January 1, 2006 - August 31, 2014 The most recent week's greetings, Sunday through Saturday, are posted here in descending order. Scroll down to see previous days. Reach out and touch someone! Send your own greeting»
August 28, 2014
To: Bonnie (Sunshine)
When I married you, I didn't know I was also marrying the State Fair. Happy 30th wedding anniversary! May I give you your present now? Love, Denny...
August 27, 2014
A HUGE thank you to our dear Mary for her wonderful gift all these years of tickets to the Prairie Home Companion Show LIVE from the Minnesota State Fair! The gift of bringing together friends and family for a day - PRICELESS. But Garrison, if you happen to have T-shirts, we're in Plaza Center, row 16, seats 29 thru 32 this year :-)
To: Daryl Mark and Sue Olson
I hate to boast, but I truly have the best role models for a wonderful marriage. Happy 40th, Mom and Papa!
August 25, 2014
To: Daryl and Sue Mark
After 40 years of marriage, your six kids and 10 grandkids are concerned about your propensity for kissing in public, yet relieved that nothing changes.
August 24, 2014
To: Richard Campbell
Dad, I just want you to know that birthdays are good for you. Statistics show that the people who have the most live the longest.
August 19, 2014
To: Jesse Aguirre
Happy Anniversary, my dear, Jess. It's been 32 years that we have been together. Thanks for all you've been and all you've done to be a great companion.
—Fran Frain Aguirre
August 14, 2014
To: Patrick Gorman
Happy Birthday to my dazzling dad!! Love You!!
August 11, 2014
To: Papa Pete
Thank you for all your help during this time Dad. We love you so much! Here's to manhattans, booyah and Pickle Pete's with Frankie and Finn.
July 26, 2014
Happy 45th Anniversary on 7/26. Hope for many, many more, but don't think that we'll make it another 45 years!!
Couldn't be a better place to celebrate than here in Minnesota on The Island.
All my Love---Mike
July 13, 2014
To: Christine Mader
Happy birthday to my best Champagne and Argentine tango amiga. I wish for you lots of Clicquot and many fine tandas.
July 9, 2014
To: John Mark Rosenbalm
Happy 30th Anniversary my dear! I am so glad that you never took that long walk off the short pier.
To: David Ten Hoeve
Happy 60th David! Wishing you many more journeys to Lake Wobegon. All my love, Linda.
July 8, 2014
To: Lu "Whitey" Schneider
From his friends near the 'shining Big-Sea-Water' in MN, may you rest in peace enjoying Powdermilk biscuits and listening to tales of Lake Wobegone. We will miss you, always!
July 5, 2014
To: Ken Burnett
Hello to my BBQ brother, KB, relaxing on his porch and sipping a beer as Garrison tells stories right out of our childhood! Love, RaRa
—Laura Burnett Smith
To: Karen Hibbard
To my long-time Prairie Queen in Manhattan, Kansas; thank you for sharing 37 years and my weekly fix of Prairie Home Companion.
July 4, 2014
To: Regan, Nick, and Sophia
Happy 1st Anniversary! Keep doing what you're doing and all will be well. If the next years are like the first, you are in for a ride! Love, Laura and Nan
To: Mr. Garrison Keillor
Dear Garrison, Happy Ruby Anniversary from a couple that also just celebrated #40! See you again at the Golden Anniversary in 2024.
Jeanne and Charles Herzog
To: Taren and Jimmy
there at your alma mater ..... happy 25th birthday! Really?!? when you were born we'd already been listening to Garrison for 15 years ?!?
—Mom and Dad Kingser
To: John Moore
Wow, what a year! The birth of our first child and our seventh anniversary. Thanks for your support and love. Can't wait for what's ahead.
July 3, 2014
To: Carolyn Lunn
Sarah and Mike from San Geronimo finally made it up north to the Ash Lake family picnic. This fourth we'll be thinking of Steve again. As a young man he journeyed from Albuquerque to Macalester in St Paul, where he became a competent student and even better swimmer. Later he ventured to Iraq where he departed this earth while on patrol in March of 2007. We remember you as we gather this fourth, and miss you every day.
To: Regan, Nick, and Sophia
Happy 1st anniversary. Keep doing what you're doing and all will be well. If the next years are like the first, you are in for a ride! Love, Laura and Nan
To: Bill Lippstreu
P.H.C.'s 40 year anniversary is our anniversary having commenced listening to public radio (Jim Ed Poole)in the mornings while going to work. Still listening & still married. Lived in LaCrosse, WI then. Thanx! Bill & Sue
—Bill & Sue Lippstreu
To: Favorite Cousin Nadia
I finally learned how to swim with my hands tied behind my back; thanks for the motivation!
July 2, 2014
To: P. K.
Six above average kids, rhubarb-raised,
Now from east coast to west coast sing harmony,
"Happy 40th G.K! Happy 80th P.K!
Thanks for sharing the sunny, and funny."
—D. Carol Kurensky
July 1, 2014
To: Kristina and Family
Thanks for inviting me to visit your family in Idaho this July 4th weekend. From a city boy to a farm family! Happy 40th P.C.H.!!!
To: The Twins Jackie and Suzie
Happy birthday, it's always so nice to see you in your matching PJ's and happy belated to their mom Betty who just turned 101 and still recognizes them even when their outfits don't match!
Mnohaya lita! Sending the traditional Ukrainian birthday and anniversary wish to Garrison and the show for many more years of life. Ask Peter Ostroushko to sing the song.
—Joe from Hamden, CT
June 29, 2014
To: Don and Rita Corrigan
Happy 50th Anniversary to our favorite Minnesotans and parents, Don and Rita Corrigan, listening to the sold out live 40th PHC show from the comfort of their Lazyboy chairs just down the road in Rosemount! We love you! From the five Corrigan kids (one down under in Australia)
To: Oliver and Lucas
Hello to you both in Gosford, Australia. We made it!! See you next week!!
Love from Dad and Mum
PS: don't forget to put the rubbish out and feed the chickens.
June 28, 2014
To: Ursala Knudsen-Latta
Even though you're living on the wrong coast, you'll always be my favorite sister. You'll save the world one of these days and I'll bring the Left Coast IPA to celebrate.
To: Nicholas Fahy
Greetings to Nicholas Fahy, a 14-year-old fan from Milton, Mass. Uncle Bill and Aunt Catherine from Shelburne Falls are here at Tanglewood and send you hugs!
To: Ann and Rick
Hello from Minnesota to Ann and Rick, who are celebrating an anniversary, a birthday, and Christmas all at once. See you in Reykjavik!
—Taya and John Kent
To the love of my life,
Thank God I finally found you. It only took 39 years. Here's to our wedding on July 22 and infinite trips to the moon.
My sweet daughter born in Rochester, MN, raised in Alabama now living in Washington DC. I'm so glad our travels brought us to Tanglewood to finally experience a Prairie Home Companion. Love you, Mom
To: Eileen Shea
Greetings to Nonnie, Pat, Anna and Grace in Colorado! Wish you could be here at Tanglewood but well soldier on without you!
Love you all!
Grandpa and Mat
Whose college graduation present from his parents was a tonsillectomy and is making his first postoperative outing this evening at Tanglewood.
Happy 15th wedding anniversary and happy 15 times of coming to PHC!!! Great times with my best friend! Love, Kathy- oh- don't climb on the back of the seat Mary Lynne!!
To: Baby Alex
Ten days old and already at Tanglewood. You're off to a great start. We can't wait to show you the rest of the world!
Love, your parents Liz & Craig
—Liz & Craig Connolly
To: Max Ward
Happy 14th birthday Max. We love you all the way to the moon and back. Hope you are enjoying the show!
Mom & Dad
—Jeff and Stacy Ward
Thank you for 17 years and 4 children. Three seem to be lemons, that's not your fault. I blame your mother. Love, Malone.
To: Willa Rose Dowling
Congratulations on your First Grade Graduation and your Creative Writing award. And you only went to the Principal's office once this year!
Have fun on the lawn tonight. I love you,
To: Raymond Walz
Glad to know I can always call you when I'm lost, Dad. Happy birthday to a great directions-giver, editor, fixer, financial backer, crossword-puzzler, problem-solver, gourmet, and somewhat reluctant world traveler. Hope there are many more adventures to come.
To: Jim Macdonald
Happy 65th birthday. Did I tell you I loved you today?
Happy 25th birthday! What better way to make you feel young than to bring you to room (and lawn) full of public radio listeners?
June 27, 2014
It took me few good years to understand the American jokes, so I have to thank you for telling me about this fine show! Thanks for June 6th; we had a blast seeing the show in LA!
Greeting to all the O'Doherty's across the country - especially to kaylie who just graduated high school. We are so proud if you!
To: Charles Boddy
Living in New England all our lives and finally going to Tanglewwod! thanks for introducing me to Prarie Home Comoanion. Enjoy the show,!
To: Kathleen and Stephen
Many thanks for the lovely accommodations! It's so nice not to have to drive home tonight. Wish Brycen a happy birthday for me--I hope he's feeling better.
P.S. I left something for you in the refrigerator. Enjoy!
—Jo Anne Burgh
To: Patrick Shea
To the greatest father and husband, we love you and hope you and Mat have the best time at Tanglewood. With love from The Mile High City and Rhode Island:mom, Chris,Anna, Grace, and Pat.
—Patrick Shea Jr
To: Wendy and Henry
Sending love to my parents in beautiful Blue Hill, Maine. I wish you were here with me tonight. Say hello to the lupines for me!
Happy 40th Anniversary to my lovely wife.
Let's do it again!
To: Keb Mo
KEB MO, MARRY ME!
June 26, 2014
To: Seth Rafal
it took 30years to see the show live, but we did it! Happy 61st birthday my love
You're the sweetest 4-year old in the world. We love you with all our hearts. P.S. - Be a good girl for Granny and Pee Pee while Mommy and Daddy celebrate their 10-year anniversary 1,000 miles away with A Prairie Home Companion!
—Lucas and Stacie Cleary
To: David, my husband
Thank you for introducing me to such a wonderful program all those years ago. We have had so many great times hanging out with your mother and Amos the cat, and later friends and then our children.
To: favorite cousin, Frankie
Good luck learning how to swim with your hands tied behind your back, if anyone can do it, you can...you're from Waterbury, CT!
To: Lisa Stratford
My wonderful wife of 25 years,your are my friend,lover and a survivor of cancer! you did it for me and the family. Love you so.
Greetings from Alaska. Thanks for having only one beautiful daughter, decisions are difficult for Norwegian Lutherans.
June 25, 2014
To: Conor B.
So glad you could join us at Tanglewood tonight. Finally, after all the years of listening to Garrison while we camped in sandwich, MA, we are here. Congrats on the great Math grade. mom and dad love you!
Congratulations Eilie! What an important month. You accomplished nighttime potty training and are now attending your first Garrison Keillor show at Tanglewood! Love Mom, Dad & Pink Bear.
It took 4 years to get you here. I hope you enjoy it!
To: John & Kellie
Wish you were here to kick Tanglewood off my Bucket List with Prairie Home Companion. Love you and can't wait for your wedding this time next year!
June 24, 2014
Happy 40th anniversary and congratulations on your retirement.
Walking thru life with you Mamm, has certainly been my pleasure.
—ken rys (ris)
To: Naomi and Todd
Remembering the fabulous time we shared here in 2012. It was worth getting caught preparing our cedar planked salmon. We're sneakier now!
To: Wil Rivers
Wishing my brother, Wil, a splendid 49th birthday! Can't think of any better company or better place to celebrate than with Prairie Home Companion at Tanglewood. Prepare to be serenaded! With love, your sister, Elizabeth
June 23, 2014
Thanks for sharing your own version of Lake Wobegon with me. I hope to spend many more days and nights with you on Round Lake!
To: Jim and Nell
Hello to Jim and Nell (in the audience in Tanglewood), celebrating 53 years of marriage. From John and wayward Jimmy in Alaska- don't worry Ma!
June 22, 2014
To: Marlin Wagner
Fulfilling an 8th grade dream to see A Prairie Home Companion live and to wish Dad a wonderful birthday!
To: Honey Bunny
Celebrating 2 months of marriage just a month before heading off to Osan Air Force Base, Korea. I'm going to miss you my sweet angel!
Love, Honey Bear
To: Layla Collins
Happy 6th Birthday Layla Eileen. You're the most darling girl I've ever seen.
To: Cassandra Gutkowski
Sending along, Great-Gram’s (97) message: "Be Happy, I Love you". She is sorry she can't be with you at your "no-shower, shower" at Tanglewood.
June 21, 2014
Congratulations on 45 terrific years together!
Kjell. It feels like 20 years, but it's only been 2. Happy anniversary! Pretty cool that we're spending it with Garrison Keillor at Tanglewood! Love, Katorah.
To: Craig Williams
Big brother: so glad to be celebrating with you on your birthday! Love from your little sister and the whole family. Enjoy your roast beef.
To: Mike & Sherie Robarge
Miss you at the show this year in Chicago where all the women are freezing, men are shoveling and the temperature is below average.
You just graduated from High School - on the same stage Garrison stands on tonight. Soon you'll be a new co-ed at SIU. Oh the places you'll go!
But first! Clean your room - You do NOT want Daddy and me to do it for you, kiddo!
. Can't imagine a more lovely way to celebrate our 6th anniversary than on the lawn at ravinia with our babies Eli and Mila. Love you
To: Carl Erickson
Summer Solstice and Birthday salutations to Carlos (aka 'Clayface') Erickson
June 20, 2014
To: Tommy and Jack
To Tommy and Jack who are sailing on Lake Michigan, from your parents here at the show. Be careful with the boat.
To: Caroline Ball
To Dr. Caroline at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, from your parents enjoying the show in Illinois. Something seems backwards here.
Happy birthday my true nub.
One year from today, we will wake up together on our first morning as husband and wife. You'll wear your shearling slippers and I'll drink my tea and we'll do the New York Times crossword puzzle together as we have every Sunday for six years, and as we will for every Sunday to come. I wouldn't have it any other way.
To: Nina Li Coomes
Happy 21st Birthday Nina Coomes
Great to celebrate it here at Ravinia with you, Jack and the Prairie Home Companions!
Have a wonderful life ahead, Love Mom and Dad
Sorry I didn't wish you a happy birthday on Wednesday, but I wanted to save it for your favorite show! Happy birthday!
—Laura Van Horne
To: Craig Williams
Residing in Kokomo, though not a boy of the beach,
With knowledge and wisdom it is science you teach.
In 1980 the world welcomed you,
a handsome, sweet scholar, and the best husband too!
Happy birthday, dear Craig,
with love from your wife -
you're my best friend forever, my partner in life.
Can't wait to bring you out to Tanglewood to see Prairie Home with me (As long as Garrison stays alive!)
To: The Loken family
Wishing all the Loken family a safe and happy summer. Thanks Dad, for turning us on to PHC all those years ago. Love,Al
June 19, 2014
To: Bill Winternitz
Happy 93rd Birthday. Keep your saintly wife happy and all the orchids in bloom. Also let Tigger in when its raining.
June 18, 2014
To: Ashley Ager
Greetings from the live broadcast at Ravinia! We are having a lovely picnic with friends listening to the soothing sounds of a Prairie Home Companion. Wish you were here!
To: Parker, Finn and Evie
Greetings to our above average Norwegian grandchildren in Indianapolis. Wish you were at Ravinia with us carrying on the tradition.
June 15, 2014
12 years wasn't too bad, you got 12 more in ya? Happy Anniversary!
Kjell. It feels like 20 years, but it's only been 2. Happy anniversary! Pretty cool that we're spending it with Garrison Keillor at Tanglewood! Love, Katorah.
June 14, 2014
happy 70th birthday papa we love you!
Love- brody and henry
happy 70th birthday dad! thanks for turning me on to prairie home companion + for being the best papa ever!
To: Bill Winternitz
Of Tuscaloosa. Happy 93rd Birthday! Keep your saintly wife happy....and the orchids blooming. From Charlie and Tigger
To: My mom, Joyce
Happy 80th birthday! The celebration continues.
To: Henry Schoemehl
Thanks for letting us introduce your girls to Prairie Home Companion. Sorry you have to listen at home. By the way KWMU is at 90.7. See you for dinner, we'll buy the first round.
—Mary & Kirk Hunsaker
To: Tim Caveny
Happy 24th anniversary.! You are just as handsome as you were in high school, just with less hair . Love, Candace
Congratulations on finishing your internal medicine residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Who would have thought when we met on the first day of intern year, we'd celebrating in the audience at A Prairie Home Companion? (and engaged!) I'm so proud of you! -Kristin
To: Jeremy Grise
We'll be in the audience at the Fox, celebrating 11 years of marriage! A gift from Grammy and Mo, big Garrison Keillor fans.
To: Tim and Pat Bollmann
Happy Fathers Day Tim Bollmann. Hope you and Mom sell the house soon so you can begin your new adventure in St. Paul. Love, Shay
Sugar, Rosie and I missed you! Glad your home this weekend. Tell Sam to get the bacon out of his pocket.
Happy Birthday! Can't wait to celebrate with some Beboparoobop Rhubarb Pie.
—Kelly Ann Blanchard
To: Gram & Pa
Happy Saturday from your Teeny Little Super Guy down in Houston, Texas!
—Teeny Little Super Guy
To: Garrison Keillor
Happy 40th Anniversary to you and The Prairie Home Companion Show. Your St. Louis fans adore you! You are a national treasure......our modern day Mark Twain.
June 13, 2014
To: Rachel, James & Cassie
We are here in St Louis, thought you might want to know..by the way,we are celebrating our 30th wedding anniversary at Prairie Home Companion!! Love, Mom& Dad
—Randy & Cathy Pigman
To: Jim and Suzanne Lorey
Happy Belated Birthday Dad! And Happy Early 47th Wedding Anniversary!! Thanks to you and Mom for being such awesome parents and grandparents over the years! Love, your family in St. Louis
P.S. Someday we'll beat you at Scrabble!!
To: John Brazelton
Love to Dad, in whose eyes we are always brilliant and beautiful. Who raised us to be strong, capable women. From "Skirt" and "Little Skirt".
—Joan and Kathy Brazelton
June 12, 2014
Happy Birthday from your big sister - enjoy the show. I hope you are successful getting Garrison's autograph this go around as he is not getting any younger.
—Ann Marie Schwein
To: Mom and Dad, Clifford and Judy, Mark and Dena, Bruce and Marla
No matter how much fun we're having, it would be so much better if you were all here. Next year, let's reserve a whole row!
June 10, 2014
To: BeBe and MeMe
If the sheriff's department calls you, I'm not the one who left the gate open and let the cows out. Daddy did. I hope ya'll are enjoying St. Louis. Love, your wonderful, perfect grandson!
—James Dabney Polk
To: Sharen Schroeder
One of our early dates was seeing
Garrison at Southern Illinois Univeristy - here we are again on our 6th anniversary, still having fun!
(6/14 St Louis show)
June 7, 2014
To: Veronica Benson-Moore
Happy 19th Birthday! We're so proud of you and all the good work you did in your first year at Bryn Mawr College! The ambitious schedule of classes you selected for the fall is sure impressive!
We love you a lot!!!
Mom & Dad
—Lynne & Dick Moore & Benson
June 6, 2014
To: The People at the Treehouse
We regret you are not with us here for this phenomenal evening of entertainment and superb company. So we send you our sincere sentiments: Neener, Neener.
To: Onely Flores
Let me love that perfect face, perfect soul, perfect mind forever and your perfectly imperfect toe forever. Be my partner , flower girl . Love, Honey bear.
To: My Son Joe
Congratulations on completing 6th grade at Oxford Preparatory Academy. Your Mom and Grandma are so proud of you and the young man you are becoming.
To: Margaret Magill
Wish you a happy 85th birthday in Atlantic, Iowa from your granddaughter in Los Angeles. Thank you for teaching me how to make bread. After living in L.A. for 4 months I keep offering it to new friends but I don't think bread is big here.
To: Paula Carlson
Happy birthday to Luther College's new president! Good luck getting the St. Olaf sticker off of the car.
—Anna and Joseph Schattauer Paille
To: Wayne Dalin
My Darling Wayne, Happy Two-Year Anniversary to my favorite member of P.O.E.M.! Your true love, humor and innate goodness make our life beautiful. Anna
Looking forward to the Baltic Capitals this August with you, Garrison, and the gang. Wish you were with us now at the Greek. Happy Birthday.
To: Jim and Kathie Schnell (Mom and Dad)
Happy 50th Wedding Anniversary! We are so blessed to have you as our Mom and Dad.
June 5, 2014
To: Wayne Behrens
Happy Birthday to Wayne! Hopefully at your age you still have a brain.
June 4, 2014
To: Alison Holmes
You got your masters in Art History, you did it all on your own.
Graduated from St. Thomas and jumped into the unknown.
Sallie Mae has lived with us,
but you got reeeeeeal vicious
and evicted that farm-girl. Now there's NO MORE student loan!
To: Danny Ott
Happy 60th birthday! I’m glad we’re spending it here tonight with a few thousand of our best friends.
To: Ray Engle
A very happy 80Th birthday to my beloved husband. You light up my life.
May 31, 2014
To: Margaret Gambill
Mom, we hope you are enjoying the St. Louis show! The Carmen libretto should arrive before you join us for opening night at the Santa Fe Opera. Love, Greg and Allison
Happy Birthday, we love you. From your family.
Darling Jennifer, we hope you never forget the first time we all went to see the show! From the loving family who left you behind.
To: My 10 nieces & nephews
You are strewn across the world from Australia/New Zealand, Japan, Mexico,the USA. Just quit running, there's no getting away from me...So proud of all of you.
Love Aunt Jill
To: Shirley Kather
15 year old August says hello to his grandmother in Greenville,PA. Mom said this experience would build character--this guy is definitely a character.
To: Barbara Pohanish, RN
Although you abandoned beautiful Sedona for crowded and noisy Santa Monica, we wish Barb and Mike fame and fortune in southern California. Remember: You don’t have to be an English to get a job, but it helps.
Happy 40th to my own Dick Clark...the man who never ages.
May 30, 2014
Happy birthday Jon. "The years teach us much which the days never know. " -RE
To: Steve and Cathy Michener
Happy anniversary, Eden Prairie misses you terribly,so we sent PHC to check on you.
To: Dr. Schehr
Happy 28th anniversary from your amazingly patient, levelheaded, thoughtful and loving wife.
Cheers to keeping each other balanced and mostly sane for many years to come!
May 29, 2014
To: Orrin Myers
Happy Anniversary to my loving husband. We fell in love listening to a prairie home companion in the high deserts of New Mexico.So glad to check this off our list before Garrison throws in the towel. cheers from your wisco wife.
To: Colin Spring
Feliz Cumpleaños! Birthday greetings to you in Ensenada, Mexico! Wish you, Angela and Little Basil were here in Flagstaff enjoying the show. Love you a bunch.
May 27, 2014
To: Frank and Mary Ann Adams
Hey mom and dad,
Things got a little hot here last weekend, but the Republicans haven't smoked us out yet.
May 26, 2014
To: Daniel Fitz
Happy 60th birthday to Daniel Fitz,in Section C, Row 7, Seat 8, from your loving wife. She hopes that announcing this on PHC does not contradict your wishes to not make a big deal about it.
May 24, 2014
To: Bob Lunieski
Happy birthday dad! 65 years old, miss you And Minnesota
This is my first Prairie Home Companion. I look forward to 40 more years. From: Oliver, 7 weeks old
Happy 12th Birthday to Caspian - you're the best thing that ever happened to me.. Love, mom
To: Sanjay Saluja
Happy Birthday Papi! I love listening to the show with you!
To: Sanjay Saluja
HAPPY BIRTHDAY! I love you
To: Sanjay Saluja
HAPPY 50th BIRTHDAY, DAD! WE LOVE YOU!
It's no Carl Kasell, but the best I could do on short notice- can't wait for your wedding in August! Love, your brother.
To: Sarah McGlone
Happy 40th Birthday to Sarah Mcglone, my friend since first grade, who is here to celebrate in the same year that Prairie Home turns 40! You are both aging well! love, christie
To: Joanne, Stephanie, Nicole, William and Mark
Thanks for the Birthday gift trip to see PHC at Wolf Trap. Love, Dad
To: Tom and Sally
On this, your 40th Anniversary. May your marriage be vital, your bladders be taut, and wine glass ever full! Love your offspring.
—Sam and Kara Jeffrey
To: Uncle Doug
Happy 60th Birthday to my favorite Uncle Doug from New Milton, WV!Enjoy the show!
To: Zack Davis
Zack, Don't roll in the grass! The pollen will make you cough. Love Mom and Dad
Happy birthday, honey bunny. I love you so much. 64 really is not that old.
To: Rachel Hill
16 years of marriage, 6 kids, and one big adventure! Happy anniversary baby---I am looking forward to many many more------years not kids!
To: Beth Plionis
Congratulations Beth on getting back safely from visiting your sister in Thailand just before the coup there and Happy Birthday!
Thanks for moving you and your family to Israel, now I'm our parents' favorite son.
To: Vince Giordano
Hello to Vince Giordano from Leslie and Michael. You and your Big Band played at our wedding 22 years ago in New York. Today we're excited to be at Wolf Trap with our kids to see you with Garrison Keillor!
Congratulations on attending your first live broadcast of Prairie Home Companion at Wolf Trap. Welcome to a proud Minnesota tradition!
To: The Lechtenbergs
After almost 40 years of listening, we get to see the show in person! Virginia is for Lechtenbergs!
To: Mike Haas
Happy birthday Dad! Hope its okay that I'm celebrating your birthday by going to Prairie Home Companion without you.
Happy Anniversary. Thank you for our three awesome kids and sharing in the adventures the military has shipped us off to. Looking forward to doing it yet again with our upcoming move to Korea!
Happy Birthday to Fiona! Where else but in DC can a Bolivian girl find love with a Bangladeshi guy?
May 23, 2014
To: Todd Boccabello
Thank you for setting up this fine evening, my dreams have come true!
We made it! Grad school is finally over, you got the promotion, and I can't think of anything I'd rather do this summer than carry your baby through Washington, D.C. humidity. Happy upcoming birthday and first Father's Day from your adoring, pregnant, hungry wife.
To: Calvin & Justin
We made it & will be crossing "See Garrison Keillor Live" off our bucket list! Please clean up after the party we know you are having while we are gone!
Love You both! Mom & Dad
To: Erin M.
Happy birthday wishes, and hoping your music will be inspired by your first Prairie Home experience. Love, Aunt Lenore & Uncle Bashir
May 22, 2014
To: Mom & Dad Bowman
Happy Anniversary & congrats on suviving 38 years together without killing each other.Cheers to many more years and awesome weirdness. Love from Jennifer and Jason
To: Charlie Henderson
Twenty-two months into the love of my life and I'm looking forward to at least 600 months more.
To: Uli (ooo-lee)
Happy Anniversary mein Schatz. Since meeting you at that youth hostel in the Dolomites, life has been full of surprises. Looking forward to many more years with you and der Kleiner.
Happy Retirement! Now we can go shopping whenever the whim strikes!
Thank you to my New York hubby Dennis for insisting we catch the live show. Maybe you’re Minnesotan by association? My plan is working perfectly! Love, Sweets
Happy 5th wedding anniversary to sweet Lorraine, married on her father's birthday. And to The Captain -- happy 89th!
May 21, 2014
Happy Birthday and congratulations to our son who made it to 30 years old. It boggles the mind to think that I was a little older than your age now when you were born! Sorry we missed out getting "birthday" tickets for today's show here in Virginia!
To: Jeff Corber
Delighted to be celebrating your 28th birthday with you and your wife live on the Prairie at Wolf Trap. Love Mom and Dad
May 20, 2014
Congratulations for receiving English Teacher of the Year at Strasburg High School, you deserve it for trying to teach kids a language they butcher on a daily basis!
To: alyssa goodwife
I'm the only man I know who hears "I'm sorry, you're right, I was wrong" from his wife. Thank you. I love you
May 19, 2014
To: Scott, Tommy, Summer
While we're at Prairie Home Companion this weekend, remember to close the refrigerator door, things burn if you leave them on the stove too long, and the plunger is in the bathroom. The fire extinguisher is under the sink. From Nana and Grandad.
May 17, 2014
To: Rebecca Serna Woiderski
Happy Birthday from Everett and Ben!
To: Laura and Alex
Thank you for keeping your brother and sister alive so we can have a night out. We hope they are long lasting and effective birt control. Love Mom and Dad.
—Niki & Eddie Mullins
To: University of Georgia students, friends and colleagues
Thank you for making my first year as a professor so wonderful and fulfilling!
To: Miller Murray
Happy 18th birthday! Your mom and I are celebrating at Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor at the fabulous Fox Theatre in Atlanta. . Good luck with your exams in Delaware!
I just want to thank you for being a big part of my life.
To: Dana Kloes
Happy Birthday to my amazing wife. It's not easy getting Prairie Home to come to Atlanta for your birthday, but it worked.
To: Mary Sweeney
Happy 57th to the Buckhead dancing queen from your loving little 53 year old sister.
Congratulations on your High School Graduation and heading to Ga Tech! You can't major in English there right? We're so proud of you. Love You!
—Mark and Liz Bunker
To: Charity Scott
Happy birthday next week to Charity from your three devoted cats, who eagerly await your return and your report of the show.
To: Julian Ostertag
I hope you can get a scholarship to Earl's Academy of Accents or Fred's School of Sound Effects after your graduation in 2022.
Enjoy your first PHC live show!
To: Joe Wilson
Southern sweetness, like sweet iced tea, this is the best Mothers Day Gift you've given to me!
Love you Joe - my honey - and our little biscuit, Walker!
To: Brittany Long
Congrats - the most gorgeous bride ever! Glad we're finally seeing Garrison after years of laughing our heads off on the way to church. Love, Mum
Well darling.. another checkoff our bucket list. Love you .. hope the kids aren't too jealous
To: Paul & Vickie
Thanks for introducing me to Prairie Home Companion at such a young age. Never been normal since. Here's to checking off the bucket list!
To: Mom, LT and Beck
Hey yall.. HAVE BIG FUN TONIGHT AND ENJOY THE GREAT MUSIC!! THINKING OF YOU... AMY AND MONICA
To my darling wife, thank you for 19 wonderful years and 2 beautiful children. You and the kids are my most favorite people in the world with Garrison Keilor running close behind!
To: Angelina Cavalli
We are here at the Fox in ATL for PHC. Congratulations on your half marathon finish in Brooklyin today! Congrats also to Eric and Maddie. See you Tuesday in NY as you get your Master's in Art History for NYU!! Love Mom and Dad
—Mai and Fred Cavalli
To: Peter & Linda Schwartz
Happy birthday Gumpy! 66 on the 6th. Please to meet you, hope you guess my name.
To: Ashley Rich
Harrison and Walker, the Rich kids. We made it to the big city. Love Honey and Papa
To: Becky Hartz and Jonothan Cook
Congratulations to Becky and Jonathan who are getting married AT THIS VERY MOMENT! Your bicycle wedding parade this morning made Atlanta’s motorists envious.
To: Emma Langham Brown
Congratulations to our sweet Georgia Brown on her graduation from Harvard this month! Philly is a little closer than Boston, but we hope the next move brings you even closer. Love, Mom and Dad
To: Cameron Baird
Happy Birthday to Cam, who came all the way to Atlanta just to see PHC for his birthday. Hope you and Heather have a fantastic weekend!
May 16, 2014
You've made my dreams come true again! First, you became my wife, and now your with me to see Garrison and A Prairie Home Companion. I'll buy you dinner afterwards. Promise!
Matt, I would tell you happy birthday, but we all know you will have whatever kind of day you want.
To: Betty and Joe Jauquet from Ashland, Wisconsin
Mom and dad, happy 70th wedding anniversary. Most of us will see you for the dinner you're hosting in Elk Horn on Sunday afternoon and for a few games of smear afterward in River Falls. Wow, and love from -- Joe Mary Ann Jane Tom Pete Polly Billy Franny.
To: Pamela & Chris
Mom bought tickets early enough so we could sit together unlike in Dallas where I was in the balcony and she had a good seat.
—Steve & Kelly Savell
To: Laurie Mayfield
Happy belated birthday to my mother Laurie. Your music, talent, and charisma bring joy to your students and all those around you. Love always, Brittany
May 15, 2014
To: Victoria Temple
Honey, the day has finally come. We get to see what they all look like in person.
To: Kelly Dummer
Happy (early) 15th anniversary to my ever-patient, ever-kind, ever-wonderful husband.
—Jeanette Dummer (Doo-mer)
To: Spirit of Peace Lutheran Church
Pastor Gary and Mary send a big hello to our church family at Spirit of Peace and our kids and kin across the miles. Can't wait to see you next month in Michigan as Dad turns 60.
Our first date was to Prairie Home at the Indianapolis State Fair. We fell in love during the rotten tomato story. We got married. We had two babies. We found only Garrison can put them to sleep on long car rides. We moved to Georgia. Why aren't we at the Fox?! You better have the radio up loud enough to drown out the crying.
To: Rachel Peavy
To my Darling Wifey, All my love and devotion forever! Happy Birthday, my love. Sincerely, Your Hubbers.
May 14, 2014
To: Alia Browning (ALL ee Ya)
Happy 20th Anniversary, my dear. Through all the craziness, we still talk about what we heard on public radio. Thanks for keeping me grounded.
To: Ken Loud
MOST Saturday evenings you spend listening to A Prairie Home Companion while preparing a gourmet meal. I'm happy to break tradition tonight to watch it live at The Fox, while celebrating 32 years of marriage. I love you dearly!
May 13, 2014
To: Fran Middleberg
This is for May 23 show at Wolf Trap - she will be in audience.
Birthday hugs from eastern Congo. I'll be home soon. Your loving husband
To: Stephanie & Forrest
We hope you are having a perfect wedding day. Maybe we can come by after the show and have a slice of wedding cake. Congratulations.
—Alan & Cindy Mitchell
May 12, 2014
I fell in love the second I saw you driving up in that baby blue convertible... only to find out later it wasn't even your car... 43 years later, I still love you.
To: Dan and Kathy Beverly
Happy 50th wedding anniversary May 23rd! You have set a wonderful example for us all, and we love you. Love from sister, brothers, kids, grandkids and all the rest of the family.
May 11, 2014
To: Dick and Sue Frankman
Dick and Sue Frankman - Hope you're enjoying the show and you don't mind we decided this needed to be on your Bucket List!
Love your favorite (and only) daughter and son-in-law.
May 10, 2014
To: Lesley Equels
Congratulations "Tallahassee Lassie" on joining the Butte MT Copper City Queens Roller Derby. But, honey, really?? Just kidding. Go Queens! Mom.
To: Becky Adkins
Happy 19th Anniversary! We are a long way from Victoria Peak in Hong Kong, but I am so glad you said yes.
Happy Mother's Day from eastern Tennessee!
To: Frank and Mamie
Hope that y'all are enjoying Nashville and that you figured out how the showers work.
To: Clarice Rankins
My old friend, thanks for being like a mother to me for many years now Sorry
I'm not at the Ryman to say this in person but- my husband Jim IS there, so, make him take you & all your group out for supper after the show. Judy
To: Jesse Medalia Strauss
Congratulations to our own Guy Noir, Jesse Medalia Strauss, who graduated today from American University in Washington DC with a Masters of Arts in Political Communications. Make a difference, Jesse.
To: Miss Riley Dee age13
Enjoy your 'date night' with your granddaddy for the show again this year
Just don't let him try to go on stage to help with the singing... you know how he is. love, grandmother
To: Sandra and Joe Fielding
Happy mothers day and 57th anniversary from all the kids in Mercer TN. Hope you and Pop are enjoying your trip!
To: Sandra Fielding
Happy mother's day from all the kids in Mercer,TN Hope you and Pop are enjoying your trip!
To: Traci Ann
Marry Christmas 2013 I Love You
May 9, 2014
To: Seth & Nigel
Happy 12th Birthday to our twins Seth & Nigel who are in the audience at the Ryman. We can't think of a better way to celebrate with you than to watch your face when you experience the sound effects master live! Love Mom and Dad
Enjoy your Christmas Present May 10, 2014 for Garrison Keillor performance in Nashville..also Happy 50th Anniversary.
May 7, 2014
To: Garrison Pettey
Happy 1st birthday to our baby boy!
May you grow to be strong, kind, above average, and an English major.
—Warren & Amanda Pettey
To: Rick & Mavis Ziegler
So glad to be at the Nashville show with my wonderful family. Happy Mother's Day, Mom! Dad, I hope you can finally meet Fred Newman!!
May 6, 2014
To: Angelina Cavalli
Can't wait to see you get your Master's in Art History from NYU on 5/20! We are so proud of you! Love, Mom and Dad
—Mai and Fred Cavalli
To: Angelina Cavalli
Loved seeing you and Eric at Taylor's wedding on St. Simons. See you Tuesday for graduation from NYU with your Masters in Art History! Your proud parents!
—Mai and Fred Cavalli
To: Nashville audience
Hope this show is as good as ours was in Des Moines last week!
To: Jim Schlimmer
30 years ago, you introduced me to Prairie Home and we ended or began our dates to Garrison's voice....Here we are now, married 29 years, two great kids...If I had it to do over, I would marry Garrison...He has more money than you!
May 5, 2014
To: Robert Bectel
Robert and Robin Bectel are celebrating 13 wonderful years together and are here in the audience tonight (May 24th at Wolf Trap).
May 4, 2014
To: Lisa Crutchfield
Happy anniversary! May 17, 2003, best day ever! Thanks for showing me the time of my life. It truly get better each day.
To: Kathy and Dan Beverly
Happy 50th wedding anniversary to our parents May 23rd! You have set a wonderful example for us all, and we love you. Love from kids, grandkids and all the rest of the family
May 3, 2014
Yay! you made to the show! I hope you have a great time. yes I am jealous
To: David Freburg
To: Ron and Marilyn
To Ron and Marilyn, thanks for fixing the screen door Mom walked into only 7 years ago.
To: Nick and Katie Hermanson (in Des Moines audience)
Thanks for spending an evening with us! We love you and look forward to all that the future holds!
To: Jack Pratt
Welcome to the world young nephew -- born May 2, New York City. All your family in Iowa can't wait to watch you grow. Love, your uncle from Des Moines. P.S. Happy Birthday Grandpa Bob. Glad you two are together.
To: Rosemary and Alan
Happy 45th wedding anniversary to Rosemary and Alan who are in the audience tonight.(June 14 in St. Louis)
To: Nick and Sarah (in the Des Moines audience)
Congratulations on the purchase of your new, 124 year old home!
To: Mark Braun
Soon you'll be here at my side and our hearts will fly away.
May 2, 2014
To: Joan Grabenstetter
Congratulations, Dr. Joan from Ames, retiring after 33 years of OB-GYN practice and delivering more than 3,000 babies in central Iowa.
To: Dan & Janet Shinkle
Wishing Dan and Janet Shinkle a Happy 50th wedding anniversary!
—Jeff & Mary. and Eric too
We're here on a date to celebrate
My mate, he's turning 58!
What did he want for his birthday? Lots of dough?
No, just tickets to The Prairie Home Companion Show!
Happy birthday Dale! I love you! Sheryl
May 1, 2014
To: Jeff and Karen Williams
Happy House Anniversary! It was five years ago that you got the keys to the house, bought some new towels, and jumped in your Jacuzzi. We will visit you in Erie when the lake thaws. Love, Mom and Dad C.
To: Lauren and Andrew
Hope you are enjoying your first outing after the birth of the twins and yes, the baby monitor signal reaches Lonnski's Pub.
To: Grandma and Grandpa Jo/e
After years of talking about Lake Wobegon, I couldn't be happier to hear the latest news with you in Des Moines!
To: Cindy Crohan
Happy Birthday sister! Because you make marvelous oatmeal pancakes for me when I visit has nothing to do with this greeting. But keep doing it.
April 30, 2014
To: Marvel aka Mom
Mom, Happy 65th Birthday and 41st Mother's Day! So sad you were not able to attend the live broadcast in Des Moines, Iowa.
April 29, 2014
To: Richard F. Miller
From Dallas... Happy 90th Birthday, Dad! Love from your eight children, nine grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
April 26, 2014
Happy Birthday to Noah in Janesville, Wisconsin.
To: Claudia and Amy
Welcome to Minnesota! We are so happy that you were able to join us in the land of lakes, snowstorms and the occasional mosquito.
April 25, 2014
To my wonderful husband of 42 years. We used to kiss in the hallways here, 46 years ago, and now we are back for PHC and still kissing in the hallways.
Happy 27th birthday to Alyssa from her family in Florida and sister in California. She's the only person in the theater wearing flip-flops. She needs to make some noise now so we can hear her, since we paid for her tickets.
April 24, 2014
To: Robert & Becky Brey
Happy Anniversary to high school sweethearts who are celebrating 50 years together!! We love you, Mom & Dad! From your 4 grateful and very blessed daughters.
April 23, 2014
To: Linda Nichols Stokes
Congratulations to Linda Nichols Stokes on her certification as a social worker, from the East Coast branch of the family, Aunt Margaret and your cousins Marilyn, Debra, Ed and Mary!
April 20, 2014
Listened this show in Llançà over satellite and now on internet.
Always remember that Robert Altman's movie.
Great old time radio show.
—Luis E. Boada
To: Katie Lee
Happy 15th birthday from Mom in Denver. Love you always! Please go Air Force when you are able!
To: John and Kyra Hoffmann
Thanks for a wonderful visit last weekend! Spring is finally here!
April 19, 2014
To: Treva and Patrick Quinn
Thank you for the wonderful visit to Oregon and even though we couldn't get this on the show when we were at the Fitzgerald in St.Paul, maybe we can get lucky tonight. Your cousins Kathy and Bill
April 15, 2014
April 16th~Twenty Years
They say it’s all about the ride
And in hind sight, I see how mad-dash-crazy you were
waiting for me to come ‘round
make me see how blindingly obvious our destiny was
and you were fine, hanging out with me at Sarbacker’s Bar
drinking beer, playing pool on Friday night
You didn’t mind waiting-that’s all you had
It was I, who needed convincing
And when my sorry-excuse-for-a-car needed fixing-
when all I had was you
-there you were-
the whole time just waiting, biding time
patiently waiting, until I was ready
April 14, 2014
Happy 60th Birthday in Grass Valley,CA from your loving wife of 22 years. Thank you for all you do every day! .
