“Over the last decade I lived and traveled a great deal, spending most of my youth in Beijing and Burma, New York and Narita, Haiti and Hungary, some places for weeks, some for years. And the one constant was Garrison’s voice. My expat friends got excited over packages of VHS recordings of Friends and ER; my secret glee was bootleg Prairie Home Companion recordings from my brother.”—From a 2009 essay about the show, by Abe Sauer at The Awl
“Phil Zimmermann created the first version of PGP encryption in 1991. The name, “Pretty Good Privacy”, is humorously ironic and was inspired by the name of a grocery store, “Ralph’s Pretty Good Grocery”, featured in radio host Garrison Keillor’s fictional town, Lake Wobegon.”—From the Wikipedia entry for the “Pretty Good Privacy” data encryption software
Narrator:A dark night in a city that knows how to keep its secrets. But one man is still trying to find the answers to life's persistent questions...Guy Noir, Private Eye.
Guy Noir:It was the middle of September, and I was doing security at a golf tournament for business executive.
(SWING, HIT, FLIGHT OF BALL)
Business Executive:(JOWLY) Great shot, J.T. You really impacted it there.
Guy Noir:Being around business executives always makes me wonder how it is that they earn buckets of money and I earn spoonfuls. They just don't strike me as terribly bright.
Business Executive:(POMPOUS, JOWLY) I think we're going to have to ramp up our whole campaign here and roll out a total paradigm shift and take it to the next level and make it seamless because at the end of the day it's the score that counts ---- that's what you bring to the table ---- that's what closes the loop.
Guy Noir:They were hearty fellows who laughed at each other's jokes (CHORTLING), ----- and they were bad golfers. (SWING, HIT, FLIGHT OF BALL, GLASS BREAKAGE). And that was my job as a security guy, to cover for them. (RUNNING FOOTSTEPS) You okay, ma'am?
Golf Course Neighbor:Your golf ball busted my windshield.
Guy Noir:You're okay though?
Gulf Course Neighbor:Well, who's going to pay for this? I want money to replace my windshield!
Guy Noir:Ma'am, those men on the golf course are job creators. You hit them with a bill like that, they're likely to move their factories to Thailand. Here's a hundred bucks. Have a nice day.
Happy 100th birthday Bill Monroe! Listen to “Live and Let Live” from the 2006 Smithsonian Folkways box set, “Friends of Old Time Music”. http://goo.gl/3uSo1
Monroe, known as the “Father of Bluegrass”, helped create a genre that would become synonymous with his band, the Blue Grass Boys. Read more about his history and the three day centennial celebration in Kentucky: http://billmonroe100birthday.com/
“You have to live, you know, in order to understand the Gospel. You have to live. Jesus did; he hung out with sinners and Republicans, and so … so can you.”—Garrison Keillor, Prairie Home Companion (September 3, 2011 - show #1305)
“The difficult thing is to convince them of the beauty of flatness… because that’s the really magnificent thing in Minnesota… It’s really the prairie you have to interest them in… Get on a bicycle and ride a bike at sunset across the prairie. And that’s pretty amazing. And the Northern Lights in winter.”—
Garrison Keillor, answering my question today on MPR about how to get people to come visit me in Minnesota.
(Also, I have more of a Minnesotan accent than I thought. Not that it’s a bad thing—I’m proud of where I’m from—but wow, my R’s are something special…)
“I think that acoustic music has a tremendous visceral appeal to people. It is not music that depends on post-production or powerful amplification. It is not meant to stun you into submission," said Keillor, who presents a wide range of country, folk and pop artists on his radio program. "It has its roots in music ordinary people can make for their own pleasure.”—Garrison discusses the music featured on the show, his three favorite elements of the Summer Love Tour and more in an interview with the Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com. The tour will visit Fort Worth’s Bass Hall on September 6th.