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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Entries from June 2008

Between September 2007 and June 2008

June 8th, 2008 · No Comments

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 […]

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Computer screams.

June 10th, 2008 · 1 Comment

We’re back on the road. We 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. […]

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Hard driving.

June 11th, 2008 · 1 Comment

As we pull out of Fort Wayne, I’m considering all the ways I might get a new computer while traveling the Lincoln Highway. I talk to Mike Cuccaro at WQED’s Web office and he commiserates. I talk to our main computer guy on our editing team, Mr Matt Conrad, and he says, “Stop at an […]

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Route 30 is not always the Lincoln Highway.

June 11th, 2008 · No Comments

After lunch, I take my first real shift as driver. Bob is a great co-pilot but his plans today get zonked by road repairs, accidents and detours of several sorts. We drive by the enchanted castle of Joliet Prison. We ride the short blocks in Plainfield, IL, where the Lincoln Highway and Route 66 overlap […]

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The wind began to switch, the house to pitch!

June 12th, 2008 · 5 Comments

The adventures never end. It’s 11:00 pm. We’ve just settled in our rooms at the Burke Inn in Carroll, Iowa. We’re exhausted, drenched, and happy to be safe and sound. And alive. Thunder roars, lightning flashes frequently and rain pours down outside my motel room window. Deep rumbles from the depths of the darkest clouds. […]

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Our troubles are tiny.

June 12th, 2008 · No Comments

At the restaurant last night, we heard someone say that 4 people had just been killed by a tornado near Omaha. After our time in the basement, my sister Nisey called my cell phone to say that she just seen on TV that 4 boy scouts had been killed by a tornado in western Iowa. […]

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Marching orders, changing plans, and sour-cream-raisin pie.

June 13th, 2008 · No Comments

When we meet in the lobby of the Burke at 8:30 am, Pitter is behind the front desk. Her real name is Pat, but she’s been “Pitter” since she was two. Tiny in stature, powerful in personality, she is giving Glenn our marching orders for the day. She has booked us an early appointment at […]

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I love the sound of installing glass.

June 13th, 2008 · No Comments

After our delicious quick stop in Woodbine, we get back on 30 and head south for the glass dealer in Omaha. The makeshift window that Bob and Glen fashioned from a black garbage bag holds up remarkably well. We check it periodically in the passenger-side rear-view mirror. We got lost in Omaha last year, and […]

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Great skies and a decent dinner.

June 13th, 2008 · No Comments

With our glass restored, we decide to try and make up some lost time by jumping on I-80. It’s nicely ironic: by leaving the Lincoln Highway, we end up on the highway to Lincoln. I-80 goes slightly south out of Omaha to Lincoln. All we see of the state capital city is exit signs and […]

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Taking advantage of the evening light.

June 14th, 2008 · 1 Comment

After dinner, the light gets beautiful as sunset approaches. This is the hour when all camera people get itchy. They want to shoot. It’s understandable. We’re zipping along the Lincoln Highway, taking advantage of the lack of traffic (all the rubes are out on the interstate which is not a problem), and just east of […]

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