April 13, 2014
Happy Birthday to Eric, my sweet, soon-to-be husband! Love, Jess
April 12, 2014
To: Luu,Kitty, Laura, Dennis
I am glad your reunion happened with this show!
To: Sister Pat
Maureen and Dare hope you're listening!
To: Cheilaugh Garvey
It's always warm for you and Cooper in Tunisia, but Spring has finally arrived in the Northeast. Much love from Steve, Fiona, Gemma, Mama Sally and everyone else here in the States. We miss you.
April 11, 2014
Happy Birthday, Dad! Hope you enjoy your gift - seeing Prairie Home Companion live at Wolf Trap in DC! Love Mom, Stephanie, Nicole, William and Mark.
April 9, 2014
Congratulations for graduating summa cum laude from Syracuse University on Mothers' Day. Good thing you didn't take after your Lutheran father from Nebraska. Dad, Mom, Mike and Chrissy
April 7, 2014
To: Ed and Tami Mason
Happy 23 Wedding Anniversay to Ed and Tami Mason from the village of Fostoria, PA.
April 6, 2014
Thanks for your light and energy. Angels are headed your way for sure.
April 5, 2014
Happy Birthday Kristine! Hope you enjoy your April 5th present of favorites - Garrison Keillor, a Prairie Home, and Nickel Creek. True harmony! Love Always, Curt
To: Mary Lee and Terry Denley
Welcome back to Minnesota after a few months in warm Arizona. Thanks for having your cell phone ringer on during the trip back!
—Beth and Todd Linquist
Joe, mom & I will be in NYC all day. Please bring the flag in at sunset, turn the lights off and the heat down before you go to bed.
To: Kristina Huber
Happy web greetings to my daughter Kristina and her boyfriend Chris on the occasion of their very first live PHC experience. It's been 28 years in the coming, since you were a little girl and we first listened to the News from Lake Wobegon together, since the PHC tapes lullabied you into dreamland. And yes Kristina, it is ok to close your eyes tonight, listen, and be transported again to where dreams come true.
Dad and Mom
To: The LaRue Family
Hello to Mom, Dad, and little sister back on the farm in Ohio. I'm in the army now. You'll have to find somebody else to work for free.
Ed, happy birthday! Glad u could make it in from the outbacks of pa to attend!
To: Cassie Hay
Dear Cassie, You brought me to New York 3 years ago, and now you're leaving. Best of luck! We'll always have Lake Wobegon.
To: Phil and Nell
Excited to be at the show!
April in New York feels a lot like Duluth in July--
see you then!
—Amy and Ollie Black Johnston
April 3, 2014
toast to your almost half of a century existence, please stay the same crazy yourself for the second half
April 2, 2014
To: Patrick and Kami
After sitting in the back seat listening to Prairie Home 30 years ago as a kid, congratulations on finally making it in New York (APRIL 5) to see the show in person.
Can't believe the little baby I brought home from the hospital is now sitting beside me enjoying the show. Here's to graduating high school!
March 29, 2014
To: Sandi Sturm
28 years of marriage and you're still hanging in there. You're my True North. If love you.
To: Mary Beth, The love of my life
Thank you for helping me check another thing off my bucket list...and not having to wait in line for tickets today!
To: RICHARD ROSE
" I do not want to buy any siding "
To: Rick Rose
Hope you're having a good belly laugh today! You certainly have been the source of many gut-busting laughs at family get-togethers. Today's show will likely give you new material. You enjoy life, and that is always nice to be around. Now lean over and kiss my lovely sister who surprised you with such a great gift!
To: Julie, Jeff, and Chloe
Thank you for hosting us and letting us bring you tales of our Northern California early Spring.
To: Tom and Irene Weis
Hi mom and dad hope you are having a great time! Love you Jeff, Pam and Grace osmundson
Thank you for becoming a Minnesotan, just don't lose your New York accent!
To: Aimee, Mimi, and Bridget
Our hearts are with you, Sandra was one of a kind.
To: Sally Hansen
Happy 61st birthday grandma Hansen. You are the best! With love grandpa
Happy 21st birthday! We can't believe you are so old, 'cuz we're not old enough to have a 21yo daughter. We love you dearly!
To: Angela "Bepy" Nguyen
My dearest little sister - today on your birthday, I'll have a slice of rhubarb pie in your honor. Lots of love from here, your sis.
—Amanda "Hien" Nguyen
March 28, 2014
May our lakeside wedding be just the beginning of the joyful waters that we will swim in.
To: Cynthia Ranke
A big Minnesota hello to a fellow Prairie, I mean, Desert Home Companion back in Albuquerque.
To: Ruth Neal
Happy 29th Birthday Oma! I love you and all the meals you made with Lutheran paste! I hope you enjoy seeing Garrison Keillor live on April 1st. Love you!
Happy Birthday, Honey! Not even Crosswords get between us.
Truly Yours, JT
March 23, 2014
To: Rick & Judy Rose
Greetings to my brother, Rick and his beautiful wife, Judy on their 25th anniversary of cycling and marriage! May you continue to have more tailwinds than headwinds in both ventures!
To: Grandpa Gene
Happy 70th Birthday! We'll see you at Easter.
—Sam and Cooper Wittek
To: Rick Rose
Surprise Rick! Here you are at live broadcast. And you thought I was picking you up to go home on Friday after work. Instead we went to SeaTac and flew to St Paul. This has been my best kept secret - ever! Enjoy the show! Hi to family in Washington.
March 22, 2014
To: Bryan, Nancy and Abbey Bowen
Hey family, hello from Boston! Congrats on getting some seats!
To: Sandra Siekaniec
Happy half century birthday to my sister Sandra in Eagle River Alaska. We enjoyed the moose and salmon send more!
To: Rick and Sarah
Hello to Rick and Sarah in West Virginia from Beth and Mike. They have not yet noticed that we are conservatives!
Happy Anniversary to the love of my life...
Five years and still not married.
To: Ric Schafer
Happy Birthday "Coach"! You know, you're a pretty good guy!
Play "Satin Doll" for me and I promise not to sing, and agree with you.. that a Roomba is a good thing!
To: allison retka spence
Hello Allison and Cory: Thanks for warming up our winter with our trip to see you in St Louis last weekend. The depression didn't set back in on the return drive until we hit Waterloo IA. Love , Mom and Dad
Happy 1st birthday Colter
Love Grandpa and Grandma
Happy Birthday to our Angel Jackson
Grandpa and Grandma
March 21, 2014
Happy Birthday!! Hope you have a great time celebrating it this weekend.
To: Mom and Dad
Thank you for joining me at the show this weekend. This is my attempt to be an ideal English teaching daughter and increase your language and grammatical skills. You're welcome! (There's an apostrophe in that your, Dad.)
March 15, 2014
To: John kreger
Happy 35th birthday (April 5th) to the love of my life. May your birthday be as good as you make mine.
To: Gena-Vera Niblack
Happy 100 years!
From the prairie to the sea, Yates Center and Topeka to LA and Santa Barbara -- what a great journey!
love and love, Diane, Rachel, Chris, Laura, Christophe, Jonah, Oliver, Lia, Roscoe, and Baby Jim
To: John Olin
Happy 65th Birthday Dad!
Thanks for going to the hip for tickets tonight even though it's YOUR birthday!
You are too good to us!
—Kristin & Scott Schifsky
To: Constantine & Susan
Special greetings to our friends in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. Thank you for the tickets. Wish you were here. Love,
—John & Kathy Schaffenberger
March 14, 2014
Happy 7th anniversary! I love you!
Thanks for warming up this long cold winter. In the fall I rut, and spring I strut. So as you see me strutting around the house, remember turkey season is just around the corner.
March 12, 2014
To: Matt Hagen
Golden Birthday wishes to our son who on
moving to Portland traded snow for rain and the Mississippi for the Willamette!
Mom and Dad
To: Nico Frederik
Happy Birthday to my dearest Nico who turned one this Friday (14.3.14)!!! Keep smiling with your six teeth; you are the sunshine of my live.
March 11, 2014
To: Hayden Harms Hyma
Happy 1st- quarter century to my U. of MN English major son! As a wee one, you fell asleep to Lake Woebegon monologues & now your literary imagination is fed by that same countryside. Do I love you more than all the stars in the sky?
March 10, 2014
Get Better soon grandma or I will ban you from ever leaving town again!
Happy third birthday! Give Mom and Dad and Kijin big hugs for me and I promise I will be home soon. Love, your big sister. PS: I have presents.
—Cleo van der Veen
March 9, 2014
Hello to Gerry in Haddonfield, NJ & all the First Presbyterian folks preparing for your Feed My Starving Children MobilePack Event. I'll be there before you know it!
March 8, 2014
Dad, congrats on your clean angiogram & letting me know you celebrated with a porketta sandwich!
Get well soon, the bottle of bourbon won't finish itself. And happy International Women's Day!
March 6, 2014
I just started thinking about Retirement, you?
March 5, 2014
To: Sid and Carol Hurlburt
To Mom and Dad on their 50th wedding anniversary. Wishing you many more years of Powdermilk Buscuits and Tuna Hot Dish. Love Heather, Darius, Lev, Andrew, and Holly
February 28, 2014
To: Carol (Hurlburt)
Thank you for putting up with me for 50 wonderful years of marriage, more than 30 years of enjoying PHC together and two wonderful daughters! You are more than I ever deserved! (our 50th wedding anniversary is Thursday, March 7)
February 22, 2014
To: Zosia & Oliwier
To my kids with unfortunately hard to pronounce...in apologies for the lifetime of mis-pronunciations at important events that involve 'podiums'. [email is the same...children...thanks]
February 20, 2014
To: nancy ann
Momma, how is seattle, atlanta isnt the same with you. I miss you so much, Your loving son.
February 15, 2014
To: Lou and Kathy Dittmar
Well, your plotting worked! Great Aunt Bernice's ring will see the light of day again! Start saving up for the wedding!
February 13, 2014
I hope you are staying warm in Out Yonder Studio.
February 12, 2014
To: Alice Furst
Happy Birthday to a wonderful mom and Nana. We love you... now Keep Calm and Eat Cake!
—Laura & Julie
February 11, 2014
To: Mathew Moranville
In our world, everything is changing, but one thing remains certain: you will always be in my heart, beyond words, beyond time and beyond distance. Happy Valentine's Birthday!
February 10, 2014
As Thoreau once said, "There is but one opportunity of a kind." Chandler, will you go to prom with me?
February 8, 2014
To: Lula Pearl Clem
I just want to say Happy Valentines Day to my great friend Lula Pearl Clem, and I would like to let her now how much I care and love her! A friend like her you don't find everyday ... She is very special to me not only because she'll be 105 in April but because I learn a lot with her.
February 5, 2014
To: Guy Noir Klaus
I hope schnauzer heaven is full of slow squirrels and full trash cans. Earth is lonely without you, but at least I have my radio.
February 1, 2014
To: Robbie Jones
Happy Birthday to my husband and favorite Virginian. You can take a boy out of the south, but............ I wouldn't recommend it. ;)
Hoping Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver sing Dixie Road tonight for Dan but in return I will be doing a shot of gin for losing our bet. I hope I don't puke. However if they don't have time for the song I will be enjoying Dan filling up my car with gas the month of February.
Thanks for the birthday present Bob. It beats a night in the emergency room.
To: John & Amy
Hope things are great in Vermont and you are enjoying the visit to Texas!
Congratulations on your engagement!
Thanks for the great tickets!
Beautiful Day here in Saint Paul
See you soon! John & Linda
It only took two weeks of hints for you to finally ask me out. Now you pick up on every hint. I am so lucky to have you and can't wait to see what that other pod is for in our sculpture. Love you.
To: Kayla, Evan, and Wendy
Hello to my brilliant sister, soon-to-be brother-in-law and their dog-daughter Wendy, deep in the heart of Texas!
January 31, 2014
To: Harriet Ostermann
in west okoboji iowa. Made it to the Fitzgerald! Having fun with the kids. Might get to your tax return later.
To: Meg and Jor
Hope you are enjoying the Christmas gift to the cities. We are anxious to meet our Little Bea from Bulgaria. Happy birthday JD!
To: Wendi, Pat, and Pat
To my wife and friends in Balcony One:
We've travelled thru slush and mist.
So now we've arrived
To watch this show live,
HORRAY for our bucket list!
Thank you for 33rd years of wedded bliss! May the rest of our marriage remain just as adventurous! Love you!
January 29, 2014
And happy birthday on monday to beth from ryan. I guess coming to the big city was not that big of a deal afterall, I'll be back in the solitude of the country air soon enough.
To: Matt H.
Vermont was a magical, smashing adventure; here's to many more! Thanks for making my winter blues a little jazzier. I love you darling!
Happy birthday, Sweetheart! I hope you're enjoying the show as much as I am. What a great Christmas gift!
January 28, 2014
To: Don Shomaker
I hope you're staying warm in Out Yonder Studio.
Jaime - I am so very thankful that we found each other. Here's to a lifetime of love, adventure and happiness!
January 27, 2014
To: Joe Dombek
Thank you to my wonderful husband for getting me tickets so I can finally listen to my favorite show live and in person! You're the best!
To: Jim and Kathie Schnell (pronounced Shhh-nell...all one syllable though)
Happy 50th Wedding Anniversary Mom and Dad! We love you! Love, Jim, Maury, and Suzie
Note: They are celebrating their Anniversary February 15th.
January 25, 2014
To my sweetheart down south in Roanoke, VA: glad you're not flying up here until Thursday when the windchill should be out of the minus forties!
To: Chris McConnell
wishing you a speedy recovery from your broken leg.
Working today does not secure the February National Geographic. Heck prior to me you did not even know who that Keillor chap was. Happy reading.
We envy you the view from the dome car over many thousand miles of track and hope the next grand rail tour is being planned over coffee in the dinette.
Love from Ian & Amy.
January 24, 2014
Happy birthday, dad. This might not be a Harley, but it's the best I can do on short notice. Love, Ryan.
To: Norma Titherington
Happy 91st Birthday to Norma Titherington. Born Norma “Hansen” to native Norwegian Karl Hansen and his wife, Hazel, near Mikana, Wisconsin on the shores of Red Cedar Lake in 1923. Norma arrived 2 months early and weighed 1.5 pounds. Her grandmother put her in a cigar box with a homemade incubator to keep her warm and alive.
January 23, 2014
To: Courtney Buvid
Our Wisconsin girl in grad school at George Mason in the Washington DC area. Hope you don't lose that midwestern accent!
—Lisa (Mom) Buvid
January 21, 2014
To: Right Slipper
I miss you. I hope that someday, Bob will realize you are tucked away under the bed behind the bowling shoes you have never worn. Its been months since I have seen you. I miss the days of frolicking in the kitchen. I miss playing with the dog.
I especially remember that cold winter of 2012, when we doubled up and went out with Wool Socks to get the mail. The memories. You were all covered in snow, but were smiling from heel to toe. Then we warmed up next to the fire all night. I never in my life imagined we would be separated. We are made for each other, and each day I await your return.
When I said I would take you anywhere you wanted to celebrate your birthday, little did I know that meant St. Paul in January. Happy 50th to my wonderful wife!
January 19, 2014
To: Lena Marulli
Happy 100th Birthday on January 29th, Aunt Lena,in Iron Mountain, Michigan from all your nieces and nephews. We love you!
January 18, 2014
Turn it up Timmy! Hope you hear us at the prairie home companion.
To: Mom & Dad
Having an awesome birthday! I can't believe I'm here at the Fitzgerald Theater!!! The only thing that would make this birthday better is if you would COME TO MINNESOTA!! With Love, From the American Tundra
To: Jim R
Happy birthday and first date anniversary James. We finally made it to the Fitzgerald. Hello to our 5 kids in Virginia. London, don't forget to check for eggs in the hen coop while we are gone.
Happy Birthday Mark. You may have luced for six decades but you still have a hot girlfriend. Love, Sue.
To: Eden Reinhard
Good luck on your vet school interview at Virginia Tech tomorrow. Your rescue greyhound Argos and your mom and dad are pulling for you.
To: Sue my darlin
Thanks for being by my side for my 60th.
We won't get another 60 together, but I'll treasure each year, each month, each moment we spend.
To: Ed & Bev Phelps
To my parents, who first taught me to enjoy A Prairie Home Companion in the 1980s. I hope you are enjoying the show tonight!
—Martha, Dan, Anne & Susie Lepow
To: Tom Houlton
A special Happy Birthday to Tom Houlton in the audience today who never lets us know when it really is. From Your MN Friends
January 17, 2014
To: Allen & Gayle Wutschke
Have a great time at the show! We can't wait till you visit us in Colorado and don't forget to bring the cheese curds!!
Happy Birthday to the love of my life. Another check off the old bucket list, we made it to the Fitzgerald!!
January 16, 2014
To: Deb and Mike Odland
Happy Birthdays Mike and Deb from your wonderful sons. We are so grateful our parents have birthdays two days apart, makes shopping so much easier!
January 14, 2014
To: Mom and Dad
Hope you're enjoying your Christmas present! Make sure Dad doesn't turn it into an ice-fishing trip. Love from your kids in England and the States.
January 13, 2014
To: Jim Gearhart
Happy Birthday at the Fitzgerald! Yes, I’ll still need you, yes I’ll still feed you now that you are 64!
Sending all my love from here in Minneapolis to you in Madison and can't wait to see you soon. Love, your Benny Bear.
To: amy irish
Congrats on your retiremment from the USAF after 20 yrs and good luck on youe new career up there in alaska.
May you be in heaven an hour before the devil knows your dead
January 11, 2014
To: Mom and Dad
Sorry I don't have a job, but I hear A Prarie Home Companion is hiring. My impression of a lawnmower may be useful after all.
To: Libby Traubman
My Hoosier-Honey, thank you for marrying this Minnesotan 46 years ago, venturing to San Francisco together, and sharing our "family value" of Prairie Home Companion -- part of the glue that's kept us joined at our hips and lips our 4-plus decades of wedded excitement. I love you so much. Your first husband, Lennie
To: Seven Sisters book group
The Professional Organization of English Majors might question a book group going to a radio show, but since you have rarely read books for 20 years anyway, congratulations for seeking culture wherever you can.
To: Betty Ann Shunk
Happy 70th Birthday to Betty Ann Shunk who has been a longtime Praire Home Companion listener and is here in San Francisco celebrating with her grandchildren.
January 10, 2014
To: Kevin & all my Burlingame students
Remember; never give up the good fight against vague pronoun references. Thank you all for making each day of my work amusing. The extra credit code word is BEGONIA.
January 9, 2014
Congratulations on your ordination as pastor in the Lutheran church. Don't you just love Bach's chorale cantata!?
January 4, 2014
Happy new year, Pat Cox! You and dad hooked us on public ready 40+ years ago and still going strong! To my native Wisconsin mom, I love you!
To: Bob and Caryle Perlman
Greetings from John T in Sunny San Diego. Gonna make Ezra move to Venice.
To: Forrest Johnson
To brother Forrest in Two Harbors stop sending lutefisk. Love your sister Amy in San Diego
To: Ben Pollack
To our wonderful son who left 75 degree January days for the Winters in Colorado - we love you but really sometes question your judgement!!
To: Rachel Pollack
To our lovely daughter who left 75 degree January days for the Winters in Minneapolis - we live you but really sometes question your judgement!!
Greetings our friends in Taiwan from your Taiwan friends in San Diego.
Hello to my wonderful husband John. Thank you for almost 44 years of married bliss. Well, actually it's been hills and valleys. But haven't the hills been wonderful!
To: Melissa and Justin Rodriguez
You have made it through a most difficult year. Your strength and commitment to each other continue to inspire your family and friends. Sweet baby jane would be 1 year old today and we miss her dearly. You continue to honor her with your love, humor and kindness. Love, your admiring sister, Amy
To: Deb, Jim and Alma
Sending warmth and love from San Diego to you all back in snowy Pennsylvania. Here's to the NewCraft trivia champs! We love you! -Gwen and Devin
Happy birthday, Mom! Thank you for spending the day with us. If this doesn't make it to the live show, blame Garrison.
To: Jim Waer
Yea!! In the audience today!! We are all celebrating your amazing recovery thanks to the phenomenal medical team at Thornton Hospital and Moores Cancer Center.
Velkommen to San Diego from Fran, the "nice Norwegian girl" who saw PHC at the Fitzgerald in September. After the show I had Walleye at the St Paul Grill and returned for the second show! May your days be sunny and bright!
January 3, 2014
To: Lowell Melbye
Happy Birthday to my Norwegian Lutheran father in Minnesota, who will be 90 on January 21st.
Your daughter in San Diego.
To: Colin Lundeen
Big San Diego shout out to Colin; give your gramma a big hug and give your parents a break. Go the bleep to sleep.
Orchestra seats at Prairie Home Companion in San Diego, Whoo Hoo! Here we are celebrating our December birthdays in January, again. So glad you are my friend of 37 years.
To: Mom and Dad
To my parents who have been happily divorced for 13 years; you give best friends an entirely new meaning. Here's to a life full of love, laughter and loud mouths!
To: Candice & Jason Sapp
To my wonderful daughter and son-in-law: Thank you so much for the Christmas stocking stuffer to the show. I've been dating Garrison every Sat. nite at 6:00 for the last 25 years. And it is about time we met. Happy 40th birthday, Jason: Good thing your surprise birthday party was last night because there was no way Nana was going to miss this show in San Diego PS(Hope your surprise buddies from the east coast finally got here:Your wife was sneaking out of the house to pick one up at the airport Thurs. night. She's probably still there.
To: Chris Agrippe
My awesome husband celebrates 62 yrs. young the 4th - birthday greetings from Tracey, Buster and Mr. French! Surprise - we are going to San Diego's broadcast!
To: Sue Scott
So wonderful to re-connect with you this past October. We had a wonderful church community to grow up in together for so many years in Tucson. We'll be in the audience at the Nourse in San Francisco-dinner on us after the show ?
January 2, 2014
Jay and Linda send our best wishes from the sea to the prairie. Know that you're not alone, and are in our thoughts, always.
To: Shirley Granny Stark
With love toyou in Wichita, Your 6 kids, 26 grandkids, and 6 greatgrandkids are all holding you in our hearts!
January 1, 2014
Welcome home on school semester break. I told you Mom's cooking was better than the dorm cafeteria !
To: Pat & Carol
To our cousins in Weaverville - If it is getting too cold up there come on down to San Diego. Sunshine, surf and avocados await you.
—Lyle & Robert Kafader
To: Andrew Selich
Happy 40th Birthday to my handsome, hunky, husband!
December 31, 2013
To: Bill Neff
Happy 18th anniversary of our listening to Garrison together!
December 30, 2013
To: Bob and Jane Ready (reed-ie)
Happy 30th Anniversary! You have always had the strength to get up and do what needs to be done! Your family loves you!
December 29, 2013
To: Al & Sali Weiss
Hope you are enjoying your Christmas present. Sorry we can't be there with you, but a vacation in Saint Maarten beats one in San Diego any day.
December 28, 2013
To: Dad and Mom Butler
Happy 60th Anniversary to David and Mary Martha Butler. We love you dearly, your family
To: John & Phyllis Dietrich
Hi in Fernandina Beach Florida
From in Largo Florida
Wish you were here
—Darlene & Jim Wilder Wilder
December 27, 2013
To: Walter Wadyka
A Birthday Haiku:
Walter is 60.
CD Player NOW!
Love The Wadyka Family- even the Un-Enlightened who don’t understand how great this is.
December 26, 2013
It's been a wonderful year with you. Hoping to spend many more together.
December 24, 2013
To: Diane Levine
A joyous 70th birthday.It's been a blessing and honor to have shared all these years with you.I hope you're up to the continuing challenge
December 21, 2013
As you drive home listening to PHC tonight, I want you to know how thankful and blessed I am to have you in my life. I love you more and more each day. May Christ continue to be our firm foundation!
To: patrick and janet mcdonald
Happy 60th Wedding Anniversary to Jan and Patrick McDonald
Happy 60th Birthday Dad! Love our tradition of celebrating with Mr. Keillor every year in NYC!
December 20, 2013
To: Gerry & Trish Doherty
Jolly greetings to all the Berkshire Doherty clan - sorry you missed the parfaits at Thanksgiving! Love from Deb & Tom in snow-free San Francisco.
To: Sue D.
Happy birthday and welcome to a new decade, Sue D., with love from your friends in Maine.
—Merrilee and Tod Brown
To: chris lovell
Even having your spleen removed couldn't keep you away from Garrison. Glad we could keep the tradition going. Merry Christmas and Happy Healing!
To: Anna, Giovanna & Maureen
A Solstice hello. May the return to light bring you much happiness, enchanting opera and no more crutches!
December 17, 2013
To: Pat Byrne
Celebrating her 70th birthday with a night on the town: an early bird dinner and tonight's great show, which is over by 8 o'clock.
December 15, 2013
Happy 48th birthday to my sweetheart!
I know you're not Norwegian, but at least for the past 10 years you've been married to one -- and that's something.
I love you with all my heart.
PS Thank you for trying the Klub
December 14, 2013
To: Moe &. Arlene
Thanks for lunch. It was like a visit to Monhegan in Yonkers.
Love from your mom and sister for the fabulous birthday trip to Paris. A great 60th birthday and glad we are all here together tonite to enjoy this show together!
December 13, 2013
To: Dave and Teri in Nebraska
Hope you are enjoying watching the pond freeze over. Lots of Love.
—Tracy and Alex Georgiou
To: Michael Ambrose
To Michael on your birthday,
May the buttwarmer be always at your back.
December 12, 2013
Happy first anniversary! With every day, I love you more and more -- even more than you love tacos.
December 7, 2013
Greeting to my beloved wife of almost 15 years as we listen to the show in our first ever house of our own.
To: Joslyn & Gracyn
Hi from Mommy! Thanks to Aunt Chris for babysitting and hope Uncle Charlie gets that ten point buck tomorrow.
To: Chris Moraff
Happy birthday to my young and handsome husband. You are the love of my life, and I hope that we will celebrate fifty or more birthdays together!
Happy Birthday to Lloyd from Diana and Craig who are freezing their tails in the woods of Maine! Thanks for a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend!
December 6, 2013
To: Dawn Marie
Dawn, my darling, I know you will continue to tune in to APHC there in the great beyond, and I'll do the same here, thinking of you, waiting for when we can do so again together. Luv, your Emi.
In memory of my darling wife Dawn Marie Bryan, nee Hodgson, passed on Nov 22 2013.
To: Georgene Grella
Dear Georgene Happy 30th Wedding Anniversary. I wouldn't change a thing.
December 5, 2013
To: Andrew Phipps
Happy birthday to AJ Snuffalupagus. Love from Dr. Mom!!
December 3, 2013
To: Auntie Gloria
Hello from Phoenix to Auntie Gloria and the men in the bushes, or anyone else that shows up when you get low on your meds.
Tillykke to my wonderful mother who is here tonight accompanied by my hermanito. You are Danish Dynamite! Lots of love from your daughter in Chile
November 30, 2013
To: Desmond in Wisconsin
Happy birthday to Desmond in Wisconsin. Hope you liked the cupcakes- sorry we couldn't find any mustard-flavored ones!
Love, Daddy and Cara
—Daddy and Cara Kohl
November 29, 2013
Hello to little Adelaide up in the Arctic Village from Auntie Tuba, Uncle Jim and Clarabelle!
November 22, 2013
hey Al - isn't great that Garrison & the show came to San Francisco again for our anniversary? It's number 46 dearest.
November 18, 2013
To: Our five children
Please remember, since you are all grown and gone, our house has become a clothing optional place. Let us know before you drop by.
—Gregory & Gaile Farmer
November 17, 2013
To: Meg and Steve S
Hello Grandma and grandpa! Have a great day!
November 16, 2013
Big Howdy Hi to my sister Jana in DFW from your big sis in AZ. So glad you found me after 60 years. Wish you well.
Wish you were here in Dallas. But see you soon on the streets of Laredo, mi gordita.
To: Baby Lottie
Happy first birthday to our sweet baby. Sorry we had to leave you at home tonight to see the show! Love, Mom
To my best friend. Happy early Christmas. I love you!
You're from Connecticut. I'm from Minnesota. We met in Dallas. 11 years later we have two kids and we're watching Prairie Home live. I'm so thankful for you and so thankful for Dallas. Love, Eric
To: Lorraine Denney
Hello to my loving wife Lorraine Denney, my cousin Pat Alexander, and my sister-in-law Debbie O'Connor who are lucky enough to be able to attend your show today.
My wife and I have listened to he Prairie Home Companion for many years and we still enjoy it very much.
I will be listening from Alabama as I was unable to get to Dallas today for the show.
Happy 21st Birthday Viveca! Love, Jeff
To: Beret and Mark
excited to see you for thanksgiving. we'll be there on wednesday. please have a bed ready for the dogs.
scott and rebecca
To: The Tucson Triplets
From your big sister. We're ready to start our retirement and will come see you when we're through having fun!
To: My husband Pete
We were married up in an airplane and I have been floating on a cloud of happiness ever since. I love you my all my heart!!
To: Mother & David
Miss you both and wish we were there with you . . . after the show, of course!
To: Jennifer Curry
Congratulations on the new job Jen. Now you can put that drama degree to work. We love you, Randy and Terri
To: Judd Esch
15 years of marriage! So much love and a little confusion. Here's to always keeping it interesting. Happy Anniversary!
To: mom and judy
Hello from Arlington, the pecans are in the mail. Enjoy the pies and send the mushrooms next spring. Love chuck & carla
To: Georges, Reema and Michael
Thank you kids for a fantastic birthday gift idea for Dad. We won't be trying to beat powder milk biscuits to church this time. Love Mom and Dad
—Elias and Rosa Bounajem
To: Ron King
Thank you for 14 wonderful years. Being here with you tonight tops our trips to Charleston and Savannah--and that is hard to do!
To: Captain Cliff Ives
Greetings from Dallas! Weather is here, wish you were beautiful. Love and miss you. Fair winds and following seas.
—Lee & Cathy Ives
Son and Brother Ben
Congratulations, you made it to ten!
November 15, 2013
To: Tim and Linda in Lexington, KY
Greetings from your loving daughter, Sarah, and son-in-law, Braden here in Dallas (in audience Nov, 16). Your granddaughter, Meryl, is asking Santa for a 2014 Wildcat NCAA Championship; please send wrapping instructions.
To: Lloyd Garrett
Happy birthday Lloyd!!
With all my love, Cynthia (his wife of 31 years)
We are celebrating by attending the performance in Dallas tonight.
To: Ted & Sylvia Leeds
Happy 47th Anniversary. Your love, your dedication and patience make the world a better place. Love Chris, Betsy, Sam and the kiddos.
Happy birthday to the love of my life
To: Greg Zureich
Happy 15 year anniversary to my wonderful husband Greg. Check this show off the list. We finally made it!
I love you dearly. Here's to living our dreams. Next up, a bike tour through Bruges!
To: Martha Withjack
Looking forward to our annual Thanksgiving pickle ball tournament. I'll stop beaning Jim with the ball when he stops crowding the net.
To: Mr. Kim Lawrence
Feliz Cumpleanos to the Supreme Bert, we love you! From Annchen, Matthew, and Lindsey
November 14, 2013
To: My Son Phoenix
To my son Phoenix in the audience sitting next to me. I am proud of you. One day you may not be above average and I will remain proud of you. Thank you for illuminating my life.
To: Grandma Linda
To Grandma Linda (in the audience Nov 16)-
Thanks for being a wonderful Grandma and mother to your son and grandson sitting next to you.
From your son and wonderful Grandson.
November 12, 2013
To: Kathi Ryan
Happy 30th anniversary Honey.
We will be spending the event with Garrison Keillor Saturday evening November 16.
Thanks for 30 awesome years! Can't wait for the next 30!!!
To: Jose Moreno
Congratulations on making Life Scout! I'm so proud of you. Now please clean your room,(wish there was a merit badge for that.)
To: Mary Ruebush
A very happy birthday from your son and daughter, who conned your boss into sending you to Dallas for a fake team building exercise. After listening for 15 years, we hope your first ever live PHC was worth almost getting fired.
To: Anne Casey
HI TO ANNE UP AT GUSTAVUS, LOVE FROM MOM AND DAD IN THE AUDIENCE IN DALLAS. COUNTING THE DAYS UNTIL WE SEE YOU AT THANKGIVING!
To: Cathie Andrychuk
I would like to say Happy Birthday to my wife, who, like the antiques and vintage items she loves, grows more rare and valuable with each passing year.
To: Jose Bardowitz
Wishing you the best on your one man musical: The Badowitz Expirience
To: My husband Mark
We met eleven years ago tonight at our high school reunion and fell in love again. We’re the groovy couple making out in Row F.
November 11, 2013
Well, Dear, I moved to Texas 3 years ago, and now Garrison has come for a visit on my birthday. The stars are aligned. Why don't we get hitched?
To: Paula Miller
To a wonderful person, wife and mother,
Happy 60th Birthday, and Happy 35th
November 10, 2013
To: Sam Levison
Happy Birthday, you make this long distance thing worth while. Here's to you, me, and rocking chairs on a front porch one day.
Happy birthday we love you.
November 9, 2013
To: Class of '60..Little Falls HS
Greeting to classmates around the nation who listen every week and to my family in Randall MN.
Have a very happy birthday!
To: Professor Frank Winkler
Happy Seventy First Birthday to a cherished father, stepfather, husband, teacher and astrophysicist. May the planets align and the supernovae keep their distance for this first retirement year and many more to come.
—The Winkler/Beers Family
November 8, 2013
To: Callie Patten
We'll see you in St Cloud for Thanksgiving. Mom and I are excited about introducing Henry and Owen to lefse We'll use Agnes Torbenson's secret recipe, so it will be the good stuff. Love Dad and mom
To: Mom & Dad
Wishing the best parents kids could have a happy 40th anniversary. Love, Becky, Andrew and Jeremy.
Happy anniversary. Thank you for ten years, two babies, and zero dull moments. I will love you at 4:15 next Tuesday.
November 7, 2013
To: Lulu Ward, Michael Beall and Duck Team Six Dog Rescue
No ice on the lake yet, but we're enjoying the cooler weather. Love, Sarah, Sissy, Bubba and Happy. PS I don't like porcupines, Sissy
November 2, 2013
To: Monica & Bob
We loved you pictures of Lambertville on Halloween, hopefully we'll make it out there next year.
To: Fletcher, JJ, Tony, and David
Wayzata freshmen who love live theater. Thanks being great kids and wanting to stretch your horizons. Sincerely, Mrs. O.
Steven and Will, both busy making books and baking baguettes, send you warm and wonderful wishes from Boston's North End, Grace, on your 18th birthday! You and your mom enjoy your very first PHC!
—Steven and Will
To: Gabriel & Georgia
You believe we abandoned you this weekend. Actually, we're testing whether our marriage will survive when YOU leave us for college. Love Dad & Mom
To: Tom Determan
Tom and friends in Dubuque are listening in over pizza. Last minute health concerns kept them from joining us this evening. Our best to you.
November 1, 2013
To: Phil and Cheryl
Congratulations on your extraordinary journey to the Prairie. From a rock slide entombment in the Grand Tetons including a short-haul rescue 200 feet below a helicopter, multiple surgeries, medical flight home, and intensive rehab.
Most humbling may have been the repeated losses at Sheepshead to the octogenarians and centenarian residing at the extended care facility. Your pride will also recover.
I’m proud to say…I know Phil White.
To: Grace (nickname, Milly)
Happy 18th Birthday. We've been listening together all these years and we're finally in the audience! Give us some Guy Noir! Thank you A prairie Home Companion for all the great times we've had together! (no empty nest syndrome going on here)
What-What? Billy Collins?!?! Oh, the irony is poetic. Happy Birthday--and I'll make up for it in the morning.
To: Charles Confer (in memory)
Dear Dad, this is the first week Mom & I are listening without you. Great memories of sitting by the fire, singing along to Bebop Rebop Rhubarb Pie. We love you and miss you more every day.
To: Dave and Ted Kowalski
Happy birthday's to Ted and Dave Kowalski. Brothers, Ted is visiting Dave and his family at their home in Minnesota. This is Ted's first trip to Minnesota and he is excited about the opportunity to see Garrison's show live in Minneapolis this week!
To: Wendy and Ed
We heard that Jake made it from Bellingham to Bozeman to visit Andrew - hopefully he didn't break him like you did to Matthew in Rhode Island earlier this year.
October 31, 2013
To: Peter Townley
Thnking of you, loving you, and despite the distant between us, still feeling so very connected to you
—Rose T Bakewell
To: Grace & Luke Peterson
Happy 13th & 11th birthday to Grace & Luke who live out by the Bernadotte Int'l Airport, and are seeing PHC live tonight for their present. Lutefisk, Lefse, & Egg Nog instead of cake & icecream. Dad say's it's yummy!
To: Mifflin Walker
Happy 60th Birthday, it has been quite the journey!
To: Natasha, Tamber, Hannah, Galen and Kateri
Thank you to our children for making it possible to attend our very 1st Prairie Home Companion show (Nov. 2nd) for our 33rd Wedding Anniversary. It's a dream come true!
Love, Rick and Irene
October 28, 2013
To: John Trick
At least we won't be driving to Memphis to see the show for your birthday as we did for mine.
Happy 75th from wife Isobel in Dallas.
October 26, 2013
To: Charles Confer
Dear Dad, this is the first Saturday at home that Mom and I will be listening to the Prairie Home Companion without you. Relaxing by our wood stove in the winter and singing along to Begin Rebop Rhubarb Pie will always be one of my favorite memories growing up. We love you and miss you every day. Love, Judy and Francesca
To: Taylor Loftin
To our dear son Taylor "Bear" Loftin, in his third year at Memphis College of Art. You've grown up listening to tales of Lake Woe Be Gone in the back seat! Now you've got a front row seat! We are so proud for you! We'll keep the Gnocchi warm, and we miss you and your sister Anna. Dad & Mom - still at school in Ljubljana, Slovenia
To: Ron Burch
Dad, glad I spotted Prairie Home was coming to Memphis. Thanks for introducing me to the show in the first place! Love, Carrie
To: Dan, Deb, Lynn and Rand
Roses are red, violets are blue. Hope you like being grandparents 'cause we're having Baby #2!
Oodles of love, Scott and Jenna
—Jenna and Scott Wilson
To: Jo Wood
Celebrating a year since Grandma left us at 91, where she worked in this very Orpheum for some 34 years. We love and miss you.
October 23, 2013
To: James L Garthright III (Dad), now deceased
James L Garthright III (Dad), we made it-seeing Garrison Keillor live! We miss you every day but know you've got the best seat in the house upstairs! Enduring Love Always, Mom, Natalie, Carson, Brian, Gwynn & Gabrielle!
—Natalie Garthright Cathey
October 22, 2013
To: Jeff Wright
Celebrating our 34 anniversary by coming to Memphis for a live show since we have more money than we did 34 years ago.
To: Jeannie Novak
Happy 39th Anniversary to my beautiful wife from ORCH seat AA3 to ORCH seat AA1. Love to our families in CA NV TN MA & IN.
To: Isobel Trick
A very happy birthday to my lovely wife Isobel from Dallas, via several countries, who chose to have us spend her birthday with Garrison Keillor in Memphis. Love John
October 21, 2013
To: Jimbo Webb
Happy 59th birthday, Dad! Congratulations on finally making it to a live taping. We are so glad we weren't invited.
Love, Zachary, Shelby and Patton
October 19, 2013
To: My good looking husband, Jon
We had to come back 1400 miles to the Prairie four years after we had our girls to get our Saturday nights back. Let's not wait four more!
—Your strong wife, Leigh Anne Friesen
I know you are in the combine now, but you have to come get us out of here. We are the youngest ones here by twenty years. Meet us at 11th and Q.
To: Kathy Bishop
To KATHY BISHOP: Happy 82nd Birthday to our traveling, house-hopping Mamou from your 25 children and grandchildren! We're not sure whose house you're at now, and thought this might be the best way to get in touch with you! Keep on truckin'!
To: Grandma Dee
The Kodads are here! After all these years, we are finnaly making the show. Hello to avid listener Grandma Dee. Sorry you couldn't make it, don't disown us this Thanksgiving and we hope this helps!?
—Bill and the kids Kodad
To: Robert Epp
We're so happy you made it back from Cuba just in time to get your ticket for this sold out show and for your 90th birthday! Dare we ask what you have planned for next year? With admiration and love from your sons, Tim and Chuck, and their families
—Tim & Chuck Epp
To: Meg and Ted on the Cape
Hello from rural Nebraska. Wish you were here watching the corn dry instead of suffering through another perfect evening watching the sun set over the ocean.
—Mike and Tori Sullivan
October 18, 2013
Since you left the country, I am enjoying an evening with Garrison. Your loving wife,
To: Jenny Bellwood
You took care of our kids all week by yourself while I lay on the couch with a bad back. I love you. Thank you for marrying me.
To: Dr. Pepper
happy birthday 58 years an many more, we hope that the peacan season is great one this year
Jill, when we married you wanted someone who would fix things, make you laugh and to sleep with. I hope Garrison only makes you laugh. Atleast he better.
Happy Anniversary, 12.8 years ago to the day! Thank you for sharing with me tonight what would have been on my bucket list (if I had a bucket list).
Thank you for agreeing to be my wife. I can't wait to marry you tomorrow.
October 15, 2013
To: Carl Carlson
Happy Anniversary! I'm glad that after 15 years of marriage,we can still agree on two things. Going to the MN State Fair and listening to Prairie Home Compaion.
To: Gregg & Lou Shogren
Celebrating 33 years of party pails of pickled herring and Mom steadfastly refusing to join in a hand of whist. With love from all of us in the little Lake Wobegon you've collected over the years.
To: Mike and Marta Bainum
Welcome back to Lovely Lincoln Land... thanks for all your support over the years..., hope this show helps erase a small part of the debt.
October 14, 2013
To: Mom & Dad
Happy 30th Anniversary from the kids. Enjoy yourselves!
—Brooke, Haley, & Clint Easton
October 13, 2013
You make my life sweeter and gentler.
October 12, 2013
To: Monica & Ron McGuckin
We are so proud of how well you are carrying on in Lyons, Colorado. As well as being sisters, we now have flooding as a common bond. Your NOLA sista.
To: Pete & Laura Smith
Congratulations today on your 29th wedding anniversary. Enjoy the Seattle Symphony tonight and safe travel back to Bellevue, WA.
