August 26, 2001 |
It is Saturday night in Lake Wobegon, Minn., a town that time has definitely not forgotten. To be sure, Garrison Keillor, who invented the town as the venue for his "A Prairie Home Companion" show on public radio, likes to pretend that Lake Wobegon is quaint and sleepy and sort of innocently Middle Western. But compare it to a town that really is sleepy, such as Thornton Wilder's beloved Grover's Corners, N.H.
November 21, 2000 |
A few months ago, Garrison Keillor went looking for Lake Wobegon, the fictional village he created. And he found it--sort of. Right where he left it. The Minnesota Public Radio storyteller reports on his search in the December issue of National Geographic magazine. For years, Keillor says, people have asked the location of the village where his weekly stories are set, and they seem disappointed when he tells them it is fictional.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 29, 1999
What a pleasure to see a front-page headline (Sept. 25) about the perils of using a single test score to make educational decisions! One of the statements most frustrating to teachers is the goal of every child testing at grade level. "Grade level" is a term correctly used to describe a mean test score; that is, half the students tested will score at or above that level and half will score below. If everyone works very hard and improves next year, the test will be normed upward so half test at or above and half below.
April 11, 1999 |
He likes to portray himself as meek and mushy, so bland, as he puts it, that he makes linoleum look like great art. But these days, Garrison Keillor has an edge to him. He's taking on Gov. Jesse Ventura. And his radio variety show, "A Prairie Home Companion," normally such a mellow mix, bristles now with insults directed the governor's way: "You have the IQ of a salad bar." "If you were any dumber, we'd have to water you."
March 1, 1993 |
If you're picking up half a ton of hog feed from the Acorn Supply Co. on a Saturday, it's best to do it before 2 p.m. Otherwise, you'll have to hopscotch over speaker wire and maneuver through a maze of beat-up guitar, mandolin and fiddle cases, all to the vibrant strains of such chestnuts as "You Are My Sunshine."
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.