February 9, 1992 |
Humorist Garrison Keillor has been beguiling radio audiences with his kindly spoof of old-time radio shows since 1974, when his Minnesota-based "Prairie Home Companion" became de rigueur listening among the public radio set. A televised performance of his current New York-based show, "The American Radio Company," which is recorded live in front of an audience, will air as a Valentine's Day special on PBS.
December 15, 1991 |
The people we fly over, those noncoastal heartland Nielsen families maddened by the wintry prairie winds, may produce more than their share of CEO's and TV anchors, but they rarely see their visions affirmed on the national fantasy loop. Steven Spielberg's suburbs and Stephen King's small towns and Woody Allen's cities seem never to be in the heart of the heart of the country. And the postmodern novelists keep missing the banal, yet dark dreams of Knut Hamsen and Theodore Dreiser.
July 23, 1990 |
Just about everyone has heard of Garrison Keillor--"A Prairie Home Companion," "Lake Wobegon" and expert storyteller. And just about everyone has heard of Chet Atkins--silky smooth guitar phenom revered by fans of jazz, country and rock alike. But not everybody knows that the two have teamed up for an 18-city U.S. tour in something called "The Sweet Corn Show." It is coming to Humphrey's Concerts by the Bay for two sold-out shows Tuesday night.
June 5, 1990 |
Garrison Keillor returned home and told former neighbors that they didn't inspire whimsical Lake Wobegon, the fictitious town made famous in his radio show, "A Prairie Home Companion." "Lake Wobegon is not about Anoka," he said Monday. "It's a romance, a comic romance, and Anoka is a real place and it's infinitely more complicated and interesting." He also delivered the commencement address at Anoka High School, telling students: "Graduation is a graceful and sweet old ceremony.
December 24, 1989 |
Riding high on the airwaves, Garrison Keillor consumed the imagination of much of the nation on Saturday nights through the decade with his generally dry, sometimes solemn, but invariably gentle satire. Even though radio had long been declared brain dead, Keillor's "A Prairie Home Companion," dispatched out of Minnesota, brought it back to a new life, at least during those two hours of variety entertainment and Keillor's heartful tales from the folks of Lake Wobegon. It all ended in 1987, when the show finished its 13-year run. We will never be able to dispell the image of the Chatterbox Inn and Ralph's Pretty Good Grocery and Jack's Auto Repair, to which all tracks lead.
November 24, 1989 |
It's been more than two years since Garrison Keillor left gentle Lake Wobegon, but public radio's favorite storyteller says he's not worried about stepping up to the microphone again, even if the stage is in rough-and-tumble Brooklyn. "I hope to become nervous, you know, at the right time. I count on it," said Keillor, who returns to the airwaves with a new weekly program. "But I hope that it doesn't raise the pitch in my voice. I think I'm counted on to sing bass parts."
September 7, 1989 |
"It's clear to me that when people read my books they like me a little less at the end than at the beginning. My fourth book, 'Company A, Chaaaaaaarge!,' is evidently the worst. Nobody bought it at all." So says Western author Dusty Pages, also known for "Wagons Westward!!! Hiiiii-YAW!" and "Pa! Look Out! It's-Aiiiiieee!"
August 5, 1989 |
With the networks still content to fill their prime-time schedules with reruns, anyone looking for something other than the NFL preseason openers on television this weekend will have to turn again to cable or the spunky Fox network. Tonight, actress Teresa Saldana, the victim of a brutal knife attack outside her Hollywood apartment a few years ago, will report on violence against celebrities in a special episode of "The Reporters," 8:30 p.m. (11)(6).
June 6, 1989 |
Garrison Keillor's traveling variety show, "The 3rd Annual Farewell Tour," pulls into Symphony Hall tonight with its special blend of folksy music, comedy and droll commentary about the denizens of the fictional Minnesota town of Lake Wobegon. Based on "A Prairie Home Companion," the weekly live radio program that Keillor conceived, and wrote and hosted for 13 years, the tour comes complete with the radio show's stage set, including an 1889 Minnesota frame house. "We started out (the tour)