Huckabee show highlights Chestertown success story

This past weekend's filming of the Fox News Network's Huckabee show segment in Chestertown, casting Chestertown and Lincoln Logs into a national spotlight, was a strange and remarkable event.

A fair number of hours of taping represented more than a dozen lengthy interviews on all aspects of the Lincoln Logs business, broadcast nationally Sunday as a 12-minute segment of the show hosted by former U.S. presidential candidate and Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee.

The show, however, depicted a small portion of the interviews and information on the recent rescue and resurrection of Lincoln Logs by the Stephenson family of Stephenson Lumber and Riverside Truss.

Several of us were afforded quick sound bites, rather than the lengthy segments we were expecting.

Although the news/talk show appears scripted in some of its episodes, the questions Huckabee asked Erin Stephenson Brothers onstage in Manhattan were apparently spontaneous.

Erin, daughter of Stephenson Lumber founder Larry Stephenson, appeared in the broadcast to be relaxed and well-informed about the new venture.

She said Monday she had no knowledge of the questions that would be posed, and Larry, Lincoln Logs employee Adam Smead and I - interviewed in Chestertown by Huckabee via satellite - were also not briefed beforehand on topics to be discussed.

The three of us were chosen to sit on a flatbed truck set up as a makeshift stage in the Lincoln Logs mill yard, backed up by a crowd of locals prompted to applause intermittently.

We were expecting several questions and a fair amount of air time, but we got only some quick sound bites.

The story of Lincoln Logs' future and its importance to the area communities was portrayed well in the finished broadcast, but I would like to have had more time to put the Lincoln Logs story into perspective.

I'll mention one of the points here.

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