To: Nathan, Rose Mary, Eli and Noah
Since you moved to Spain, New Orleans has not been the same.
Love you and miss you.
Hiyah Old Beautiful! The kids are off at school. My exercises seem to be working...I am game after the show if you are!
To: Baby Tessa Smith
To our new baby girl, Tessa. Thank you very much for not spitting up on us before tonight's show-- we are running out of laundry! We love you very much. Mom and Dad
(Resubmitted because names not attached - thanks!)
To: Steph, Bob and Gwen
After 30 years of waiting to see A Prairie Home Companion, thank you all for making this dream come true at the Sanger Theater before I reach a 1/2 of Century. Laissez les bons temps rouler!
October 11, 2013
To: Mama, Daddy, & the MacBride Siblings
Your Prodigal Daughter is surviving in the Big Easy. Don't worry, I haven't met a decent man yet, and not getting married here any time soon.
To: Thom & Linda McInnis
So wonderful to be enjoying a show from the Saenger Theater again --it's more beautiful than ever! Wish you were here!
--Your favorite daughter and son-in-law, Amy & Danny
—Amy McInnis Morales
To: Kent (of Pensacola)
So we both picked Lake Wobegon (New Orleans) to celebrate our 30th! Happy Anniversary to my very own "Home Companion".
October 10, 2013
To: BERNARD & FLORINDA
A VERY HAPPY 50TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY TO BERNARD & RINDA ON THIS VERY DAY, OCTOBER 12! LOVE YOUR 3 ABOVE AVERAGE CHILDREN.
To: Gene & Mary Ann Ezell
Dear Mom & Dad -
I've been here over 10 years now so you can stop asking when I'm coming home. Despite its challenges, I'm in love with this beautiful city and here for the duration.
Your Loving Who Dat,
To: Mifflin Walker
(I sent this Wednesday night in error. We are coming to Minnesota November 2, 2013 for the show for my partner's 60th birthday and if possible wanted Mr. Keillor to read) "Happy 60th Birthday Mifflin!" (Thank you for considering!)
October 9, 2013
To: Mifflin Arthur
Whooping it up on your 60th birthday with the superb cast of Prairie Home Companion.
—Holly Melissa Garfield
October 7, 2013
I want you to know I'm listening too and thinking of you, even though we are far apart.
October 5, 2013
To: Tom & Betty Barr
Happy 50+ Anniversary to Tom & Betty Barr, from your loving children, Jim, Kathy, Mike & David. Mike were still mad at you for not giving up your weekend of bowhunting
To: Gramma Jan & Papa Don
I remember listening to this show with you, in the van, on the way to the cabin after church. Now here I am, 20 years later, at the Fitzgerald theatre with my new husband (your favorite grandchild). Looking forward to seeing you next weekend for Carsons 2nd birthday party.
Love, Lisa & Anthony
October 2, 2013
To: Grammy Jane Haglund
Happy 80th birthday Mom, we know you'll enjoy the gift of this show tonight here in St. Paul. May God grant you many more healthy, happy years.
—Elke and Tim Hucek
Happy birthday my love! 23 years ago you made the world a happier place and you continue to do so day by day.
October 1, 2013
To: Dawn and Jean
Here's hoping you country girls have a great weekend in the big city. Remember that what happens in Minneapolis might stay in Minneapolis, but it is always subject to Lutheran guilt.
September 29, 2013
Caucelita Querida ...Feliz Cumpleanos...Baba, G'Mo y Anters....XXXOOO
September 28, 2013
To: Mary Rose Joyner
Happy 56th Birthday, Mom, you don't look a day over 90. Love your smart aleck daughter, Lauren.
—Lauren Larue Joyner
To: Bethany Dahl
Hello to Beth and the Americorps flood relief team who are on their way back from Alaska. We miss you. Bring home some Yukon salmon!
September 27, 2013
To: Mom and Dad
Hope you are enjoying your Class of '63 reunion as much as we are enjoying your tickets to tonight's show.
p.s. Raided Dad's garden for Honeycrisp Apples. They were just too good to pass up!
Gregg and Angie
September 26, 2013
Happy 16th anniversary to my wonderful wife. If I had to do it all over again, I probably would!
To: Sherry Miner
Happy Birthday and happy retirement to our very special mother. Love, your children and grandchildren.
September 25, 2013
To: Sue Williams
Little did I know 35 years ago I would marry the woman that would turn out to be the worlds greatest Grandmother. I love you more.
September 22, 2013
Hi to Leo who is listening from his backyard where he drags out a extension cord 15 feet long to listen to the show
from Judy and lori
—Judy and Lori McGinley
September 21, 2013
Happy Birthday to the Son of a Leprechaun.
Life as an Ice Cream Man is only 2 years away.
Love from Wally and Wanda O'Wonka
September 20, 2013
To: Matthew Demchyk
Happy wedding day! I cannot wait to marry you. Here is to the next 50+ years of Saturday nights listening to Prairie Home Companion and Selected Shorts.
To: Jason White
I hope you have a happy birthday especially since seeing Garrison is something to cross off your bucket list. Happy birthday Puppy!!!
September 19, 2013
To: Tom and Rose Beckta
Happy 50th Wedding Anniversary and Happy Birthday Dad! Who would of thought 50 years ago you married in Winnipeg, honeymooned in Duluth MN, and now 50 years later you made it to Exotic St. Paul MN! For the next 50 Anniversaries and Birthdays here's a quote from Dr. Suess for you both-“So be sure when you step, Step with care and great tact. And remember that life's A Great Balancing Act. And will you succeed? Yes! You will, indeed! (98 and ¾ percent guaranteed)" Love from The Rybak Gang in Atlanta- because were the only ones listening to the show!
September 17, 2013
To: Courtney Sweeney
To my bff. I am so happy to have you in my life.
And a very Happy 40th Anniversary to APHC.
September 16, 2013
To: Mom, Dad, Sara & Katie
Thanks for helping me get over this unpleasant case of heartache--I promise I'll come home to Minnesota ASAP! Love, Pal
September 15, 2013
Happy Birthday to Garrisons biggest fan-we bet your surprised to hear your birthday greeting on the show!
—Judy and Lori McGinley
September 14, 2013
It's great to have you home for a few days in Minnesota, where the musky are strong, the walleye all tasty, and the northern are all above average.
To: Roy and Donna Johnson
Happy 60th wedding anniversary from Erik & Sandy and Julie & Steve!
To: Kayotae (Kay) Blackwolf
Happy 40th Birthday on the 40th anniversary of PHC to my AMAZING husband!!! A wonderful trip from CA!
September 13, 2013
To: Mom & Dad, Buz and Dody Steward
Dear Mom and Dad:
Happy 69th Anniversary. We LOVE YOU MORE THAN EVER !
—Jim & Cindy Steward
To: Multiple, if possible, see note
(If possible, please include both below. If not, because of the 25 word limit, disregard the Thanks part to Chris)
Thanks Chris, for tickets that spared a 7am wait-in-line on this 1200 trip we made without tickets secured in advance.
To Troy, whose 5 day-minted, finally official divorce was the impetus for this celebration, I say: I can’t wait to “meatloaf in the street” with you!
To: Michael Margherita
Happy 25th Birthday Michael at Tulane Law. Surprise! We're going to see Garrison Keillor when he comes to New Orleans. See you then! Love, Mom
To: Susan Endres
Hi Susan, greetings from sunny St. Paul to you, Brandi and Tom. You as a Prairie Home Companion-Fan for decades will know best what it means to hear and see the show live in the Fitzgerald Theater. Wow!! Thanks for the nice time at Brandi&Tom's wedding in West Point.
—Constanze and Wolfgang Bayer
To: Andrew Haven
Dad and Carol, thanks for making the trip to my new home in the Twin Cities and for believing in this professional English major. It only took a decade and several rounds of grad school, but I finally got that grown-up job!
Greetings and kudos on your recent graduation. You may have a PhD now, but I get to eat my fill of meatloaf later...so really, our accomplishments are equal.
September 12, 2013
Happy Birthday to my best chance for happiness! Whoever thought we'd be celebrating in St. Paul, dancing in the street and eating meatloaf?
September 11, 2013
I've been listening to A Prairie Home Companion since almost the beginning, for over three decades, and I have yet to convince someone to send greetings to me in all that time, not even when I got my Ph. D. or when I got married. So Paul would like to send congratulations to himself for getting his tenure application in at Spelman College. Anyone got a deal with that?
September 9, 2013
26 days since I tied the knot. Brought him to watch this show, and dance in the streets. It’s not my fault he didn’t read the fine print! Love you!
September 8, 2013
To: Denny and Sylvia
Happy 54th Anniversary. Enjoy the meatloaf supper and hopefully dad can practice his Lutheran line dance with kindred spirits. Love you. Berit
September 7, 2013
To: Michael Margherita
Happy 25th Birthday and Good Luck 2nd year at Tulane Law. You're getting your wish. We're going to see Garrison Keillor when he's in New Orleans on October 12. See you then! Love, Mom
August 30, 2013
To: The Putziers
It was so nice hearing your whole family play one of my songs. They made me really feel apart of the family
—Art Paul Schlosser
August 29, 2013
To: Liz Hoffman
HAPPY BIRTHDAY FROM LAKE WOBEGON!!!!!!!!!! Enjoy your greeting on your fave show. (PS--don't worry, I opted you out of the PHC email list).
August 25, 2013
To: Jennifer Malloy
To Jennifer, happy 33rd birthday. I loved you from the minute we weren't allowed to speak to each other. -Jim
August 20, 2013
To: Sarina Barclay
My dearest child, the last 6 years have managed to escape from us too quickly. May the coming year be full of joy and kindergarten adventures! Love & Light, your Sergeant Momma.
To: Sarina Barclay
My dearest child, the last 6 years have managed to escape from us too quickly. May the coming year be full of joy and kindergarten adventures! Love & Light, your Sergeant Momma.
August 16, 2013
To: Jeanne and Don
Happy belated birthday to my sister and brother-in-law. You just turned 60 but Hellmann's mayo is 40 years older.
August 7, 2013
Happy Birthday, Mom, Miriam Kachur.
Eighty eight years old on August 8th. That's 88 on 8/8, congratulations from your son.
August 6, 2013
Happy Birthday to my beautiful wife!!!
Love You Babe
August 5, 2013
To: Bob and Gail Schultz
Happy Anniversary, Mom and Dad. Enjoy your "double nickel" at Interlochen! And thanks again for the pontoon ride on Long Lake.
To: Julia Panaccio
To Julia Panaccio, our mother & Mom-Mom,
Happy 100th Birthday - Cent'anni!
Love, your family, celebrating with you at Mass at Mother of Divine Grace parish, Philadelphia, August 11th.
August 4, 2013
Happy 40-something birthday to my husband. You finally get to spend the day with Garrison. Hope you guys have fun. Love Sacha..
Hello to gram and gramps hope you enjoy the show and weezer good luck in nursing school this fall at MSU love Dad
August 3, 2013
To: Ron, Fran and Mickey
Thank you for being our foundation as ours crumbled beneath us. Won't we all be glad when the kids are back in their own home? Love you! Carolyn and Deuane
32 years with my favorite farmer... And yes, I love you more than my dog!! Sorry Marcie
To: Rick Dennison
Thanks to my husband Rick for bringing me to this live show. Been on my wish list for years. Thanks, too, Garrison, for not retiring before we could see you in person - awesome!
August 1, 2013
To Matthew, Happy Four Year Anniversary (8/1/2013). I can't wait to spend a lifetime with you, although sometimes it feels I already have... :)
July 31, 2013
To: Sam and Pat
Love to Sam and Pat, the two greatest guys, and their two greatest cats - Claudia Jean and Copernicus.
To: Becca & Sara
Happy Birthday to Sara! And to Becca- Josh says he loves you!
To: alan aiken
happy early birthday to a good man, a great dad and my first (and only!) husband. After almost forty-seven years you still make me laugh --even if sometimes you don't mean to.
Happy (July 31st) Birthday to Owen, born under a Vermont Blue Moon 28 years ago today! Love,Mom & Dad
July 30, 2013
To: Paul, Lenna, Nate, Felix, Henry, Ilya, Julie, Boris, Sofya, Naum, Leo, and Elvira
We forgot what we wanted to say, but we hope we remembered all of you...
—Alex & Anya Vladimirsky
July 29, 2013
Missing you since you left for the summer intensive at Evergreen City Ballet. Glad to here that you're working hard on your fouettes, and also enjoying Modern for once. Love Dad.
To: Kathryn and Daoud
Happy Almost 25th Anniversary - May your next 25 years be even more fun filled! Wave hello to Garrison now!
July 27, 2013
To: Lise and Paul Duda
Thank you for helping me find my way to Prairie Home all those years ago. The ride would be boring without you guys! Love Karen
—Keith & Karen Buzzell
To: Jeffrey Rolfe in Farmingdale ME
Happy 49 1/2 Birthday. Sorry you have to wear those manty hose after falling because your walker lost its tennis ball. We Love ya!
—Keith & Karen Buzzell
Well, we made it. After all these years and roads we traveled, we arrived. I love you so much! Eat some powder milk biscuits would you?
To: Deb in Holmen Wisconsin
Greetings from the twin cities (Bangor/Brewer).
The blueberries are on the way.
Ship us your homemade lefse by air express. This time, keep the lutefisk for yourself.
Love, Harlan and Pam
Happy Birthday to Pam, my partner and soul mate. After almost losing the dog in the garden, I concede that you may have been right about giant pumpkins needing their own patch. I will clear a path through them this week. The tomatoes are in there somewhere... I promise! All my love, Heidi
To: Ethan, James, Alex, Taylor, Glenn
Congratulations to our newly registered Maine Guides Ethan, James, Alex, Taylor and Glenn down at Seaspray Kayaking, now lets go find those people that we took out before the test.
To: Grampster,mind like a steel trap body like a hamster
Hey daddy, don't forget you gotta give me away on the equinox! And seeing as how the last time you got me back, you might want to make the deal a little sweeter this Time,see if it sticks!and Mo! Don't forget to shut the weasel door! The ladies are depending on you!
—Karen Strunk,soon to be stpierre!
To: Daughter Skyla
Daughter Skyla in New York city…incredibly fresh lobsters on the way down…look for them off the docks around Battery Park in a week or two…they’re slow swimmers…Big Love, Daddy Guy
July 26, 2013
When you walked in wearing a nail belt and suspenders with an pressed button-down shirt, I though you might be the one. When you whistled along to "Rhapsody in Blue," I knew. So glad I screwed up the courage to ask you out. 30 years and counting!
—Gretchen Piston Ogden
To: Pete Geaghan
To: Peter Geaghan
For the July 27th Show in Bangor, Maine: On this our 20th Wedding Anniversary, I thank you for teaching me how to love and live the 'wonderful' life we have shared together. I look forward to at less twenty more...
I'm so excited that you said yes! Don't worry, there will be no tuna hot dish at the reception.
To: Mike Petro
To celebrate your 60th birthday we are
going to spend a wonderful evening laughing and listening to stories past.
See you in Williamsport PA!
Happy 13th Caleb, so glad to be here with you. Now turn that smile on the world every chance you get!
July 25, 2013
To: Mom & Dad
Hi Mom & Dad, Hope you're having fun at the show; everyone here is miserable. Love, Your favorite son John
To: Mom & Dad
Hi Mom & Dad,
Hope you're having fun at the show; everyone here is miserable.
Your favorite daughter Caitlin
July 24, 2013
To: Uncle Bruce and Aunt Mariam
Happy 61st Annivesrary from the Chicago contingent of FAPLWAM.May you have many more happy years. Thanks for introducing us to Chautauqua Institution too!
To: Brent Hoard
Brent, I am so grateful for our first month as husband and wife. You are my best friend and love. Belated Happy Birthday. More, Liz
To: Ricco and Jaxen
We are at the show tonight, put the cats in before the coyotes come out at dusk.
To: Julie Barnofski
You are my person, you are my home, you are my companion. I love you darling.
July 23, 2013
Melody, Happy Belated Birthday, one month late today. I got you a belated birthday card, but haven't remembered to send it. Love, Sterling
July 22, 2013
To: Brent Hoard
Happy birthday Brent. And thank you for an amazing first month of our marriage. More.
Happy Anniversary my love...We began our grand marital adventure with a cross country honeymoon road trip and Garrison Keillor, PHC and Lake Wobegon as our traveling companions. Raised our family singing Powder Milk Biscuits and Ajuh jingles. It's been a breathtaking journey ever since...Thank you for 30 beautiful years...lets keep travelin on !! All my love...
July 21, 2013
To: Peter Geaghan
For the July 27th Show in Bangor, Maine:
On this our 20th Wedding Anniversary, I thank you for teaching me how to love and live the 'wonderful' life we have shared together. I lot forward to at less twenty more...
Son, Dad and I are so proud of you. You mean the world to us. We are thankful Nikki had you to turn to when she needed help and very honored you both can share your evening with us at the show tonight in Cincinnati.
July 20, 2013
To: Rich Schleh
For the July 29th show at American Music Theatre: Happy Anniversary, dear - thank you for the best 4 years of my life. I love you!
To: Little nephrew River
Happy belated 3rd birthday my awesome little nephew! May you fly high, jump far and explore all the huge life adventures your life will bring.
To: Connie Golden
Happy July 20 Birthday. Enjoy the show in Louisville and hope it won't be too hot!!! From your loving husband of nearly 33 years.
July 19, 2013
To: Lilly & Adam Starr
Happy 18th birthday(s). We'll see you Friday night.
To: paul lombardi
Enjoying our 40th Anniversary here in beautiful Vermont... We met when we were 17 and 18 year old camp counselors at a Lutheran Camp in Pennsylvania.
Still happily married and still complaining Lutherans.....
July 18, 2013
Happy upcoming 60th birthday to me! (I didn't know how to do this ahead of the July 17th Salt Lake City show, but enjoyed the show immensely)
Thanks a lot for telling me about this great show!
July 17, 2013
To: Luisa McMillan
To my beloved wife on our 15th Anniversary. If I had to do it all over again, the only thing I would change is asking you to marry me 30 years earlier.
July 16, 2013
To: Kelly Seifring
Sending a Rocky Mountain High happy birthday to my dear friend. It only took me 30 years and look . . . I didn't miss your birthday!
My beautiful Amanda,
May all our years be as happy as our first!
Happy one year anniversary, Kitten.
To: Marlis Wadleigh
My darling bride and firefighter….Happy 49th Birthday. Just think it will be 20 years in September when we first met and I tossed you out of that airplane, may our adventures continue.
We will be attending the 7/18 Red Rocks show in Colorado, and I would love for the following greeting to be read at that show. Thank you, I'm really looking forward to the show!
What an adventure it's been... Here's to creating the best story, with many more adventures! Chick-ahhhh!
Dearest Max, happy 30th birthday to the love of my life! Sincerely, wife
July 15, 2013
To: Jim and dorcie tracy
Hello, to my parents in hermiston oregon, hope you are enjoying your separate summers: mom, tending your father's raspberry bushes at home and dad in the mountains for as long as possible. Thanks for loving each other in your own special ways.
Your eldest child,
To: Ed Russell
Happy birthday dad from your daughter studying abroad in the land down under!
To: The Rutledges
Happy Anniversary Mom and Dad! Enjoy the picnic in Brevard! We love you!
-your favorite carolina/california liberals and your granddog Morty!
To: Dan Le Blanc
Thank you for being my date to see Garrison Keillor / Prairie Home Companion this week @ Red Rocks Ampitheather! You've helped me check off one of my bucket list items! Love you! ~ Your favorite (only) wife
—Rachel Le Blanc
To my wife Joanna who found me a date so she didn't have to attend the show I am addicted to, that's love!
July 14, 2013
To my sweetness, Julianna, our 11 years together have been the best of my life! And I swear I didn't mean to lock you out of the house Friday night! :-)
To: George and Sarah
Hope you are having a good vacation... After driving 350 miles from Prospect Connecticut just to see "A Prairie Home Companion" in Bangor Maine. Too bad they didn't know "A Prairie Home Companion" was in Danbury Connecticut on July 25.
To: Linda Creed
Happy birthday to our favorite aunt--please don't tell the other aunts. You set the bar pretty high for other NW Missouri farm gals.
July 13, 2013
Happy 17th anniversary. It has been wonderful. And I look forward to the next 43 years together (at which time our retirement funds run out).
July 11, 2013
To: Pamela Richey
Happy two week anniversary honey!
To: Dave Davis
Happy 64th birthday! Now that your wife is retiring too, there goes all that free time you have been enjoying!
To: Bob Sexton
We hope you enjoy getting to see A Prairie Home Companion under the stars. Happy 70th birthday! You are the best father ever. You always put your family and friends above yourself. We love you.
Stacey and Harlan
To: Margaret Gross
Happy 50th Anniversary! Enjoy your celebration in New Orleans, and thank you for sharing with me the best 50 years of our life (so far).
July 10, 2013
I'm sorry that I didn't save you any of the leftover Chinese food -- but my subsequent food poisoning shows how much I love you, by saving you from the fried rice. I love you!
Happy 33rd anniversary. You might love me more but I loved you first.
To: Janet Meyer
Happy 56th birthday and 25th wedding anniversary darling, it's all been a grand ride.
To: Grandma Lois
Congratulations to Lois Campbell of Forest Grove, Oregon, as she turns 106 on July 12, still in her own home. She actually goes to senior exercise 3 times a week! We kids, grandkids, great grandkids and great-great grandkids love our Grandma Lois.
July 9, 2013
To: Don Yoder
Don, "The best is yet to be, the last of life, for which the first was made." 30 years wed, hope to enjoy 30 more!
If you asked again, I'd say "yes" all over. Thanks for a wonderful 27 years of marriage. Here's looking forward to many more years together!
To: Jan Muir
To my dear Janique, It has been a wonderful 35 years: 8 kids, 5 grandkids, two dogs, a cat, and Coco. I love you more each day!
Happy 20th Anniversary, dear Dave. Happy to be seeing GK again, happy to be sitting next to you again, happy to driving home with you again. Happy Anniversary to us.
July 8, 2013
So glad you are paddling rivers in retirement, and that mom is watching your every twist and turn-over. Your 36 years of love inspires our budding love.
—Bipa & Matt Bernacchi
To: Ron Roeser
Happy 80th Birthday Grampa - you are an inspiration to us grandkids. We want you to know we appreciate your wisdom. Love Luke Lucy Jackson Sally & Sam
July 7, 2013
To: Joy & Michael Ballentine
Jerry & Peggy Goldberg in Denver,Colo.
are happy with the return of Dr Joy & Michael Ballentine to Brighton Colo. from Phoenix where they learned what the weather in Hell was like
this early summer. Welcome to new job
at Hansel Phelps in Greely and hopefully
prosperity and new challenges!
Good to have you both back in Cool Colorful Colorado
—Jerry & Peggy Goldberg
To: My dear daughter Devin
Thank you for being the coolest 8 year old in Portland, so radiantly enthused to go see 'that funny guy from the radio' with me. I promise I won't tell your friends about it in ten years. Love, Mom
July 6, 2013
To: My Wonderful Mommy
I am so glad you are my mom, Mommy! I love you so much! You are the best!
July 5, 2013
To: Bob Roberts
For the Spokane Radio Romance Show July 8th...Happy 70th Birthday Bob....you know, 70 is the new 50, so now I'm the one who's robbing the cradle! I love you, Becky
July 4, 2013
To: Jeanne Pearson
Your grandchild in Chicago sends grateful greetings. November's trip will be one for the family to remember. Thank you.
July 3, 2013
To: Janet Hamilton
Happy 50th Birthday (on July 10)!
Will you marry me?
June 29, 2013
To: Caleb Wayne Payton Jesse
Happy first birthday!
To the best mom anyone could hope for. After many years as a loyal Garrison Keillor groupie, you're finally in the audience experiencing the magic in person. Remember to eat, take deep breaths and try not to faint.
—Brendan and Cari O'Brien
To: Scorey family
Welcome to Berkshire. Eva & nessa, Remember to spend that hundred euro your granny gave you..on your auntie benie perhaps
—Benie Mc Guinness
To: Anne Pacileo
Happy Birthyday extravaganza weekend! You're a wonderful wife and mother! We all love you very much!
—Your Loving Family
To: Margot Mercer
Margot and Jed, Oregon urban farmers, hope you are collecting all that excess methane from your bountiful broccoli harvest!
For twenty years I've wanted to see this show. Now I realize I was just waiting to be here with you.
—Ann Marie Grathwol
With this your third PHC show, the second on your own, it seems our indoctrination of you is now completed. You're doing your old folks at home proud! Love, Mom & Dad
Jean's family wants to welcome her to the official Medicare Card-Carrying Curmudgeon's Club. Happy 65th birthday today!
To: Bibi Pasternack
Happy 28th anniversary honey. I'm toasting you with a Dixie cup of bug juice from Camp Nebagamon, Wisconsin.
To: Rich & Reanne
The weather is here, the wine is too, the only thing missing is the company of you!
—Greg & Deb Bonzek
To: All those people who eat New Zealand Apples
Hi there to all the apple growers who started listening to the show when they found out that you buy our apples to glue on your trees when you are in short supply in the USA. They need all the help they can get.
June 28, 2013
To: Ama, Alex and Martha
Ama, Happy Birthday, we're glad to be spending it with you up in Vermont! Have fun in Florida, feel free to take black flies with you, compliments of New England!
To: The Herd of 32 Horses and Many Devoted Humans at Blue Star Equiculture
Blue Star Equiculture - a Working Horse Rescue and Sanctuary helping Horses, Humans and Mother Earth in the small, but vibrant town of Palmer, MA...We love you all, especially Cupcake, the Herdmaster!
To: Malita and Roy Brown
Congratulations on your 45th Anniversary (in the audience at Tanglewood).
To: Marianne & Sarah
Remembering we were all here at Tanglewood this time last year. Early birthday wishes to Sarah, Eileen and especially Marianne turning the big 6-0 in West Virginia.
To: Ruth Machado Calhoun McQuade
It's just not right all of us sitting here with Garrison Keillor and not having you here. We raise a cup to Demi and Spatz who loved this show and taught us how to tell stories and laugh at ourselves. Have a safe ride home from the Woods Hole Ferry. We all love you anyway, Ruth. Keep those cards and letters coming.
To: Donnie & Aleah
Congratulations on your new home--just 360 payments and it's ALL YOURS!
To: Mrs. P
Congrats on your retirement! Remember, a teacher can never tell where her influence stops. Love, Team Tanglewood.
PS - Hurry back to NJ. Your grandchildren need a hug.
To: Greg Massing
To my dearest Gregoire: 25 years ago we honeymooned in France, and tonight we have our first INDOOR seats for Prairie Home Companion. Happy 25th anniversary, my true love. Next year, back to the lawn!
—Laurie Coiley Massing
Happy Birthday my love. So glad to be continuing the tradition of coming with the kids to celebrate your birthday with all these beautiful people here at Tanglewood. Famous forever!
Thank you for bringing light to my world!
To: Kathy Anderson
Happy 29th Anniversary to my wonderful bride who couldn’t be here tonight, but I’m enjoying the evening with our daughters. It’s been a fun ride!
Mom, thanks for trying something new, now wake up!! Happy Summer.
June 27, 2013
Every time I hear someone say Dr. Crawley, I think they mean you. I miss you and mom every day. I promise I won't turn into a Yankee and that I'll move back to the South someday.
Your loving daughter,
We celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary on June 25th. Irene is a long time fan of PHC, how could she not be? Her maternal grandparents from Norway & Sweden homesteaded in North Dakota. Her Dad was from Aland, the islands between Sweden and Finland. So happy to here with you again at Tanglewood! Love, Bruce
Thanks for sharing your thoughts and smile with me daily - Happy Birthday! (July 9th 2013 Boise, ID show)
To: Donnie Lombard
I'm so happy the closing is over and we finally have a house! I can't wait to fill it up with candles!
—Aleah (uh-lee-uh) Webster
To: Todd and Naomi Smith
Greetings to our cruising buddies Todd and Naomi who shared this wonderful experience with us a year ago from B&B and C&C. Here's to the next adventure!
—Bob and Bonnie Sudell
June 26, 2013
To: May & Carl Daw
For hymn writer Carl Daw and his best beloved, from Hartford CT
Happy Tanglewood mini-moon to my brand new husband! Everybody is so jealous of us right now! Elephant poop forever, darling!
To: becky elem
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June 25, 2013
Happiest of anniversaries to Elaine from James – It’s been a joyful ride for these 39 years. I’d do it all over again!
June 24, 2013
To: Carol Lansinh
Sending love to my Mom, Carol Lansing, from Tanglewood..Summertime & the livin' is easy. Fish are jumpin' & cotton is high. Your Daddy's rich & Momma's good lookin'. Hush l'il baby, don't u cry...I love you Mom!!
To: Clare & Charles Schulman
Mr. Keillor and the PHC team,
At the upcoming show taping in Tanglewood, Lenox MA (June 29th 2013), two very special people will be in the audience. From Montreal,Canada Clare & Charles Schulman, happily married for over 37 years, are both celebrating their milestones 70th birthdays. Their two children and the MANY family & friends who love them have collectively gifted them two weeks vacation in the Berkshires, including tickets to your show of which they are long time fans.
If you would be so kind as to mention them during the radio broadcast, as you often do for audience members, we would very much appreciate it! Thank you!
Thank you so much for helping us make this milestone extra special.
John, Alison, Matt and Josie
To: Trudy Kijanka
Although I live in FL now, my Mom still occupies our family home in Plainville, CT, and, like me, is a long time listener of Prairie Home Companion. While I wish I could attend the show with her, I'm sending my (sometimes evil) older brother Kevin instead. I'd appreciate if you could tell her that her family loves her very much, and thanks for being the best Mom ever. God bless.
To: Members of Peace Corps Honduras 1983-1985
On the 30th anniversary of our arrival in Honduras to serve in the US Peace Corps, Tom and Jerry wish our entire group "Felicidades". Now if we could just find someone with the organizational skills to throw ourselves a party.
Happy anniversary to the couple that continues to author their story of love and grace. Your 42 years of marriage has taught me that it's still funny to laugh at flatulence. Love, Rachel & Izzy.
To: Jed Johnson
Happy Birthday Daddy! Love Jack and Henry. Go Hockey!
June 23, 2013
To: Ed hogan
Happy birthday, daddy! We love you! Thank you for introducing us to prairie home companion!
Love, holly, Amy, Mary, Hannah,jack,chub,moose, and Sadie.
Sorry that we only got you Prarie Home Companian tickets for your birthday. Lord knows you deserve more! We love you.
—Kevin and Chloe Heckler
June 22, 2013
To: Everyone at home in Fairban, am
Nursing school is going well. They were right about all the ticks in MN though. Can't wait to get home. Happy solstice!
To: Nick in Fairbanks alaska
Happy solstice don't get too crazy! Wish you were here. Thanks for including us in Elizabeth's birthday trip to lake woebegone You scored big with the mother in law. Julie
There is a young man in the audience celebrating his seventh birthday. Gabe, you are numero uno!
With love, your family.
To: Brittany Dressler
Brittany, Bill, and Kate
Have fun in Chicago. Since you are taking Baby Kate to the show, I hope Garrison Keillor will invite her on stage.
Happy 30th anniversary to the love of my life! We showed them!! Xxxooo
To: The Downs Kids
Welcome to Ravinia, kids. Hope you're having fun. Now settle down, we're trying to hear Mr. Keillor.
—Mom & Dad Downs
To: Sweet William
When I married you I thought I was marrying a Greek God, turns out what I got was a God Damn Greek!
Happy Birthday my Love!
To: Paratrooper Bill Metros
Happy, Happy, Joy, Joy your 75th birthday is upon you! We love and cherish you!
Anastasia, Melissa and Margie
To: Tomas Novickas
A toast to our summer anniversary! May our strengths continue to bloom & grow as we continue to uproot and compost the persistent presence of buckthorns and dandelions in our garden. I love you with pleasure.
To: John Kerr and Bill Kelleher
Dear John and Bill
Thank you for always opening your home and hearts to me - your home will always be my American home away from home in Australia!
Stay near and dear always....Jacquie
To: Lydia and Chris
Hope you enjoy a romantic nature's respite with Garrison. The hoopla of wedding and baby planning will be there when you get back to the real world.
To: Adam Behnke
Live from Ravinia: Happy 16th Birthday, Adam! With love, from Mom and Dad.
—Jennifer Behnke Behnke
To: Major Sam Sterlin, USAF
Maybe you'll hear this on air, but we wish we could be enjoying this together on the rain-soaked lawn at Ravinia.
—Ruth & David Sterlin
To: Dan Murray
To Dad from Anna: I hope you and Mom are enjoying your Father's Day gift of tickets to PHC at Ravinia! I wish I could be there with you, but I'll be listening at Luther College.
Happy sweet 17 to Bailey J, who's spending her second birthday with Prairie Home!
To: Jim Roth
Happy Birthday JIm Roth, a longtime fan of APHC.
—Don & Carole Trunnell
Greetings from Cameron and Bailey sitting in the lawn because our dad is too cheap to be pavillion seating.
To: Jessica Walsh
Your thirty first birthday
Filled with your favorite things
This haiku's for you!
To: Robert Anderson
Tell the crew of the Hamilton that Mom will not give phone recipes while attending the PHC broadsat.
To: Ted & Judith Heimer
Happy Birthday to my parents! Chicago is the 4th city where I've seen Prairie Home Companion live, and that's entirely their fault. Love and gratitude.
To: Vanessa Manteca
I'm sorry I forgot to call the repair shop yesterday and check up on Skyler. I didn't know they closed on Saturdays. If its any consolation, I'm sure everyone at Ravinia is wishing that cruiser a quick recovery. C'est la vie!
To: Mae Britt Hansen
To Mama Mai-Britt, 91 years old and listening tonight in Geneva, Illinois.Thanks for not divorcing Dad - a Norwegian - the year before I was born.
To: Patricia Beiting
You retired this week after 16 years of teaching, but I'm glad you're not retiring from being my mother. Happy retirement Mom, I love you!
June 21, 2013
To: Rebecca and Mark Petersen
Happy 40th anniversary mom and dad. Happy to spend your day with you at Ravinia. Or over the radio from San Diego. We couldn't be who we are today without your love and patience.
—Matthew, Erik, and Kiersten Petersen
To: Jed Johnson
Happy Birthday Daddy! love your boys Jack and Henry
June 19, 2013
To: Layla Eileen
Happy 5th birthday sweet girl. I love you so much.
Happy Birthday Elyse, here's to all those Saturday evenings listening to PHC when we were little girls in south Minneapolis. I can't believe you are 40! (How hold does that make Keillor?)
June 18, 2013
To: Kris Kozel
Happy Birthday to the best mom in the world!
To: Joy and Ed
So happy you're enjoying A Prairie Home Companion live. Give a shout out for your dear old Dad in Sebring, Ohio! I'm listening.
To: Connor Smith
Darling, you changed my life from the moment I saw you across the room. Thank you for making me happier than I have ever been.
June 17, 2013
To: Herman and Joan Mullajohns
The children and grandchildren of Herman and Joan Mullajohns wish them a HAPPY 50TH ANNIVERSARY, celebrating with Mr. Keillor on the lawn of Ravinia this coming Saturday, June 22 (the very day of their anniversary)!!!
To: Virgina Hilton
Happy Belated Birthday. You were on the road to North Dakota so I hope you had a great day! Love Anne
To: Maggie Nawyn
At 15 you're likely the youngest person in America to start her own symphony and save an historic ballroom. Congratulations--you're my hero! Love Mom
June 16, 2013
To: Jane & Jack Weir
To Jane and Jack Weir on up north on Madeline Island Wisconsin:
Happy Anniversary on June 21st. 60 years of love, faith, humor, happiness and public radio.
June 15, 2013
To: Rachel Nagorsky
Happy birthday little bear. Love Gary.
Happy 49th birthday ! the last 22 of your first 49 are only the beginning!
Greetings to Robin, my lovely wife of 25 years. I'm in Seattle and all she got was this inexpensive yet heartfelt radio callout from the host of A Prarie Home Companion!
To: Cari Brady
Cari we can't wait for you to come home from college. We can't wait to meet "the Boyfriend". Tell him not to worry we think he will pass all of the tests with flying colors.
Love aunt Sherri and Uncle John
To: To our parents- Reba, Keith, Mary, George
How we wish you were here! We'll see you soon in the Rocky Mountains.
—Laura and Jacob Miller/McPherson
To: Jill Dvorkin
Greetings to my fabulous wife, Jill, who left her Norweigan-Lutheran family behind in Minnesota, and hitched with a marginally-nice Jewish boy from New York, to raise a Norweigan-Lutheran, marginally-nice Jewish family in Seattle. Happy Sixth Anniversary, Love, Dan
To: Will Warner
Happy Fathers Day Dad with love from Becky in the audience in Seattle. Thanks for all the forced cultural appreciation including PHC on cassette during car trips throughout my youth. Wish you were here !
To: Lily Clifton
Congratulations on your graduation from Boston College! Mom and Dad look forward to your return to the left coast and are wondering if you'll have time to help your brother get through Wazzu.
To: The Hellers, the Hwangs, and the Argonauts
To Evelyn and Andrea, sorry, no babies yet, but hopefully this will do. Pepper, be a dog. Good dog!
—Tom and Lily H
To: SPC Rory Martinez
So proud of our son serving in Afghanistan, can't wait for you to come home safely! Love from Mom and Grant
—Shelley and Grant Huntley
To: Stephen Stott
Happy Father's Day Dad. We look forward to seeing you and Mom over 4th of July to see the fireworks.
—Erin and Fred Gilbreth
To: Flamin' Joanie
What joy that you're bouncing around the Lake again with your best black lab companion and your new hip!
To: Seattle Fire Dept and my wife Kris
Kudo's to Seattle's Finest for the safe and efficient evacuation of the Victoria Clipper last nite.
Happy 36th Anniversary to my wife Kris.
Thanks for getting PHC tickets instead of the Whale Watching Tour on the Victoria Clipper!!
Love you more than ever, Mark
To: Dr. Ryan Gaalswyk
Congratulations, Ryan, on finally achieving the goal you've been working so hard for!! Enjoy the show!!
To: Don Jones
Happy retirement, Dad! If the walleye are not biting on Lake Vermilion, the salmon are running in Seattle. Love your daughter, Poopsie (or Evelyn Bozak)
To: Leon Schilling
"The roar of the greasepaint, the smell of the crowd!" Happy Father's Day Daddy!! Thanks teaching us what live theater and good radio are all about. Love, CD & MC
To: Dava Sobel
Happy Birthday from your brother and congratulations for being mentioned on the Writer's Almanac earlier today.
Happy (almost) 60th birthday Mom! Don't worry, we won't tell anyone. Oops! Oh well, now that everyone knows, can we have a party, or would you rather go to Disneyworld? Love, Jen and Lee.
To: Alison Faulkner
Mom! Happy 55th birthday! This is your year!
Thank you for treating us to Prairie Home Companion at le Chateue.
Love Justin, Sara, Nathan, Haylie, and Sarah
Looking forward to seeing you in a week. We'll have the rain ready.
June 14, 2013
To: Steve Krauss
Happy birthday papa! Enjoy some stinky cheese and don't forget to share with the cats.
Love, your son
To: Shirley Morrison and Hinda Kipnis
Congratulations to my nonagenarian friends Shirley and Hinda who are starring in the new Norwegian (!) documentary film "Shirley and Hinda Take On Wall Street"! From your fellow Seattle Raging Granny, Karen.
To: Michael, Robin, Adam, Tiffany, and the Kidos
From Seattle, I send love to my family in Oklahoma. And yes, Mom, I will hire you to design the exhibit, if you behave.
To: Linda Moore
Happy Birthday to our sister Linda, our favorite Twin-Citian. When are you coming to visit us in Bellingham? We have plenty of coffee shops for you.
—Dennis and Benita Moore
Happy birthday to my lovely wife Jane. You look just as young and beautiful as when we first met, which is probably why you still get carded for wine.
To: Duane and Eleanor Poole
Happy 60th anniversary and thanks for getting married on flag day so we almost never forget. Love from your grateful kids and grand kids
To: Mom and Dad
Hi Mom and Dad, our drive and move from Alaska, through Canada, Went Well. If the kids call, let them know. We think, we know where we left them and we'll leave next week to go look for them.. Having a great time Paul and Linda.
To: Mom and Dad
When I was 8, we saw this show and you learned I needed glasses when I couldn't see anyone on stage. 17 years later, I'm back. Thanks for all your love – and for the glasses.
June 13, 2013
To: Pat and Jim Bland
Mom and Dad-
Wishing you early happy 70th birthdays. Please make it to your birthday or we will really feel bad. Much Love. Your horrible children
—Mary Pat & Brad Bland
Thanks for seven wonderful years of marriage.
June 12, 2013
To: Ryan Cresswell
Happy 40th Birthday,to my lovely fiance Ryan. You are now of an age when a Canadian can say "Eh?" and sound dignified. Congratulations. Love, Amber
I know we'd never miss a live Prairie Home Companion show, but after almost 16 years together let's make honest men of each other and get married today at the Woodland Park Zoo.
To: Robin Johnston
Happy 81st birthday, and enjoy the show at Ste. Michelle Winery ... which is appropriate, since you're a big fan of Garrison Keillor and of wine, though not necessarily in that order.
June 10, 2013
To: John T. O'Leary
Happy 80th Birthday to Mr. John T. O'Leary, native of Leadville, Colorado, longtime listener to Prairie Home Companion.
—Charlene O'Leary Luke
To: John T. O'Leary
My older brother, John, has been listening to your show for a long time and he thoroughly enjoys it. I have listened to some of the tapes he's made from your show and I too am fascinated by your guests and quality of the show. On June 13th, John will be 80 years old. Can you please wish him a "Happy Birthday" on that day? I would deeply appreciate it. By the way, John comes from a family of thirteen - ten boys and three girls. There are two sets of twins in a row right above me. John is fourth from the top and I'm fourth from the bottom.
Thanks so much for your time.
To: John T. O'leary
Happy Birthday John! So blessed to have you in our lives. We love you very much! Hugs-
Dale, Kerry, Matthew and Joshua
To: John T. O'Leary
Happy 80th Birthday!! May this be your best birthday ever and may your birthday wish come true!!
