I have nominated Garrison Keillor because I believe he has created one of the best radio shows that mixes real-life storytelling with comedy. He was born in 1942 in Anoka, Minnesota. He started writing articles for the New Yorker in 1969. He started A Prairie Home Companion on July 6th, 1974 in a St. Paul College in front of 12 people.
~Esrea Perez-Bill, Minneapolis, MN
The Prairie Home Companion Show Garrison Keillor first aired his now famous radio variety show on July, 1971 at Macalester College's Janet Wallace Auditorium. It is now one of the most popular programs on public radio and, of course, was recently featured in a movie. In addition to being good entertainment, it deserves inclusion because it has introduced all of the country to a mythical Minnesota, even if it is mostly fictional. It has also been primarily responsible for the financial success of MPR.
This nomination could instead be for Garrison Keillor himself, since he has also been a prolific writer of short stories and novels, most of which are set in Minnesota.
~Steve Trimble, St. Paul, MN
He must have been suggested many times. He gave a voice to Minnesotans.
~K. M. Bouman, Edwardsville, IL
Lake Wobegon I nominate Lake Wobegon because it sums up everything that Minnesota represents to the country--one large, friendly community.
~Nathan Saete, Oakdale, MN
He epitomizes - and describes so well - who we are, even if we live elsewhere in the world.
~Marcy Hultquist, Tucker, GA
Garrison Keillor is known all over the country for his radio show and humor, which is universal. Sophisticated east coasters understand his characters as readily as do we in the Midwest. He transcends boundaries.
~Caarol Hall, Woodbury, MN
The Prairie Home Show Each week, people all over the country get a picture of a mythical Minnesota town via this radio show. It is a place we Minnesotans all recognize, although we have never been there. It captures perfectly an image of ourselves we hold dear from memory.
~Ann Ruhl Carlson
World-known hometown boy. Apreciates life in MN. Very publicly active.
~Melanie LaBrie, Rosemount, MN
All over the world people are interested in the culture of the USA. How fortunate we are to have Garrison Keillor as our spokesman - not only for the Midwest, but for Minnesota. His wholesome upbringing shows in his character, and he has excelled in his books, radio show and film.
~Denise DeJarlais, St. Paul, MN
Garrison's radio program Prairie Home Companion put Minnesota back on the map for the nation as opposed to being the flyover state. His storytelling, characters and use of sound effects restored the lost medium of radio. I'm sure he has already been nominated.
Mr. Keillor's warm, humorous stories provide a look at the lives of kind and gentle and also reserved MN citizens. His radio show and now movies as well as his writings are known internationally.
~Carol Whalen, Minneapolis, MN
My husband I rarely miss a Sat. evening broadcast - provides a bright spot in the week we can enjoy together.
~Diane LeClair, Hastings, MN