show just as much when it aired last night. My husband, Mike, and I watched it here in Sewickley, while my parents watched from their home in Arizona. You could hardly find four people with more disparate taste in television, but there we sat, miles and years apart, all enjoying the same piece of television.

    Thanks, Rick, as always, for finding the most interesting people, and for showing us the most interesting places right in our neighborhoods and around the country. We’ll be waiting, in our old house right on the Lincoln Highway, for your next production.

  • 3 Nancy Keeler // Oct 30, 2008 at 5:06 pm

    I felt like I had been living under a rock after I saw your great program. I’m 53 years old and had never heard of the Lincoln Highway. Now I am yearning to hit the road. Thanks for a great show!

  • 4 Keely // Oct 30, 2008 at 5:44 pm

    I watched this my Pops last night and truly impressed and trying to figure out where our first Lincoln Highway adventure will take us.
    Thanks for doing it justice. Please be sure to keep us posted if they actually erect a Eastern Terminus sign/plaque or post!

  • 5 Jason Jablonski // Oct 30, 2008 at 8:45 pm

    I had been anticipating the airing of the show for weeks, I was not disappointed! You guys did a great job capturing it’s essence from individual viewpoints and bringing it to life. My wife was clapping at the end, we both were very impressed. You made us want to hop in the car and head out on the road. When should we expect the sequel?

  • 6 Paul Gilger // Oct 31, 2008 at 6:35 pm

    Rick, it was absolutely wonderful. So many people have called and emailed, and everybody thinks the show was great. ALL of the Lincoln Highway websites are now receiving a tremendous upsurge of hits. I know the association could not be more thrilled. I hope you win every possible award for your work. You deserve it. Out here, the San Francisco PBS station (KQED) is re-broadcasting your film again on Sunday, Nov 2nd, at 6pm, and then again on Wednesday, Nov 5th. I’m sure the “hits” will just keep on coming.

    My dream is for you to be financed to produce a Lincoln Highway television series on PBS (called “Lincoln Highway Stories” – just a thought), that allows you the time to share all the stories and experiences of you and your on the road.

    Please give my best to your crew. And, of course, best & warmest regards to you.

  • 7 Kell in Sac // Oct 31, 2008 at 7:11 pm

    (I had no idea I sound like such a tomboy. I have a sudden urge to put pink laces in my hiking boots.)

    The CA crowd LOVED it, and were all amazed at how well you summarized the Road’s complications (i.e. Why so many ever-lovin’ routes?) without making anyone’s head hurt! What a joy (And, what a great resource for the Association to steer folks to!)

  • 8 carleen farabaugh // Oct 31, 2008 at 9:08 pm

    Rick, The show was fantastic. I was glued to the program the whole time. My only complaint is that it was not long enough. I could have watched it all day long. My sincere thanks to you for featuring The Shoehouse and all of the wonderful historic places along the Lincoln Highway. It is a great struggle at times for many of us who are “small town” businesses to make a go of it and still preserve our rich history. With great guys like you it should help us! We loved having your crew and Mindy at The Shoehouse and as always, please stop in anytime you’re in the area. My thanks again, Carleen and Ron Farabaugh http://www.shoehouse.us PS. Any chance of getting a DVD signed by you and your crew?

  • 9 Gordon S Roberts // Nov 4, 2008 at 1:00 am

    I used to correspond with Esther Oyster, but never met her. We may be distantly related. I was so surprised to see Esther for the first time on the program I’d recorded. I really enjoyed the program. I’ve driven many miles along the Lincoln Hwy between Ohio and Wyoming, but mainly on the interstate. I hope to do one more trip to California in 2010. The program brought back memories. I miss those Burma Shave signs.

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