—Mary & Chuck DalPiaz
June 9, 2013
To: Rabbi Seth Goldstein
Happy 40th birthday to the cutest, funniest and most delightful rabbi and husband. Love, your wife
To: John T. O'Leary
Please wish John T. O'Leary a very Happy 80th Birthday! He has been a fan of yours for many years and bringing up his name on your show would be very nice and thoughtful. We come from a large Irish family of 13-ten boys and 3 girls. Again Thanks Doris
—Doris (O'Leary) Grasmick
To: John T. O'Leary
John T. O’Leary of Colorado, has been listening to your show for over a decade; to be honest, we aren’t even sure how long. He adores your show and for his 80th birthday we wanted you to wish him a happy birthday. Sorry, we missed putting his 60th and 70th birthday into your greetings. He would love it! Happy 80th birthday John T. O’Leary from your friends and family!
Note to Editor: actual birthday 6/13/1933
To: George Gilchrist
Today, June 15th is the 45 wedding anniversary of George and Margie Gilchrist
June 8, 2013
To: Carol Taylor
To Carol of Westside story Praire home companion is our Broadway. Enjoy the show. Your son Richard and Patrica in Minnesota. (she at the LA show)
June 7, 2013
Our little squirrel friend. Hurry brack from Texas! Los Angeles isn't the same without you!
Mom and dad
To: Denis Letourneau
You are the wind beneath my 5 mega watt wind turbine.
To: Marissa Jenrich
My sweet honeydew! Congratulations on your graduate school acceptance! Your passion and thirst for knowledge will make you a wonderful historian! I love you!
To: Jim Westerfield (Dad)
Happy Birthday. Hope the squirrels at the cottage aren't torturing you too much this year and that you're getting hammock time in too!
Love, Your Son.
To: John & Rosemarie Calhoun
4 children & 2 grandchildren of the late John & Rosemarie Calhoun are with us tonight (Tanglewood, June 29, 2013). 1 sibling and 6 grandchildren are listening tonight. They're here in memory of all the cribbage games, the laughs and the stories we all shared together with Garrison Keillor over the years - in gratitude.
June 6, 2013
After listening to many shows together and dreaming of seeing the show in person, we are finally here LIVE at The Greek Theatre Los Angeles.
Feeling grateful for another trip around the Sun together. Happy 33rd Anniversary, Gary!
June 4, 2013
My Lovely Wife, five years ago we tied the knot after finally finding each other. Look how far we've come already! Thank you for our two wonderful boys, and thank you for your saying "I do"! Let's see what the next 50 or so years may bring! I love you!
To: John Martinez
To John Martinez from Aliso Village, there may not be any BBQ fried chicken within 1,353 miles of here, but I'm willing to drive you around to go find some. Green Machine, bro!
—Loana dP Valencia
June 3, 2013
To: Jessica and Miyuki
Hope you're having a great time ladies. Don't worry your little boys are safe with ABUELO. But is he safe with them?????
June 2, 2013
To: My Best Friend Quinn
I am so glad we are friends! I can't imagine the world without you! With love, your best friend Kelta
To: Dann Swanson
You're an amazing man, a wonderful father and fiancé. Thank you for all you do. We love you. Happy early Fathers Day. LOVE BABBS
June 1, 2013
I love you Mom! You are the best!
To: Craig Nakagawa
Karen and Paul send a welcome to niece Elissar Ben-Abdallah Nakagawa, the newest leaf on the family tree. You are the only reason your parents passed on tickets to the show.
Mommy, I'm in Minnesota and you're in Ann Arbor and somehow YOU get to see Garrison Keillor live. Love you.
To: Emma and Matthew
Please don't forget to feed and take out Mr Darcy so he can pee and poop! Love Mom and Dad
Happy 30th Birthday, sweetie!! Love you and can't wait for the next 30 years together
To: Jylle Benson-Gauss
Happy Birthday. Sorry I couldn't be there.
Sorry I'm such a hothead when I get behind the wheel. Next time maybe you should drive.
To: jonah timothy
happy one month birthday to our newest grandson. tonight at Hill Auditorium we put one ladle into our bucket list knowing the family name goes on in you
To: Our friends and family
Hi to Alpena, Michigan--the sanctuary of the Great Lakes and sister city to Lake woebegone. And to our above average children, Zach and Karrie
—Chuck and Karen Bennett
Early happy 13th birthday my sweet girl and thank you for babysitting so that we could come to the show!
Signed: mom and dad.
May 31, 2013
To: Ron Warner
To my amazing husband, congratulations on your Masters Degree! I am so proud of you and happy for you. You did it!! Now it's time to enjoy this show...one of your faves! I love you.....
To: Liz Rose Ryan
Happy Birthday Liz Rose Ryan! You are my sunshine! Love always
Thank you, Kyle, for the best gift of "paper" for our first wedding anniversary - tickets to see A Prairie Home Companion recorded live!
To: Morrissey- Maute RD Supper Club
Hello to the Morrissey-Maute ( Mahtee) Rd. Supper Club, of Grass Lake, Michigan Wish you were here to chew the fat. See you next Wednesday for supper at the Beerbowers.
To: Bill and Myrna Holland
I hope you are listening tonight up there in Elk Rapids, which is almost as lovely as Lake Wobegon. This show is one item off my bucket list.
To: Olivia thorp
Our daughter from Ann arbor will go to macalester college in the fall and will buy books at garrison k's bookstore on Snelling.
May 30, 2013
Hope you have enjoyed the show as much as I enjoyed sharing this experience with you, You are MY sunshine.
May 29, 2013
To: Brother-in-law Phil,
Happy Birthday, you get the whole bag of Bordeaux cookies because your special day is coming up. Love,
May 28, 2013
To: 8th period American Literature class
Hey 8th period students, I want to thank you for a great year. It's been fun getting to know you. Thank you for being enjoyable and open to learning. I wish you the best of luck in your senior year, your swan song.
To: My sixth hour American Lit class
It's been great getting to know you this school year. You've been a wonderful group of students and I wish you well in your senior year, your high school swan song, next year.
May 26, 2013
To: Dave Pritchard
Happy Birthday to Dave! He always has his rafio tuned in to the show every week and loves the laughter and the music
May 25, 2013
To: My dear friend Quinn
I can't wait to see you when you get back to CA. You are my best friend! : )
Happy 94th birthday Mom (Okay, I know it is not until December, but at 94 better safe than sorry)
To: Mark & Colleen
Look mom and dad, I finally made it to one!! Happy Memorial Day from the nations capitol!
To: Benjamin and Sebastian
Happy Birthday! We hope the fish are biting on the Chesapeake tomorrow. If not, at least we'll have cake for dinner.
—Mom and Dad bergen
Best wishes on your wedding today just up the road. Dennis, you won the hand of a wonderful woman. Have a great honeymoon in Canada! Your friend and colleague at the State Department.
To: HS-9 Sea Griffins everywhere
taking a moment this holiday weekend, in remembrance of our brethren passed, for warm holiday greetings to those who served, our friends and family everywhere. Sea Griffins forever!
To: Jerry Robarge
Happy Birthday to a Minnesotan in the audience (Wolf Trap, 5/25) proudly wearing suspenders for his 80th year!
After two and a half years of dating, I know that you'd rather have him ask than me, will you go to prom with me?
To: Paul & Kathy
Happy 40th anniversary to Grandma and Grandpa! We love you!
Ethan and Charlotte
Happy retirement. Here's to sleeping late and spending more time together. Without work we're going to have to find things to talk about again. Here's to good times together.
Happy 1st birthday to the fastest 1 yr old crawler there is. Soon you'll be running around the house with your big sister. I always warned your dad he would have a kid just like him -- and I was right!
To: Nira, Bill, Maurit, Tim, Joel, Laura and Charlotte
Hello to all of you in Madison, Wisconsin. Danny and I are fulfilling my lifelong dream of watching A Prairie Home Companion live. Love and hugs to all of you and I hope you're having fun this weekend.
To: Darling Daughter, Katie
Thank you, Katie, for the tickets tonight. Now you understand why I love watching the radio!
To: Harold and Janet Kay Nelson
Happy almost-50th anniversary to these two loyal listeners in Carlisle, PA from their grandson Adam. They were married July 14, 1963 in Tekemah, Nebraska.
To: Hope & Roy Brubaker
Thanks for coming to our rescue with the milk this morning. Hope the show is worth a whole day off the farm! Love you both!
To: My Wife Heather
Happy nineteen years sweetie. I am lucky to be able to spend tonight with you and the kids here at Wolf Trap. I love you!
Now that we got rid of the kids, it's nice to discover that we still like each other. Here's to 26 more years of discoveries with my favorite husband.
The girl I met under the basket thirty years ago. You always had a great jump shot and you still have all the best moves.
(PS We will be at the show tonight at Wolf Trap.)
To: Anya Samawicz
To my little sister Anya in Port Angeles, WA from Loulou in the other Washington. Congratulations on the new job. Your dream realized is an inspiration to the rest of us. Your whole family is so proud of you, and we're all coming out for a hike in the fall!
There are not enough words to tell you how very much I love you. Thank you for loving me.
To: Lizzie McKinney
Six year old Lizzie McKinney, In the audience tonight for the first time with her Great Grandpa Bob, who just turned 89, and her grandparents as well. Proof that a radio show can bring generations together!
To: Lev Hurlburt
Greetings to Lev Hurlburt of Takoma Park, Maryland, who at age 8 is attending his first PHC live broadcast at Wolf Trap tonight, and bringing along his grandparents, Sid and Carol Hurlburt of Reston, Virginia, who are celebrating more than 25 years of loyal listenership, a decade of regular attendance at the Wolf Trap live shows and their 50th year of marriage.
To: Ellie, Hannah & friends
With great appreciation for 3616 - DC home of great friendship, ideas and romance -- with a new generation here tonight! love from Peter and Ruthie
To: Birgit and Bob Coffman
Hello to Mormor and Morfar in Iowa From Inger, Mark, Sophie and Fiona. We are looking forward to seeing you this summer. Please leave some gooseberries for the girls to pick. Nothing builds character like picking gooseberries in August.
Happy 30th Anniversary! I'll see you after the show!
Happy 25th wedding anniversary. Now why did I agree to drive across the country this summer with you and our 14 year old daughter? Am I crazy? Yes, about You!
Happy one week anniversary from your wife and role model, Jenny.
May 24, 2013
To: Tess Dearing
My dearest Tess, I love you more with each passing day. You are my one, my only, my treasure.
To: Paul Orr
At 87, still seeking the answers to life's persistent questions...and teaching the next generation to poach a proper egg. Love & squalor, the grandkids.
To: Kate Crosbie
From an 87 year old thesp, who still yearns for the spotlight: Greetings to his Towngate Theater colleagues in Wheeling, WV.
28 years ago, in Blacksburg, you heard your name on the radio and blushed.
Happy birthday, Marla.
You’re blushing again.
Your husband Mitch.
I'll be listening live and thinking of you, out there on the Virginia prairie. As. You. Wish.
To: Michele (my bride) & Meghan (my pride)
Tonight we celebrate retirement after 25 years of Coast Guard service. We crisscrossed this great country from one adventure to the next. Your love keeps us strong, and APHC keeps us howling. Life is Good!
Mamma-San, wish you were here with us, we know how much you love a Prairie Home companion, see ya soon!
—Roy & Jackie Koons
To: Lew Ketcham
Have been trying to wish you happy birthday at the wolf trap show for years! You are now 65.... We are running out if time where we can count on good hearing....
To: Kevin McAlevy
Happy 50th birthday to a wonderful husband and father of five sons. We're so glad we could celebrate your birthday together by seeing Garrison Keillor at wolftrap. Love you!
MG and The Boys
—Mary Grace McAlevy
My dear friend and fellow NOT-Crazy Cat Lady, I'm so glad to be with you for our fifth Prairie Home Companion at Wolftrap!
To: Lisa Gross
Happy birthday to a wonderful mom!! Thank you for everything you do!
—Sara and Allie Gross
Dearest Rebecca, Word has it that your boyfriend who is from Minnesota does not like Prarrie Home Companion. We are gravely concerned for your wellbeing. Love, Laura, Jeff, Linda and Oke
Congratulations of your international law internship in Uganda. Wherever you travel, Cleveland still beckons.
Mom and Dad
Congratulations on Graduation from Colgate. We are so proud and counting on your divine connection as a Religion Major to get us in the “Pearly Gates.” Love, Mom, Dad and Lianna
Congratulations on your retirement...now please stop spending my inheritance.
To: Kate Kelley
Happy Birthday Kate - We can add this to the accomplishments on your bucket list.
To: Mary Cecile
Your parents & I thank you for getting PHC tickets. We hope your seat is comfortable & you can wait until we’ve left the parking lot to go into labor.
To: All our friends in Minneapolis
A shout-out to all our friends in the friendly city of Minneapolis. You were the warmth in our lives, especially during those long winters. We miss you!
Sanjay, Harini and Sneha in DC
To: Amy Hawkins
Thanks for attending A Prairie Home Companion with me tonight. Since it might be hard for us to get out to Lake Wobegon, we will just have to settle for seeing Keillor here in Vienna. Thanks for being a great sister!
May 23, 2013
To: Jessica (mom)
Hello to my mom and dad who have brought me to the show this evening! I love you! Ben
To: Jess Hencke
Four years ago we met over the book Good Poems; now we're one month married and watching the editor's live broadcast. Life is amazing!
May 22, 2013
To: Mom, Dad, Uncle Charlie, and Aunt Pat
Smile you are on Prairie Home Companion. Love Chris and Judi, Flagstaff AZ PS- There is still just a bit of snow on the San Francisco Peaks
To: Aunt Linda
You have swum the Minnesota lakes of Darling, Carlos, and Le Homme Dieu, but please remember, you are no longer 52! Happy Birthday Aunt Linda, love from Wes and Evie, Kris and Rob.
To: Tom Rhodes
Hope you are enjoying A Prairie Home Companion with your family at Wolf Trap on this holiday weekend.
May 21, 2013
To: Mom, Dad, Molly & Mary
Thank you all so much for supporting me throughout my time in college. You have all been there for me, even though I may have taken the scenic route.
May 20, 2013
Congratulations on your Sergeant’s exam with the Washington DC Police Department, we are so proud of you. Now…let’s start planning for baby number TWO!
—Katie & Charlotte Maguire
To: Clare Hall Smith
Thanks for the grammar "training." While painful then, I'm now the most grammatical electrical engineer on all my contracts. I'm actually certified in Written English.
May 19, 2013
To: Nancy and Joe Roe
Happy 60th Anniversary from your kids and grandkids. Your wedding day locust swarm was good luck for a long and happy marriage!
May 18, 2013
Have fun in Tennessee Quinn! I can't wait to see you when you get back!
I love you so much Honey. Thanks for the wonderful birthday surprise.
May 17, 2013
To: Heather and Bruce
Please congratulate Heather and Bruce on their marriage. Bruce says he can't wait to marry Heather and have a life-long adventure together.
May 14, 2013
To: Marion Gotwalt
Happy 90th Birthday from your kids, grandkids, and greatgrands! Cancel your weekly Saturday night date with that guy Garrison. We're having a party. Surprise!
May 11, 2013
To: Brian and Debbie Ransom
Thanks for keeping the tradition alive, looking forward to many more live shows together! Janice & Bob
Happy Mother's Day Mom! You are the best! I love you!
To: Janice Van Fossen
Happy 60th birthday mom! You seem younger and more full of life each day. I hope you enjoy your birthday surprise, say hi to Garrison for me.
To: Brother Doug and Mr Jim Briggs
Thank you to Doug for getting us tickets, and to Mr. Briggs in Winter Garden FL for telling us about PHC and making us faithful listeners for almost 40 years. And Happy Mother's Day Moms
—Jim & Erma Cooley
To: Marcia Gertner Johnson
Salute to resource librarian: Marcia Gertner Johnson retiring this month after 37 years of service helping thousands of students at Minnesota West Community & Technical College in Worthington as a dedicated employee of the state of Minnesota.
From her baby sister who remembers attending a live Prairie Home Companion together in Worthington almost 37 years ago.
To: Jon and Adrianne
Thanks for the tickets we are going to have a great time, we can't wait.
To: To my sweet David
Gargantuan thanks for my Christmas gift of being here tonight-talk about worth the wait!!! Also, bunches of love to the family, especially Mama on Sunday - a day she perpetuates!
Happy Mother's Day all the way from Tennessee! We'll be thinking of you listening back home as we listen from the Ryman tonight. Love,
—Amanda & Chris Sousa
To: Greg Wiser
Thank you for the great Mother's Day gift - a California lemon tree for a Georgia girl living in Tennessee. Love it, but paying off the mortgage last week tops everything! Now we can rock in those chairs on the deck with no worries, 'cept maybe how to keep a lemon tree alive - I love you my good, GOOD man.
To: Hal Andress
Thanks to my dad, Hal, for bringing me up to love APHC- and for coming with me from Orlando to this show!
To: Anna & Michael
Congratulations on a year of blissful marriage, proving that a Boston Democrat and a Kentucky Republican can find love and happiness together. Who could ask for more?
---Love, Mom & Dad
Happy Mother's Day! You're the light of our lives, and we love you so so much!! Love Sequoia and Chris
To: Stephen Greene of Stamford Vermont
Happy 60s birthday. You have been preaching sustainable living since you left home in Amherst to go live with the seedsavers in the desert, back in the 60s, and now you are in YOUR 60s...Keep telling us how to survive; we are really going to need to know that soon. For real this time! From your loving wife and fellow social justice prophet.
Alycia, I love you and I've been In love with you for just about as long as we've been together. Make me the happiest man alive by making me your husband.
May 10, 2013
It has taken my beautiful princess, 31 years to finally take me to see a live program. We have listened for the better part of 30 years, and she still is trying to convince me that Lake Wobegon is a real place.
To: Kathy Lenahan Agnew
Happy my "OLDER" wiser sister came to PHC with me. We enjoyed this show years ago and am thrilled we get to enjoy it again. Love you & so glad we didn't kill each other when we were younger.
—Sherri Lenahan Simpson
To: Mary Ann and Bob Savard
To the greatest supporters of the Arts we know, Congratulations on 50 years of marriage, from your whole family.
To: Ralph, Nancy, and Galen Montrone
Love to Galen, Mom & Dad on this fourfold celebratory weekend. Shame we couldn’t celebrate with Garrison Keillor in Tennessee!
May 9, 2013
To: Heather and Bruce
All the best to Heather and Bruce, who are getting married in Scotland this summer. We wish them a lifetime of happiness. Love from all their friends and family
May 8, 2013
You messed up big time when you didn't take me to Prairie Home's Big Love Tour in Knoxville on my 50th birthday--but bringing me here gets you back to zero.
To: John and Carmen Varley
Happiest of Birthdays Carmen and John Varley, born May 6 and May 8, 1947 and married on June 11, 1975! We love you, Janelle, Ben, Jack, and Chris.
May 7, 2013
You know how you were preaching about the virtues of hard work? Well, I did as you said for the last couple of years and I'm still poor so I'm coming over for dinner tonight.
May 6, 2013
I love you so very much!
May 5, 2013
To: Alex Berger and Rebecca Eskin
Rebecca and Alex!
Congratulations on your upcoming marriage!
We wish you blessings of health, happiness, fun and growth together all the days of your lives.
Susan and Freeman
—Susan and Tom Freeman
To: Greg and Aaron
Thanks for getting me tickets to see Prairie Home Companion tonight at the Ryman. You guys are the best father-in-law and husband (respectively) that I could ever ask for!
To: Jonah Harrison Schmidt
Happy First Birthday from your Grandma and Grandpa in Ridgewood, New Jersey. We can't wait till you move closer to us!
May 4, 2013
To: joe and clare reagan
from salt point,ny: hi mom and dad! heading out to do the barn chores then over to rose's for volleyball under the lights! awesome you could go to the show in norfolk, how bout those twins-- .500 ball, almost as good as the little falls flyers!
To: Brother Lynn
Happy birthday to Deep Creek's most "extinguished" band director from big sis.
For Daniel, So proud of you for donating your car to NPR! Thanks for a wonderful weekend in Norfolk and a great first year together. Love, Holly
Tom and Bruce say hi to Anna and Charles and our sweet granddaughter Rhoda. Hope you had fun at the zoo.
To: Buddy Petzinger
One year ago you set sail for eternity where the fair winds forever follow the sea. Your love and laughter remain immortal.
Happy 45th Anniversary of your 1st Holy Communion, to my Precious Polish Princess! From your Adoring Husband, Peach
To: Stacy Shorter
To my wife Stacy: thank you for 8 wonderful years together and for giving me the most beautiful daughter in the world. Happy birthday, I love you.
To: Stephen, in the middle of exams in law school
Remember that a Tort is not a small chocolate pastry and you'll do fine in your law school exams! Love, Dad
To: Pat Feehan
I hope you and Daisy are listening to the show tonight. You must be relieved after finishing with the grading. Not bad, huh?
To: wife Barbara
enjoy the show honey. I'm sorry you can not call pastor Liz to be the rector of Abington Episcopal Church. She's Lutheran
To: Andy Wermuth
Greetings to our family in upstate NY - Remember all those great summers in Maine listening to A Prarie Home Companion on Saturday nights. Lobsters on the rocks and Prarie on the radio - as good as it gets!
Arnie & Joannie
To: Amy and Dave
Mom and Dad say hello from Minnesota! So glad Dave's on shore duty. See you in Norfolk in July--can't wait to meet our first grandchild.
Thank you for eleven happy years of marriage! Even though I said I'd never move again, I would be okay with moving down the street
To: Aaron Bondurant
Your mom and dad are so proud that you will be receiving your master's degree in 2 weeks. Now can you start paying your car insurance?
To: Denise Krupski
Happy Mother's Day to a woman that can do it all! Thanks for introducing me to Prairie Home Companion. Wish you were here.
To: marian russell
Happy Saturday with Garrison and Jerome K Jerome ... sunshine & smiles ! your niece
May 3, 2013
To: Bill Bailey
Won't you come home Bill Bailey? Won't you come home? Happy 88th Birthday to my dad, Bill Bailey! With love, your girl child Sarah
—Sarah Bailey Turgeon
To: Jon & Sarah Potterton
Good luck on your first full Ironman at Lake Placid in July
Mom and Dad
—Joe and Barbara Gwizdaloski
To: Michael Joseph
hi mom and dad,
can't wait to hit the beach with you this august!
love from sybil and alan
To: Richard Mayer
Thanks for the tickets Grandpa. Bummer you couldn't make it- we're planning on checking out a new restaurant later, tell you all about it! Love from us all.
To: Snowden Barnett
Happy Birthday, hope you liked the giant 8 pillow mommy made you and your night vision goggles. Oh the possibilities!
May 2, 2013
To: Nancy McCall
Happy Belated 70th Birthday! We had a great celebration in Brooklyn, didn't we?
To: my wife, Lari
Sorry about the lame proposal but thanks for saying yes and for 24 1/2 wonderful years of marriage and moving in this whacky Navy lifestyle.
May 1, 2013
To: Mike and Becky
Dont forget to bring a covered dish to Thanksgivng in Williamsburg this year.
—Joe and Tom Vickstein
To: Wayne & Jean
Congratulations Dad and Mom for 37 years of marriage, then 5 years of divorce, still friendly and in the audience, thanks to the healing properties of ketchup, rhubarb pie, and Evelyn Lundberg
—Lydia Olson George
To: Bill and Jackie Plemmons
Happy 50th Wedding Anniversary to the greatest parents two boys could hope for. Looking forward to celebrating properly in beautiful Spring Creek North Carolina this August.
—John and Tom Plemmons
To: Jeanne Carlock
Congratulations to John & Jeanne Carlock, who are celebrating their 43rd wedding anniversary at the show in Norfolk, Virginia on May 4, 2013
April 30, 2013
To: Arlette McNeil
Happy Birthday Mom. I hope this greeting makes it on the air to make your day.
April 29, 2013
To: The In-laws
Celebrating their 2nd anniversary, Caitlin and Craig would like to thank their role models...Marty and Carol married 33 years, and Pete and Jo married 52 years...Thanks parents!!!
To: John & Ruth
"Happy 60th Anniversary to John & Ruth, celebrating tonight at the oldest Inn in Ohio, the Golden Lamb, also their honeymoon destination in 1953."
OK, Mom, the gloves are off. Happy Mothers Day from your daughter who gets pretty darned tired of hearing "Thats your MOTHER? I thought she was your SISTER!"
April 28, 2013
To: Suzanne King
Happy birthday to a remarkable woman who has brought fame and wonder to family and friends alike for 49 years. You are a treasure to us.
To: Mom and Dad
Happy Mother's Day Mom and Birthday, Dad! Thanks for visiting us in the town where you fell in love and bringing our vintage Pontiac Parisienne!
—Cat and Marc Hoecker
April 27, 2013
To: shannon and rodolfo mcintyre
Welcome to Va our favorite cousins Shannon and Rodolfo Hernandez-Mcintyre all the way from Seattle. We love you. Mark and Jody
To: Shelley Spong Daily
Thank you. Over 40 years ago, your birth at the Reese Air Force Base "Quonset hut" hospital in Lubbock helped postpone Dad's orders to Viet Nam. He then went in 1969,came safely back;we moved back to MN, raising four kids. We're remembering Prairie Dog Park in Lubbock. Is that how you got your show name, Garrison?
—Katie (Mom) AKA Grandma KiKi, Spong
To: Rachel white
Happy Anniversary my Sweet Angel.
12 years feel like the perfect first date.
I love you, Alan
To: Ina Braudt
Thanks for all the good times in our first 36 years together, looking forward to the next 36. By then, the twins will be a lot bigger.
April 26, 2013
To: Combes girls
In Lubbock spending your inheritance. Congrats to our OU English major graduate. Love Mom and Dad
—Clay and Annabeth Combes
April 25, 2013
To: Freda and Jay Gilbreth
Congratulations to Freda and Jay Gilbreth of Lubbock, TX who will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary on May 3rd.
To: Anita and Nick
Anita, Happy Birthday! Nick, congratulations on graduating summa cum laude from Texas A&M in 2 weeks and your acceptance at UT Southwest Medical Graudate School. Way to go Nick!! Love Grandma and Aunt Laura
April 24, 2013
Happy 15th birthday, Punkin! We love you,
Mom & Dad
To: Wendy Wilkerson
Happy birthday, Wendy Wilkerson, from Abby, Pat, and Lauren, who are lucky to have you in their lives! Now wave to Lubbock for them (yes, right now) and go kiss the Buddy Holly statue on their behalf.
April 22, 2013
(For the weekend of May 4/5)
To my loving husband, Happy Anniversary I love you more than yesterday, but not as much as tommorow...
April 21, 2013
To: John Horns
Happy 82nd birthday. Maybe this will be the year that you finally retire...or at least cut back to one job
To: Dick Novotny
Dick Novotny and his wife Martha are here in Lubbock celebrating Dick's 65th birthday. Your live show moved way up on their bucket list by coming within 200 miles of home. That's only one bathroom stop away.
To: Alli Kaplan
Glad you joined Garrison in Wierd Austin. Listening in was almost as great as being there with you!
April 20, 2013
To: Laurie & Eric
WISH I were in Austin with you watching PHC! It's gotta be better than that opera you went to!!!
To: Bethany and Noah
Happy significant birthdays to Noah (the big one-oh) and Bethany (the big three-oh) from Mema (at the big five-oh). See you at the beach in a few weeks!
When you first brought me to Lubbock, I thought, "Oh my!"
But then you showed me the skies... Thank you darling,
All my love
To: Travis Chapman
Welcome home Balmorhea. Loved seeing you perform in Moscow and St. Petersburg, RU this week!
—David & Jan Chapman
To: Mom, dad and Charles
Austin is great in the summer, I promise! Nothing a few South Carolinians can't handle. Love from Als
Stay safe while patrolling St. Louis streets and think of me when you help out cyclists. We'll go for a ride when I get home.
To: Matt Whitman
Things are just not as weird when you're not home. Have fun judging at NFA Nationals and Roll Tide...Mom, Dad, and Andrew
To Julie: Happy 21st Anniversary. I can't imagine a happier life than what I've spent with you. I'm excited for the next 21 years. -Wade
Much love from your sister in Austin on your wedding day!
To: Cousin Mary Stolp
Happy Birthday - one more surprise to add to Ron Greening's party last night. Now all of Austin knows you are starting your 6th decade! Celebrate!
—Charles and Jan Greening
To: Our Minnesota Family
You may think Minneapolis is Funkytown, but in Texas the Keep Austin Weird movement is alive and kicking. I promise, it's the city not us, we're not the weird members of the family! Come see us soon!
—Paul & Laurie Carlson
Happy 34th wedding anniversary. The years get better and better.
To: Katie Adams
We're at UT with Garrison Keillor. You're at UT with Mechatronics, Dynamics and Fluids. Who is having a good time now? Love - Mom and Dad.
—John and Sharon Adams
To: Mom & Dad
on Cape Cod
Dad in the garden Mom in the kitchen
LOVE and HAPPY 70TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY!!
To: Barbara Paul
Barbara and Jim are here (austin show), together celebrating 50 birthdays and 25 anniversaries together. Jim thanks his better half for giving him the better half.
To: Dale & Louise Peterson
Hope the fox urine is working out for you.
—Alice & Mark Driscoll
Lucas - Grammy's appt with Dr Keillor is running long...love you and be home soon! Mom, Dad, and Grammy
April 19, 2013
To: Heather Smart
Congratulations to Heather and Bruce on their marriage. Heather, Bruce loves you very much and is looking forward to your future together.
To: Gayle Temkin
Best wishes and highest aspirations for your 69th birthday tomorrow. Now standup and wave so everyone will know how lucky I am to be here with you. DENMW.
To: Grandpa nd Grandma Maresch
We will come visit you in Bird Island Minnesota once the snow melts!! We Love you!!
Ashlie, Eric, Tim, Lucy
To: Mom & Dad
Had fun with you at the dancehall in Lukenbach, hope I've become the ironic hipster cowboy you always dreamed of having. Thanks for all the love, you are my world
April 18, 2013
See ya back at the treehouse, Sweet Hubs. I've wanted to do this for decades! Keepin' it weird. Lady Cutesy.
April 17, 2013
To: Tiffany Bowman
Make me that happiest man in the world and marry me. If Garrison doesn't read this I'll have to come up with a Plan B.
To: Dave Donovan
Happy 70th birthday from your four wonderful kids and their respective families! We love you dad and we finally forgive you for wrapping our sandwiches so tightly. We wish you great adventures to come! Love, Anne, Patrick, Mary, and Bridget
April 16, 2013
To: John Rife
Celebrates his 100th birthday on May 11. He's already planning his next 100 years. We love you, Dad.
—Sharma & Vince DeNeui
April 15, 2013
To: Phil Curtis
Happy 58th Birthday, I hope this makes up for Birthday #53 in Hot Springs, AR. I messed that one up.
April 13, 2013
Happy Birthday! What did you want again, my darling?
To: mary rose
To the woman whoswept me over the largest falls outside Niagara
—mary rose mcguigan
To: Taylar Elise
I am so in love with you. Alas this will be the last Surprise Birthday Party. I hope it was the best. Love
—Blair C And Yanna Also
To: Grant VanVeldhuizen
Grant, hope the fish are biting on the Buffalo River. Miss you, the morells mushrooms and those wild azaleas! Much love, Chip and Linda
To: May & Lar
On April 17Th
seventy years hitched
A curse, a burden or Marital bliss?
'tis the heart enduring the imperfect
And loves loving the imperfect sublime.
To: Karen & Bill
Happy 9 year, 7 month and 21 day anniversary! We can't wait to come home for Pond Day!
April 12, 2013
To: Andie Raye and Robin
Please turn on your "listening ears" for Gram and John. And no more food coloring in their milk. Love, mom and dad!
To: Sara Markel
Happy birthday! You are the love of my life. Our animals Reggie, Jack and Calvin love you too.
To: Mom & Cassidy
To Mom & Cassidy. I know you're listening at home. We made it & we're having a great time. We love you & miss you...See you tonight.
—Dad & Jonah
To: American Forces Radio
AFN radio 1170, provides talk radio to US Armed Forces in Europe and which broadcasts A Prairie Home Companion every Sunday at noon.
LCDR Fred Gilbreth, USN
—LCDR Fred Gilbreth
Happy 9th Birthday! We hope you can take your ear away from the radio long enough to enjoy cake and ice cream!
—Mom & Dad Chutter-Cressy
April 11, 2013
To: Taylar Elyse
Happy 29th birthday ... Wish I was there to help you celebrate!
April 10, 2013
To: Curtis Ahrens
Happy Birthday my sweet Curtis. Thanks for turning me on to A Prairie Home Companion, my favorite Saturday night date! Love you!
To: Jeff Alterman
To my darling pest of a brother, Happy one month anniversary of your 50th birthday. Since it's on our mother's birthday I won't remind her of your advanced age as long as I get a bigger piece of cake than you.
April 9, 2013
To: The New York Gilmore's
Olivia, do take the job at the Guggenhiem. Thaddaeus your old Batman sheets are in the mail. Emberto needs the rent on the 15th!
To: Nancy McCall
Happy 70th birthday to Nancy in Baltimore from her family. We will all celebrate in New York City!
April 8, 2013
Congratulations on 20 years of personal growth! What a journey!
To: Sara Nicholas
Happy Birthday from Mom, Matt, and Kitty Bunkport in Philadelphia...have fun in NYC!
April 6, 2013
To: Mitch Kinstler
Hello to my brother Mitch and his family in sunny Naples Florida, lots of love from Jeff and Janet
Happy Birthday Erin! Love Brendan, Ripley & Harper.
April 5, 2013
To: Kimberly Wilson
Happy Birthday!!! I am excited to attend this show on your birthday. Hope it is as special as you are!
Ali, I am so glad you found me.My whole body giggles when you are around me! I love who you are and want to spend the rest of my life with you.
To: Mike Byrnes
Who'd of thought that the Irish catholic hippy from the private girls school and the tough guy protestant from the Detroit school of hard knocks school would be end up celebrating a 40th anniversary !
April 4, 2013
Miss you dearly and hope you're having a wonderful time in NYC! Much love...
—Deb and the Tentacle Monster
To: Col. Arthur Lykke ("Art")
Happy (belated)80th birthday to my Norwegian Dad - I love you, And Dusty does too -- he's looking forward to chasing the rabbits in the backyard. See you next weekend!
To: Mary and Katie
Hello to Mary and Katie from Shoreview MN, visiting New York for the first time this weekend! Don't worry about getting stuck on the subway. Have a blast and remember you can sleep when you get home!
April 3, 2013
Rest in peace Alyson from your cousin Nathan. Your family misses you and prays for your peace.
April 2, 2013
To: Ralph & Kathleen Wilson
Mom & Dad - Happy Birthdays on Saturday and HAPPY 40th WEDDING ANNIVERSARY on Monday!!!!! Keep on singing and dancing. Lots of love, Kora
April 1, 2013
I would like to wish a happy anniversary to my boyfriend Benjamin, with whom I will be in the audience for the Town Hall show on April 6th.
March 31, 2013
Congratulations on your baby koala! Hope he doesn't bite too much.
March 27, 2013
To: chris and christine clarkin wright
I thank both of you from the bottom of my heart. I owe my life to you. maybe I can repay you one day.
March 25, 2013
To: Lynda and Gerry
Happy 39th anniversary to our parents who are an inspiration for both your daughters' marriages! Enjoy the show on April 6 - don't rush home, but your fourth grandchild may be on the way - just kidding, but check your texts please!
—Anne and Chris and Barb and Mike
March 23, 2013
Have fun on your birthday and we hope you like your new joke book.
March 21, 2013
Welcome to Birmingham, Alabama! Happy 70th Birthday to John Brannon in two weeks--we splurged and bought good seats, we usually sit in the rafters!
March 20, 2013
To: King's College Theatre
Keep your chins up guys! From great adversity comes amazing art! No matter what happens, we're still the King's College Theatre!
March 17, 2013
Happy fourteenth birthday. Have fun golfing on your spring break.
To: Brad & Gloria Oldenburg
To my lovely and loving parents, who are still dancing together after 61 years, and have inspired many, many lives, and put up with me and my sisters, and allowed each of us to explore our creativity. You are the best.
—Brad Oldenburg, Jr.
To: Becky Zelent
Mom: yes we are coming home for Easter and no, nothing is wrong. Please have the breakfast casserole ready. Love, Blondie and Nichola
March 16, 2013
To: megan gray
love you babs heres to 12 great years from middle school sweet hearts to a loving family and many more to come
March 13, 2013
Congratulations on your opening! Only in that universe would you be considered old enough to play Leonato in Much Ado. Your very proud and older wife.
To: Betsy O
HAPPY BIRTHDAY 3/16 to My Darling in the snowy U.P.! So great to be together again 36 years after our first date. LOVE YOU!
March 9, 2013
To: Sky Guthrie
Finally, a validation for the internet---since I didn't have the money to send you a gift, here it is..."HAPPY BIRTHDAY, SKYBOY! Almost 30! I no longer have to feel responsible for what you do!" Impersonally yours, Momma
March 8, 2013
Happy 50th to my naked bicyclist (and if you can't say that on the radio then - to my sweet Brian). So glad you're finally catching up to me!
March 4, 2013
To: Keil (Kyle) Sterling Brewer
Happy Birthday ________, 10956 days old in San Jose CA. Congratulations, you’re almost 30, when you will no longer be a “little kid” in your parent’s vernacular.
—Les & Roxanne Brewer
March 3, 2013
To: Col. Arthur F. Lykke Jr. ("Art")
Happy 80th Birthday to my Norwegian Dad -- love you, and Dusty does too.
To: Les Smith
Happy Birthday on Easter! You are the best!
To: Patrick and Suzanne Connolly
Hi Mom and Dad, I may be at Dartmouth, but I'm keeping out of trouble. You can find me every saturday night, not in the fraternity basement but in my dorm listening to APHC.
March 2, 2013
Tyler, I didn't think that your gift-giving prowess could top the .22 rifle you got me for our 10th anniversary.....but the tickets to spend tonight with Garrison were worth it! Thanks for being an amazing husband! Love, Heidi
A birthday with Seuss, what fantastical fun.
Learning to rhyme almost everytime,
sharing her joy with daughter and son.
On this prairie home scene we wish Happy Birthday Colleen.
—Ellen and Nathan
Happy Birthday to NIck who would have celebrated his 71st birthday this month....Here's to the books, films, music and memories we shared your last two years! You are remembered with love and laughter! Katie
At my Prairie Home I wish I could be To sing Happy Birthday to Seuss and to thee Garrison Keillor I ask To assist with this task Happy Birthday, Mom -- I hope he'll agree
March 1, 2013
To: Laurel, Sarah and Dave
Hey guys, what a way to celebrate my 49th birthday. Let's not think about our grade school age children at home, lets enjoy the night!
To: Rich Hockett
Happy Birthday dad we are all so blessed to have a dad like you! Love you and have a wonderful night!
To: L. David
Happy Birthday. Welcome to 62! I know you will never be as old as me as you are so prone to remind me, (beat you by 6 weeks) but remember what they say Older is Wiser. Your loving wife
To: Kate Costello
Thank you to the Costello's for babysitting and the kid-free night. Next time there will be two. A new baby is due in September.
February 28, 2013
To: Lisa Brandstetter
Happy 30th anniversary Lisa! Its taken a long time but we finally made it! Love, Brian
February 26, 2013
To: Dan & Sandy
Mom & Dad, Married 43 years and still in love – I think that deserves a round of applause, I hope you can hear me! I love you, Sarah Bea.
To: Todd and Lisa Shilts
My parents Todd and Lisa are attending this week, who loved me enough to support me getting an art degree, love you!!!
February 25, 2013
To: Brian Quigley
Happy Birthday to Brian Quigley of Cape Cod, a fleet-footed courier for Meals-on-Wheels. Despite this geriatric brown-nosing, he's still a really good guy.
February 23, 2013
Marry me. Love Christopher
To: LuAnn Hunter
Happy 70th Birthday. Enjoy another glass of wine. You deserve it. Love from your son David and his partner Christopher
To: Dimmer Switch and Sherrie
Happy 50th wedding anniversary from your kids! That advice on "wearing good underwear just in case something happens to you" has come in handy through the years.
To: Fred & Phyllis
Enjoy the show tonight! Glad you were able to check A Prairie Home Companion off of your Bucket List!
To: Christopher Carriero
To Bird (who is in the audience) from Pony (who is not): I love you so much, and I know it's only been 7 months but: Will you marry me? Tweet-Tweeeet!
To: To the important ladies in my life
Thank you for making me a son, husband, son in law, and daddy. My love always. From: Hasa(hay-sa), darling, SIL, and papabear.
February 22, 2013
To: Joy Posis and Alex Yi
Happy 80th birthday to my mom! And another happy birthday to dad of the the one I love--as they share the same birth day.
February 21, 2013
To: Little Jason
Jason, Uncle Paul loves you and promises to play turkey foot with you anytime you want. Sending you a hug from across the country. Your Uncle Paul.
To: Rachel Gerlach
Happy 15th Birthday love mom.
To: Marla Nargundkar
Wish you a birthday filled with bird- watching, relaxation, Southern Comfort, and NPR!
February 20, 2013
To: Dave and Gail Swindell
Greetings from Thailand! Sorry our winter is considerably nicer than yours. Can't wait to see you in April. Love Andrew and Jane.
February 18, 2013
To: Stan and Annie
Hope things are going well in Missoula!
To: Grace and Shane
Hope things are going well in Missoula!
To: Jay and Cheryl
Thanks for the tickets Mom and Dad!
February 17, 2013
To: AARON NESS
AARON, YOU SHOULD MOVE HERE SO WE CAN GO TO MORE PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION SHOWS TOGETHER. PS HI EVERYONE IN FERTILE, MINNESOTA! LOVE, MOLLY.
February 16, 2013
To: Sally Glemba
To: Sallicka Glemba;It's the end of your 75th birthday week so once more I'd like to say Happy birthday to a kind, sweet, loving, amazing wife a man could ask for! Who knew that I would find a treasure in Selma Oregon! Love you "Duša Moja".
To: Joanne Bosky
Greetings to you and your truly remarkable pug dogs.
Congratulations Chad- you're going to be a Daddy again! Wouldn't want to attempt this wild ride with anyone else. Love You. Nettie
To: Terry Spawn
Happy birthday from the rest of the family! We are so happy to be celebrating with you at the show tonight!
