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Garrison Keillor, 71, again hints at retirement in South Carolina interview

In another hint that his Prairie Home days might be winding down, Garrison Keillor told a local interviewer in Charleston, S.C., that he might be ready to retire from his radio show “any day now.”

But he’s said that before.

He started “A Prairie Home Companion” on public radio 41 years ago.

Keillor, 71, is appearing tonight in North Charleston, and did a Q and A with the Charleston City Paper. One of the questions:

CP: Do you ever think you’ll be finished with Lake Wobegon?

GK: Certainly. Any day now. It’ll dawn on me that I’ve said all I can say and I will say, “Thank you,” and walk away.

And asked if there’s anywhere else, besides the Midwest, where he’d like to live, he said: “New York City,” where he and his wife have an apartment. “It’s our version of a lake cabin, a pied-a-terre on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, not far from Central Park, fifteen minutes from Broadway.”

Keillor has talked of retirement before. In 2011 he told the AARP Bulletin that he planned to retire from the show in 2013. 

Obviously, it didn’t happen that time.

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Comments (1)

  1. Submitted by Nathaniel Finch on 03/12/2015 - 08:30 am.


    They’ll have to get a shepherd’s crook to get Keillor off the stage. Either that or they’ll haul him off on a stretcher.

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