— Mary Ann T., Saint Louis, MO 400 characters is hardly enough To say thanks for all the stuff. — Laura M., Philadelphia, PA Thank you for your wholesome magical world that you share with us. So much beauty in the small things that make up our day to day lives. — Jan F., San Diego, CA We spoke w Garrison at Ravinia last week. — Sandra W., Reed City, MI The show got me through my teenage years and later on, my husband, J, and I through car trips and cleaning sessions every Sunday afternoon for the past few years. — Al G., Stockton, CA I’ll be brief: for over 40 years, the sound of Saturday night. You have the blessed ability to help one reflect on memories and to feel like a part of the Lake Wobegon community. Only Garrison (English) and the crew of the BBT (physics) have their majors as so much a part of their schtick. We listened to you in the car, our kids grew up listening to you during long car trips, and we all attended the shows at the State Fair. I have listened ever since that night and have been entertained each Saturday night. I could have gotten you started on stories when you might have suffered from Writer’s Idea Block with stories from my home town. — Vickie R., Spout Spring, VA Thanks for being my Saturday evening companion.You’re a burst of good ethics, respectful human relations, and real human-to-human relations. We began listening mornings and regularly attended at Macalaster when the show went live. PHC was among the voices that influenced our children’s oral history even as we – and now they – moved beyond our Minnesota roots. — Raquel R., Hallandale Beach, FL Your celebration of the Nordic traditions inspire me! Best wishes to you, and thank you for sharing your life with us through the radio on Saturday afternoons. — Suzanne P., Hansville, WA Congratulations and thank-you for some wonderful stories, poems and thoughtful meditations. First contact came through reading 2nd-hand copy of Lake Wobegon Days. — Sharon L., Pine Hill, NJ Garrison, I will miss you and all the wonderful, colorful, almost believable characters of Lake Woebegone as well as Guy Noir, etc. — Bob B., Annapolis, MD Dear Sir – Keeping this short a tall order – all my thanks. I think the funniest story was about the buried Chevy used as a septic tank, but dug up & put on a flatbed truck, then meeting the parade with daughter as Queen. The first fifteen years of our marriage, my husband worked Saturday nights. More recently, we have enjoyed it together and we even had a chance to visit the Fitz – you have given us many memories…many thanks! I was 13 when I began listening to your program with my mother many years ago.Lake Wobegone is not gone when you tell your tales; it emerges like Brigadoon, and we revel in it. Thanks again for 50 years of radio and 42 years of PHC live — P J., Palatine, IL Thank you so much for all your amazing characters my husband and I enjoyed through the years. — Jon J., Richmond, CA Thank you for presenting all across America a contrast and challenge to the prevailing human depersonalization that afflicts modern society; enjoy your retirement from what must have been often a grueling daily schedule. — Susan M., Lincoln, NE I still get giddy every time I hear the first notes to the opening song, and it’s been a part of my life for about 25 years now. — Mary Ann R., Gilbert, AZ I started listening to you in 1985. My step father was a long time listener and I was hooked. — Christine B., Rochester, NY I was SO STUPID in the 1980s when you came to Anchorage, Alaska and I didn’t attend your show! Description of Lutherans seemed spot on whether it was an imaginary town in Minnesota or rural Lunenburg County, Nova Scotia. You were there when I was new to and struggling in CA, and taught me to just slow down and listen. — Isham P., Lexington, MA Garrison, I feel like I know you. Unbelievable how your radio show gets into my soul. Wearing my Powdermilk Biscuits tee shirt with pride. When I was 17 I found out that Lake Wobegon or “Lack Thereof” did exist.