To: The Nellie Family
A shout out and sincere thank you to Gregg, Colleen, Raliegh and Barbara who so graciously shared their home with us this past year after the fire! We will never forget your generosity.
February 15, 2013
To: Bill, Jackie & Heidi
Visiting from Sussex, WI. Hope Josh got you good seats. We'll be listening to the show at home and wishing we were there.
—Bob & Diane Midland
To: Tracey Richwine
Happy 50th birthday to our wild and crazy friend! I know you LOVE sitting in the audience right now watching the show in person! And all the way from Richmond, VA!
February 9, 2013
Missing you very much, Dana. Definitely the worst part about this storm.
To: Esther Crosby
Hope you were "lashed" to the pine tree in Wrentham when the 68 mph winds "slammed" against you while the snow gently and quietly fell!
—Matt and Candace Rogers
Happy 30th birthday Jesse! Between this milestone and your new son, the gray hairs are soon to come! From your older, and grayer, brother.
To: Zach Sawyer Josephine Sheridan Summer Everett & Cassen
To our 7 wonderful children. You may never "see" radio in your lifetime so we are here to tell you what it was like.
—Shawn & Rebekah
To: Amy Wages
Thanks for 8 great years of marriage and chasing me around with your vegan dishes. My heart is happier and my belly is smaller.
Happy Birthday to my mother who died 3 weeks ago -- she was aiming for this 95th birthday.
February 8, 2013
To: Harlan Christianson
Let's say goodbye to , a devout Norwegian Lutheran farmer and devoted public servant, recently honored by the Minnesota Legislature with a Moment of Silence.
—Kiel & Tony Christianson
To: Char in Texas
Looking forward to your retirement so you can attend the Minnesota State Fair. Maybe your cat, Wishbone, can perform his tricks.
20 years ago we had that first Valentines dinner, we never did decide which one of us should have the seizure to get out of paying for the meal!
February 7, 2013
To: Peter Overlien
Hope you are listening on the radio so you will know how near and dear you are to me. I hope our paths will cross again soon. Will all my love...
Happy 83rd Birthday to Gene,from Augusta, Georgia, here in the audience! Love that your celebrating in MN with us, Dad-
February 6, 2013
To: Terry Spawn
February 2, 2013
To: Lindsay Boris
Thank you for coming all the way to St. Paul with me to enjoy the Winter Carnival, and to re-define you idea of what "cold" really is.
January 30, 2013
To: Rosa Yi
I continue to search for the frequency to your NPR-loving heart. If I could dedicate a PHC song, it would be "Am I Boring?"
January 28, 2013
To: John McTaggart
John, we all miss you and our City desperately needs you back on the Council. It's been 3 years since your passing and still there is no one to provide your wise and patient mentoring, shrewd advice, and the best and wryest humor of anyone I've ever known.
January 27, 2013
To: Leslie Lofton
Happy Birthday Daddy! Surprise! Thought it'd be a cool gift to have PHC wish you a happy birthday and Happy Anniversary to you and Mom!
January 26, 2013
To: Holly Lynn
Who knew I'd find the love of my life at the dog park. You're my best friend and I love you wildly!
To: Jack and Beth
Merry Christmas Hope all your wishes came true!
To: Molly Arbogast
Happy birthday to Molly! (here at the Madison show -- 9pm version)
When I said in my proposal 14 years ago that I wanted to grow old together, I meant it; and we do so as each day drifts past. But surely we've solidified a new maturity here tonight by attending this live recording of a PHC. (9pm) Your loving and slightly older husband, Bill
To: Terrisa Kienzynski
"Laetam natalem tibi,O Mater," from your soon-to-be Latin teacher daughter! Hope you had a great one!
To: Leif Erickson Kluesner
Happy 3rd birthday to a little boy with a big Norwegian heart!
Love Papa and Nana
January 25, 2013
I hope you're enjoying being in the audience tonight. I'm looking forward to many more experiences like this together. Love you!
To: Gracie and Bill
To a fun 50! You two are our role models, whether at "the club" or "up nort'!" Happy Anniversary, can't wait for the next 50! Love your sister friends in Overture Hall and the Radio Audience
January 23, 2013
To: Edna Lillian (b.)Crandall ( m.Mashl)
Our Mom, Edna, was born 100 years ago in Charlestown, Rhode Island. She still lives alone, feeds the deer because she has given up fighting with them over the vegetable garden, When we asked her what she wanted for her birthday she said, "I would love a lone, yodeling cowboy." So we thought of you. It's been tough trying to find one in Rhode Island.
—Sally, Stephanie, David and John Mashl
January 21, 2013
Happy 13th Birthday to our son, Sam! Celebrating at the late show on January 26! Sam's parents are Moravian and Presbyterian ministers. Wisely, he is being confirmed a Lutheran! Pastor Ingqvist would be proud!
—Scott & Staci Marrese-Wheeler
To: Norma Titherington
Happy 90th Birthday to Norma Titherington. Born Norma “Hansen” to native Norwegian Karl Hansen and his wife, Hazel, near Mikana, Wisconsin on the shores of Red Cedar Lake in 1923. Norma arrived 2 months early and weighed 1.5 pounds. Her grandmother put her in a cigar box with a homemade incubator to keep her warm and alive. For many years now, she has been singing the Star Spangled Banner a capella at the annual 4th of July celebration in Mikana, and sings regularly at her church, Our Savior Lutheran.
January 20, 2013
Well its the end of your Birthday week so once more I'd like to say Happy birthday to a kind, sweet, loving, amazing boyfriend a girl could ask for! Here's to many more to come! Love you baby!
To: Rick Evans
I'm so proud and happy to see you on stage with the Krause Family Band and PHC at the Overture Center!! I'm even more proud and happy that 77 days from today I'll be your wife! I love you, Jackpot!
To: Bill Parrott
Sorry you missed the show at Gammage in Tempe yesterday after waiting so long to see it. Feel better soon!
January 19, 2013
To: Bill & Margaret Knopf
Happy 70th Birthday, Bill Knopf! Love, Kelly, Mark, Leah, Ezra
To: Grandma Alanna and Papa Don
Grandson Corey wants you to return his Christmas gift in exchange for his two front teeth he just lost!
To: Anne and Jeff LaVigne
Hope you're having a great time at the show, you guys deserve it! Love you lots!
—Emma and Christian LaVigne
Reuben would like to ask Michelle for her hand in Marrage?
And says: I think we should open the “wedding wine”.
(Both in audience 1/19/13, and I have the ring with me)
To: Emma and Christian
...our two wonderful children, already 17 and soon to be 13. You're growing up so fast, and we're very proud of you. -Love, Mom and Papa
To: Sarah Cupo
Happy Birthday to my beautiful wife; the perfect friend, companion, and now mom. We love you!
To: Wendy and Stephanie
WE-HE-LO to my dear Campfire Girl friends from your fellow graduate of Horace Mann Grade School in St. Paul/Highland. I'm in the audience today!
To: Donna and Diane
Hi from Brownsville,Minnesota to my sisters who are in the audience tonight. I hope the Bucky Badger yard gnomes are scaring the scorpions away.
To: Julia Kennedy
Just finished our combined fall/winter season in 1 week here in AZ. How's the weather (and 'super phone ringer' we got you for Christmas) in White Salmon, WA?
January 18, 2013
To: Rebecca and Brian
Sorry Dad and I ditched you this afternoon when we found tickets to the show. Be good for the babysitter! Love, Mom
To: Amy, Eddie, Leslie & Trevor
Can't wait to see all of you at the beach this summer. Love, Mo and Po
January 13, 2013
To: Marcella Klemme
Belated Happy 91st Birthday to Marcella who is sitting in the audience today.
To: D. Garrison Hewitt
Happy 13th birthday this Jan. 19th 2012. We look forward to many more years of listing to Prairie Home Companion with you.
Mom & Da.
To: Jim bowen
Jim and Randy are in the audience, taking time out of archery deer season to see their favorite show!
To: Martha and Dreamah
Hope you're having a good time in Superior today, we are slip slidin' away at Big Lake in Bemidji, MN.
—Sarah, Bubba, Sissy and Happy Einerson
January 12, 2013
To: Jannot Ross
honey love Ty
To: Ryan duval
I can't wait for our first little one to arrive this year, you are going to be an amazing father, I love you!
My love- Thank you for five wonderful months of marriage; here's to many more!
To: Lucy Nordwell
Baby Melanie says Hi to Grandparents Steve and Lucy and Great-Grandma Nonnie in Port Angeles, WA. We had a great time over Christmas and hope next year will be the one where no one gets sick :)
To: The three generations of Webbs & Kenny-Elliotts in the audience
Thank you for the joy of family and music!
Love, Aunt Beth
Loretta, you still rock my world. I love you more. today as I did 30 years ago!
David, Sandy, and Cooper of Walnut Creek send woofs to our new dog, Kona, who's listening in the car.
To: Michael and April
To the not yet conceived child looking for
April and Michael: Have you lost your way? Use MapQuest! They live in
Emeryville and are awaiting your arrival.
January 11, 2013
To: Ted & Delores
Connie and Kari (in the audience 1/12) send greetings to Ted and Delores, who moved back to Minnesota and will be at the Fitzgerald Feb. 2. Enjoy winter!
Happy birthday to my niece. Really enjoyed your visit last year and next time we'll try out that French restaurant that makes the best burger in San Francisco.
Happy birthday, love of my life! Let's celebrate this marvelous day with Garrison and the Prairie Home Companion Show Live here is SF! Bunny says Hi!
January 10, 2013
To: Helen Wedmore
Happy 78th Birthday Mom, No dancing at the Eagles Club this week-end. Rest your hip. Love you, Theresa
January 9, 2013
To: Bruce Ruff
Happy 74th Birthday Dad! Can't wait to see you guys up here for the kid's birthday. We'll try to turn the rain off for your visit.
Happy New year Dad in Cincinnati from Marty and future daughter-in-law Susan-I promise she will be the last one!
January 8, 2013
A very happy day of birth to my loving wife and best friend. The move to South has been a quite change but at lest we have each other for in-depth discussions on (southern Living)- please read in "souther accent" if at all possible.
January 7, 2013
To: Pat Hanauer
A huge hello to my rabid Twins fan Pat from Farmington MN, from Paul, the lonliest Dodger fan in the Bay Area!!!
To: Nick and Pam Curtin
So glad I decided to tag along for your Christmas present Mom and Pop! Thank you for introducing Mary and I to the show!
Happy just-another-day to the love of my life.
January 6, 2013
Wishing her a Happy B'day on Jan 12th; a Minnesotan now living in Berkeley, and currently in attendance at the Live Show in the Opera House
To: Dick and Marie Chaisson
Happy January Birthdays from your son and daughter-in-law in San Francisco! Hope we can have you visit soon!
—Jon & Amanda Chaisson
Keep your head up! If you can withstand winters in Minnesota, then you can overcome this, too. Tap into your Midwestern pioneer fortitude!
January 5, 2013
To: Joanne Bosky
Greetings to my wonderful sister. I would love you even if you didn't make the best egg lemon soup in the world!
To: David Freburg
From the Prairie to the Pacific
My companion is terrific
I love you Pookie
To: sam & cindy wolff
congratulations on the new grandbaby.stay warm and dry in Saint Paul. From Marty and wendy in San Francisco. when are you coming to the West Coast?
To: Lucinda -mom
Celebrating Lucinda Whitrock's 98th birthday -born 1915, Frazee, Minnesota
Kevin, Carole, Matthew, Pat Tristan.
We know you're listening on the radio now.
To: Meg Cupman
Is 63 tomorrow and retired yesterday after many years as a children's librarian. Not because she was sick, just sick of working! Time to make some quilts.
We fell in love driving a mail truck on the Feather River Canyon, listening to the show, 18 years ago.
January 4, 2013
Dad and I always felt bad you and Jake spent your childhood in Berkeley, instead of St. Paul like me. Will more hot dish and jello make up for that?
To: Susan Reich
Happy Birthday, Mom! You only asked for Garrison to wish you a happy birthday on the air. So if he reads this I'm returning your gift.
To: Robin and Nancy Crawford
Happy 40th anniversary to Robin and Nancy Crawford! Celebrating 40 years of love, friendship, good times, and Sunday dinners serving both Idaho and Tulelake potatoes.
To: Jens Emil Nielsen (pronounced Yens)
To the only 24 year old man I know who would cry when receiving tickets to see this show. Enjoy!
To: the Prieto family
Eunice, Esteban, Mark, Paco and all the family we send you our love and are grateful for all the times with Peter.
Renu, Isa and Roshan - in India.
—Renu (Ray-noo) Neogy
January 3, 2013
Feb 11, McCallum Theater, Palm Desert, CA
Happy Birthday! St. Cloud, MN native, 1953 Minnetonka H.S. Graduate, now southern California resident.
To: Bob Newman
Hope you are enjoying being at the live show in San Francisco on your birthday. Seems wonderful and strange after growing up watching movies in the World Theatre in St. Paul. Remembering "Save the World" Theatre.
Thank you for the ticket to Prairie Home Companion in San Francisco, I’m sorry you can’t be there. Get well soon!
December 26, 2012
To: Betty-Jeanne and Donald Korson
Should you care to cogitate,you both will agree. From the very first date,you have been great. Happy 60th anniversary. Love, Andi
December 25, 2012
To Dave, my sexagenarian sweetie, I am so thrilled to be your bride this spring. The best is yet to come! From your septuagenarian finance, Betsy
December 23, 2012
To: Arvid and Eleanore Gullerud
Merry Christmas my two full fledged Norwegian Lutheran parents on your 92nd and 90th birthdays this year! Hope you get some Lutefisk for the holidays! love Peter your son, also still Norwegian even in California
December 22, 2012
To: Miriam Hof
Happy New Year! I hope you have clear days, no blizzards and no car trouble this winter.
Wishing ,y husband a Happy Anniversary on New Year's Eve. Twelve blissful years & counting!
To: The Svedlund Family
A very Merry Christmas to the Svedlunds in the audience tonight. Much love from the West coast, Matt and Clara
To: Leonard Kienzynski
Happy birthday, Dad! Congratulations on surviving the Mayan Apocalypse!
To: Jane Davis
Happy sweet 16 Janie pear. Hope you're enjoying your trip to see the show live from Town Hall. Love mom, dad, Cait, and Annie.
Happy 53rd Birthday to my dear friend "Snuffy". Don't worry, you'll never grow old because you, my love, ARE special.
To: Milo Cowles
Greetings to Milo and his host family in Yea, Australia! Hope you make it to the beach in Melbourne for Christmas. Wish you were here! Love, Mom, Dad,Hattie, Omi, Opa, Eric, Courtney, Elyse, Sophie, and Artur
To: Kevin and Maureen
Christmas greetings to Kevin and Maureen who are listening from their home in America's's "Little Apple"-Manhattan, Kansas.
From Pete, Karen, Family and Friends.
To: Joseph McMenamin
My Dad is an old man named Joe
who turned 60 a few weeks ago
no longer a youth,
now long in the tooth,
cheer up Dad we're here at Lake Woe!
December 21, 2012
Two deployments to Iraq, seven lost years, but we always had a couple books of Good Poems to bridge the time and distance.
December 19, 2012
To: Sam (Dad) Slabaugh
Happy 60th birthday from your daughters who grew to be various degrees of good-looking, strong and above-average.
—Laura, Joy and Sarah Slabaugh
To: Sam (Dad) Slabaugh
Happy 60th birthday to a good-looking father, who tried to raise an above average son--there's still time left to get there!
December 18, 2012
Happy 20th Birthday to Violet in Jerusalem listening on live streaming from Pops and Grandma in Hatboro,Pennsylvania. Keep up the good work at Hebrew U and come back to Bryn Mawr in the spring. Love, Grandma and Pops
Happy wedding anniversary to Don from B.J,his bride of 60 years! Thinking of you at home as we celebrate in the audience here in New York. Keep up the good fight! You're a Starker!
To: Courtney Cowles
Happy Birthday, Courtney. We're delighted to have you and yours back in the States, and we know this year will be better than the last. Much love from all of your in-laws.
December 17, 2012
To: Betty-Jeanne and Donald Korson
Mom and Dad. Should you care to cogitate, you will both agree. Your 60 years have been great from the very first date. Happy 60th Anniversary! Love, Andi
December 15, 2012
To: The Mazets s
Delighted you're there in New York, the whole family together. Warmest wishes from your Peach Place pals, & a howlin' woof from Duke
To: Beatrice Prior
The children, grand children, great-grand children, and great-great-grand children of a fine Norwegian woman, Beatrice Prior, wish her a happy 100th birthday - but please don't make a fuss. :-)
To: Steve Strickland
Happy 50th Birthday old man! Much love from your family and see you soon.
December 13, 2012
To: Jeffrey Howe
Happy Birthday from your Irish lass of Turtlepoint,PA. Want to stack firewood together forever. Love you more every day.
December 12, 2012
To: Betty-Jeanne and Donald Korson
Mom and Dad. Should you care to cogitate, You will both agree. Your 60 years have been great from the very first date. Happy 60th anniversary! Love, Andi
To: Katie & Saul
Kate and Saul. Looking forward to seeing you guys back in Minnesota where we just got 14 inches of snow. More coming this saturday. P. s. bring your snow shoes.
December 11, 2012
To: Jody Sackett
So glad we are together at the show in NYC. Thank you for being my Best Friend and Sister all these years. Love, Sis
December 10, 2012
To: Ethel Clawson
Dear Grandma Ethel:
Wishing you the happiest 100th birthday celebration from your loving family, see you at the church on the 16th!
Dave & Gerald
December 8, 2012
Thank you for supporting me through design school in Denmark. I've sold my soul and work in advertising so I can pay you back. I love you and I'll see you in Iowa for Christmas.
Happy birthday, Mom! It took six years, but you finally made it! Love, T. Rick
—T. Rick Jones
December 7, 2012
To: Pete, my LOML (Love Of My Life)
Hello LOML (or "Hulloml", as I say to you every day). I know it's your first time, and mine too, although we do it every week by the radio. Yes, I'm thrilled to be sharing APHC with you live, and I'm so happy that I was able to keep this a surprise! It's much better than the Nutcracker, right? Merry Christmas, Sweetheart!
Suprise Dad - this WRVO bus trip to NY is more than a fun day with with your daughter - it's your Christmas present!
Merry Christmas. I love you!
To: Granny Apple and Doodad
Wish you were here in the big Apple with us. Keep the radio on for Lefty when you are all driving in the Crown Vic.
—David and Cathy Pedersen
To: Clara and Shane Sanders-Marcus
Hope y'all are having a great time! Please bring back the answers to life's persistent questions...like the nature of the Trinity. Could really use it on the Church History exam! Love from Duke Divinity School.
To everyone helping to decorate Mom's tree in Pittsfield: Don't forget to hang my bells!
December 6, 2012
To: Grandma Parrish
Happy 101st birthday Grandma! You were one year old when the Oreo Cookie was invented and 19 when Twinkies first hit the shelves. You’ve outlasted the Twinkie. Watch out, Oreo!
December 4, 2012
To: Columbia Law School Midwest Society
Good luck with finals, members of the Columbia Law School Midwest Society! Life on the other side is sweet--one can bake Christmas cookies on Saturday afternoon and then enjoy PHC live instead of studying!
To: Columbia Law School Midwest Society
Good luck with finals members of the Columbia Law School Midwest Society! Now that we've graduated, we are enjoying tatter-tot hot dish while you study!
—Andrea, Libby, and Joy Johnson, Moulton, and Ziegeweid
To: Kurtis Walton
Happy birthday. Love you
To: Sheryl and Bruce Johnson
Mom, Dad: We'll be home to Minnesota for Christmas--please make it snow. Hugs and French kisses (not those kind...), your daughter and French son-in-law.
To: Jim McCarty
What is a true friend? Someone who remembers your birthday but forgets your age. Happy Birthday!
December 3, 2012
All my love and thanks for 20 happy years of marriage. Please ma'am may I have 20 more?
December 2, 2012
To the ten pound one ounce baby boy born Jan 19, 1963… It’s high time you started lying about your age, Love, Mom.
TO: Richard The Correct Husband
Happy 65th Birthday, December 7. Wishing you miles of love from the west coast to the east
So proud of your FEMA team in New Jersey helping those in need
Would love to have you home January 5 to partake of your birthday gift
seating for “Prairie Home Companion” at the War Memorial Opera House!
The correct Susan
December 1, 2012
To: Patrick, in North Dakota
Congratulations on your new career at the FDIC! Now, you just need a nice Catholic girl who will live up to your mother's expectations.
To: Mom and Dad
Mom and Dad - we've run away to New York and are going to Lake Wobegon next, with Garrison and crew. Love you!
—Sue and Rick Schleh
Thanks for coming and welcome to an American institution.
To: Bub and Emma
Thanks for continuing the birthday tradition despite absorbing Sandy's best punch! With love, Kyle and Abby.
To: Eleanor and Diane
Sorry you are missing the show tonight in person - but we hope you are listening right now. We (and now Mr Keillor) are thinking of you.
—Susan and Jeff D
To: Gwen Daniels
Happy 78th birthday, Mom! You've been such a great mother to Kim, Marc and me. So sorry one of us turned out to be a Republican...
Happy Birthday, Mommy! We promise to listen to the babysitter.
—Milo & Ruben Goldman
November 26, 2012
Happy (sweet 16) birthday to Mary. Celebrating here at Town Hall tonight.
You'll be sweet 16 forever to me. Love Dad
"we will be at the 12/1/12 show"
To: Ben Fuller
It all started in Bryant Park in NYC. What a glorious five years it has been. Thanks for always cleaning out the cat box. I look forward to the next 50 years – of being with you, not cleaning out the cat box.
November 25, 2012
To: Norah Jayne
Happy 1st birthday to Norah Jayne in Northern Minnesota and congratulations to her parents, Nathan and Sara.
November 24, 2012
To: Sarah Buck
A very happy birthday to cousins Sarah Buck and Sarah Bailey from Southwest Florida. Our birthday wish is to see APHC live in SW Florida 2013.
Came all the way from Caracas, Venezuela to see Mr Keillor (whom I listen to almost every week thanks to the Internet) in person in his red shoes, Here I am in the last row of the Town Hall and WOW!
Thanks to son Travis for tickets to this show. You made parenting a piece of cake. We're so proud of you. Love, Mom & Dad
—dan & susan bleen
To: 50% of Abbott In-laws (Jack, Clairie, Elizabeth)
Happy November 29 birthday, I'll meet you at Slippery's for a bump!!
November 23, 2012
My dear wife,
Just a couple of days and we will be together! Can’t wait to come home to Dresden for Christmas.
I love you!
I don't think it was a cat who ate a part of the turkey when it was left in the car to stay cool but I am glad you ate my portion anyway. Love you Monica
To: Amy and Ashley Ostdiek
Amy and Ashley from Colorado: Congrats and love from mom dad and Tim on your marriage. Enjoy Saturday's show. Yay for New York and marriage equality. See you back on the prairie soon.
To: Tom and Diane Turck
Sending warm Antarctic Summer birthday wishes to Mom and Dad in Bismarck. I used all the common sense you gave me and took a job where the months between November and March are milder than ND.
To: Derek Schraner
Happy Birthdaymas to my favourite Ottawa neighbour and co-conspirator. This night with Mr. Keillor in New York is to make up for the cosmic cruelty of your birthday falling on Christmas Day. Aren't you glad, this year, I splurged on a hotel room that doesn't have bunkbeds? May your next 41 years be full of skyscraping pastrami and corned beef sandwiches from Katz's, and teetering stacks of comic books from Midtown. I lurve you, I loave you, I luff you.
To: Blanche & Ian
Greetings to my 92 year old mother, Blanche, in Springville PA & to my son, Ian, proudly serving on the front lines of Phila NewsRadio.
November 22, 2012
There is no place else in this world where I would rather be right now then here in this iconic theatre, sitting, listening, and smiling next to you. I want you to know that I was grateful when you accompanied me to the movie theate in Burlington, VT to see our first Prairie Home Show . I was also appreciative when you left the radio on in the car even though it was tuning out with static! I hope you don't get embarrassed if our friend with the red shoes reads your name on the air. Or if he let's the whole world know how much Love I hold in my heart for you. Another year, another Town Hall NYC show. We made it to the front row!!!
November 20, 2012
To: Tricia Guthrie
Happy birthday Tricia Guthrie ,the blue bird days of Colorado are not so far away
November 18, 2012
Congratulations to Casey and Kayla on their engagement!
November 17, 2012
To: Jack Farrell
Happy 70th birthday to the man who makes me laugh nearly everyday along with our weekly Garrison Keillor. His nickname is Sasquatch because he has big feet.
To: David Schwab
Wishing my husband happy retirement after 37 years with the Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory. Thanks for all you've done for our Great Lakes!
To: Heather and Eric
Congratulations Heather and Eric on your engagement! If you need a flower girl and ring bearer, I have two that you can rent!
Marc and Kelly
November 16, 2012
To: Ted Miller
Thank you for the best date night ever! You're the best!
To: Stephanie Taylor
Happy Thanksgiving Mom! I am starting to wonder if we are the only family that has more pies than guests?
To: Dan the Man Holt
67 years ago a dark, curly headed boy was oklahoma born, only to have the wind sweep him to the mighty state of Texas and there, firmly planted his roots. Happy Birthday to a man who deserves so much, Hope you enjoy this crazy
radio show! Love from me and the kids!
November 15, 2012
To: Bob and Kathleen Leingang
Congratulations on your 50th wedding anniversary you are an inspiration to your whole family. We all love you to pieces.
November 14, 2012
To: Evelyn Vecera
Dear Mom - I know you understand Blake's words that "We can't bind ourselves to joy. We have to kiss it as it flies by." I hope you have a pain-free 85th birthday. Much love...
November 13, 2012
To: JASD Jewish Association of South Dayton
Greetings to JASD who is having a Prairie Home Companion party tonight while listening to the show. Our home is now Lake Wobegon.
To: Tricia Guthrie
Happy birthday, The blue bird days of Colarado are not so far away ,I love you more and more with each passing day.
November 11, 2012
To: Kathy Gould
I'll still need you. I'll still feed you now that you're 64.
Your Big Brother
Happy birthday we love you!
November 10, 2012
To: Steve and Melaine (<--rhymes with Elaine)
Mom & Dad!
We hope you're having a beautiful time and your happiest anniversary!
We love you so much! Stay out all night and sleep in tomorrow, you deserve it!
Your loving kids.
To: charles and julie
Thank you Garrison for kicking off our first adventure together. Hopefully you bring us good luck. If not we will be forced to move to St Cloud.
To: Franklin and eliot
Glad you could make the show. Hope lefty can too. You're both handsome and above average in my book. Love mom
Happy 9 month anniversary tomorrow, Ron. Thanks for getting tickets to this show in Chicago!
Happy 92nd birthday to my Mom. Mom, please don't worry about the money. We could never repay you for what you've done for us. Carol
To: Paul Danko
Hello to Paul & Mel from Mom & Dad in Minnesota. Hope you're enjoying the show.
November 9, 2012
Happy 16th Birthday. Hope you are enjoying the show with all the old people. From you Aunt and Uncle.
To: Will, Jackie & Karina
We hope Karina enjoyed her first time hearing "The Prarie Home Companion". We will remember this night for years to come.
—Tom & Florence Pinn
To: Steve and Melaine (<--rhymes with Elaine)
Mom & Dad!
We hope you're having a beautiful time and your happiest anniversary!
We love you so much! Stay out all night and sleep in tomorrow, you deserve it!
Your loving kids.
To: Kasia Pater
Dear Mom, Happy 49th plus one! Me and sis can't wait to come home, P.S. don't tell dad we voted for Obama, we don't want to be cut out of the will. Love Bogdan and Ola
To: Mel Zellman
"How sharper than a serpent's tooth..."
Happy birthday, love, your very thankful children.
To: Barbara Luchsinger
A HUGE HAPPY BIRTHDAY , FROM ALL OF YOU FRIENDS AND FAMILY at the JOFFREY BALLET costume SHOP !!!!
—Travis j. Halsey
To: Mary Perkins
Thank you mom, for fulfilling a childhood dream by taking me to see Prairie Home Companion. A son could not ask for a better 30th birthday gift. Love always.
To: Paul Hopson
Happy 82nd birthday Dad. Being here with you on the same continent is easier than being in New Zealand confused about when it is actually your birthday due to the international dateline.
To: Jane Pelz
Happy Birthday to my wife Jane celebrating a significant birthday that ends in zero
November 8, 2012
To: Colleen Stephens (in the audience)
Congratulations (and Viel Glück!) on your upcoming internship at the Max Planck Institute for the Advancement of Science in Leipsiz, Germany.
Good luck on your Coast Guard exam. Sorry you couldn’t be here to enjoy the show in person. Your mother-in-law appreciates the free ticket.
To: Alumni of St. Raphael Catholic School in Naperville, IL
Mrs. Robinson sends greetings to all her phenomenal, former students who attended St. Raphael Catholic School in Naperville, IL. She always knew you were like the Lake Wobegon children, only you all were well above average!
To: Becca Silvas
Hello from Chicago Becca! Hope all things are well in your life. Wish you could be here - I miss you!
November 4, 2012
To: Laura Pruss
I love you Laura. You are the best girlfriend IN THE WORLD!! :)
—Schnitzel a/k/a Lambshanks
To: Shannon Skelton
Happy 5 year anniversary to my English major wife!
November 3, 2012
To: Aaron Bussey
My dear adventurer! The last two years and some months have been great!
November 2, 2012
To: Sasha Rosenfels
Happy Birthday Mom - doing just fine here with Papa. Though I can't believe you left him with a one year old. Enjoy the show!
October 27, 2012
I was a board op at WBAA from '80 to '87, in the basement of Elliot Hall! It's where I first heard PHC. I don't know if anyone's still there, but hi to Maurie and everyone else roaming the basement halls!
You’re right. Sue Scott is even prettier in person than she is on the radio!
—Pieter van Doorn
To: Chief Master Sergeant Sandra Dye
Sorry you were called to duty on short notice. Thank you and all the folks at Grissom Air Reserve Base for your service.
Love - Curt
PS. Mom says thanks for letting her use your ticket.
To: Amy Memmer
Thank you Amy for allowing me to abandon you and our three children to drive from Kansas to my alma mater on my Birthday to see this wonderful show. I am sure your parents will forgive me someday. I will be back in time for Chruch tomorrow.
To: My Carolina Viking
Ninjas are safe at home. Having a great time. All that's missing here is BBQ and you.
To: Joe Wilkerson
Happy birthday, Dad! After 74 years, your middle name is still "Go"!
To: Charlie and Kim Taylor (mom and dad)
Happiest anniversary to my favorite parents! Oh, wait... Happy anniversary.
Love you always!
To: Gary Mueller
Happy Birthday to our brother Gary who turns 60 today!! Good luck at the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington, DC tomorrow and to the whole family joining you! Hopefully a big celebration to follow!
To: Ella and Jakob
Mark this one off the bucket list, kiddos ....Mommy made it!
To: Angie (Freshman Boilermaker in the audience)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY and thanks for coming to the "old folks show" with Mom and Dad today.
Brett, you are the love of my life. Get better soon. Wishing you were well enough to have made it out here to the Midwest.
To: Pawel Majkowski
What a way to end such a great summer. I look forward to many more summers of fishing northern pike, and motorcycle trips. And tell Kasia - don't forget that she's winning roommate tryouts. Thanks for all the great times together you're the best.
To: Andy and Marie
Hello from your parents in Granite Falls, Minnesota. We are still wating for you to bring home some grandchildren.
To: Betsy Caputo
To the best mom we three weirdos could ask for- wish you were here. Love you
—Erica, Kerry and Liz Caputo
To: Mom and Dad and Granny and Grandad
I'm sorry I'm missing the turnip picking, but I hope you're having a good time listening in Oklahoma. I miss you very much.
To: Granny and Grandad & Mom and Daddy
Thank you for making me listen to NPR and helping me find A Prairie Home Companion and scheduling a listening party for the Purdue show.
October 26, 2012
To: Anna Westfall
Peggy mama & papa want to say "hi" from Purdue University & sent Lots of love to our Grand-daughter 'ANNA' We are going to have a blast Camping-out with YOU! Pack your Long-Johns!
—Peggy Mama & Papa Terry Crose
Happy 12th Birthday to our wonderful niece in Massachusetts, from your aunt and uncle at Purdue!
October 25, 2012
Thank you for being the marviest mom ever!
—Lee Ann Jaeger
October 23, 2012
To: Frank and Barbara
Hope Florida is fine. Trying my best to keep up with leaves at your home in Lafayette but may need a larger rake.
October 22, 2012
To: Victoria Supernaugh
Happy Birthday to my wonderful wife and best friend!
To: Zippy Larson
Please announce on the October 27, 2012 show:
Happy 80 years young to Baltimore's Best Historian and walking tourguide, Zippy Larson! Keep the zip in your step, you octogenarian. We love you!
Dear Jim, I just want to say thanks for listening to Prairie Home Companion with me for 27 years! And I was wondering, could you change jobs? Not just any job but a job in Minnesota? I know you know how homesick I am for Minnesota & how badly I want to move home so could you try really hard to get a graphic design job somewhere in MN, preferably near a good walleye lake and not too far from the bait shop? If you do I promise I'll cook your favorite hot dish every Friday, play footsie with you under the table and let you ice fish from your favorite couch anytime u want. I love you forever Woody. your wife Chris.
October 21, 2012
To: Eva Langton
Congratulations on the impending arrival of the next generation of PHC fans!! We can't wait to cuddle your baby!! Maybe Next year we can see the show live. Love Grammie and Grampa Risse
To: Lena Risse
Happy 20th Birthday to our baby, Lena!! Happy to hear your public radio pledge as a birthday gift to yourself!! Welcome to adulthood, we love you!!! Mom & Papa
To: Ehtibar Dzhafarov
Happy 60th birthday, papa! Hope you're having a great time. We loved having you visit San Francisco. Next time, we promise we'll only walk downhill.
—Damir & Veronica Dzhafarov
October 20, 2012
To: Kevin Dearborn Olson
If you were listening to Prarie Home tonight, you might have heard my old banjo teacher, Jack Tuttle & his daughter Molly, as they're competing as a Duo on tonight's show. When you were pnly one yr old, the hifh 5on3 or my banjo made you cry! ,,, I'm sorry
To: Karisha & Sarah - MaMuse
Much love from two sisters to two "spirit sisters". Your poetry and music continue to inspire us and punctuate our lives. We love you!
—Kathleen & Rosemary Quinn
To: Martin White
I hope you enjoy your surprise tonight, coming to St. Paul just to see Prairie Home! Thanks for introducing me to P.H. I actually sort of enjoy it. ;)
To: mom and dad in N.H.
We made it into town yesterday from colorado,to see the show.already had walleye twice! Hope everything is well up in "lake Winnipusaki"! And hope the tourists have all gone home!
To: Cathy and Jim
Greetings from your Dutch dinner mates. You are now officially Prairie Home Companion groupies, and we envy you.
—Ruth and Luke
October 19, 2012
To: berit & gavin
wish you were here to help close the cabin! but we're jealous of auckland for the weather you're havin! love from minnesota kiwis
To: Tom Londergan
Happy 50th Birthday to my best friend and husband Tom. A night out with Garrison was the best I could do... Love you lots! xoxo
To: Marilyn and Susie
Greetings to both of you in "the other Rochester." Please sit Susie near the radio so she can hear this.
Love from Connie and Kevin
—Connie and Kevin Bowen
October 18, 2012
You're a Republican, I'm a Democrat, but what we have in common is a love of PHC and Lake Wobegone. Enjoy the show with me this Saturday, honey. We'll both be there in St Paul to enjoy it and for once, we won't talk politics!
Happy 23rd anniversary! We don't agree on everything but we agree that GK and PHC are the bomb! Let's celebrate like our wedding but without the earthquake.
To: the Rev. Danae Ashley
Happy birthday and happy second anniversary to the woman who changed my life forever. Next year in Scotland!
October 17, 2012
To: Marion & Orgean Storlien
Happy Anniversary Grandpa and Grandma! Fifty-nine years; you really know how to set the bar! Wish we could be there. Love always!
—Joe & Jessie Storlien
To: Christine and Art Melendez
Happy 20th anniversary! Love from you sons.
—Christopher & Curtis Walkons
October 16, 2012
To: Fred and Joy Fields
Happy 5th Anniversary! Enjoy the show
October 14, 2012
To: Jeff Baird
Happy 22nd Anniversary TODAY (10/20/12) to my wonderful husband Jeff. Thanks for coming to Prairie Home Companion with me, instead of buying me another shotgun.
October 13, 2012
To: Jim & Kathy Petrokubi
Happy anniversary Mom and Dad! 40 years together, and you still have the glow of two teenagers in love. Hope you got a little sunshine on your trip this week!
To: Marion Storlien
Happy Birthday to Grandma Marion; a woman who's braved life on the prairie in Dawson, MN for 80 years now.
Love, your grandchildren
October 12, 2012
To: Neil Blomberg
Happy Birthday! After listening to PHC for 30+ years, we thought it would be a great gift to attend this performance for your(70th)birthday! With love from Joanna, Erik, Annika, Michael and Henry.
To: Eddy & Susie
Happy 50th Anniversary! You took us on a cruise to celebrate and we're taking you to a Prairie Home Companion (Oct 13).
Congratulations. We love you!
—jeff, jody & meredith king
October 11, 2012
To: Tim Langhorst
Happy 29th birthday Tim. We are proud to have you as a son and a partner of Langhorst Dairy. Dad's wish came true.
Love, Mom and Dad
—Kurt and Constance Langorst
October 9, 2012
To: Florence Boyle
Happy Birthday to my mother who will 98 years young on october 26th. She lives in Windsor, MAss.
To: Family & Friends in Louisville
We're so happy to be here on our second October visit to The Fitzgerald and front row center this time!
—Allen & Brigid Brown
Happy 80th Birthday to Gladys, and congratulations on her marriage to Bud 60 years ago in Arkdale. They are attending the October 13 show.
October 6, 2012
To: Liz Masterson
Liz we are all praying for your recovery. We can't wait to hear Colorado's Favorite Cowgirl singer again soon!
To: Jack Holmquest
To our family expecting us in Sioux Falls SD tonight for dinner....sorry. Got the LAST two tickets for tonight's show and "Dinner with Grandma" would have been great, but has been off the bucket list for a while now. Thanks for understanding. Love you all!
To: John, Kathryn, Eric, Karen and Joanne
Thanks for coming up to Minnesota to visit us on our birthdays!
To: The Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in LaCrosse, WI
Ready the holy water! My mother-in-law is en route after her visit to
the land of Lutherans!
To: My Dad, John
Happy belated 60th birthday! If you can't hear this, you probably need hearing aides.
Your loving daughter, Adria
October 5, 2012
To: Cristina Woodall
For Oct 6, 2012 Happy 40th birthday to our storm chasing girl from your Kansas family
—Randall & Betsy Kaufman
Have a very special 68th birthday!
From your sweetie
To: Warren Gager
Happy 62nd Birthday Dad! I love you with all my heart!
September 30, 2012
Thank you for ten beautiful, happy years of
marriage. I love you more than ice cream!!!
To: Austin Young I
Deployed in Japan and thinking of my wonderful grandparents. Love you and hope to see you soon.
—Austin Young II
September 29, 2012
In the audience tonight celebrating our 5th Wedding Anniversary! Glad to be partners in crime on this roller coaster ride through chaos!
To: Beth Kaufholz
I hope you're enjoying our 36 hours in St. Paul. But if you're not, we'll be back home in Florida tomorrow!
To: Carole /Mom
last saturday during PHC you went to heaven to dance with Jesus, but tonight I'm know you'll hear the merits of ketchup, and praise God I am not an English major, and if Garrison sings "Lord I TOLD THAT UNDERTAKER" together we can all scream! Love always, Jackie
September 28, 2012
Happy 7th Birthday Tommy Boy! You just might be the youngest regular listener. Like it or not.
September 27, 2012
To: Carol Jean Aagard Tillitt
Happy 80th to the girl who is a Farmer's Daughter, Nurse, Wife, Mother, Cook, Seamstress, Rosemaler, Gardener, Grandmother and most of all, BELOVED. From your Air Force Grandkids in Germany
—Suzanne, Perry, Sadie & Bennet Peloquin
To: Madie, Lara, and Rachel
Happy 16th Birthday Madie, Lara, Rachel, May you remain fearful of exceeding 22 mph and continue making only right turns. Love, your parents and driving instructors
—Your Moms Koehn/Trimarco/Koehler
September 24, 2012
To: Ann and Larry in Mancos, CO
After 20 years with no paper to show They done got hitched just a year a go!
It is Greg Hoekstra's 65th birthday on Oct. 1st and we are attending your show on the 29th of Sept. Was wondering if you could surprise him with a Happy Birthday wish.
September 23, 2012
To: Uncle Joel & Aunt Kirsten
Here live at PHC without the kids! Thinking of both of you and hope to see you soon. Hi Grandma. Thanks for watching your grand dog Addie.
Love Keely & Bob
To: Susan Marie DeLongis
So chaplain DeLongis. If your are still keeping score, spiritually and in the flesh, you lost. You lost BIG. Ya dig?! Dumb dumb!! LOL.
To: Bob Person
[FYI - Bob will be in your PHC audience at the Fitzgerald on Saturday, 10/6/12.]
Happy 70th Birthday to Bob in the audience, with love from his kids and grandkids. We hope you enjoy A Prairie Home Companion!
September 22, 2012
Hello to Carol. Glad you could come to visit and get to see Prairie Home Companion. Have fun!
To: David Cauffield
Happy 29th Birthday David! Lots of love from your family.
To: Jack n Jean
First time in st Paul and wanting to tell friends and family in Idaho and Vermont we'd come back.
To: Lucinda and Matt
Congradulations to Lucinda and Matt on your wedding this afternoon in Rice Park, in downtown St. Paul, from Lee and your mother Peggy, up from Columbia South Carolina.
To: Grandma Julie
Our first PHC show live tonight on the heels of our 5th grandchilds announcment this week!!!
September 20, 2012
To: Rod Tangren
Like to wish the CAVEMAN happy birthday out at the caveman ranch in moab ut.
