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.

A Blog Along The Lincoln Highway header image 4

Entries from August 2008

Back to the Beginning

August 8th, 2008 · 4 Comments

So today, we finally devote a day to talking and riding with Brian Butko, the author of Greetings From The Lincoln Highway and The Lincoln Highway: Pennsylvania Traveler’s Guide, as well as assorted other books. He’s an old friend of mine, and he was the first person who ever made me aware of the Lincoln […]

[Read more →]

Tags: Road Diary

Not enough hours

August 11th, 2008 · 1 Comment

All weekend I’m working on editing the program and getting things ready for our trip to New York. Buddy Nutt the composer, vocalist and one-man-band, stops by on Saturday to talk about music for the promos, and he’s as cooperative and interested and helpful as I knew he would be. I’m embarrassed because I have […]

[Read more →]

Tags: Road Diary

Sardines

August 14th, 2008 · 2 Comments

Bob and Glenn and I fully document the striking views from Jerry’s office. He can actually look down on the spot where he would put the marker. We’re impressed. And I think how fortunate Lincoln Highway fans are that a man like Jerry would get excited and committed to such a project. I get the […]

[Read more →]

Tags: Road Diary

3 States And 7 Counties!

August 15th, 2008 · 4 Comments

We stop one more time before we get to our appointment at the Lincoln Motor Court. Along Route 30 in Pennsylvania, there are just too many things to see and do as you motor along. We pull off the right side of the road at the area where the official blue sign now says LOOKOUT […]

[Read more →]

Tags: Road Diary

Philadelphia Wilderness

August 16th, 2008 · 3 Comments

So, I’m not really sure what to do about Philadelphia, if anything, and when I’m talking to Brian he tells me about this old abandoned section of Old Lincoln Highway in Northern Philadelphia. It’s behind the Lincoln Motel, and it includes an ancient stone bridge that we decide to go and see.

[Read more →]

Tags: Road Diary

NJ: State of Confusion

August 17th, 2008 · 3 Comments

It’s hard to follow any highway in New Jersey. Roads just don’t seem to be very well marked. The other night we got lost in Elizabeth as we headed north along 27, and now we’re leaving our hotel in Harrison with resolve to be vigilant, to watch for turns, to follow our maps, to read […]

[Read more →]

Tags: Road Diary

That classic look of gray InsulBrick

August 18th, 2008 · 4 Comments

We finally arrive at the Lincoln Motor Court in Mann’s Choice, Pennsylvania, around 3:30, maybe 3:45. If the Altizer Family tells us we are just too late, Go away! and Never come back! I understand. But they have been patient. They are saints. They actually seem excited that we’re here. I called on my cell […]

[Read more →]

Tags: Road Diary

Eastern terminus | Eastern impetus

August 24th, 2008 · 4 Comments

We start the day at our motel-hotel in Harrison, New Jersey, knowing that Manhattan is just a short drive, but we don’t know what traffic will be like, so we try to leave by 7:30 AM. We actually pull out of the parking lot at 7:45. We find the New Jersey Turnpike and follow the […]

[Read more →]

Tags: Road Diary

A fast Tuesday: Eastern PA and NJ

August 25th, 2008 · 2 Comments

Who am I trying to fool? After we leave the Lincoln Motor Court, we stop for a sandwich at the Jean Bonnet Tavern just a mile or two east of the cottages. Bob and Glenn both get the crabcake sandwich (recommended by Carissa) and I get soup and fried oysters. When we walk back to […]

[Read more →]

Tags: Road Diary

A few more hours in NY NY

August 27th, 2008 · 1 Comment

It’s sometimes difficult to get a cameraman to leave a location. Times Square is one of those locations. There’s so much going on, so many people, so much dancing light and neon, maybe we should shoot forever. After an hour or so more of post-lunchtime shooting, we decide to retrieve our van from the mysterious […]

[Read more →]

Tags: Road Diary