Published Date Written by Timothy Gillis
A real Maine "redneck" is making history. Roland "Yummy" Raubeson, of Minot, has been selected from hundreds of applicants for a new show on the History Channel.
Pilgrim Studios, of North Hollywood, Calif., was in Maine recently, filming Yummy getting his thrice-yearly haircut at a local hair salon.
Lisa Insana, a senior segment producer for "Down East Dickering," part of Pilgrim Studios, confirmed that they filmed the segment but would not comment further, except to say that a "network PR person will get back to you when we know our air dates because they would like to coordinate their announcement with any coverage."
The New York TV station did not return phone calls, and Yummy said he can't talk about the show yet, but confirmed that he was going to be on it.
Raubeson has been busy lately, filming segments for the show and appearing at the Redneck games (formerly the Olympics, before the name was changed) in Hebron at the beginning of the month. He has a Facebook page that lists his favorite music as Ted Nugent, John Fogerty, and Hank Williams, Jr. His Google+ page has one picture of burning brush.
The real redneck was on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart last year at this time, appearing as himself.
He also responded to a newspaper survey last October in the Advertiser Democrat of Oxford County. He was asked, "Should folks lose federally-funded assistance for having medical marijuana?" He said, "No. I am a medical marijuana user. If using it for a medical reason, why should they stop using it? The side effects of medical marijuana is less than the prescription they give you for the same treatment."
No word yet on when this real redneck will start appearing on the History Channel, but the newfound fame has already left its mark.
When asked if he would be willing to be interviewed for this story, he said, "You'll have to pay me for it."