To: theresa punyko
Hello to the best mother in Minnesota on your 80th birthday. You gave up the gardens of New Jersey for the Minnesota winters. thanks
September 19, 2012
To: Jim Ottery
things are going well and I'll be home to see you now that the fun of summer is over and I'm broke!
September 16, 2012
Happy Anniversary Honey , I live you so very much!
To: Ailie Phillips
Hello to Ailie (pronounced A Lee)from your folks in Maine. Study hard. Remember, today is both Grandma's and Frodo Baggins' birthday. We love you.
September 15, 2012
To: Dad and Sandy
Hey, in case you still listen and aren't too busy I wanted you guys to know that you're going to be grandparents. Love you bunches, Litz Noodles
To: Joy and Greg
In today’s show from West Virginia.
Hello from Dad and Mom.
Happy 22nd Anniversary to my loving wife today. She stands as a testament to women who can tolerate the absurdity of the male condition for these extended periods of time.
Dearest Moose. I wish you were here with me, and not in 103 degree San Diego, But I know that the kitties (Xora the warrior princess, captain naughty and the orange ninja) the yard and the farmers market peeps are glad you stayed. The wheel turns and will bring me home again Monday
To: Oliver Kokomoor
Happy 4 week birthday. Tell your mom and dad to keep you warm through the Madison, WI winter. Florida Gator boys weren't built for the cold. Can't wait to see you.
—Karl (Pop Pop) Kokomoor
September 14, 2012
To: South dade county family
I finally made it all the way from Miami. I closed my eyes had a dream about cheese curds and Lutherans and woke up in Lake Wobegon. Aka. St. Paul.
September 13, 2012
To: Michelle Elliott
To my beautiful wife Michelle. So excited to celebrate our honeymoon on our one year anniversary! You Are my sunshine, my only sunshine, you make me happy when skies are grey, you'll never no dear how much I love you. Happy Anniversary!
September 11, 2012
To: Nancy AuBuchon
Greetings to my brave wife, the rock lady of Sullivan MO. You have inspired us with your positive attitude while fighting parkinsons and enduring deep brain stimulation surgery. You have touched the lives of many people with your gifts of lucky rocks. This is for you!
My Lucky Woman
I said to a squirrel, "What is that you are carrying?"
and he said,
"It is my lucy rock; isn't it pretty?"
I held it and said, "Indeed."
I said to God,
"What is this woman?"
And He said, "It is my lucky rock;
isn't she wondrous?"
September 10, 2012
(laura will be audience on Saturday 9/15)
Good Luck with your new job in St. Paul. We will send cheese and maple syrup as needed.
Love, Mom and Dad in Vermont
September 6, 2012
To: Elizabeth Middleton
Happy 33rd Birthday, Elizabeth! You've been listening to A Prairie Home Companion since you were a young girl and you like to say that whenever you hear it broadcast, it reminds you of being young and being at home. May this birthday wish make you feel all the more young and at home when you hear it in our kitchen where we listen in with our children every single week.
September 2, 2012
To: Martha Jane Cordell
Best wishes on your engagement Martha and Ben! We're looking forward to the big day!
September 1, 2012
To: Cole Schneider
We're getting married today! Many waters can't quench our love but good thing it's an open bar at the reception.
August 28, 2012
To: Cousin Judy
Thinking of you and heard from the Indianapolis delegation that the wedding was wonderful and they all enjoyed themselves. Please thank the happy couple for the ornament they sent me. it is perfect. Sorry I was not there but you know how I am about weddings..
Always think of you when PHC comes on and hope that you are listening too.
August 25, 2012
To: Lily Morse
God bless you, canine soulmate. I’m glad you enjoyed your last evening rooted to the earth sailing on the chesapeake bay, eating saga cheese and lapping chilled water in a wine glass! You left us 5 hours ago and we miss you terribly.
August 24, 2012
To: Casey and Stacie Madson
Congratulations Casey Madson and Stacie Ausen on your very "prairie home" Norwegian wedding today at West Freeborn Lutheran Church near Hartland, MN. Love, your family.
August 20, 2012
Please wish a happy 60th birthday to Craig from his kids, who know better than to call during this show!
To: Neill and Arnie Fingerhut
A great Big Happy 60th Anniversary to my favorite Minnesotans - my parents! You are an true inspriration! With Love from your family!
August 18, 2012
To: Mom (Kathy)
Living over 4000 miles away in York has made it difficult for us to stay in contact as much as we would like. Hopefully you'll be listening to 'Holy Ole' with me. You'll be happy to know that we're already saving for a trip to Minnesota next summer. Can't wait! Looking forward to celebrating Eloise's 2nd birthday and a visit to the State Fair with you. Lots of love, Lisa :)
August 17, 2012
To: To all the current Oles
Believe me, 20 years from now you will crave that cafeteria lutefisk.
—A 90's Alum in Sydney Australia
To: Richard Corrick
Happy anniversary, my darling Richard! Thanks for putting up with all that comes with marrying a St. Olaf graduate!
To: Christene Fair
17 August 2012 - Happy Birthday to an amazing woman and friend - Can't believe it was a year ago that we went to see Garrison at Tanglewood! Hope your birthday is triple dream brie-like!
August 14, 2012
Happy Birthday Jennifer! We are so proud of you! It has been a pleasure to share in your joyous and triumphant year. Hang in there, Autumn is coming. It wont be "hot as hell" much longer. Love Mom and your very "Norwegian" Dad
August 7, 2012
To: Dot Smith
Happy Birthday Mom, after 30 or so years of you listening to APHC on the radio, and sharing the progam with us girls, we finally made it to a live show today. September 15, 2012. We love you Mom. Your girls Iris and Wanda.
August 1, 2012
Good luck with your new job in St.Paul. Vermont misses you but we will send cheese and syrup as needed.
—Mom and dad Chesnut
July 31, 2012
To: Pleasant street block in excelsior
Thank you for your ongoing support to the excelsior pillow store. we greatly appreciate it and hope you enjoy the show. Don't forget the popcorn :) .
July 28, 2012
To: Lisa Bevalaqua
Well Hello There~ Lisa,
Can you believe I live in this big city?
Have a wonderful Birthday and
a great year.
Your ole friend ~LuAnne
July 24, 2012
To: Augusta Donaldson
I tried to come up with something clever to say, but best to leave that to Garrison. Happy 30th Birthday - here's to many many more!
July 22, 2012
To: Edward and Harriette Gibson
Thank you for all you do! You two are the best grandparents ever! Love, Allie and Dresden..
I love you & I'm happy that I have a day off to spend quality time with you today!!
July 17, 2012
To: Melissa Bennett
To My Sister Melissa -
Welcome to the new member of your family - Bela!
We're so happy you have arrived!
Michelle and Jeff
July 13, 2012
To: Aunt Bernice
Dan and I are really happy to be celebrating your 90th birthday here at Prairie Home Companion. I promise it will take a lot less time to get home...once we get out of the parking lot.
Do it again at 100?
To: USCG BM2 Masri
Its been four years since I found the stack of Prarie Home Companion cd's at your home and knew you were the one. I wish you were here and now on that boat!
To: Appel Family
Welcome to LA, Willem, Elisabeth, Charlotte,emmeline, little willem and jurian!
Let's not wait another 7 years to get together!
Love, Tom, jean, Kaitlin and Nolan
My dear, sweet, engineer husband. I spent a decade listening to Prairie Home Companion before I met you. Somehow it is even better listening with you by my side, even though you always need a translation and you rarely hear all the words...! Thanks for taking me to see it performed live this year. I hope you hear everything clearly at the Hollywood Bowl. Your wife, the communication specialist.
Here's to starting a new life soon together! wah wah wah BOOM!
To: Chanel Boutakidis
Many thanks to my wonderful wife who had to purchase tickets to 4 other shows in order to land good seats to this one. Mr. Keiller, this had better be worth it.
To: Mary Zastrow
To my loving sister and her boyfriend. Thanks so much for inviting to come along to the Hollywood show. Love from the North Bay.
Happy four year anniversary...and you thought falling in love in our mid 50's would never happen. Sorry about the broken hip while mountain biking.
Congratulations on graduating from UC Davis Vet School. Carpe Diem. Mom & Dad
Welcome to California Shane.
We wish you good times, good grades and a Great Future!!
Uncle Damon & Aunt Anne
To: Penny & Ed DeRocker
Happy celebration of 41 years of marriage and congratulations on the sale of your home. Hope your stay at the lake cottage this summer is like a second honeymoon. If not, one of you is always welcome to come babysit here in LA. Love to you both!
"I choose you as my best friend, lover and partner for LIFE". I spoke those vows from my heart, and they hold true even stronger today. Its not over yet.
You loving wife,
Happy 51st b'day and 20th anniversary from Mel, mom, Shane, anne, and all those who love you and think you are the best despite your humble opinion of yourself.
To: Alicia & Ranga Bhaumik (Baamik)
To a young Japanese woman, born and raised in Colombia who decided to study abroad in the 70’s and got stuck because of a young Bengali man swept her off her feet in the great melting pot that is LA – Thank you Mom ‘n Pop
Dad, I know it's been a tough journey but you're still my hero.
Happy 40th birthday and 5 year anniversary to my someday husband Russell.
To my bride, I passed my dissertation defense in the big city. Mississippi bound in two weeks. Uncork the wine and put the babies down early, we've got some catching up to do!
Ten years ago, ten years seemed a much longer time. I love you, Wench, I love being married to you, and I love our funny life together. Dooot.
To: Bernice Burton
Happy 90th birthday to Bernice, from your kids, Tom and Elizabeth! Congratulations, and enjoy Prairie Home Companion at the Hollywood Bowl!
To: Larry Cistrelli
Hi Dad, just wanted to say Happy Birthday. I finally got to see a Live show at the Hollywood Bowl.
To: Papa Pat Eller and all of Clover Valley, Minnesota
I'm off the family pay role! Happy to announce I got a job offer and a boyfriend in LA, sad I won't be coming home to you and the humid forests of Northern Minnesota. May the varmints stay out of your gardens!
To my one and only bratty bro,
After you've finished swimming in this 90 degree weather there's only one thing I want to know: is it hot enough for you now?
From your Wonderful Big Sister (WBS)
To: Mike and Mary Morrison
Mom and Dad everybody at tonight's Hollywood Bowl show wishes you a very happy 49th Wedding Anniversary. XXXOOO your son and daughter-in-law.
Congratulations to Enzo on being accepted into the Los Angeles Children's Chorus! We are so proud of you and looking forward to every performance, where we promise to cry only a little bit.
Love, Mom & Dad
To: The Sauders
Safe travels to the Sauder van, rolling across the miles from LA to Roanoke, IL after two weeks of fun family times.
Hey Babe, our move to SoCal is not to shabby- I got into USC and your underpaid at your job! I love you and here's to living the dream! -Jenn
Dick, thanks for feeding our Betta fish, Mr. Roland Bond while we here at praire home companion.
To the loveliest gal that ever strolled down the avenue of love. And to the baby in your stomach, please be a good boy.
To: Frances Sanfilippo
7-13-2012 Happy First Birthday in Heaven MOM !!!
Hope the gardens are up to your standards.
Please give Dad all our love as well.
Hello to Amie, a California girl who only eats Asian food, spending the summer in Midland, Michigan. Don't despair -- Zachary's bringing 12 pork buns in his suitcase just for you.
—Karen and Milt Policzer
To: Christina, Angela, Chann
Thank you for the birthday gift of these tickets, we're having a wonderful time!
—Irene (mom & dad) Loera
To: Jess and little Alexander
I thought Mr. Keillor's dulcet tones would be easier to bear if singing your praises. You're a wonderful mom! Even 3000 miles away, a night in Lake Wobegon and I'm home again.
To: Carrie Salisbury
Happy birthday to my sweetheart, turning 30 for the first time here with Garrison. Maybe he'll go home to the babysitter so we can go out for dessert?
To: F. Garret Cloran
Thanks, my dear pal, for being my special date tonight! If anyone should live in a place named Lake Woebegone, it's you and I, ha ha! Hi,Garrison! Welcome to El Lay!
To: John Kumpe
I am happy to celebrate the anniversary of your 39th birthday with you this evening at the Hollywood Bowl! Happy Birthday, Honey!
To: Daniel Linscott
Happy 10th Anniversary my dear. You've still got it!
To: Zachary Scheetz
Thank you for accompanying me to tonight's show Zachary. This is the best anniversary present that I ever thought of! I will miss you when you deploy next week. God Bless our troops!
Love Maurin (Garrison, it is pronounced Maurin, as in Marin County, CA...)
July 12, 2012
To: Armando Lagunas
Happy Anniversary, the past 5 years have been great and I look forward to spending the rest of our lives together.
It seems at once fresh and new, and like it's always been this way. Happy 10th anniversary, my hubby-dubby. Love, your wifey-knifey.
Happy birthday dad. Love you fam. Sorry I couldn't be there.
To: Mom and Katy
Double Happy Birthday to newly introduced birthday buddies Mom and Katy (celebrating live with PH at the Hollywood Bowl). A shout out to GK and the Royal Academy of Radio Actors!Performing with you back-in-the-day was a Minnesota childhood highlight.
Mom may your next 60 be as spectacular as the first.
Jeff Goodell Glendale,CA
Honoring your 25 years as a music teacher on behalf of all the schools and churches you've selflessly shared your gifts with, but especially your own kids here with you tonight at the Hollywood Bowl! We love you, Mom!
—Rachel Van Houten
July 11, 2012
To: Bruce and Susan Orton
In 29 years of marriage you've yet to agree which side of the sink to wash dishes in, but they always manage to get clean. Thanks for teaching us that the labor of love is never a chore. Happy Anniversary.
—Your daughters Allie and Kimmie Orton
To: Pastor Phil at Bethany Church Sierra Madre
The church ladies from Monrovia and Sierra Madre say "hello" to Pastor Phil Carlson at Bethany Church. We know we shouldn't get drunk on the wine, but dear friends, if we do, we must stick to our pact: what happens at the Hollywood Bowl stays at the Hollywood Bowl.
To: Mr. Shovel
A happy day to Mr. Shovel, who is in the audience, celebrating his 49th birthday at The Hollywood Bowl, watching his favorite show.
Happy 2nd anniversary honey! Sorry I was out of the country for it last year, but now that we're expecting it looks like I won't be going anywhere for a while. Love you!
July 10, 2012
To: Danny and Michael
We are proud of the success you both achieved at school and in your community service efforts. Now sit back, relax, and enjoy the show! Love,
—Mom and Pop Hirsch
To: Margaret T. Butler
Happy Birthday to a Fantastic Mother, Teacher, And human Being Margaret
To: Bonnie Lurie and Larry Cistrelli
Hi Mom and Dad, after so many years of listening to PHC, it's great to finally be here in person, at the Hollywood Bowl. I promise no more life threatening illnesses.
To: Mike Crow
Happy Birthday PaPa-san! Have a great year, we love you. Give those fish a break now and then! Love, your rose between two thorns
To: Brent Roske
Congratulations to Brent Roske for finishing the pilot episode of his
show “Chasing the Hill”. It will be enjoyed by many!
To: Jim Burkhardt
Dad, we hope you’re enjoying your father’s day gift. Congratulations on having three magnificent, superb, breathtaking and yet despite all that humble children. Good luck, and may the good lord take a liking to ya. From Eric, Chrissie and Jimmy
—Eric, Chrissie, and Jimmy Burkhardt
July 9, 2012
To: Liam Mooney
Now do you forgive me for decapitating your Guy Noir bobble head?
To: Mom & Dad
Glad you're enjoying your cabin in the woods. Sorry we won't make it up from California to help rebuild the chicken coop, clean out the barn, chop firewood, tear out cupboards and move Mom's 67 cubic feet of canned food. Sounds relaxing!
—Justin, Hap & Colleen Disney
I remember when you asked me out. I didn't take you up on that at first, but I am so glad we got together later. Happy anniversary! I love you!
To: Mia Xitlali Tenorio
Her dad thinks the world of her and he wishes her an absurdly wonderful 13th birthday while she visits Japan to play Taiko drums this July.
To: Heather Chambers
"She is celebrating her birthday tonight, Friday July 13th. She is part of a group from FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH OF LONG BEACH. She convinced her husband to treat her to our show by saying, 'You can't say no to a Prairie Home Companion because TODAY IS MY BIRTHDAY.' "
July 8, 2012
To my husband, Happy 4th Anniversary. I love you and glad that we get to spend this special occasion at our favorite place, the Hollywood Bowl. I look forward to many more years together with you.
To: Andy, Eliot, Tim, Meghan
Thank you for sharing a momentous year: a 40th anniversary, a retirement, a doctorate. We love you very much.
—jane and lee freutel
From Hollywood lights to the Bill of Rights - what a great second act! Good luck on the bar exam.
July 7, 2012
Hi Haydo, Hope you are enjoying Interlochen and learning all you can. Just wanted let you know that you passed the AP Calc exam with a 5.
Love you, Mom
To: B'Ann Vance
Happy 80th birthday to B'Ann Vance. You're still a SOUTHERN BABE, a wonderful mother, grandmother, and so awesome that you're even great grandmother—not just a pretty good one. Love from your kids!
Happy 50th Birthday Annie. Hope you enjoyed visiting your niece Michelle, who is a camper at Interlochen. Love Kathy and Josh
Listening from the jungles of Peru. Wish we were at interlochen with you tonight! Sending our love from way south of the boarder.
To: Anne and Adam
Happy 43rd wedding anniversary!
Enjoy the rest of the show, then drive home safe and call us on the iPad for Memphis news.
Love, Paul and Gina
We got to attend the show at Interlochen and you got to take care of the "finest dog in all the land"
—Lisa and Leo Wolk
To: Carol and Kenneth Moncayo
Made it to Interlochen safely. Life is good and work is great. Hope you're well in Newport News. P.S. please send a care package.
Art, I'm so happy you left New York City and came to Michigan those many years ago as we celebrate 20 years of marriage. It's great to be here with you at the show tonight.
Wish we were there with you but we're listening to the radio with grandma and grandpa. See you in a month.
love, Mom, Dad and Nathan
To: Ben Robinson
Only a chance to see Garrison Keillor could keep us away from your performance with the Cape Cod Opera this weekend. Toi, toi.
Love, Mom, Dad, Sara, Bill and Melanie
Our first romantic weekend away together. Interlochen by the lakes on a summer evening, A Prairie Home Companion for entertainment... what could be better? I love you sweetie.
In the audience tonight, "Wurdy", our very own English Major. Enjoy your vacation next week in the cool north woods, playing cards and telling stories in the little cabin next to the lake.
To: The Katz Family
Greetings from Grandma Judy in the Garden State to Interlochen campers, Lauren and Natalie, their parents and Angelina. Can't wait to see you next week.
July 6, 2012
Best wishes on your birthday, Jocelyn! You are growing up so fast, please stop and rest for a while. Hoping this is your best birthday ever.
Love, Mom and Dad
To: Pastor Bud & Patty
Heartfelt WELCOME to Grandville First Reformed's new Pastor Bud & wife Patty. You may notice we’re not in the congregation this week - WE ARE NOT next door at the Methodist church (though rumor has it they have better coffee) - we’re here in Interlochen enjoying Garrison Keillor & friends. Wayne & Laurel
—Wayne & Laurel Jordan
July 5, 2012
To: My friends at st. Matthews Lutheran in north hollywood
To my friends at saint matthews north Hollywood where the norwegian bachelors support marriage equality
To: Wendy Thomas
Happy 28th anniversary! What better way to celebrate than to be companions at the good ole Prairie Home.
To: Elizabeth Myers
To our favorite Front of House Supervisor at Interlochen, Mad Dog Lizzie. Happy 20th Birthday!
Love Mom, Dad and Will
To: Dan & Cindy Lee
Happy 22nd Anniversary Mom & Dan! If there is any question of how much we love you, camping in a pop up camper with 4 adults AND a 2 & 4 year old to make tonight happen should be answer enough. We love you, just not nature.
—Bree & Jeff Anderson
To: Tom and Judy Winkler
Mom, Hope you enjoy PHC at Interlochen...Happy Birthday! Dad, I got the nearest seats to the exit as I could...in case you need to go for a walk! Cheers!
July 4, 2012
To: Lauren and Marlin
We wish you would let us come back home. We miss you both terribly. Love always-
—Wes and Jake-Dog Trexler
To: Shelley and Tom
Celebrating their 36th wedding anniversary. And who - 36 years ago - spent their honeymoon right here at Interlochen.
July 3, 2012
To: Heather Hamilton
Happy early Birthday to Heather Hamilton who is in the audience! Have fun at Interlochen! Love, mom, dad, sis and Daisy.
To: John Victor Platt from Kirkland, WA
Happy Birthday to my favorite longtime PHC fan! I'm so glad we get to share all their stories and ours together!
July 2, 2012
To: Isaac "Trombone" Johnson
Happy 17th Birthday! Glad you can celebrate it with your friends at Interlochen Arts Camp! We're on our way from Minnesota with cake and hotdish - see you at the show. Love, your family
It really IS Friday the 13th this year for our anniversary. I'm glad to be celebrating our 44th anniversary at the Hollywood Bowl (July 13). Here's to many more happy years.
To: lori simonian
after 18 years of marriage and 6 garrison shows together my love for you is stronger than ever!!
To: Norm & Marge Tubbs
To Mom & Dad,(who will be in the audience with us at Interlochen): Congratulations on your 60th wedding anniversary! From your son and daughter-in-law, Rob & Laura, and granddaughters, Natalie & Olivia.
—Rob & Laura Tubbs
To: Barb and Ann
Come visit us in Norway, and do bring the hooligans!
July 1, 2012
To: Dr. Bruce Allen
Congratulations to Dr. Bruce Allen, in the audience tonight, on his retirement from 30 years of academia, most recently 20 years at Central Michigan University, from your loving family. We look forward to seeing you get out of the box in retirement, but please, no more interior decorating! Love, Chris, Marc, Brooke and Mike
Happy 70th birthday to one who is young at heart from all your family
June 30, 2012
Happy first birthday to Jacob Thanks for coming from Tucson to Washington to visit us and share your day. Bubbe G and Grandpa Mick
To: Carmela Peters
It's a beautiful summer evening on the Tanglewood lawn. Thinking of you and sending healing wishes. Join us here next year!
Almost 30 years since we were at Tanglewood, glad you are listening tonight! Love ya, Skider
To: bumpa and nana
Thanks for coming back to Massachusetts. And for Mom, come to think of it.
—jack, christian and george bracher
Happy five year anniversary Tony. Yes, I fed the fish. Proof of enduring love idly swims content.
To: Alyse & Colin
Alyse & Colin,
Mom and Dad miss you here at home on the lawn at Tanglewood. See you here on the 4th.
To: Granny and Gramps in Stergis
Wishing you a happy wedding anniversary from Tanglewood. After 65 years some people need a charge, sounds like you got your refill when your chimney was blown off by lightning this week. Good to go for another 65, eh?
From toddler at our family hearth, listening to Prairie Home Companion, to making your way though life to attend tonight’s show, all on your own, you’ve warmed your parents’ hearts! Now, don’t forget to use the GPS, get the girls home safe, and fill up the gas tank! - Your proud parents
In special honor of our Mom, Carol Lansing, who never missed the chance to wander back to the good old days while singing with Garrison at the end of the concert at Tanglewood. Thinking of her now and hoping she will gather up the angels and join us once again here tonight!
To: George & Joan Puckett
Happy 57th Anniversary!
To: Madeline & Dane
Congratulations on your wedding today!
Your love is brave, strong, and true.
PS. the boat is still floating.
The Warf-rat crew.
Thanks for inviting me to come to see Prairie Home Companion along with your great group of folks. You and I have been companions since our kids were little. Just wish the chemo hadn't kept you at the cabin while we are here on the lawn.
To: Aidan Connell
Mumma and Daddy can't wait to see you tomorrow. Hope all the smarty-pants at St. Paul's haven't lost their trust funds to you in poker!
To: Adele Krones
Follow-up to original greeting:
Since I have my mother and sister in my heart, they got to talking and are a little irritated with me that I don't have a date and wondered if GK could put in a good word to the single ladies in the audience for me.
To: All our friends back in Minnesota
Who questioned our wisdom when we moved to Boston last year: we're at Tanglewood and you are not!
—Terry & Marylou Steeden
To: Ed Newman
Good luck running your 35th BoilerMaker race. May the wind always be at your back - and the competition too! The Raw Bits arrive next week.
—Juan and Terry Becerra
To: Adele Krones
Thank you Adele, my big sister, for getting me interested in PHC, I'm here at the broadcast in Tanglewood. It all started with Mom sharing the radio shows and 78's with us. You are both here with me in my heart, which is good, but attending with an empty seat since I could not get a date....
To: Kimm Quinlan
Happy Birthday Kimm Quinlan! Glad to be sharing APHC with you at Tanglewood!
To: Ryan Menson
Babe, I'm glad we're finally here. We survived the trip up from Atlanta and the weekend in a cabin with two teenage girls, and Hannah and Charlotte have enjoyed their day on the lake. I'm sure we'll be just fine next weekend even after the arrival of five 18 year old boys. (Did i mention that Andrew is bringing four friends?)
To: Aaron DiMartino
Congratulations Aaron!. Although you are missed in Palora, Ecuador,they had you for 2 years in the Peace Corps, you're home safe. Next stop, Colorado!
Greetings to Kristen in Manhattan, we wish you could have joined us here on the lawn. Happy nuptials to you and Mark next month!
June 29, 2012
To: Katie E.
We know that you miss your local coffee and Mexican food but enjoy your time in the land down under, you are only young once. Luckily you can listen to radio via computer. Long distance love from Mom, Papa and Tom, we miss you! PS don’t bring home your laundry.
To: Annie Kirvin
To my favorite sister-in-law. Thank you for liberating me from the nuke plant!! I was going stir crazy there with the giant rat an all. You are still my favorite. Looking forward to all those martinis with you and all the other Maden sisters!
—Mary Jo Gatslick
To: Matt & Chris Marcello
Hello to my sons who are home alone for the first time while their parents are at the show. And if there is any funny business it will be the last time they are home alone…
To: Marty and Jean
Happy 32nd anniversary! Hope you're enjoying your first summer without kids. As much as I miss you, I can't leave Australia just yet. Kangaroo meat is so sweet.
To: Nancy Travis
Happy 40th anniversary to the gal who said "Yes" all those wonderful years ago
To: Darcy and Richard Lettieri
Mom and Dad: Congratulations on 41 years. It's 41, right? Love, Anne and Mike
—Anne and Mike Lettieri
Special thanks, we miss you, to Libby, who planned our trip here, but is listening from home because she is busy fighting the big C.
To: John McNamee
Happy 60th Birthday Dad! We hope your trip to the Berkshires makes up for the time we locked you out of your hotel room and they needed to bring in the jaws of life. Love your children! -Caroline and Cameron
To: Family, friends, and colleagues
To everyone back home in Iowa, we look forward to returning soon. The sabbatical here in Massachusetts has been quite productive ... the baby is due in January!
—Jerod & Jennifer W
To: Richard and Virginia Leverson
A special Hi to a pair of old Norwegians from Vermont, We hope you have a great time at the show, can’t wait to hear all about it. Love Mark, Tamra and the Kids from California.
To: Grampy George and Grammy Mari
Hi Grampy George and Grammy Mari,
I can't wait to see you, and probably spit up on you, in Maine this summer.
your adorable, 103-day-old grandson,
To: John and Pam Morneau
Happy 29th anniversary Mom and Dad! Congratulations, you're another year closer to those renegotiations! Enjoy the show twice as much for the both of us. Love you both!
—Aaron and Jared Morneau
To: Peter Melewski
Peter, we said "I do" 26 years ago! It's been an exciting ride with thrills -teenage daughters!- and "spills" - three weeks with the bathroom contractor? So glad to share all this fun with you. Happy Anniversary! Carol
To: Immigration adjudicators
Greetings to the immigration adjudicators in Division 3 at the USCIS Vermont Service Center. Changing people's lives, one family at a time!
June 28, 2012
To: Katie E.
Since a round trip flight from the Land Down-Under to New England is 5 Grand, and you inherited your father’s cheap skate genes, it looks likes SKYPEs will have to do for a very long time. Long distance love from, Mom, Papa, and your brother Tom, we miss you!
A very happy anniversary to Kathy Anderson my lovely bride of 28 years today! (6/30)
June 27, 2012
To: Nick Koufogazos
Happy Father's Day to the best dad in the world. After all these years I still don't believe that the cats ate my ice cream.
To: Sean Callanan
To Sean, who’s recovering from a serious accident, thanks for letting your better half Audra join her girlfriends for our annual Prairie Home weekend in Lenox. We’ll bring you back some rhubarb pie!
Mama has missed you this week but also enjoyed being out on the town with the theater folk. Hope that Tanglewood camp was magical and has opened you even more to the miracles of art. I love you. and I love kerry and susan. What a fun time. How blessed we are to share a life together!!!! Mom
Grandma Carolyn we miss you and wish you were here for another show. Love you, The Bergerons
June 26, 2012
To: Mel and Marilyn Buchanan
Mel and Marilyn Buchanan of Bristol, CT are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. Pinecones, angelfish, and apple blossoms have decorated their life. May a shower of golden roses fall on them from heaven. (Note to PHC the entire family will be at Tanglewood.)
To: Judith Landers
Congratulations on your retirement... such a long successful career in nursing and medical equipment sales ... you deserve the very best of happiness and blessings from above.
To: Churck Clayton
Happy Birthday, Chuck! May your day be filled with happiness and your life be filled with God's blessings.
To: Peter Bealo from Plaistow, NH
Enjoy your well deserved weekend in the Berkshires with your lovely Rachel. Mom and Dad must rest easy knowing that you've turned into a successful adult despite your teenage fascination with blowing ship models and rockets up on the barbecue grill. They were proud of you then and I'm sure they are still. I am too - despite you telling me for 50 years that I was adopted.
Congratulations on graduating from college! I'm so proud and I love you so much!
June 25, 2012
To my Bernie, I hope you are enjoying your birthday gift, being here in the audience tonight (July 7, 2012). I love you, I love you, I love you.
From your Heidi
To: Naomi and Todd
Who knew when you took your Rhine River Cruise last October that it would lead to four new friends and Garrison at Tanglewood? See you in Fort Lauderdale next year!
—Bob and Bonnie and Chuck and Cathy Sudell and LaBarge
To: Rolan Sosa
Happy Birthday! Looking forward to those Guatemalan sunsets from our lil mud house - Love, your man
To: Jim Trowbridge
Happy 30th Birthday. . . for the 40th year in a row!
Starting a new life in Wisconsin was a big leap. Now I'm asking for a bigger one: please, spend the rest of your life with me.
To: Karl Burkert
happy 45th birthday to my husband and best friend. Here's to many more, now get a haircut
To: Charlie Anderson
Happy 85th birthday to the greatest dad, grandfather, and great-grandfather from his daughter!
June 24, 2012
To: Sue Schuerman, Santa Monica, CA
What a great way to spend your 75th birthday, enjoying Garrison Keillor here at the Hollywood Bowl, on your birthday, Friday, July 13th, 2012.
To: Chelley in Nebraska
From: Bernie in New Hampshire
Hoping we'll both make it to the next PHC at Tanglewood.
To: Susan Molina
After 7 years of marriage I still want more. I love you. No better way to celebrate than with Prairie Home Companion.
Happy to be sharing an evening with you and the Bakers in the Berkshires as our 25th wedding anniversary tour continues!
—Mary Lou Basham
June 23, 2012
To: Sr. Maggie Butler, Holy Rosary Parish, Toak Alaska
Thinking of you from Chicago as you're cooking dinner. Say hi to Fr. John for me, and enjoy the moose.
—Fr. Arthur Olsen
Hey Uncle Matt,
Hope you enjoy the show tonight
From your one and only niece Radha
To: Claire Bear
Hello to our darling daughter, studying architecture this summer in Copenhagen! We miss you ... see you there in August! (Remember, Sue says speaking Danish is just Swedish with a mouth full of mashed potatoes ... you'll figure it out!!)
To: Our dog, Rylee
Want to say hi to our doggie, Rylee who's listening to the show right now at home. Please stop barking, the neighbors want to kill us. Love, Devin & Justin
Your name means “beautiful,”
Your voice is beautiful,
and you are as beautiful as the day we were married
almost 30 wonderful years ago.
From Andy, your loving husband
To: Alex Grillo
Alex and Jean, stay in California if you want but we midwesterners do not worry about getting seasick.
To: Kim McArthur
To Kim, my darling wife of 25 years whom together nary a cross word has past our lips. Love, Patman
June 22, 2012
To: Cmdr Mike "Beaker" Miller
Happy Birthday, Mike and greetings to everyone in VAQ 141 aboard the USS George Washington. FLY NAVY! Mom & Dad
Happy 40th anniversary to my wonderful husband! Thanks for getting me back to Ravinia to enjoy Garrison again. All my love
To: shannon kopacz
happy birthday to my wife of 14 years. i love you so much, your husband
Happy 30th birthday to Kevin, who got hooked on Prairie Home Companion in his 20’s and flew half way across the country to see a PHC live show!
To: Ky Dickens
Belinda and Jake Dickens say congratulations to our daughter, Ky Dickens, and her partner, Kaisa Dill (a former Minnesota bachelorette farmer), on their upcoming nuptials.
To: Maureen McArdle & Puddin'
Congrats on your upcoming wedding, may you have eternal bliss.
To: Debra OBrien
Thanks for an amazing 25 years of marriage: two wonderful kids and our good health. What could be better?
How how another 25?
June 21, 2012
Happy Birthday Rob! We are so glad to be celebrating your 26th with you today. Love, Mom, Dad, and Annie
June 20, 2012
To: Mom Mom and Pop Pop
Happy 50th Anniversary Mom-Mom and Pop-Pop... We all love you.
June 19, 2012
To: Paul VerEllen
You're the reason I started listing to A Prarie Home Companion. I love you!!!
To: Renee and Howard
Mom and Dad (Renee and Howard)
Bet you thought I was going to forget your 40th Anniversary. Did that last year.
Happy 41st and enjoy the show.
To: John and Rita
Happy 42nd anniversary to John and Rita Meier from your kids in Boulder CO, San Diego CA and Glen Ellyn IL. They all want you to move closer!
To: Mel and Marilyn Buchanan
Mel and Marilyn Buchanan of Bristol, CT are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. Pinecones, angelfish and apple blossoms have decorated their life. May a shower of golden roses fall upon them from heaven.
+++Note to PHC... the family will be at Tanglewood
June 18, 2012
We finally made it to Chicago after 12 years to see phc. I'm happy, hope you are.
To: Chuck Clayton
Happy Birthday, Chuck!!! Wishing you a year of better health and wonderful memories in the making.
Happy birthday!!! After two years of being apart, it is so wonderful to have you home. And not just because you make amazing strawberry rhubarb pie. :)
June 16, 2012
Welcome to Eugene Lambster...enjoy your time there, next summer it wll be a paying job.
To: John Nix
Chevy Nix, Happy Birthday today! So much love Deddy and Tebby
—teddy and debby nix
To: Mary Ellen Moore
Mere and Tom say to the campfire gang back in Albany, NY that they are very parched!
To: Bob Davis
Dad, What a long strange trip it's been from Ohio to Oregon, but you've finally made it to Lake Wobegon! Happy Father's Day! We love you!
—Jen, Stajah, Leaf, and Wiley Blue
To: Michael Dress
Thank you Big Brother, Mouse, for this wonderful gift of bringing me to the live PHC show. It's good to have you back from the walruses. Thank you, too Sherry, if you're actually here and not delivering baby 567.
To: Harold and Joanne
Greetings to grandma and grandpa in Regent, North Dakota. We're still working on the flax seed - only 93 pounds to go!
—Chuck and Jane Pahlmeyer
June 15, 2012
To: Mark, Brian and Ben Sanderlin
Love to the Sanderlin Boys from Mom and Dad. Good luck to Brian on your cello audition; Ben for job search; and Mark for your band gigs.
To: Rick & Marcy Marsh
Hope you are enjoying your vacation from Indianapolis. Your siblings are jealous that you are watching the awesome Prairie Home Companion!
To: Jacob Garrison Kanzler
Special Hello to my favorite 12 year old, named after Garrison Keillor, from your mom. I hope you enjoy the great music and stories in the show that inspired your name! I love you!
To: Dennis Wiancko
Hope you and Cynthia are listening when I yell out your name during the Eugene show. Pay attention.
Aloha to the Home Place family.
To: Stephanie Way
To: my little sister Stephanie, happy 49th Birthday. Wish you were here to celebrate it with us.
To: Megan Christopher
Congratulations on your double Masters' degrees. Especially since you skipped your graduation to come to this show. Now here's hoping for a great job! Mom and Dad
Happy 60th Birthday to the Bruce, the King of the Northwest!
To: Big Dan and Kramer
I know you are out on the road somewhere between Cordova, Alaska and Davis, California. Come visit the next time you are passing thru Eugene.
June 14, 2012
To: Mr. Mrs. Richard Marsh
Mr and Mrs. Richard Marsh from Indianapolis,IN.Are in the audience tonite. 6/16/12 Eugene Ore. show
To: Ethan Hampton
Birthday greetings to our 5th grade graduate who turns 11 today - looking forward to tonight's spaghetti dinner! Love, Dad, Mom, Sophia, Grandma & Theo the dog
—Michael & Laura Hampton
June 13, 2012
Happy Birthday! The Doctor regrets he cannot make it to your party, but he left the e-brake on the TARDIS again.
June 11, 2012
To: Cheryl Lohrmann
You've been listening for many years, since it reminds you of your father, and we'll be in attendance in Eugene, What a perfect place to ask, MARRY ME?!
To: Bernice Anderson
Happy 95th birthday, grandma! Glad all of your children (and then some) will be able to celebrate with you. Wish we were there to represent the Alaskan contingency, but we'll have a party here in your honor.
To: Greg Flint
Retired this week as Senior Pastor of 1st Congrgational Church (UCC) in Eugene, OR, after 27 years. He began his ministry 40 years ago in Duluth MN.
Greg and his wife Susan will be receive a well-deserved send off from the congrgation this Sunday after the service.
June 10, 2012
To: Steve Patterson
Weekly we listened with the children. In your memory I came tonite. You'd have loved the show. You are gone, but always in my heart.
To: Steve Margerum
Happy Father's Day! I'm missing you on my choir tour and wish you were here. You're the best dad anyone could ever want! Love you!
June 9, 2012
To: Stacia, Michelle & Sarah
Wish you were here having a great time. Good luck at the Angus heifer show.
To: Taco and Pastor Hosch
hope y'all are having a blast
To: Mary Ellen Jayroe
Enjoy the show! "Plan B" will be listening in Santa Fe!
To: baba,dawn,dave and the moo crew at the farm
greetings from louisiana we'll be seeing y'all soon on july 4th
To: April Flowers
Happy 25th Birthday to my best friend. I am so glad that I get to be your friend for the next 25 birthdays!
I know we should be in Nebraska at the family reunion, but isn't this a better way to celebrate 36 years together? John
To: Paul and Debby Bison
Happy 29th Anniversary! Hope you got the hay cut and fluffed before the show.
—Debbie and David Hall
To: Sherwood Bailey
We love you Bakki! Congratulations on becoming a Grandfather. Start digging out the tools - we've got a lot of questionably safe tree houses to build.
Meg & Bub Fournier
June 8, 2012
To: Len and Sandy Jacobs
Happy 44th Anniversary Mom and Dad. If you hear this on the radio it should make up for the card I forgot to send.
To: Dick and Julie Hall
Happy 71st Anniversary (on June 28th) to my parents, here with me tonight from Texarkana, Arkansas. The renewal of marriage vows last year is still working! Love you!
—Sue Ellen Hall
To: Lauren & Kunal Shah
Congratulations on your fabulous Louisiana/Episcopalian/Indian/Hindu wedding! We loved weariing a sari and sherwani, getting henna tattoos and learning to do Bollywood dancing!
—Lindsey & Melanie Torbett
To my loving husband. I hope you're enjoying your birthday present! Did I remember to turn the oven off?
To: Dylan B
Saluti da sole Louisiana
Dylan and all 6th Fleet!
You all can float the Med, we will sail the Red River.
Uh, how's the weather Son?
Here we go again--another PHC, this time in North Louisiana. Mais, cher,I'm a Cajun, me,from South Louisiana and I am looking forward to hearing Beau Soleil, but, Garrison,what's with "Louisiana's rich Arcadian past" in the description of this week's show? It's ACADIAN!
June 7, 2012
I can't think of a better way to celebrate 33 years of wedded bliss than listening to A Prairie Home Companion. Ready to go around again?
To: Chuck Clayton
Happy Birthday, Chuck! We wish you a year of health and happy occassions.
June 6, 2012
Thank you for indulging me in this trip to Shreveport. Sorry you had to miss the LSU baseball super regional.
To my beloved wife, my best friend, and favorite blueberry picking partner. Sorry I didn't notice you standing in the ant pile sooner.
To: Ms. Pam
We hope you were happy with the choir at 4 o'clock mass. Thank you for reminding Dad where we are tonight.
—Shawn & Marybeth Pinsonneault
To: Aubri Smith
After missing both shows in Hawaii, many thanks to my wife for letting me travel from Hawaii to see the show.
To: Fellow Cary audience members
My deepest apologies to those who overheard my joking but ill-timed comment (about "little old ladies") which was directed to my boyfriend as we left the Cary show. I was teasing him as we tried to hold hands while carrying our chairs, and realized after speaking that I had offended our neighbors sharing the path to the parking lot. I am so very sorry for that sour note at the end of a lovely evening!
June 5, 2012
To: John and Pam
Happy 29th anniversary! Congratulations on being another year closer to those renegotiations! Enjoy the show and have a powdered milk biscuit with ketchup for us.
—Aaron and Jared Morneau
Well, we didn't make the show, but I got Garrison to read our name aloud. Best I could do. Sorry. Signed - your band mate, Paula
June 3, 2012
To: Mom and Dad in Highland Park, IL
*For your performance at Ravinia Festival* in Highland Park, Illinois:
Dear Mr. Keillor, Sir,
Well Bless Your Heart, you're doing a show in my hometown! I am a graduate of Highland Park High School. Hello to Mom and Dad! Hope you are enjoying the show! No, I wasn't planning on coming home. Much Love from the Front, Sarabeth (Oakland, California)
June 2, 2012
To: Steve Patterson
Weekly we listened with the children. In your memory I came tonite. You'd have loved the show. You are gone, but always in my heart.
