Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Rauterkus house gets some TV time -- but this isn't ours

See the comments about another Rauterkus family and their old house.

1 comment:

Mark Rauterkus said...

But -- Rauterkus' is of Rauterkus (possessive). Plural of Rauterkus is Rauterki. I've edited the story slightly. :)

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Rauterkus house to be spotlighted this week
Ruth Nerhaugen The Republican Eagle
Published Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Ralph and Mary Rauterkus’ historic 1880s home at 454 W. Seventh St. will be featured on Home and Garden TV network’s “If Walls Could Talk” program at 4 p.m. Friday on cable Channel 48.

A crew from the show spent a full day at the house in September 2007 filming the couple and the story of how the Rauterkuses (Rauterki) found documents, books, bottles and tins inside the walls of the house when they put in new insulation. Those discoveries led the couple to research the original owners of the house, the Linne family.

The Rauterkuses (Rauterki) were told that their story would be part of the 2008 season and that they would be informed when it was to air.

Mary and Ralph Rauterkus are filmed in front of their home last September.

However, Mary Rauterkus said, one day in February she got a call from a friend in Rochester who said, “I think you’re on TV.” She was.

About a week later, the woman at HGTV who was supposed to notify them of the air date called to apologize, saying she was on vacation when the segment aired. Because it aired during the television writer’s strike, the Rauterki speculate that it may not have been initially intended for that time slot.

The network sent the couple a copy of the program, which is titled “Backward Brainteaser.”

“The whole show is interesting,” Mary Rauterkus said.

The segment on their home did not turn out exactly as they had anticipated, and not just because the moments included in the program are completely out of sequence compared with the order in which they were filmed.

She said they made “profound” comments about things like the importance of maintaining a historic home for future generations. But those weren’t necessarily the moments chosen for the program.

“A couple discovers their home is built backward, books in the attic link a home to a limestone guru” is the network’s description of the episode.

“Half of what’s in the show I didn’t think they were filming,” she said. “It was interesting what they pulled.”

The end result is more lighthearted, with humor.

“I thought they did a good job of showing the house — especially the outdoor shots,” she added.

Mary Rauterkus won’t be able to watch the program Friday afternoon. She plays the character Ado Annie in Phoenix Theatre’s production of “Oklahoma!” at the Sheldon Theatre this weekend.