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The News From Lake Wobegon

In Childrens' Literacy, Humor, K-12 Education, Thats' Life on March 30, 2011 at 9:00 AM

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Garrison Keillor is coming to Long Island! Garrison Keillor is coming to Long Island!

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So.., Who’s Garrison Keillor and why are you so excited about him coming to Long Island in May?

Well, lemme tell you! She has been a fan of Garrison Keillor since forever! He’s right up there with all Her fantasy male crushes. Let’s see, there’s Martin Landau. You already know all about that.

Then there are Larry King, Alan Greenspan, Al Roker, Alec Baldwin and Jake Gyllenhall. I’ll write more about each of these guys later, but right now, this is about Garrison Keillor.

In short, Garrison Keillor is an author, storyteller, humorist, and creator of NPR’s weekly radio show A Prairie Home Companion.

A Prairie Home Companion live show in Lanesbor...

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On stage, Keillor, an imposing 6′ in his trademark red tie, red sneakers and relentless nostalgia, has, over three decades, come to represent Mr. EveryPerson from the Midwest, carting around with resolute cheeriness, the baggage of those much touted Midwestern values of hard work, perseverance and humility injected with sweetly gentle leitmotifs about rhubarb pie and powdered-milk biscuits.

A Prairie Home Companion ingeniously personifies the ethic of the polite, plain-spoken, self-deprecating pride of polite, plain spoken folks bumbling, with polite plain spokeness, through a mythical Minnesota hamlet called Lake Wobegon, “the little town that time forgot and the decades cannot improve.”

Garrison Keillor is the host and a regular player in the weekly two-hour radio variety show of skits, songs, humorous poems and catchphrases featuring The Royal Academy of Radio Actors: Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and SFX man Mr. Fred Newman.

The high point of every show is “News From Lake Wobegon,” a decidedly unthrilling 20-minute monologue full of childhood tomato fights, drunk preachers, Norwegian bachelor farmers, Minnesota weather and sentimental rhapsodies about the precious things in life.

Like Paul Harvey and other great radio show hosts of his generation, the segment closes with an obligatory signature phrase: “That’s the news from Lake Wobegon, where all the women are strong, all the men are good-looking, and all the children are above-average.”

Within the decorous, irony-lite boundaries of his shtick the show is consistently funny about Midwestern fatalism: “We come from people who brought us up to believe that life is a struggle,” he recently told an interviewer. “And if you should ever feel really happy, be patient. This will pass.”

Though Keillor is associated with the Midwest, his world view and sensibility comes largely out of New York City. He began his career in the early ’70s writing short humorous essays for The New Yorker magazine, later becoming a staff writer.

He was inspired to create A Prairie Home Companion while researching a New Yorker essay about the Grand Ole Opry.

That is all very interesting, now isn’t it?

In a recent interview with AARP magazine in March of 2011 Garrison Keillor announced he plans to retire the spring of 2013.

So if you’re a fan like I am, better get your tickets soon before the lights go down and the final curtain closes on A Prairie Home Companion starring the soothing, rich baritone warblings of Garrison Keillor. And his wry humor is  a lot of fun, too!

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Goodwill Energies I project
On each and every one of you
Each and every day!

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“And there came to be evening and there came to be morning…”

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That’s life today!

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