To: my husband Sheldon
I'm grateful to have you as my partner for this second act of our lives!
—Mary Beth Clark
Thank you for a wonderful 36 years. Nice of PHC to have this great show on our anniversary
To: The West Coast Shapiro Family
To keeping the 30 year family tradition of cooking diner and listening to the show. Just don't forget to top it off with Catchup!
To a swan lost "down under": I got your named read out by GK. Will you call me back now? Miss you.
To: Anna and William and Mrs Howe
A big hello from Texas to my little sister and brother,there in the audience tonight (Cary, NC) and,to my beloved home state of NC!
Happy Happy Happy from your jealous big sister! Wish I was there with you! And an enormous thank you to Mrs Howe in Charlotte NC for turning me on to "The Prairie Home Companion" and great kindness some 20 plus years ago. Love to all!
You make it possible to sail through stormy weather. Thank you for sharing this special evening with me.
To: Margaret Brooks
Happy Birthday Mom!
To Ralf: Thanks for coming to Cary with me tonight to hear Prairie Home Companion. I am not going to tell you how much these last minute lawn seats cost us, but it is worth it.
To: All Eagle Scouts
Congratulations on 100 years of the Eagle Scout award. Carson got his despite brain injury. We hope his brother, Victor, will earn his this year.
—Doug and Heather Thomas
Congratulations for swimming in the NC state Special Olympics this weekend.
To: Jenny & David
Welcome to your first Prairie Home Companion show! How exciting! Wish WE were there!
Mom & Dad Green
—Betsy & Dan Green
To: Tim & Chris Murray
Wish you were here with us this beautiful night, this wonderful theater, and this fabulous show . . . oh, and don't forget the Bix Beiderbecke Jazz Festival weekend. You'll be having some guests!
—David & Katrin Schwerbrock
Congratulations to my thoroughly beautiful daughter on her graduation from high school and her new beginnings as a fourth generation Guilford College student. You make my life complete everyday.
To: Ed Holub
Happy 51st birthday to Ed "The Hatchet" Holub. Only 49 to go!
To: Michael Paul Hansen
Congratulations from Grandma as you graduate from California Polytechnic State University with a degree of Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology. I am so proud of you.
To: Marschelle in Cincinnati
Happy Birthday Month Mom. The air filters you wanted will be on their way shortly.
This has been your daily dose of daughter.
To: Melissa and Alexia
Thanks you for visiting us this week in honor of Aunt Carol Pugh. The Boys had a fantastic time getting to know you. We hate to see you go back to California. Love, Andrea, Matt, Glenn, and Murphy
Thanks,Son, for buying us tickets for
tonight's show. Great memories of listening to Prairie Home for the last
30 years! Love,Dad and Mom
June 1, 2012
To: Marvin Johns
Hello to Marvelous Marvin celebrating his Double Golden Birthday (finally! with Garrison at Koka Booth).
To: ruth mcmains
Dear mom, Happy 83rd birthday. Please drive the beemer slower than your age. Love kay
Sorry I broke my leg, honey. It wasn't to get out of the midnight feedings. Thanks for being an everpatient husband and father!
To: Sheilah & Ned Egan (aka Mom & Dad or Nana & Papa)
Happy 41st wedding anniversary--this is better than a card, right?! Love from your family in NC.
Happy Birthday this coming Wednesday.
—Susan, Duane, and Lydia Osgood
To: Brina (Pronounced "Bree-nuh")
Dear Cuppy Cake - I don't usually allow people to throw a grape into my eye, but for you, I'll make an exception. Happy Birthday!
To: David and Carole Seitz (Pronounced, "Sights")
Dear Mom and Dad,
Wishing you a happy 45th wedding anniversary. Give yourselves a pat on the back.
John and Laura
—John Seitz (Pronounced, "Sights")
To: Jack Martin
Happy 70th Birthday Dad with love from Martha, Jennifer, Beth, and Andy. Hope you enjoy your new knee.
(Note: Dad will be attending the Cary show!!)
To: Joe Gaughran
We are finally here, honey! Attending a live broadcast of Prairie Home Companion...our marriage is complete. Happy Birthday!
May 31, 2012
Thank you for 8 years of wedded bliss! Who knew that this Minnesota girl needed to come to North Carolina to find her Norwegian bachelor?
Thank you for a beautiful new year in this lovely city where you taught me how to live again, as opposed to being miserable, in Minnesota. And it's pronounced "Ruf," not "Roof."
May 30, 2012
Just because it's your birthday doesn't mean it's not still Caturday, but we can share.
—Maude and Darla Cat
To: Jim Sellers
Happy 29th Birthday to brother, Adam;
Congratulations to father, Jim on his retirement after 33 years in the criminal justice field. Sit back and relax finally, you've earned it.
May 27, 2012
To: Amanda Northrup
I am so glad to be sharing this special night with you. Hope the show is all you dreamed of and more!
To: Curt & Elaine and Larry & Irene
Happy 62nd wedding anniversary to both sets of parents, you are our inspiration
—Rich & Sharon Hallberg
I have listened for several years in the closet for my wife disliks PHC as much as I love it.Happy 41st Sharon, Love you!
May 26, 2012
To: Richard Franck and Anne-Marie Streeter
Happy anniversary Mom and Dad!!!
To: John & Kathy
Thanks for the tickets to celebrate the new post at the wash post! Thinking of grandpa know he'd be proud. Love Ben and Erin, Erin and Ben
—Ben & Erin Connors
To my mother on her birthday. If mothers were flowers, I'd pick you!
To: Clara Richter
Just so you know, we are okay with you being an English Major!
Love, Mom and Dad
Congrats on graduating... We're all glad you found an apartment! Only you would move six states away without anywhere to live but your truck.
To: Dr. Jim Brady
Happy 76th birthday! Couldn't imagine a better way to celebrate this milestone! I am so excited to share this night with you!
Happy 38th birthday from your favorite sister.
To: Our children, Caroline & Andrew
We're glad you're able to join us tonight at Wolf Trap! (Saturday)
After 10 years of coming to PHC it's great to not have to find a babysitter!
Love Mom & Dad
To: Alex Ratelle
Warm wishes from DC! Looking forward to seeing you next month in Grand Marais! Don't eat all the donuts before I get there! Love, Your Favorite Daughter.
I met you in 1987, that was a long time ago, what's your name again?
love you lots
To: Norma Jean Barratt
Happy Birthday to Norma Jean Travelute Barratt who turns a spry 85 years young. Mom, your not in Kansas anymore. Love from Jim, Venus and the grandkids.
Grampie & Aunt Susie say keep those Vermont chicks warm and let us know when the first eggs arrive!
To: Will, Tucker, & Maddie
I am excited to howl like a wolf this evening. Happy 9th Prairie Home Companion, family!
To: Janet LeCouteur
Mom. Sorry you were too ill for our annual trip to the show. Hope you are feeling better and can hear the broadcast today. Love, your son.
To: Mary Baechle
Greetings to my aunt Mary in Cary, Illinois, who listens to the show every Saturday. With lots of love from Amy, Jude, and Coury Cat.
To: Jim Relyea (Rel-yay)
Happy 60th Birthday Dad!! I'm glad we can spend it together. I hope it doesn't rain on the the lawn tonight!
—Danie Relyea (Rel-yay)
To: Sergey K
To Sergey sorry I didn't want to marry you. Now 10 years later we're living the dream with our darling girl! Now move over you're sitting too close.
May 25, 2012
To: Lew Ketcham
Happy 64th! Time sure flies when we're having so much fun!
To: Fred Bortz
Happy Birthday Fred! I'm glad you could finally spend it with Garrison Keillor.
Happy Anniversary of our first date to my husband Greg. We came to Wolf Trap to see a Prairie Home Companion 8 years ago and have been every year since. After 8 years, we’re now married and we’ve finally matured enough to bring our wine in a glass bottle, rather than a box. Love you!
To: Chance Teague
Hey new hubby! Can you believe we got married yesterday? Here's to a ton of happy years to come. I love you so much! Always, Shannon.
Happy retirement mom! Your high school and its students will miss you dearly. Especially all the intimate details of my life you used as examples for your 'skills for living' class. The school will never be the same without you.
To: Peter Liebert
Happy 2nd anniversary to my loving husband. Two years ago I introduced you to Prairie Home Companion; this week you suprised me with tickets to the show! How quickly you have learned - I love you.
—Lynn von Koch-Liebert
To my fiance Mike. Thanks for loving and laughing with me no matter what I throw your way. Even when you don't get the jokes about Lutherans.
Your South Dakota Girl
To: Noelle + Tom Mehlhorn
Happy 38th Wedding Anniversary to my parents Noelle and Tom Mehlhorn, Love Erica
To: Jenny Johnstone
All my love is yours!
To: Matthew Sickle
Congratulations on completing your Masters of Landscape Architecture degree. You're my favorite straight-A, tree-hugging graduate ever. So proud of you. Love from Alyssa Mae.
To: Marcel Truman
Karen and I brought our boys, Will and Pete (10 and 8) for their first live Prairie Home Companion. They asked me to share this from them: "Mr. Keiller. Welcome to the Capital of the Free World. This is our first show of yours to attend. We're kinda excited. We have a new puppy, a Wheaton Terrier, who barks with a cockney acent, btw. His name is Marcel Truman and we really want to get back home to him. So, please keep it moving tonight and send our love to Marcel Truman who is listening, for real, from his cozy bed. Thanks, Will and Pete."
To: Kathi Whalen
Happy 39th Wedding Anniversary. I love you and thanks for the great ride.
To: Laura & Erin
Happy early wedding (June 16th) to Laura and Congratulations on your graduation to Erin. Wishing you all the best. Mom & Dad
—Lucia & David Bacon
To: Don & Lois
Happy early 66th anniversary (June 6th) to Don & Lois. You have set the bar very high.
May 24, 2012
To: Finley and Packy
Finley and Packy,
We're so proud of you for being you. Keep up the aaarrgghh (spoken like a pirate).
Love Mom and Dad
—Anne and Dan Ferro
Hello to my wife in the front row from her rocketman in Kwajalein (7500 miles and 8 time zones in the future) launching another rocketship into outer space baby ! Love you sweetie, wear your Pegasus pin on launch day ! (And wouldn't you know we'd get the best seats ever at Wolf Trap - ow woooooow!)
To: Ma, Pa, and Faith
Get the fire going and put the coffee on--I'll be heading north soon. Can't wait to see you. I love you all.
Happy 64th birthday, Dad! We thought about getting you lutefisk, but settled on tickets to Prairie Home Companion, instead. Hopefully it's not as smelly!
Happy Anniversary! I love you always!
To our son Richard:
We love having you at home. Now go. Case Western Law School awaits.
Mom and Dad
May 23, 2012
Hi to my Dad, a Norwegian born in North Dakota (although NOT a bachelor farmer). He's been listening to you for decades -- although you might not want to mention that decades part. (I'll be at Wolftrap on Saturday for the live performance.)
Happy birthday to my wonderful wife! Another fun Saturday night at Wolf Trap on the hill with my girl. Owooooooooo!!!
Since we first met on the Wolftrap lawn, my life just hasn't been the same.
May 22, 2012
To: Jaki Ellis
Happy Belated Birthday to my mom Jaki Ellis who's the best mom in the world
Happy Birthday to my loving Army husband.With our third boy due in two weeks,hoping not to go into labor until after we attend the 26 May broadcast.Fingers crossed! Love,
May 21, 2012
To: Mike Spadaccini
Great 2 years. Who says square dancing is for squares!
To: Hartley LaDuke
Happy 80th Birthday to our wonderful dad. Your son is strong, your daughter is good-looking and all of your grandchildren are above average. We love you! Matt and Susie
To: Mark Mayfield
May 24, 1980, was the happiest day of my life. After 32 years of marriage, you're still and always my heart's delight. I love you.
May 20, 2012
Happy significant birthday to Debbie from Traci and Joe in San Francisco. We love you.
Thank you so much for sharing your love and life with me! Let’s drink to our first year of marriage and your very Happy Birthday!(*We will be in the audience at Wolftrap 5/26/12*)
May 18, 2012
Hey new husband! We did it! I am so excited to start our life together. I love you always, Shannon.
To: Jenny Johnstone
I love you! One more week till we are at the show!
May 16, 2012
To: Bill Harris
Wow! It's the big eight-oh... Who thought it would come this soon!! I'm so glad to have shared 50 of these years as your wife and best friend! Happy, Happy Birthday!
May 14, 2012
To: Jess & Travis
I want to wish the two of you a long, happy, and never boring life together. May the two of you always sail on smooth waters!
To: Pastor Ward Jones
Your friends and church members wish you a very happy 50th birthday on Sunday May 20th.
May 12, 2012
Good luck on the new job, Chief!
To: Tony Reidler
Happy Birthday Tony (May 8). Sorry about the bike accident, hope your collar bone heals quickly.
—Anthony Reidler (ride-ler)
To: tom lynah
Thank you for 20 wonderful years. Happy anniversary and happy 40th birthday!
An early "Happy Mothers Day!" to the matchless woman who helped us fall in love with lifelong learning, and quality public radio!
To: Cameron and Malik, our above-average sons
To Cameron and Malik (muh-leek), our above-average sons. From your loving parents. You'd probably rather be at home playing video games than here at the Fox watching PHC, but rewards are plentiful... for compliant teenagers.
To: The Gambles
Congrats to you Brent & Gail on graduating the last of three. Clearing the room out just in time for the Grandson - may be the next Chipper Jones! Thanks Mandy for the trip to this beautiful Fox theatre. Birthday tickets to PHC doesn't get much better than this!
To: Glennon and Anthony
Happy belated birthday Tony.You guys dont forget to call your mom tommorow. Hope your having fun!
To: Linda Acevedo
Thanks for being there for me this week, and always. Through my mom's illness, death and funeral, you anticipated my needs and followed through. You're a great friend.
Do I love you? Signs point to yes!
Happy anniversary! We can cross garrison and the shoe off the bucket list now!!
—Eric & Beth bowman
Happy 20th anniversary! Thanks for bringing me to Atlanta and to see the show!
Happy Mother’s Day from your good-looking husband and above-average children: we love you to smithereens!
—Dave, Beth, Jeff, and John Sweet
To: Stephen Welch
Congratulations Stephen on your graduation from UC Berkeley! We are very proud of you. Love, Mom and Dad
Happy 21st wedding anniversary. I look forward to another 21 more years of giving you foot rubs and putting down the toilet seat.
To: John Haddock , Susan Irons, & Katie Harrell
Greetings to Johnny-Jump-Up and Suzie Q! Get the guest room ready 'cause we're heading north. Katie, wish you were here. The view's certainly better this time.
To: Aiden Bray
To our Grandson Aiden in Austin, TX turning 10 monts old today (May 12). Come visit Grandma and Grandpa in GA and we'll teach you to be a refined, distinguished Southern Gentleman!
—Bob and Anne Bray
May 11, 2012
Thanks for the gift of bringing me to see A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor at Fox Theater! I love you more!
To: Barbara Ballard
Marking off an item on the bucket list with the most amazing mom in the world! Happy Mothers Day to my mom, Barbara Ann!
To: Terry Scott
HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY FROM ATLANTA.SEE YOU IN JULY--DON'T LET THE WEATHER GET TOO HOT UP THERE IN NEW YORK.
—Lorrie, Don and Emily Backer
To: Children and Grandkids Margaret. Garret. Claire Kate and Anna in Winston Salem; James and Stacey in Baltimore and Matt at GATech and Al in the mother county
I'm at Prairie Home Companion LIVE! Love you all. Al, thanks for taking care of Sallie, our dog. You are great! I'll be home Monday.
To: Mom and Dad
Hello from Atlanta, GA. We sure miss you both.
—Jean and Zack Braun
Thanks for coming to the show with me. It is truly a pleasure and a joy to be with you!
May 10, 2012
To: Mariangela [Mary Angela]
You made national news in two countries this week. When you leave Emory for Cornell this fall, will you please stop thinking you're going to fail? Hope you enjoy the show in Atlanta.
To: Sara Morales
Have a happy, happy, happy, happy, happy mother's day, mom! Much love from downstairs, -Rio.
To: John and Keli
So excited to be at the Foxx with my sisters, crossing of a bucket list item! Thanks to John Shaw for making it happen! You are the best! I love you all.
I was going to wax poetic...but the candle dripped all over my poem!! Love you more!
May 9, 2012
To: Linda Bashinsky "Mom"
Happy early Mother's Day Mom! Thank you for living the example of a strong, independent woman! We think you rock!
Emily, Amy, and Allison
To: Sally McSpadden
Here we are, celebrating our first anniversary with our parents at a recording of Prairie Home Companion. This year has been the best of my life. So let's just ignore the fact that you think I'm a little old-fashioned for loving this show.
To: Mark Horton
Brother, are you listening? April in the Azores wasn't the same without you and yours. Sending much love from Atlanta, your sister Jane
To: Mark Sofge and Roger Sofge
Hey Dad and Grandfather, see you soon 'way down upon the Swannee River!' love you Marcie
May 8, 2012
To: Lulu Lee
You are the best 16-year-old a mother could ask for in Sarasota FL, but you must still feed the dog, Wrigley the Terrible, while I am in Atlanta. Lets hope he doesnt break your collarbone too
To: Jenny Johnstone
Tonight we celebrate the completion of your PhD and 4 brilliant years of marriage. I suppose timing those just right makes you the doctor of love.
To: Joe and Jane Walsh
Hi Mom and Dad
Happy Mothers Day from the 12th floor of the ACME buildings in Kandahar, London, DC and Atlanta.
Love Eamon, Amelda, Kevin and Kathleen.
May 7, 2012
To: Greg and Virginia Jennings
Happy 25th anniversary Mom and Dad! Weddings may seem like happy events now, but wait until you have to pay for 3! From your loving daughters, Emily, Clara, and Maggie.
Now I have my own English degree. You can't stop me from using lazy grammar, or correcting your spelling. Don't you love being my mom?
Brother Mark,sister Jane missed you this year in the Azores. The house in Vila Franca is beautiful - complete with a pool and Azorean bed sores.
Darling Felicity Happy 4th Anniversary! Thanks for not killing me ! Ain’t this show a hoot? Its not the BBC but your in America now!
May 6, 2012
To: Kevin Moses
Happy 50th Birthday (5-14) to my best friend, the love of my life, my husband, who is a devoted fan of PHC. His love for NPR has brought such joy to our home.
May 5, 2012
Happy early 6 year anniversary!! From the Emerald Isle to the city of Lakes and land of lake wobegan. I never knew living in Minnesota could be this much fun. Love your Irish lass, Lorraine
It's been a great 12 years in Minneapolis! Now let's take that baby you gave me for a 20th anniversary present and head home to Florida.
PS - Perhaps the 5 and 8 year old kids should join us too.
Happy early Mothers day Momma!! Miss you so very much! Love love love you. Chris, Katie, Gizzie, Laila
May 4, 2012
To: Cindy Ballinghoff
Happy Birthday Mom. 53 is a good age. The dog doesn’t bark as loud and it’s always hot, even on cold days.
Thanks for the last 10 years on the Mississippi! Happy 29th anniversary just around the bend.
May 3, 2012
To: Sharon Rumley
I hope you have a nice Mother's Day. I am glad to have as my sister. Who raised me.
—Wayne Rumley II
Happy Birthday! There are no rules saying you can't celebrate your February birthday into May Party on dude!
May 2, 2012
To: Dick and Leah Peterson from Stillwater, MN
Happy 50th Wedding Anniversary! Hope you enjoy your night out on the town! Love from your Family, Friends and the better part of Minnesota and Wisconsin!
May 1, 2012
To: Pilar de Guzman
Happy 53rd birthday to Pilar de Guzman of Makati City, Philippines. Thank you for being my BFF (best friend forever), and the thousands of letters, emails, and text messages we have shared for these so many years. Someday I may turn on my webcam so you can finally see my face but I warn you right now: no monkey business!
Hope that your Mackie’s Dinner mug is making the San Francisco coffee taste even better.
April 30, 2012
To: Justin Hicks
Congratulations on your graduation from Appalachian State! I will always remember sitting in the car with you in Boone, with the sun shining on us, looking at the mountains, on our way to the Apple Barn to dance, you were holding my hand so gently and we were listening to Prairie Home Companion. It was as close to pure joy one might know.
For the Atlanta Live Show May 12: Happy 20th Anniversary my sweet Sonya.
To: Ken Shea
Happy 51st birthday sweetheart. Your a real swell guitar player. Birthday 5/20.
April 28, 2012
To: Mayor Bob Gallagher
Hope all is well in Bettendorf, while I have been on vacation , don't forget to open the gate to the sewer plant.....your City Administrator......Decker
To: Tom and Jan
To Tom and Jan in the audience.
Just in case something might happen.
Would you take care of the dog?
I'm giving Kris a Scooter riding lesson today.
Kris and Mark
To: Grammy Thelma
Hello to Grammy Thelma in Chatham, Massachusetts (the elbow of Cape Cod)
Nashville may not have the Atlantic Ocean,
but we are LIVE at the Ryman Auditorium!
We are coming in May.
Love, Elisabeth, Bob and the Boys
To: Roger Taylor
Please will you surprise Roger Taylor with greetings. He is a great Suzy Bogguss fan and is already jumping up and down on his seat at the thought of seeing her live in Kendal, UK, next month.
April 27, 2012
To: Julia Moore
We have been listening to PHC for years, every vacation, traveling on the weekends..trying desperately to tune in another pbs station when the signal was lost..it's our anniversary and we have finally been blessed to see the show in the mother church of our home town. Please give us a mention. Thanks, the Moores
April 26, 2012
To: Larry and Lynda
Thanks for hosting Leta and me so we can all see The Grand Old Garrison at the Ryman.
To: Charles Moore
We will be at the Ryman Saturday night, 04/25/2012, which is our 5th wedding anniversary. It would be awesome to have Garrison send a shout out to Charlie and Julia Moore.. the show is my anniversary gift, on my bucket list of shows to see. We are so excited!
To: Ann Landers
Happy 60th birthday to my wonderful wife Ann! If I would have known I was going to live this long I would have taken better care of myself!
To: Bob and Elizabeth Keenan
Happy 75th birthday year to both of my parents! I would like to carry on my dad's tradition of teasing my mom that she is older than he is. (Two months).
To: Don Nelson
I wasn't sure what to get you for your birthday. It was either this or cubs tickets. Guess which one cost less?
Your loving Daughter,
April 25, 2012
To: Cindy Hannah
Happy 24th Anniversary to the love of my life! Thanks for this evening. I promise we'll make it to Grayson's prom on time.
April 24, 2012
To: Judy Zimola
Warm wishes for a well deserved weekend. Hope this catches you next to your radio with a good cup of coffee, yours from bygone years.
Happy first Birthday to Eva from Grandpa and Grandma Smith. Exactly 365 days ago you were causing your mother a great deal of pain.
April 23, 2012
To: MWLS Class of 2011
We miss you so much. Perhaps Lake Wobegon would be the perfect place for our next reunion.
All the best from Ryan and Jennifer
—Jennifer Hundley Batts
April 21, 2012
To: Anna Nyseth
Hallo from across the pond! Thanks for the best Christmas gift EVER! Daddy loves ya!
Congratulations to Susan, graduating magna cum laude from Vanderbilt on May 11. We are so proud of you! Love Mom, Sharon, and Rob
To: Alice, John, Jeremy and Katie
Happy Birthday to us all today- Love from your Grandson, nephew, sister and self.
To: Mom Sharon
We love you now and we'll love you forever. Next weekend's half marathon will be dedicated to you, 13.1 miles of happy memories.
—Alex and Emily Koval
To: Aunt Mary in Cambridge, MA
Best wishes on recovery from your recent accident. Cars can be dangerous. Suggest investing in unicycle. Your nephew
—Cavan Casey in Morgantown, KY
To: Bill & Lynn McClary
Mom & Dad - Thank you so much for giving us our beautiful wedding in May. We can't wait to be married as many years as you. So sorry we didn't elope. All our love, Molly & Jacob.
To: Bill and Nancy
I miss you, grandpa and grandma! Come back out to Montana soon! Love, Violet
To: Mimi Carman
Happy belated birthday to Mimi Carman and happy early birthdays to Zac and Mary in Falmouth MA. Please tell the Red Sox pitchers to stop the shelling!!
To: Chris Miller
Happy Birthday Gentle Ears! I'm so so happy that you're in my life!
To: Todd Shelton
Happy 12th anniversary to my wonderful husband Todd! I love you.
To: Terrie and Conrad
Wishing you fair weather, calm seas, and good sailing! Love
—Joey And Lori Long
April 20, 2012
To: Jeremy and Bonnie Ruth Farmer
You and your little tribe of six are listening to tonight's program in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Thank you for serving Jesus there. We and our little tribe of five in Nashville, TN adore you.
Ryan and Chrissy Boomershine
Happy 31st Anniversay to my dear bride, Sherry...we finally made it to Prairie Home Companion after listening together for all these years...it was worth the 9 hour drive from the Gulf Coast!!
To: Jim and Marcia Twait
Happy to have my parents at the Ryman tonight to listen to GK & PHC LIVE! Despite the so-so seats, I know they'll have a great night and celebrate dad's retirement in 42 days!
To: Mike Weber
Happy birthday Mike! You'll always be young to me!
To: Ton Strawman
Happy 60th! enjoy the show, wish we were there with you. How do you keep the rain from tipping tulips?
From Sunny Seattle, Kris and Mark
April 19, 2012
Listening to A Prairie Home Companion this warm April evening takes me back in time about 30 years. Thanks to you and Dad for putting the speakers in the windows and forcing your four children into the yard to to listen, dance and sing along. We are all above average as a result.
—Mary Catherine Barganier
To: Anna, Emily, joseph and molly
thanks for the tickets to the nashville show for our 25th wedding anniversary. After 20 years of satuarday night fish frys and tales from lake Wobegone you finally get it!
—billy and marynell martin
To: Hadassa Lefkowitz
Happy Belated Birthday. Looking forward to your party tomorrow night. You are not only the Queen of Parody writing, but a dear friend. i'm glad you were born!
April 18, 2012
To: Elaine Brubaker
Happy Birthday to Elaine Brubaker of Minneapolis and Dundas, Minnesota as she enters her 60th year. Many more years of shaping landscapes and creating bird sanctuaries.
April 17, 2012
To: Janice Coventry
Happy Birthday, Mom. 74 years young and celebrating with a Prairie Home Companion at the beautiful Ryman Auditorium.
To: Sam & Ann Epting
Have a wonderful evening at the Mother Church of Country Music. Where the rhinestones are plenty, parking is scarce, and the acoustics are above average.
To: Elaine Brubaker
Happy 60th to our card-playing, high-jinxing buddy, a PHC fan for 35 years!
April 16, 2012
To: Pam Horne
Wishing Pam Horne, who has attended PHC shows in Ann Arbor, East Lansing, Purdue, and NYC, a happy 60th birthday.
To: Charles Betts, Sr.
Happy 80th birthday, Dad!
Love, Charles & Sylvia
April 14, 2012
There may be snow on the roof, but there's fire in the furnace. Happy 4th Anniversary, I Love You.
Happy Birthday Nana Maureen
Love, Chris, Nicole and Delia
—Chris and Nicole Cordaro
To: Thea, Darwin, and Cora Gundy
Hi girls, hope you enjoyed some spicy tacos, please be gentle with your grandparents and get to bed on time! Thanks deedee and bubba! Love, momma and Babbo.
To: Salma Bryan
Seven going on seventy in your sense of humor. Weekly, you listen loud and proud; today I won’t say “lower the volume”. Enjoy the show!
To: Peter and Becca in Pittsburgh
Good luck on your medical licensing exams and don't party too hard Wednesday night. Love, Mom
To: Michele Johnson
Happy 22nd Anniversary to my little SNUGGLE BUNNY! It's been great. Spending our day with Garrison and the crew makes it even better! Love You!
To: Bill Furman
You actually took a break from pulling on those teats and spreading manure to go downstate and see "PHC!" Wow! The girls were sore anyway!
April 13, 2012
Happy birthday to my husband David! 18 years ago you introduced me to Prairie Home on our honeymoon--I've been head over heels for you both ever since! All my love, Cynthia
April 10, 2012
To: Joanna Lowry
Just to let you know you English majors are no longer restricted to stoking your anguish on POEM (Professional Organization of English Majors). I've started up a competing group of sad sacks, MUSEUM (Massively Unemployed Society of English University Majors) and will be sending you an application form.
To: Catherine Kaufmann
Happy 80th Birthday Mom,
We love you.
From Michael,Kevin and Linda
April 7, 2012
To: Sharon Rumley
Glad,you don't need surgery. Get Well.See you this summer.
—Wayne Rumley II
My dearest friend, I eagerly await your return to our crazy country. I'll get the graham crackers and the Prairie Home if you get here.
Nick, have a great trip to San Antonio and best wishes to you on the presentation of your paper. Of course Mom cannot remember the title of it.
We are proud of you and your many accomplishments! Love Mom & Dad
Happy first time attendance to our nine year old son. So glad to have you join our annual tradition at town hall, today april 7th. Hope you enjoy it as much as we do. Love mom and dad.
To: Tess McCune
Hi Mom! Hope you can tune in to the show! Wish you were here to see the sound effects guy at work. Happy Easter!
To: Mikey Smallman
To my beloved husband,
Happy great big birthday from Kiki and Poppy and Zoie. We love you!
April 5, 2012
To: James Schaffer
Congratulations on becoming the newest Eagle Scout! Mom, Dad and your sister Jordan are all proud of you
From Vermont's Green Mountains to the lakes in Madison, I'm glad you made it another year. Happy birthday to the strongest woman I know.
April 4, 2012
Love from across the Atlantic may not be familiar or desired, but you remain its strongest recipient. Happy Easter!
April 3, 2012
To: Mom and Dad
Autumn is beginning down here in Cape Town, South Africa, hopefully it's nice to see even warm winters fade in Minnesota.
Love, Your Son.
April 2, 2012
To: Glen Michel & Family
His family in Sacramento sends him a fond farewell, as he passed at home on March 30. A huge fan of Garrison Keillor and of Rhubarb Pie, Glen's joy in listening to Prairie Home Companion brought a smile to us all. His warmth and wit will be greatly missed! Now pass the rhubarb!
—Glen's Family in Sacramento Michael
April 1, 2012
To: Adam and Claire
Congratulations on your engagement, you just heard that in Garrison Keillor's voice. From Tom in Idaho
March 31, 2012
To: Lynda Miller
Happy Easter. To you and family.In Tulsa,Ok.
—Wayne Rumley Ii
To: Clark Reed
You wooed me through banjo tunes, eating tacos on Tuesdays and driving around in the Earthmobile. You make my heart twang. Happy 12th Anniversary, Clark!
To: Krause Family
Love getting to listen to you guys all the way in California!
To: Tip and Vi Reed
Hello to my 93 year old aunt Vi and my cousin Tip who stay high......at 9300 feet in the Sangre De Cristo mountains above Westcliffe, Co! Love you guys!
To: Bill Adams
Belated birthday wishes to both Rachael & Bill! Good thing we celebrate birthdays Hanakkah style with a Beatles theme because I love you guys eight days a week. Lets chase squirrels in the yard forever! Love from the Momma Kristy-Moo
To: John and Lena
Happy Anniversary and welcome to the newest member of the family, Kitty.
—John and Lisa Calderone
To: Ian Kidd
To Ian at Case Western: we know it is tough work studying Materials Engineering but do not study to hard, you are liable to fall out of the tree! Keep up the hard work--we are thinking of you! Your big sis Abby, Jackie and Tim
To Stephi in Chicago: Happy Birthday! Wish you were here with us tonight, but we understand that someone has to be out saving the world, because we all know it won't save itself. Meanwhile we'll just sit here and wait patiently. Lots of love! Mom, Dad, Jay, Abby, and Tim!!
My sweet Merry...Missing you at the Prairie...wish you could be here...loving you Mommy and PaPa and Molly and Tommy.
Happy Birthday Pop Pop... having a great time at the Prairie...wish you were here! We love you Kimmie, Debbie, Tony, Tom, Molly, Tommy and Merry.
To: California Auntie Bobbie
Can you believe that we're at the Prairie in Milwaukee? Thanxs for introducing us to Lake Wobegon. Wish you were here! Go Mercer Tigers!
To: Marsha Bateman
Happy 60th Birthday to Marsha Bateman from Bill & Dave!
To: Jodi & Steve Emily
Jodi & Steve in Colorado! Great job on your latest production. He is beautiful! Enjoy your new baby boy Cormac. Much love to you all. Aunt Linda and Uncle Lynn
March 30, 2012
To: Scott Dizack
Happy birthday, Scott. Wow, 62 years of love, devotion, and being a premium stud. For 62 years you have smelt like pine and "Old Spice" which gives you your the distinguished aroma. We love you and have a "select cut" birthday!
To: Count this Penny
We love you and are so proud of you. Glad the people at Lake Wobegon get to hear you now, too! We are the ones happy crying in the balcony tonight!
—Suzanne &Rachel Zulauf-Zuraw
Enjoy the final year of your 30's. Next year at this time we both will have made it into our 40's.
Mark and Will
To: Scott Harris
Happy 60th Birthday Dad, from your ever growing family. Aaron, Maureen, Sarah, Abby, Max, JP, and Niki. We love you. Enjoy the show.
To: Dennis Uhlig
My friend Dennis will be celebrating his birthday by attending the Milwaukee show tomorrow night. I won't comment on his age, but he kind of looks and sounds like Garrison--in a good way!
March 29, 2012
To: mara fornicoia; lars olson
Greg and Jackie from Green Bay say hello to their Minnesota progeny, Mara and Lars. Wish you could join us for dinner at the King & I after the show.
It's Saturday, It's Milwaukee, HPC is here.....and not a pig in the sky. Yeehaw!
To our Dilly Bear, away for the first time overnight. Have a great time. Tell Aunt Laura if you need hugs. We love and miss you! -- love, Mom and Dad.
To: Dave and Joyce Laiosa
Have a great trip to Italy,
Since moving to Milwaukee we've lost our collective barganing, and now Robert Thomas Scalito want to take away our care, but, at least we have our Health!
Michael and Angie
To: Molly and Tommy
Dear Gerrisson, Please say hello to Molly(9) and Tommy (6). They are listening on the radio, because we make them.
March 28, 2012
To: Garrison Carter Hess
Welcome to the world baby boy! You are already quite above average.
Love- Dad, Mom, and your big brother Thomson
To: Kathleen Corcoran
Happy 74th Birthday Mom! You're doing great in your recovery from neck surgery. The neck brace is very becoming and hardly noticeable at all!
Soon you'll be back to your spry self!
We love you.
Maureen, Josh, Will and Riley.
March 27, 2012
To: My wonerful wife,Debra
Glad to finally see the show in person.this is a small,sincere thank you gift to my wonderful wife,Debra,of 34 years.Don't blow it for us!
Happy Birthday to my best friend and love of my life. To my good-looking man from your strong woman and above-average children.
To: cliff and alice miller
Congratulations Cliff & Alice! After 50 passionate years your kisses still linger like camping up north. We're inspired! Love, the girls, grand kids and great grand kids.
(50th anniversary wish for the Milwaukee show. Will be visiting from Cottage Grove, WI)
We hope that you and Brian are having great fun on your birthday while on vacation! Perhaps you guys might still find an excuse to come visit New Jersey again!
The Jersey Ehrmans (Catherine, Ken, Spencer, & Abigail)
March 26, 2012
To: Paul Pyfferoen
I just want to say that it is pretty awesome to be here at the show! Thanks to my brother Paul Pyfferoen for getting me in! I remember listening to this show when I was a kid! Also, here is a greeting to my Mom, Mary!
Thank you for caring for me the past 12 months as I had severe spinal surgery, my son died, and my Mother died. I would not have made it through without you.
March 25, 2012
To: Janice and Ethel
177 years is far too long a wait to see the man with the red shoes. Hope your having a good time. --Kyle (my grandma's are in row 9 on the left if you want to wave!)
March 24, 2012
To: Sammie Bates
Happy 2nd Birthday, cousin! We'll miss you when we move overseas this summer. Those seven hours between Philadelphia & Columbus won't seem so long anymore.
—Addy & Teddy Bates
March 19, 2012
To: cliff & alice miller
(for Milwaukee Theater show 3/31/12)...
Congratulations Cliff & Alice. After 50 passionate years, your kisses still linger like camping up north. We're inspired! Love, the girls, grandkids and great grandkids.
March 17, 2012
To: Hailey Anne
Happy birthday Hailey, i hope this is the the best 4 year old birthday you ever have ^.^
love you much !!
March 11, 2012
To: Gordon Glover
CONGRATULATIONS!!!! Graduation from Old Dominion University, Virginia.
Philosophy and Religion, on the road to Law School---no mountain tops for you.
Hard work and study pays off! We are so proud of you!
Rest, relax, take the weekend off---and get a job by Monday!!!!
Mom and Dad, Graham, Padraic and David
March 6, 2012
To: The Butler family back in Claremont, Minnesota
Hi to Grandma, Grandpa, and everyone! Congrats to Joey and Emily; sorry I couldn't make it this weekend. Dad, make sure Mom eats some cake.
Love from Kentucky!
To: Tom, Kimmie and Tony
We've waited four years and we're finally here in Milwaukee with the Prairie gang!! It is well worth the wait. Hi to Molly and Tommy, the new generation of Prairie Fans!! Go Mercer Tigers!!
March 2, 2012
To: Charles Cummings
After growing up listening to this show with you, I found it again! It has brought back many memories driving in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and the Dakotas. I miss you and hope to see you at Minot State's graduation in May!
March 1, 2012
Miss you out here in the wide blue ocean. Be home soon. I'd trade any tropical day for a snow-day with you.
February 29, 2012
To: Rich Rainer
Captain my Captain. You are going to sea for a year, serving your country. The kids and I will miss you SO much. And by the way, in a year, it WILL be my turn to sleep in. I love you!
February 25, 2012
To: Elizabeth Ries
We love you and we miss you. Keep on conquering at UMD and remember you want the apartment near Burrito Union. If you don't do it for yourself, do it for Mom when she comes up!
To: Tim and Marianne Whitaker
Happy 20th anniversary, Mom and Dad! Just think, only two more and you're empty nesters! Love your children, Matt and Em.
To: Lori, Shauna and Kayla
I hope your spa visit and a glass of wine has my girls relaxed and enjoying the show!
To: Tom Albright
Happy Birthday to our son Tom, in the audience tonight, remember dad's motto: "you are only young once but you can be immature forever"
To: Tom Albright
Wishing a very happy birthday to Tom, our favorite brother, and an all around swell person, love your sisters.
To: Keegan Hartley
Happy 33rd birthday to Keegan, a 4th generation Hartley family listener to PHC, here tonight with wife, Becky. Enjoy the show and Bulldog hockey afterwards! Love from Mama Kim
Happy 54th birthday to the best wife on the Prairie. I pledge full support to your home improvement plans, by my wallet if not my back and my knees.
Happy Birthday to Jaime in Duluth, MN. May your gas mileage be as high as your age this year. Love Lisa & Jason
To: Saint Scholastica’s GTL students
Congratulations on completing half of your student teaching adventure! Who would have ever thought a 15-year-old could be so terrifying? Remember they can smell fear so stay strong.
February 24, 2012
To: Andy and John
May the wind be at your back, on your hike up to campus....GO UMD Science Majors! your Twin Cities Families
To: M&M Yang
All is well here in Duluth, that exam went well, I'll see you when the snow melts.
February 22, 2012
To: Dirk and Terry DeJong
Happy 40th anniversary!
Enjoy your first night out since you went to a movie in 1989, you crazy kids.
Love, your girls and boys.
February 21, 2012
To: Jerry Szymaniak
Happy Birthday! Sorry that our daughter and I prefered to play in the jazz band tonight instead of sitting with you. We love you anyway!
Dear LB, Keep the home fires burning, the snow shoveled and the dog fed. Wish you were my cruising buddy. I'll bring a grass-skirt home and show you how it's done. Love you lots, Jr.
February 18, 2012
To: Lorene Risse Cox
Dearest Grandson Titus Owen-
Grandpa and Grammie are thrilled that you have arrived! We can't wait till you come home to Alaska!!
To: Glen Risse
To my dearest husband on our 30th wedding Anniversary-I love you madly and would say "Yes" and marry you all over again!!
We can celebrate when I get home to Alaska. I have loved holding our new Grandson, Titus Owen, in Ft. Worth-Lucy and I wish you were here, too!!
Love from your wife, Crystal
Diane, Many thanks for showing us the St.Paul sights including the Common Good Books & Curling Center! A great time for us easterners! ~D&C
To: Julie, Robi & Jeff
Dearest wife, thank you for a wonderful night out. The kids will be fine with my brother untill they are out of college. Only 17 years left to hide out here.
To: Colin Murray
We've made it 27 years and counting. Happy Anniversary, I love you.
February 17, 2012
Sending love and a warm welcome to you and Mom, visiting all the way from the family farm in Nebraska. Happy Belated Birthday! We loving having you around.
February 16, 2012
To: Jim and Liz Wade
To Jim and Liz. We know you are listening. Share a hug and a kiss from us at the Fitz.
To: Amanda, Heath, Jack, Alex and all the grandkids
Jack and Maureen are here marking off an entry on Mo's bucket list! Yes, Southern Illinois, it's reallly The Hogg's !!
To: Kim Bryan
Happy 60th Birthday Dad, in Pensacola, FL. We hope that your birthday in Pensacola, FL was slightly sunnier than here in Portland, OR.
We love you,
Allison and Nic
To: Mr. & Mrs K. and Mr. & Mrs. H.
We missed you at Christmas, but we hope you are enjoying your gifts! At least WE aren't sitting next to OUR in-laws! Love you so much!
—Tony Karel Katie Hultberg
To: Mom and Dad
Hi Mom and Dad. I just wanted to say thanks for taking me to all those sporting practices and games when I was a kid. One of my most vivid memories is mom falling in the swimming pool during our lesson in her white silk shirt. She didn't mean to turn 1st grade swim lessons into a wet t-shirt contest, but she sure did. She went home, changed and came back to the pool with her head held high... showing us what a true sport really is..Love you guys...