I have never forgotten his kindness and will miss hearing his voice on Saturday evenings. — James, Bloomington, IN Garrison, thank you from the bottom of my mom’s heart for the years of great radio! — Lenette M., Chardon, OH It was my late father who was the first regular listener among us; I started listening after he passed, as a way to stay in touch, as it were.Long drives with 3 kids who all grew up looking forward to the show. — D., Savannah, GA I set aside all that is busy or worrisome, and smile as I turn on the radio, savoring the moment. Of course, the show appealed to me as well, and has become a tradition for my wife and me as well.It feels like meeting old friends, or unwrapping a gift from someone who knows me well…sketches, music, guests, selected with care and a touch of whimsy by you, Mr. And the best dearest Lake Wobegon, everybody’s hometown. Thank you, Mr Keillor, for providing a vital link on earth and to heaven!— Mark C., Baltimore, Thank you for the break of a hectic life ! — Mary B., Randall, MN Thank you for many years of beautiful entertainment which you brought into our house, car, tent and wherever we could pick up the show. — Marychris G., Dallas, TX Ah Gare (surely after all this time we have spent together I can be familiar hmm? — Michael M., Escondido, CA Thank you for sweeping me away while on a long road trips, and on the screen porch on summer evenings, in my hospital bed once, but mostly while making dinner for my family every Saturday night. Keillor, I was introduced to you 13 years ago when I moved to North Carolina from Manchester, England.) I, like you, have retired more than once, the Brett Favre syndrome….and, like Brett I may be back…tough to leave something that has defined your life and ours for almost half a century. You made me laugh at skits and stories, and love the music. — Patty S., Red Lodge, MT Just saw you tonight in St. First saw you on the Farewell tour in Philadelphia (1989). — Jack H., Chicago, IL Dear Garrison, Thank you for all the joy you have given my family! At the time I was worried that I may no longer hear good radio programs. I love your wit, your elegance on stage and the respectful manners with which you address musician and singer guests.
So if you have SECOND thoughts, no one will blame you if you grab the wheel again. — Richard P., San Pedro, NM All the stories came alive through your wit and imagination.. Also saw you at NYC’s Town Hall and at the outdoor program at University of MO (Columbia) years ago. If it wasn’t for the internetty thing I would not have known you ! Best wishes for the future, from OZ, — Tim A.,, Driving in the Boston snow, down highways in painful breakup days, or so often while cooking dinner in small kitchens, your voice, your words, your creations reached into my heart and gave it joy, laughter, music, the recognition of a deep yearning for home and a life I could count on. without bang nor whimper but a smile at a job most deftly done and a smile of satisfaction. With great admiration, I wish you all the very best, Celeste — Celeste N., Charlotte, NC Godspeed Garrison, in your next life chapter. — Douglas G., Trevett, ME Thank you ever so much for making me smile every always been listening delight wherever I was like a trip home to friends and family that I truly enjoy. Keillor, Thank you for bringing so much happiness to so many people for all the years through Prairie Home Companion.Thank you for transporting us all back to a different time and place each week! I shall miss hearing your sweet harmonies both spoken and sung. Your broadcast kept me close to my Mother, who was from Minnesota, even after she was gone. so glad I got to talk to you last weekend at Ravinia!! ) — Deborah P., Racine, WI There was a tall man on the radio. We listened 4 decades Enjoying his escapades Especially the ones about Wobegon. The first time I listened to your show was in 1986. — Pk M., Albany, NY Until I see Garrison as the English Professor on The Big Bang Theory TV show, my life will not be complete. Love and peace, and happiness, Edward — Edward O., Westlake Village, CA Thanks for the memories Garrison. You and your esteemed partners entertained me endlessly through thick and thin. We will continue to see your work online whenever we want. — Steve C., Mckeesport, PA Thank you for all the many years of wonderful shows. — Deb B., Madison, WI Twenty eight years ago I bought a Powdermilk Biscuit t-shirt for my young daughter at your show on Nicollet Island. — Joyce E., Rockford, MN Having grown up in Hoisington, Kansas, I was so familiar with many names you mentioned including Hochstetter.Every week Garrison Keillor read greetings to the audience.For his final broadcast as our host, we invited listeners to send a greeting back to him!From a simple note of congratulations to a story of what the show has meant to you over the years, we appreciate every one we received.Six years ago, I attended an outdoor performance of PHC on a sweltering August day.