Garrison Kiellor –  Prairie Home Companion Host

Both Bonnett and I first listened to Garrison Kiellor’s morning radio while getting ready for our day of high school in Little Falls, Minnesota. It was aired starting in 1969 on Minnesota Public Radio and broadcast from St. Johns University in Collegeville, MN. In 1974 Kiellor started his live radio show, A Prairie Home Companion, which expanded his use of live music in the radio studio to a larger scale production. Like his initial morning radio show, the Saturday evening broadcasts feature an eclectic blend of music and humor.

As a writer, he has had many articles, columns and short stories published by magazines including the New Yorker, Atlantic Monthly, various newspapers and the e-zine, Salon.com. He also has a number of novels and short story collections in print. Keillor’s writing work now spans the mediums of print, audio and video – with his specials on DVD’s and the Robert Altman movie about A Prairie Home Companion, featuring the actors Kevin Klein, Lilly Tomlin, Meryl Streep, Woody Harrrelson, Lindsay Lohan, Virginia Madsen, Tommy Lee Jones, Mia Rudolph and John C. Reilly (Garrison played the part of GK) – but also spans a variety of business venues which now include the opening of his bookstore in the basement level of a downtown St. Paul, MN restaurant in 2006. We hope to visit it soon to see if “Common Good Books, G. Keillor, Prop.” lives up to the store’s promising name. While we bet it probably will, we wouldn’t want to say for sure until we’ve seen the store for ourselves. When we do, we’ll keep all of you posted.

“A good newspaper is never nearly good enough but a lousy newspaper is a joy forever.

“A lovely thing about Christmas is that it’s compulsory, like a thunderstorm, and we all go through it together.”

                 

“Cats are intended to teach us that not everything in nature has a function.”

“A girl in a bikini is like having a loaded pistol on your coffee table – There’s nothing wrong with them, but it’s hard to stop thinking about it.”

“God writes a lot of comedy… the trouble is, he’s stuck with so many bad actors who don’t know how to play funny.

                          

“Vodka is tasteless going down, but it is memorable coming up.”

– Garrison Keillor (1942- )

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