My brother Marty lived in Minnesota in 1994 when Garrison Keillor’s Prairie Home Companion came to life on Minnesota Public Radio. He loved the show and listened to it every Saturday night, religiously.
Today, I believe he would shake his head and think — he’s not so much, and would wonder where that fellow’s gone. Personally, I believe the space given to Keillor, now a syndicated columnist for The Gazette, is a waste.
What I now see is an individual who is a tormented soul — 180 percent opposite of what he was all about during Lake Wobegon Days. I wonder what causes this static from his mind. Was it his three divorces or maybe poor health? Could it be all the awards and recognitions given to him through out his life going to his head? I am really not sure. However, I do believe he is not a happy man, that purges words because he can, cute little phrases that really don’t fit or tie together.
Looking at it from my perspective, and also my brother’s, Keillor is like a falling star that has lost its light. The big question we should really ask is — Why does The Gazette still give him a forum to present this nonsense?
David H. Burke