- DOJ reaches largest-ever federal government settlement over auto loan discrimination
- U.S. Navy to start giving gay couples marriage benefits in Japan
- Sen. Harry Reid goes to hospital as a precaution
- Fla.’s Trey Radel exits rehab, ‘excited’ to resume congressional role
- U.S. nuclear general boozed it up, chased ‘hot women’ in Russia: report
- 45 Calif. students at one school test positive for tuberculosis exposure
- Rob Ford on women: Give them cash ‘and they are happy’
- Ku Klux Klan group holds recruitment meeting in Maryland
- Airport assassination: Mayor, 3 others killed at Manila airport
- Tea party-type lawmakers take mysterious, off-books trip to Mideast
Garrison Keillor says retirement looms in 2013
Question of the Day
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Garrison Keillor plans to keep spinning tales of Lake Wobegon’s Norwegian bachelor farmers for at least a couple more years, but the host and creator of public radio’s “A Prairie Home Companion” is dropping more hints that his retirement may be on the horizon.
“I’m pushing forward, and also I’m in denial. It’s an interesting time of life,” Keillor told the publication.
Keillor told The Associated Press in a follow-up e-mail Wednesday that he’ll be 70 in the spring of 2013, “and that seems like a nice round number.”
“The reason to retire is to try to avoid embarrassment; you ought to do it before people are dropping big hints. You want to be the first to come up with the idea. You don’t want to wait until you trip and fall off the stage,” Keillor told the AP.
For the first time this season, “A Prairie Home Companion” had a guest host on Jan. 15, when singer and fiddler Sara Watkins of the band Nickel Creek hosted the show from St. Paul’s Fitzgerald Theater, with Keillor appearing as a featured guest. Keillor said at the time that he had never gotten to see the show himself and wanted “to stand in the back of the hall and watch for a few minutes.”
Keillor has ruminated before about retirement. In 1987, he surprised his fans by quitting “A Prairie Home Companion.” But he returned to the airwaves two years later with a new touring show, “American Radio Company of the Air,” and a few years after that he returned to St. Paul and reclaimed “A Prairie Home Companion” as the name of his variety show.
In 2009, Keillor suffered a minor stroke but was back on air three weeks later. He created “A Prairie Home Companion” in 1974 and celebrated the show’s 35th anniversary in 2009 with a show in central Minnesota’s Stearns County, which inspired Keillor’s mythical hometown of Lake Wobegon _ “where all the women are strong, all the men are good-looking and all the children are above average.” The show is now broadcast on nearly 600 public radio stations and heard by more than 4 million people each week.
AARP Bulletin: http://www.aarp.org/bulletin
A Prairie Home Companion: http://www.PrairieHome.org
By John McAfee
- Breaking Fad: Alligators becoming the new pit bulls for drug dealers, cops say
- D.C. to tout Obamacare among youth waiting for Air Jordans
- Huge backlash mounts over suspension of 'Duck Dynasty' star Phil Robertson
- TARGET credit card theft swells to 40 million victims
- Special ops vets slam military benefit cuts
- Obama: 2014 will be 'breakthrough year' for U.S.
- Dems use new filibuster rules to approve DHS nominee Alejandro Mayorkas under investigation
- Obamacare 'pajamas boy' gets roundly mocked
- Citing 'unfair system,' Obama commutes sentences for 8 crack offenders
- Homeland Security helps smuggle illegal immigrant children into the U.S.
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Our Choice: Individual responsibility and self-government or the abandonment of the American Revolution
Al Maurer provides a common sense, conservatarian, Constitutional conservative perspective from the battleground state of Colorado
Top 10 handguns in the U.S.
Extraordinary day at Redskins Park
White House pets gone wild!
Let it snow