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Happy Birthday Old Scout

Posted at 5:40 AM on August 7, 2009 by Dale Connelly (16 Comments)

Big birthday week finishes close to home with the hardest working man in public radio. Garrison Keillor is 67, and deserves every bit of hullabaloo and acclaim we can muster. But I'm sure he wouldn't want a fuss made over it. That's why we didn't put a name on the cake.

About the photo: The cake is actually a working hot air balloon. I used Photo Shop to set it atop

Fireworks in every major city?
Free ice cream for all the children?
Pony rides at Churchill Downs?
Bounce House on the International Space Station?

Comments (16)

pretty cool photo, Dale - quite a creative week for you! thanks.
good morning everyone - just checking in. off to milk and make a feed run. and then will make another batch of cajeta lately - quite addicting substance!

Posted by barb in Blackhoof | August 7, 2009 6:44 AM

Fireworks! Lots of them! But only locally probably. Or pack all my loved ones and go to Paris for a month or so! I'd like fireworks in Paris too! What a lovely place for birthday pastries too...

Posted by Kim in Saint Paul | August 7, 2009 6:56 AM

Paris. Good idea, Kim.
Perhaps I would charter an ocean liner, and we would cruise there, stylishly, the way they did in the 20's and 30's.

Posted by Dale Connelly | August 7, 2009 7:17 AM

Charter boat sounds good to me, Dale. I'm always leery of cruises, I can't think of a worse place than a boat to be trapped with the norovirus. But on a charter with family/friends and personal staff, risk would be low.

Posted by Kim in Saint Paul | August 7, 2009 7:24 AM

here's another good rain song: storyhill's "good rain," it's on their "reunion" cd. "it was a good rain, the kind that you wait for. it's not that it's been too hot, it's just that we were waiting. everything is different, now that it's raining."

p.s. happy birthday to garrison, my favorite minnesotan!

Posted by jill | August 7, 2009 7:36 AM

Food and music. A day of eating good food with the family, maybe catered by one my favorite restaurants, and music by several of my favorite bands including the Orange Mighty Trio which includes my son-in-law-law, Zack Kline.

It would be nice to have a good location, like Paris, but I wouldn't like the long plane trip. I would need some kind of transporter, such as they had on Star Trek, to get to a good location effortlessly.

Posted by Jim | August 7, 2009 7:51 AM

thanks for remembering these guys dale. garrison is treasure as are all the others mentioned. lucy satchmo tony and mark oconner are all exceptional and make the world a better place for touching us with their contributions. thanks to all of them and thanks to you for reminding us.
music, storytelling, humor. life can be simple. we are all so busy that the chance to share these simple universal joys is what we all tune in to life for.
keep it coming dale. thanks.

Posted by tim | August 7, 2009 7:53 AM

Morning all,

A little rain would be OK to settle the dust at the Freeborn County Fair, but not too much.

In honor of the many fairs between now and state fair, could you play "See the Elephant" by James McMurtry - maybe not specifically about a fair, but conjures memory of going to see something special.

Hey, I was just thinking about asking for some Ollabelle too. Thanks!

Posted by Mike in Albert Lea | August 7, 2009 8:04 AM

Greetings Heartlanders! Happy Birthday to Garrison and many happy returns! Always love the PHC show and his gentle humor. Let's celebrate with fireworks, lots of good food, music played by our favorite artists -- all on a giant boat ride on a big beautiful lake in MN.

Let's have some fun today!

Posted by Joanne in Big Lake | August 7, 2009 8:19 AM

Garrison is also a favorite of mine and I hope he has a happy birthday. I think Robin and Linda Williams are one of Garrison's favorites. Perhaps you could play some thing by them to honor him.

Posted by Jim | August 7, 2009 8:31 AM

Happy Birthday, Garrison! Since it is National Goat Cheese month, what about some recipes from our goat experts?

Posted by Renee | August 7, 2009 8:34 AM

Well said Radio Heartlanders!

When Lora was at U of M, she took a couple of classes that Garrison instructed. One of the classes was small and they met in his home a few times. Apparently he likes to cook and they had potluck once or twice. I remember she took asparagus. Also - he used a portion of a creative writing piece she turned in on his PHC show. I think she was paid around $200 for it. (For a while after that, a really good way to annoy her was to ask her to drive by Garrison's house whenever I went to visit her :)

That hot air balloon picture is great! I'd like to celebrate my next b-day with a ride in that balloon with all my TB friends and gallons of ice cream from Izzy's.

Posted by Donna | August 7, 2009 8:38 AM

Not much time to come up with a long list of songs that might be played in honor of Garrison's birthday but a few candidates:
Belle and Sebastian - Storyteller
Ray Davies - Storyteller
Foals - Red Socks Pugie
Helloween - Red Socks and the Smell of Trees

Posted by That Guy in the Hat | August 7, 2009 8:40 AM

oh, boy, taking a ship stylishly to Paris???? I am with you, dale!

my family took a ship to liverpool in 1969, for dad's sabbatical---it was such fun! one brother had a little seasickness, but got over it....

i would even buy new clothes for the o asion.

happy birthday, GK!

Posted by kayh | August 7, 2009 8:53 AM

Loved the heckler bit!

Posted by Donna | August 7, 2009 8:53 AM

oh geez, Renee - i forgot it was goat cheese month! will the cajeta recipe do for today? (click on word in my earlier entry)
and tomorrow i'll get one out for you; i promised one a week, didn't i? sorry!

Posted by barb in Blackhoof | August 7, 2009 12:33 PM

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