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7th Grade Report
April 15, 2010 |
Dear Mr. Keillor,
I'm doing a report on you for my seventh grade Minnesota history report.
I'm just wondering if you could give me some facts about you and your work.
I'd appreciate a quick response for it is almost the end of my school year.
I was born in Anoka in 1942, the third of six children, and graduated from Anoka High School in 1960 and the University of Minnesota (English major) in 1966. (Two years late, due to a year I took off to write for the paper and a year in which I got nothing but F's because I was editing the campus magazine.) Went to work for Minnesota Public Radio in 1969 and started "A Prairie Home Companion" in 1974. I've been married three times and I have two children (40 and 12 years old), two grandsons, and several stepchildren. I live in St. Paul. I've written quite a few books, not sure how many, and I'm 6'3" and weigh about 215. I write early in the morning, every day. I had two big medical experiences, an open-heart operation in July, 2001, and a slight stroke last September. I read The New York Times every day and I do about 34 radio shows a year and about 60 solo appearances, plus writing a weekly newspaper column and doing "The Writers Almanac" on public radio. I eat Cheerios for breakfast and drink plenty of coffee. I plan to live to the age of 94, which is how old my mother is. I love to sing duets (or, I should say, half of a duet) and work crossword puzzles and sit outdoors with my daughter and eat ice cream at Connie's Creamy Cone on Dale Street in St. Paul. They also do a nice chili dog. I love to ride trains and sit in steam rooms and play ping-pong and eat dinner in quiet restaurants with sociable people. I love to go to symphony concerts and some operas. Love theater and movies. Don't care for jazz much. Love to eat lunch with people I knew as a kid. Love long car trips but don't get to do that anymore.