February 14, 2012
To: Pastor (Chaplain) Jess Abbott
Welcome Home and Happy Valentines Day to my wonderful husband. I am surprising him with tickets to see Garrison Keillor tonight at EKU. Pastor (Chaplain) Jess Abbott just got back from Iraq before Christmas. He has been a Lutheran Pastor for 23 years and an Army Reserve Chaplain for almost 22 years. We love Garrison Keillor and the humor he brings to life.
February 13, 2012
To: Grandma Lee
Love to you and the four grandchildren in Richmond VA. Wish you all could have been at the PHC show with me last Saturday in Minneapolis. MBD was terrific!
To: Brad Schumacher
Happy 6th Anniversary! You are the best thing that ever happened to me and I love you.
To: Ed Vitelli
Ed, stop doing housework to get brownie points while avoiding writing your dissertation, love Mags and Coco
To: Bruce Hopkins
In honor of your 70th birthday, please accept fond wishes and tribute from your legions of fans. You are a legend in your own time.
To: Andrew Ryhanych
Greetings to Andrew Ryhanych and Jessica Willets who will be embarking on their life together June 2, 2012. Your Mom and Dad would be at the Cary show on June 2, but thought they better make it to your wedding instead. Congratulations
February 12, 2012
Happy Birthday to my wife of 21 years!
To: Pat & Cherie Smith
Celebrating their 35th wedding anniversary and first Prairie Home Companion show in fabulous Sioux Falls, SD. Enjoy your date night!
Kristy, Kim & Hayes
To: All the folks back home in Glasco,Kansas
My time to go has come but you'll see me in your dreams!
February 11, 2012
Left our tickets in Kentucky, good thing we had the Internet to reprint the tickets. Thanks for a wonderful Christmas present.
To: naval recruits great lakes ship 09 div 091
I wishing to send this greeting to those in naval recruit ship 09 div 091. Beeing in bootcamp no one would get to hear this greeting as they are not allowed radios. But us on the outside,mothers,fathers,sisters,brothers have them in our thoughts everyday.
February 10, 2012
To: The Dude
Greetings to The Dude in Osceola from Walter in St. Paul. The Cops finally found your Creedence tape.
February 8, 2012
To: Deb and Tom
We finally get to see a live show in Milwaukee. Can you believe it? Can't wait!
February 6, 2012
To: Frances and Sam
Dick and Judy from Bell Buckle, TN, are in the audience tonight for Dick's 70th birthday. They send loving greetings to Dick's 96 year old mom and to her nearly blind, very good 92 year old friend, Sam Kirschner, both of whom live in the Homestead Assisted Living Home in Boulder City -- and if you are listening together tonight, don't give a hoot about what anyone else might think about it!
February 5, 2012
To: Kurt Heinzerling
Happy Valentine Birthday. You are much warmer living in Sarasota, Florida than you were in "the Tundra" Chaska, Minnesota.
—Patricia E. Heinzerling
To: Molly McCarty
Best wishes for a great spring semester, your last one!, at St Olaf College. We love you and are so proud of you. XOX, Mom & Dad
To: Megan Pfiffner
Meg and Jason we are so happy you are finally getting married. Grandma's 90, she says she can't wait much longer.
Love you Mom & Dad
To: Ken Cox
Happy 26th anniversary, honey! Remember we still need to celebrate the 25th, since you got sick and we couldn't go away! You're still the love of my life!
February 4, 2012
Happy birthday tomorrow (Feb. 11) to Sylvia from Roger, with love and gratitude that you're still here to fight the good fight and not go gentle into that good night.
Mom, I still can't believe 24 years ago today you walked to the hospital while you were in labor. You rule. Love, Allie
To: Steve Lungstrom
I want to wish my extraordinary husband a happy 50th birthday! May the next 50 years bring you many joys and blessings. I love you!
To: Rachel & Clare
Our two beautiful teenage daughters spending Saturday night with Mom & Dad at their first PHC - hope you are enjoying it as much as we are.
To: Linda Filonowich
Happy 51st birthday (I promised I wouldn't let that slip out, but Garrison just did)! Soon we'll celebrate on the shores of the big lake in lovely Herbster, Wisconsin, preparing for the greatest smelt fry in the world (coming up in April).
February 3, 2012
To: Bob Pratt
Congratulations on retiring as East Lansing Fire Marshall and the crown of “Life saver of the Year" from the National Drowning Prevention Alliance. Hope to share a Lake Superior Line Up SOON!
To: Lenoir-Rhyne University and Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary
The premier Lutheran University in the Southeast merging with the premier Lutheran Seminary in the Southeast. Congratulations! Happy to be at the Fitzgerald!!
January 30, 2012
To: Marty & Christena
Congratulations on your engagement. Glad to be adding another sister to the family. Can't wait for the big day in Sept. We're all so happy for you.
To: Our TWA & Eastern Airlines Friends
Mike and Mary Lou "landed" in Minneapolis, and Mike still pilots jets and Mary Lou traded her wings for MS Senior Mn 2009. We miss you all
—Mary Lou Phipps
To: Phyllis Castens Wiederhoeft
Welcome to the members of ALDE, the Association of Lutheran Development Executives, who are in town for their 33rd annual international education conference. Only Lutherans would choose Minneapolis for a conference in February!
To: Mark Axelson
Happy 20th anniversary to my wonderful husband, Mark. Having a great time in Minneapolis/St. Paul. Wish you were here!
January 28, 2012
To: Grandma Sandy and Grandpa Gus
Happy 40th wedding anniversary. You continue to inspire us and teach us. We hope you know how loved you are...from your wild and crazy family.
January 27, 2012
Hey! Remember this place?
To: Guy & Renee
Happy mild winter to Guy & Renee from your son Luke in Portland. My condolences on the Packers' playoff loss, but that should teach you not to forsake the Purple People Eaters who you were born to root for.
January 24, 2012
To: Love from Rich, Carly, Nancy & Beda
Twice a weekend we heard Garrison's voice,
Sometimes it felt there wasn't a choice.
But now, at last, this will get us even:
Happy 65th Birthday, Dad, from your children!
To: Rocky-anne Bullwinkel
Happy belated birthday pickle schlitz. you are my anything.
January 21, 2012
to my dear wife , molly is in boot camp and i no your baby is gone but not for good she is one of the best things we ever did! she will be ok love always dano
Have a successful spring semester at Macalester. Remember to be safe. Have fun. And don't eat anything bigger than your head. Love mom
January 20, 2012
To: Jennifer Wier
Jen & Ben,
Enjoy the show and give our love to our grandson, Elden. Looking forward to next weekend.
—Dennis & Patti Mele
Hello to our baby boy Elden, the family's first native-born Minnesotan. And hello to babysitters Colleen and Bob. Thanks for the night out!
—Jennifer & Benjamin Wier
To: Chris and Johanna
As a wise couple who have done it all before, you are role models to us as we grow together. Much love - Ann and Yakub
—Ann and Yakub Poulsen
To: One Million in Wisconsin
Congratulations to the One Million in Wisconsin! This week you submitted signatures to recall the governor!
Happy birthday, from Cat and me! We love you very much, and hope your late twenties are less turbulent than your early twenties!
To: Claire and Julia
We hope you enjoy your first live visit to Lake Wobegon. Even though you are only teenagers, may it inspire you to reamin creative, thoughtful and funny throughout the years! Love mom and dad.
January 18, 2012
To: Mom, Dad, Dan & Pam
Simply amazing that a radio show still brings families together! We're there with you, with our ear to the radio! Warm, wintery loves to you all!
January 17, 2012
To: Alan Rabinowitz
Happy birthday and thanks from your children and grandchildren for 85 years of working to change the world- and guess what, it IS changing!
January 16, 2012
Happy 57th B-day to the coolest and hippest dad in the Green Mountain State
January 14, 2012
To: Carole Larson
Happy birthday to Carole in coon rapids, mn from your daughters who are,with apology sitting in your seats here at the Fitzgerald Theater. Chug down an Ensure and take a rain check.
—Kim and Jackie Pierson
January 13, 2012
To: Jack Fraunfelder
A 70th Birthday haiku for Pop Jack:
Flannel plaid year-round
Washing dishes, no complaints
NPR is on.
Kate, As always I love you. I have been enjoying our challenging puzzel nights with Prairie Home Companion cheering us on, at least in our heads.
January 11, 2012
To: Sweet Annie
To: Sweet Annie from Seattle
From: Your Southern Suitor
Will you be my Special Gal? You don’t have to answer today, but I moved the livestock out’a the house just-in-case you say yes.
(in the theater on 14 January - thanks)
January 9, 2012
To: Laura and Bryan Peterson
The forest service finally came through with your permit for the wedding. Want to do it again in snowshoes?
To: Kurt Heinzerling
Best wishes from Mom for your Valentine Birthday soon to arrive. Begin to prepare now to enjoy yourself.
—Patricia E. Heinzerling
January 4, 2012
We need to go hiking one of these days, only two and a half weeks left in winter break. Call me partner!
December 31, 2011
To: nowinski family
Aloha to our favorite cousins in Kailua.... Jackson and Kaitlyn! We received the coconut in the mail! Miss you bunches.... Happy New Year and love you bunches.... Joseph Henry and Patience
Happy 2012 from sunny Hawaii! Come visit but leave the snowplow keys back there in Chicago!
To: Omi and Opa Jim
Happy anniversary! We miss you already- the realtor called and said make an offer- winter in Austin and summer in Hawaii sounds good to us!! We love you! All the boys and Aransas.
The new Kona coffee crop is doing fine. I'll send you some this week.
My darling husband, thanks so much for surprising me with tickets and making one of my dreams come true! Always and forever, Jordan
To: john broderick
Aloha Daddio in Savannah, Georgia! The only thing that would make this better is having you here with me. Love, your pineapple princess.
To: My brothers, Jack and Cooper, in Texas
Good luck with college applications. Just because people outside the Midwest haven't heard of Grinnell and Carleton, it doesn't mean they're bad schools.
December 30, 2011
Aloha to my sister in Kaneohe. Like you have no snow here in Minneapolis, but our temps are a bit cooler than yours.
Miss you all my love
December 29, 2011
To: CONNIE WHITE
HEY- BETTER PACK YOUR HEAVY SWEATER WHEN YOU COME TO VISIT FROM CANANDAIGUA. GOT DOWN TO 68 ON KAUAI LAST NIGHT. LOVE, YOUR SISTY-UGLER
December 28, 2011
To: Horst Brandes
Happy Anniversary Horst -19 years.
December 27, 2011
To: Bob Crone
Ohana back in the Washington, DC area wish you a happy 70th birthday this week-end as you enjoy the show! You fled winter 32 years ago and now bask in the Hawaiian sun and surf. We miss you.
Mom and sister Betsy
December 24, 2011
To: Arn Valdez
Happy , happy birthday to my loving husband! May you be blessed with health and joy for many more years to come. Enjoy and keep smiling!
December 21, 2011
Congratulations on your graduation from St. Kate's this week and your bright and wonderful future ahead.
To: Tony Ruff
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to Tony from Gina. I coudn't get tickets for the Nashville show, so this is the second best I could do. Love Gina
December 19, 2011
To: Schuman Family/twin brother
To my family, I love you all - happy holidays and hope the New Year blesses us all with beautiful things. Here's to life and good will. Also, Happy Birthday to you Robert, I couldn't think of someone better to both share my big day with (the day after Christmas nonetheless!), but also to turn the seasoned year of thirty with this year.
December 18, 2011
To: Itsy Bitsy in Kensington
Wishing all of the Itsy Bitsies in Kensington, Maryland a 2012 full of scrumptious baked goods!
To: Bob Shaloo
Thanks again, Dad, for the stupendous evening of 'A Prairie Home Companion' goodness in New York City yesterday! That show was definitely one for the bucket list, but we should definitely bring the whole family out next time!
December 17, 2011
To: Harold and Barbara Weinreb
Dear mom and dad-
From Laconia NH to New York, NY enjoy the show. Susan and I are thinking of you and wish you a happy holidays. I hope you are thinking of us while waiting in traffic trying to get on the FDR drive back to scarsdale
mark and Susan
Sending you warm greetings from Town Hall and wishing you could be with us at the show tonite. We'll miss you!
To: Greg Bradley
Happy bar-mitzvah to Greg Bradley. You're a great American!
December 16, 2011
My dearest Emily ... I can't believe that you are 11 years old already ... Happy Birthday! I hope you are enjoying the show and Christmas in New York!
To: Henry and Theresa Swenson
Happy 70th Anniversary, Nana and Papa! We're all so happy to be able to share this wonderful time with you! Can't wait for the 75th!
December 13, 2011
To: David Barclay
Best of wishes from San Diego & good luck with your adventures in Newfoundland. I guess moving from some of the best weather in the world to the worst is considered an adventure. Love and miss you, Amanda.
To: Lindley Garcia
Congratulations Lindley on your recent promotion to captain in the Marine Corps. Keep safe in Afghanistan and we will see you soon. Love mom, Gram and Pop
I love being your Prairie Home Companion.
To: Miranda Larson
Happy 27th Birthday to my beautiful wife and best friend, Miranda. Maybe after the show we can find a Pamida and get you some birthday underwear.
December 12, 2011
To: Terry Groeller
Happy Birthday Grandma Terry! Yes the tickets to this show are your birthday gift, hope you're enjoying them.
—Caroline & Michael Scales
December 11, 2011
Happy 70th Birthday Helmut!
I really hope your listening today and if you are why don't you just take Sunday off to celebrate.
December 10, 2011
Happy Birthday...now you're old like me! Woo-hoo!
Happy 40th birthday, my love!Don't worry, 40 is just the old age of youth.
We went to the show without you. The credit card is on the coffee table. Don't go overboard, otherwise there might not be any college money.
Happy 40th Birthday, Derek. Sorry about booking a hotel room with bunk beds. Wishing you bacon, Nordic victories and naps. Love you so - Tanya
To: K. Lee & Brenda Lerner
Mom and Dad: thanks for raising me on Prairie Home, then buying your show tickets during my finals. War Damn Wobegon. Love, your bitter youngest daughter.
December 9, 2011
Dave is finally here for a live show with Micki, his better half of forty years. Here’s hoping Sasha, Nathan and Justin will forgive him for subjecting them to the radio show for the last twenty plus years while he listens at the bbq and fills them in later.
Garth & Ann are celebrating their 16th wedding anniversary today but it’s really 19 because I married you in my heart the first time we dated. Stay with me forever & don’t say I never take you anywhere!
December 8, 2011
Happy 29th birthday to our son, and congratulations on 9 years of sales of your Cape Cod railroad history book! Was Garrison also published at age 20? Happy New Year to you, Garrison et al - and keep up the good work!
To: Elizabeth Jose
Happy Birthday to my sweet Liz: the cutest girl on wheels in New York.
December 7, 2011
To: david&jane pflieger
david and jane pflieger are here selabrating their 50'th wedding anniversary with their kids and others.
(we will be at dec. 10 show would be nice if you can do this on the air thanks dave)
December 6, 2011
To: Suzie Spence
Met in London one day
On the way to a Harold Pinter play
1967 flowed into 2011, you always
Are the lead in my best act
(in the audience 12/10/11)
I'm still listening,
I'm still remembering.
I'm still growing up and getting lost, but I'll find my way.
December 5, 2011
To: Cheryl Wabel
Happy birthday to my beautiful bride Cheryl, you're still my hottie!
To: Kim Nethaway
You always said live is best...so "we'll be gone" on Saturday living the good life at Town Hall in NYC!!! Come on...you know that's funny!!
To: Nick & Caroline Grunenwald
If it's not too much trouble,maybe you could give a shout out to my Lutheran son and his wife from Northern Wisconsin. (We can see Lake Wobegon from the top of the hill!). Happy one year anniversary!
December 4, 2011
To: Grammy D
I love going for rides and listening to GK and friends on the radio with you. I'll put the cat out and let's go for another ride. I'll bring the ketchup this time, too!!
After 40 years of marriage, I still can't figure you out, do you want the fork on the right or left of the plate????
December 3, 2011
Mom and Dad love you very much. Good Luck fishing in the upcoming season. Aunt Ginger always loves stiped bass as do we.
Mom and Dad love you very much. Good Luck in Grad school. There's a great party planned for the Master.
To: Marjorie Davis
Looking forward to you & Garrison in Greenville!
Happy 40th birthday, my love! 40 is just the old age of youth so you've got that going for you...which is nice.
To: Ellen B
Happy Birthday to baby sister--or is that babe of a sister--anyway, isn't this a whole lot better than a phone call? (This will make no sense if it doesn't make it to air...)
To: son Christopher
Greetings to son Christopher working for Lufthansa at JFK tonight. Still hoping Garrison will stop by to learn how to pronounce ALLIANZ! Love Mom
To: Mumski and Dadio
Congrats on the milestone birthday. We're glad you could come celebrate with your daughters in the big city...and happy you will return to Pittsburgh after the weekend. But really, we couldn't have had more awesome parents if we picked them ourselves.
—Christiana & Katarina Lackner
Happy 12th birthday, Ajda, from Mom and Dad. If you're listening you'll be delighted to know that you will finally get your wish - pierced ears!
December 2, 2011
If you really didn't want to come to the show as your Christmas gift, thanks for not telling me. Love, Mom
December 1, 2011
To: Bob and Patrice
Missing you both. But I had to swap my ticket for a new knee. Thank God for radio!
To: Gabe Harris
Knock-knock, who's there? Sorry we're not, but you are so Happy Sixth Birthday! We're so proud of you! LOTS OF LOVE!
—Boppa & Gigi Harris
November 30, 2011
To: Blanche and Ian
Greetings to my 92 year old mother in Springville PA and to my son, proudly serving on the front lines of Philadelphia news Radio
November 28, 2011
To: Valerie & Otis Soule
I know you usually travel by kayak but, hey, wasn't MetroNorth quicker and dryer? Enjoy the show!
To: Mom and Dad
Mom & Dad-
Nora and I are at the show. Remembered the first time we went in 3rd grade. Makes more sense now.
Molly and Nora
So after 30 years we reconnect, I hope you have a nice night at the Show (she will be attending the 5:30 show on december 3rd) Can't wait to see you again in a couple of weeks. Best wishes WJ
November 26, 2011
Just celebrated your 7th birthday with us. Hope that you will have many more.
P.S. We know you are listening. Stay off the furniture!
—Paul & Rosemarie Borriello
To: Family Back in Omaha
Merry Christmas everyone! Thinking of you all here in Germany. Stay warm and see you next year!
November 25, 2011
Happy 26th wedding anniversary my dear. On our 25th last November 29th, we were preparing move to Saint Paul, where we’ve lived since April with your overly-popular Corgi,and on occasion, our two college-student kids. Please wake me when the joys of empty-nest syndrome begin; I’d hate to miss them!
To: Nicki Schantz Zawel
Happy Birthday to the hardest working band director, mother of two small loud children, and wife of a trombonist. You make the best Thanksgiving Chocolate Cheesecake too.
November 24, 2011
To: Mike and Helen McShane
Love from all your friends in Maryland. You are always in our thoughts.
November 22, 2011
To: Nancy and Urs
Happy 30th anniversary Nancy and Urs. We had a great time seeing the baseball field, the Bass Pro Shop and eating in Peoria - top that if you can, New York City.
November 21, 2011
For once, you will have my full, undivided attention devoid of APHC this Saturday afternoon - and it only took our wedding to do it. Thanks for saying yes!
(P.S. you're going to have to listen to the re-play of the show with me tomorrow, just so you know.)
To: Zoe and Lucie
[Attending Town Hall show on 11/26]: Congrats on a speedy cross country season with Mendham Magic and keep up the hard work in school or there will be math bootcamp with Dad! Love, Mom, Dad and NanaBoo
November 20, 2011
To: Carleton College Women's Rugby Team
Congratulations on winning the Division 3 championship in Cherry Hill, NJ,in a hard-fought game against the former champs from Lock Haven,52-7. There must be Lake Woebegone women on the team.
November 19, 2011
It's been a while since we last spoke but here is a new greeting and an invitation to renew speaking.
To: Brothers in 2nd LAR Battalion
Welcome back home brothers Victory to the bold Semper Fidelis Marines
To: Nelson-Penland siblings
Dear offspring, I know Thanksgiving wll be hard this year, and I know you miss your dad. I love you all. Mom
To: Robert Kittler
Congratulations to my son on getting his first professional acting job! That it's title is "Sex-Rev" makes us no less proud. And though you now go by the name "Robert," you'll always be our "Bobby." Deal with it.
To: Holly & Joe
The cancer is gone, my hair is growing. Thank you for being my spiritual fertilizer.
To my dear wife of 17 years, happy 40th birthday!
To: All my former Ole students and Ole colleagues
Listening from Maine tonight and missing you all and life on The Hill dearly. Um ya ya!
To: Carol Bisbee
To Carol on her 72nd birthday, from her Ole friends in Fort Collins (listening together tonight)!
—Brian & Lonnie Mihm
Happy 10th anniversary, Honey. I know you won't hear this in your deer stand but I'll tell you all about it when you get home.
To: Far away family in Red Bluff, California
Thinking of all of you today as we adopted Minnesotans work on perfecting that delightful Minnesota long "o" sound as we sit here at the shooow at St. Ooolaf while the first snooow of the season is falling outside. Wish you were all here!
—Ken and JoAn Warwick
Happy Birthday! By the way, did you talk dad into going to Christmas Fest yet? Tell him he can mouth the words and skip the Norwegian sweater.
November 18, 2011
To: Emily Patterson
Congratulations on getting through 10 weeks of college . . . Only 118 more weeks to go!
To: Jeppesen Family
Listen to this live from St. Olaf, and I will tell you all about being in the audience when I come home next week for Thanksgiving!
To: Don and Carol Smidt and Jackie Rath
Celebrating a wedding anniversary and a birthday with family this weekend at St. Olaf while in attendance at this broadcast.
November 17, 2011
Greetings from mom and dad in White Bear Lake! We're so glad you're enjoying your 1st year on the hill. Don't get any funny ideas about lefse for Christmas - you're German, not Norwegian!
—Rick & Nancy Bosak
To: Abby & Dick
[I will be IN THE AUDIENCE at St. Olaf 11/19]
Sarah says THANK YOU to Dick, in Boston, for marrying her sister Abby 40 years ago,
and to Abby, in Boston, for turning her onto this show 30 years ago.
November 15, 2011
To: Aubrey Frances Tyler
Today is the twentieth birthday of our favorite fair-haired Ole. Life in Sanbornton isn't the same without you! Love from Mom and Dad.
November 14, 2011
To: Bruce and Bev from Cumming, IA in the audience Nov. 19
We moved the party to your house tonight. Your loving neighbors. Kim, Harold, Margie, and Greg.
To: Jimmy and Heidi Olson
Happy 28th Anniversary on Nov 26th to our parents, Jimmy and Heidi Olson from Westby, WI.
Jimmy is a St Olaf Graduate, class of 1973. Jimmy and Heidi have been listening to A Prairie Home Companion since their "Courting" days. They are here this evening with family and friends to celebrate their Anniversary.
—Kjersten, Annika and Tommy Olson
November 12, 2011
Sending love from MN. Hope the new long johns and old peppermint Schnapps can keep you warm this winter season. P.S. Keep your pants out of the fire this year.
November 11, 2011
Here's to two years of marriage. Who knew my tenth grade english partner would become my best friend and husband.
November 10, 2011
To: Alfredo salva
Happy birthday we love you.
November 8, 2011
To: Lindsie Katz
Our kid (Lindsie!) is a music major at St. Olaf. We will be in attendance on the 19th, so I felt compelled to create/share my version of the school song. Oh, we’re from St. Olaf Your socks we will knock off The things that we don’t know They’re far and they’re few Not specious, not spurious Benign, not injurious We know what these words mean We’re smarter than you Ya Ya Um Ya Ya Um Retrograde, retrograde We know what these words mean We’re smarter than you!
November 6, 2011
Happy Birthday coming up this month. I am thinking of you always and sending you lots of Om's and Shalom's
To: The Neighborhood kids
To all the under 10 set of Brookside Village, Texas,(Laurel, Zack, Tori, Leah, Gage, Gavin and Bam-bam) who don't know what radio was like before the invention of television. See, I told you it was a good show! Love Mrs. Smith.
November 5, 2011
Moodle, twenty seven years ago you joined me for our first evening with Garrison and the cast. Three beautiful girls later the Old Firm is branching out! And the we can still spend some evenings with PHC. Love you, Cash Money!
To: John Varden
Thank you for never giving up on moving our family to Kentucky. After 15 years of hearing about the beauty and charm of the bluegrass state I am now pleased to call it my home.
—Nancy EJ Varden
We "made it" because you willed it to be so, but our hearts are there with you. Hope you're feeling better soon.
To: Phillip Flood
Happy Birthday from your Son and Daughter-in-law. We're glad Garrison Keillor chose to forgo the New York City Marathon to entertain you live in Murray on November 5th.
—Matthew and Echo Flood
November 4, 2011
To: Jane, David, Jeff, Paula, Chet and Nancy
Hello and just thought you should know that you will have a new grandchild next June.
Andy and Betsy
To: Mr. Keillor
I am in the audience this evening in KY.I wanted to see PHC in St. Paul in January to get the full frozen Minnesota experience but my spouse said it was silly. How could I convince her it's a good idea?
To: Alan and Barb
Hello and best wishes to Alan and Barb in Minneapolis, MN from Mojgan (pronounced Mozh-Gun) and David of Ohio. We made it to a Prairie Home show.
November 3, 2011
To: Bill Batchelder from Bemidji
The blond bombshell building the bakery between Beltrami and Broadway is betrothed! No more sweet buns....
To: Mary Carpenter
I am so grateful that thirty one years ago we met at the public Library. You are the dearest friend anyone could have! And now we both work at a Library!
To: Phil & Lorain
Happy Anniversary to a wonderful couple and special friends.
To: Jim Bryant
Happy Birthday, may our heads always share one pillow. we love you.
—Nicole & Ella Hand-Bryant
To: Christopher King
First came Beezus with those mesmerizing eyes.
Next arrived Bo Peep, our pursed-lipped little prize.
Any moment we'll meet number three--
A happier wife and mommy, I could never be.
Thank you for giving us your creativity, humor, childlike wonder and inappropriate song lyrics. I love you.
To: Susie Todd
We can't wait to celebrate your first birthday in December! We love you, even if you bite us with your new baby teeth.
All our love to our little strawberry girl.
Mommy, Daddy, and Lola the dog
November 2, 2011
3 yrs dating, 2 yrs married. Love is patient, love is kind…You’ve certainly been patient. You’ve renovated our house, became a stepdad, joined the Lutherans, and now you're attending a Prairie Home Companion Show with me. Oh the things you do for love the second time around! (we will be at the show on Nov 5 in Murray KY)
November 1, 2011
To: Clayton Havens
Happy 39th birthday to Clayton Havens. You are the caffeine in my coffee.
Even though you hate coffee.
Love, your Tisha
—Tisha King Havens
October 31, 2011
To: harold dorris
Happy Birthday to my Ex-friend H.D. To show my heartfelt appreciation for those Cuban cigars you bought for me (and smoked yourself, claiming fear of Customs), I wanted you to know that I bought you a great bottle of 18-year old Scotch (but drank it myself last week for fear of potential snakebite).
Happy 28th anniversary. Love you so much. You are an inspiration to others. You make my life worth living. Thanks for taking care of me.
October 30, 2011
To: Emily Maija Rogstad
Happy 21st birthday to the best daughter ever! You are 'our sunshine'! See you next weekend, love Mom & Dad
—Syver & Mary Rogstad
October 29, 2011
To: Owain and Dylan
Owain and Dylan, we are looking forward to your Thanksgiving visit from Seattle. I will have warm gingerbread pankakes ready for breakfasthere in Colorado Springs!
Love, MuMu and Grampa
—Cynthe Ann Winebrenner
To: Doreen, Carol, and Nancy, and Julie at home
Hi from Leslie! Mom, good thing you wore that neck brace so you could get seats in the accessible section and see Garrison's every pore! Love, sis.
To: werner stiller
get well soon from your open heart surgery
There is a wonderful man in Estes Park who is celebrating his 90th birthday today. We miss you, Granddad!
To: Ruth and Stan
Enjoy the show and your snow! We'll be back to visit soon.
From your flatlander relatives, Gail and Rob in Ames, IA
My Saturday highlight is listening long-distance with you. Warm wishes for many more performances.
To: Sue Andzik
Happy 42nd engagement ring anniversary. Knew you 12 days before you said yes to my marriage proposal. Love you, Al Monument, Colorado
To: TunaMan Doug
Tuna is the be-all and end-all. Thanks for teaching me to speak fish.
—lidl lidl face
To: John and Liz Reeder
John and Liz, your Minnesotan Granddaughters would like to send you a big "UFF'DA!" from Colorado for your upcoming birthdays!
Love, Emma, Greta, Hannah, Jane
Happy 7th Anniversary Sweetie! There's no '7 year itch for me'...but sorry about all the toast breadcrumbs in the bed. I'll keep the toast out of the bedroom in the future.
To: Steve Manesiotis
Happy 75th Birthday Dad/Grandpa from your daughter and son-in-law who dragged you here today, your grandson living the Mouse dream in California and your granddaughter visiting Canada.
To: Linda Shaufler
Happy Birthday to my lovely wife of 26 years. What a better way to spend a day with you listening to Prairie Home Companion. Notice how I omitted the B-day age and opted to mention our years together.
To my older brother Todd - if you're listening to this, my life is now officially better than yours.
To: Larry Liebross
Dad, Happy 66th birthday! You still owe me $2,500 for my wedding.
To: Garry and Jeanni George
Sorry things didn't work out with me and your son, but I was wondering if I could still get your homemade bran muffin recipe?
To: Grandma and Aunt Charmaine
Here's to 3 generations of women enjoying the same program together across the United States. Wish you were here. Love and miss you both, Autumn
To: Lou Clark
Please practice piano as soon as the show is over. I bet Rich Dworsky's mommy made him practice too. Love, Your overbearing Mother.
To: Bea James
It's rare to have a wife as a best friend, but it makes marriage and love all the more special.
October 28, 2011
Happy 64th, Mom. Who knew one woman could give birth to both an English major and an accountant! Here's to the Fitz, Forepaughs, and mother-daughter weekends in "the old country"!
—Tammy Crawford-Van Wyhe
Happy 40th birthday to Navy Chief Walma. Hoping you'll have a safe four months in that desert over there. We'll save some of this Pikes Peak snow until you get back. Mitch and Heather
Hey son, thrilled you are loving Colorado School of Mines! In response to how someone, hypothetically, would clean soot off their dorm wall from a jet fuel experiment, try Windex.
—Lisa and Eric Langford
To: Bob and Silvia Moody
Bob and Sylvia Moody are celebrating 54 years of marriage. Six years ago, Bob forgot their 48th anniversary and has been paying for that lapse of memory ever since. In the past six years Sylvia has gotten her kitchen remolded, new carpet, landscaping and this year tickets to A Prairie Home Companion.
October 27, 2011
To: Deborah Moore
Happy 20th anniversary! I finally took a picture of you that you liked, and now it's on our credit card for everyone to see!
To: Oddvar Holum Kopischke
10,000 birthday greetings from the land of 10,000 lakes . . . Sean
To: Oddvar Holum Kopischke
Uffdah, 60 already!? Happy 60th birthday from your sis in Minnesooota! You betcha!
To: Capt. Bill Doty (USN)
Wish we could be at the show with you and Bill and Cynthia to celebrate your 88th birthday. See you all at Christmas in Connecticut!
—Carol and Ted Platt
October 26, 2011
To: Oddvar Kopishke
Happy 60th Birthday. They say 50 is nifty...but 60 is the new 40!
October 25, 2011
Happy birthday Aaron! I hope you get to hear your name on Prairie Home Companion. That would be the icing on the cake! That is, unless there's icing on a real cake... :)
To: Debbie McKinzie-Johnson
A wonderful birthday to our mother! Hope you are enjoying the live show. Love, the Good Son and the Other Son.
October 24, 2011
To: Susan Bleekman
Happy birthday Susan! Thanks for driving all the way to Ft. Collins for the show. Good to do these things before we're too old.
To: ANDREW KINGSRITER
Happy Birthday from Mom,Dad,Nanya and your brother,the senior at St.Olaf.We were fortunate to get tickets in the nose bleed section for tonight's performance (Nov.19) at St.Olaf. We're celebrating your 23rd birthday for you while you are working in Seattle with Lutheran Volunteer Corps having recently graduated from LUther College. I KNOW you'd love to be here at the Prairie Home Companion Show but alas you are not. Hope your housemates help you to celebrate.HUGS!
To: Jeff and Meredith
Hi to mom and dad who could not be here tonight, since I am unemployed I will have ample time to watch your trees grow and contemplate my degree from Colorado State.
October 23, 2011
To: dan & Mari` cary
congratulations on your safe return from S.Korea and oh great guns! a baby due on June 14!! how you thrill an old lady's heart, love, mom and dad
—mom & dad cary
Our beloved Patrick is always with us! Afer visiting his friend's grave we drove home to a gorgeous sky and the song Will The Circle Be Un-Broken..Divine Intervention for sure!
To: "Papa Al" and Gigi Holland
Wishing you a safe and happy drive from Oregon to New York! We love you and can't wait to see you.
—Annie, Fiona, & Ricky Fitts
October 22, 2011
To: Lady, my recently passed dog
Here's to you, Lady, in Dog Heaven. We miss you and will always appreciate how you watched over the kids.
—Lauren Dale Reece
Happy birthday from your brother-in-law
Spent all day searching Como park trying to fond Zen in the Japanese Garden. Couldn't find the Japanese Garden. But we found Zen.
Happy 25th anniversary! My brother says I married up, and he sure was right but I still took 25 years to get you to Prairie Home!
To: My dearest Chris
Happy Wonderful 42 Years! Sorry to be away this most special day; just wait for the celebration later! Love you too much, Pookie
October 21, 2011
Thanks to my wonderful husband for driving me 1400 miles to see PHC in its home theater in this lovely city and fulfilled a 35 year wish. Greetings to our sons in Michigan and Maryland, who grew up with PHC every Saturday night.
To: Chase Kozak
Happy 11th birthday Chase. Your parents are sure we're fulfilling all your birthday dreams by bringing you to your first Prairie Home Companion show!
To: Jamie Lee
Congratulations on the job with the TSA. Remember to get clean gloves if you ever need to search your mom, ok?
—Lu Anne Clark
To: Sue and Tom Broadbooks
Congratulations on your 25th wedding aniversary. Being at the show indicates just how wild a couple can be when the kids go off to college.
October 20, 2011
To: Gerard and Sheila
Even though the Sox aren't in the series, you made it to Minnesota! Have fun and "slow down tiger" from the Dutch Summer Scholars
Glad you still wanted to see PHC with me, even after I described it to you.
[1st time visitors from Seattle]
October 19, 2011
To: Sue & Tom. Broad books
Happy 25th anniversary to my sister Sue and her husband Tom Broadbooks who will be celebrating at this Saturday's PHC show.
To: Tom & Sue Broadbooks
Happy 25th Anniversary! Hope you have a MORE THAN above average day! We love you lots!
—Carrie & Bob Wurr
To: Louise Oven
Sitting in the audience, enjoying PHC for her 53rd birthday, fulfilling a dream on her bucket list! Thanks, GK!
October 16, 2011
To: Lena Risse
Happy 19th Birthday to our sweet Guy Noir fan, Lena.
Hope Concordia (Portland) survives your birthday celebration!!
Love, Mom & Papa
To: Eva Risse
Congratulations to my English major daughter Eva, and her newly employed, Engineer-in Training husband, Jeremy-on receiving the new job!!
To: Alyssa Mandel
To my wonderful wife Alyssa,
I clearly married over my head so I thought skywriting my love for you but you know how horrible my spelling is. So I did the next best thing Mr. Keilor saying how incredible you are. Love your husband, Brian
October 15, 2011
To: Mary Lou Harlow
Happy 80th Birthday Mom - It's 5 O'Clock Somewhere.
—Jackie & Sam Chazanow
Remember that time you fell out of the tree trying to collect walnuts? I didn't think so. Happy harvesting!
To: Mom and Annie
Just one short week until we're together again. Thanks for helping to cross off items on the bucket list...like next Saturday night at the Fitzgerald! Minnesota rocks!
—Tammy Crawford-Van Wyhe
October 14, 2011
To: Peder and Guro Liland
Peder and Guro Liland from Lillesand Norway will be guests at the October 15th PHC broadcast at the Fitz as a surprize birthday gift from Bob and Mary Johnson, their American cousins!
To: Carole Moore
Happy 70th October birthday!!!
To: Larry Parks
Happy 33rd birthday Larry. Looking forward to having you guys in town for Christmas. Love, Dad & Diana
October 13, 2011
To: Matthew McMillan
Happy 5th anniversary. Please don't tell your mom we're moving to Canada.
To: Gillian Tomasini
Happy 21st birthday! Hope you are enjoying your first visit to the Prarie Home Companion Show! Love,
—Mom and Dad Tomasini
October 11, 2011
To: Grandma Jan
Sending our love from St Paul, see you tomorrow!
—Dee, Steve and Katherine Emmert
October 10, 2011
To: Maureen Sylwester pronounced Sylvester
We finally made the pilgrimage because Evan's here at Macalester. Remember when we all saw PHC together at the Hollywood Bowl? It's colder here!
—Monica and Tom Moorman
October 9, 2011
To: Holy Trinity Lutheran Church of Muncie Indiana
Dear Pastor John & Pastor Tracy:
Don't worry about the empty pews and offering plate. We, a collection of eight, are fine and will be in our regular pew seats next Sunday.
Your Trek West Band of Eight.
—JOHN & CAROL PINCKNEY
Happy 59 Birthday - 30+ years of listening to Prairie Home Companion -starting at the Farm with your mom and dad! Hope your gout is better!
October 8, 2011
To: Dearest Hoyt
Thank you for surprising me with tickets to the show last week. And thank you for loving me. Happy Third Anniversary Honey! All my love, Louise
To: Phil, Michael, Matthew and Lauren
Having a great time visiting the twin cities - hope you're holding down the east coast for us! Happy first anniversary Matthew and Lauren!
Love - Faith and Meghan
To: To our Goetz family (pronounced getz)
Looking forward to Thanksgiving at Rosie and Kent's in Colorado. You make the turkey and we'll bring the Surly's!
—Dave and Nancy Goetz
October 7, 2011
To: Rachel Kaplan
Congratulations regarding your decision to be an English major. We've heard you still have a chance to be a success!
To: Katie McNeil
Month 2 in windy Chicago: just swallowed an orange maple leaf. You were right -- I should always walk with my mouth closed.
To: David F. B. Hein
Happy 70th birthday. Now you’re a REALLY old bear. Wool!
Yes, I know bears have fur and not wool, but just say it anyway, ok?
To: Nancy Stoddard
Happy 70th Birthday from loving family and friends who finally accept your theory that October 2 marks merely the beginning of your annual "Birthday Season."
October 5, 2011
To: Rolly and Lucy Schiffman
Happy Anniversary to my parents as they celebrate 70 years together. The early years in Gibbon, MN got them off to a good start and they are still going strong.
To: Ron and Donna Taschner
Happy Double Birthdays to our Mom and Dad, Donna and Ron! Each of them are celebrating 70 years - you youngsters you! We will always love you, from your children Tammy, Tony and Teri.
October 4, 2011
To: Ron and Donna Taschner
Happy 70th birthdays, Mom and Dad. We look forward to celebrating with you at this Saturday's (Oct. 8) Prairie Home show.
To: Holly Lipow
Thank you for nineteen wonderful years of marriage and for our beautiful two sons, Jason and Matthew. I'm looking forward to more precious years that we can share together. Love
October 3, 2011
Happy Anniversary! Hope you are enjoying our trip!
October 2, 2011
My dear wife of three years, we had a baby and built a home together. The fireworks in Spain were nothing compared to what lies ahead. .
October 1, 2011
To: Scott Ross
Congratulations and enduring love to Scott, on his October 8th birthday AND on his qualifying for the 2012 Ironman Championships at KONA!
Jon and Nan
To: Louie larson
Happy birthday to Louie on his 80th, from your family
To: Dearest Hoyt
Thank you for surprising me with tickets to the show tonight.
And thank you for loving me.
Happy Third Anniversary Honey!
All my love, Louise
September 30, 2011
To: Dirk, Dan and Ben
After decades of smelly socks, can't tell you how thrilled we are that you've found such sweet women. Please keep them happy! Love, Mom and Dad.
—Maribeth and Chuck Ballard
September 27, 2011
To: Mary and Gary Mosier
Thanks for listening to the show every weekend when we were kids. It's comforting to listen to now while I'm studying abroad in Brazil. Love you!
September 25, 2011
To: John T. O'Leary
We wanted you to say hello on the air to John T O'Leary in Colorado Springs who has been a loyal follower since longer than we can remember. He loves your show and will skip every event to stay home and listen to your show. He would be incredibly happy if you mentioned his name on the show.
From his family, the O'Learys
Please do try to give us a heads up when you might do it. I think the show is exceptionally creative and great for the family.
PS, we have 2 Oles in our family
September 24, 2011
To: Josh Bovee
Happy 7th Anniversary! May there be many more!
To: Paul Kuhn
Happy 80th birthday Papa! Thanks for showing our kids how to fish and build large towers for their little stuffed animal friends.
To: Allen Olinski
Happy birthday grandpa. so glad we could celabrate your birthday here at the show.I love you so much. Abigail.
To: Ma, Pa, and the rest of the family
Having a great time in Norway, the lefse is great. Miss you all, but mostly my accordion.
September 23, 2011
To: Ann, Ginger, Sheryl, Mary Jo and CJ who is home in Denver nursing her sick cat
Here's to the gals of Estherville, Iowa HS classes of 1970 and 1971 who got reunited through Facebook and are getting together for the first time since HS to attend Prairie Home Companion. It was CJ's idea and then she couldn't come....
—Ann Luithly Luithly
To: Michael Berns
Happy 60th Birthday! We couldn't ask for a greater husband, father and future father-in-law!
To: Phillip Marks
Happy Birthday to Phil from Lexington NC from loving wife Bernadette, celebrating 55(a month later) in St Paul MN at live show of PHC .
To: David Vorland
Happy 68th. Tho you're surprised some mornings that you're still alive, I think you'll be here a long long time so get back to the gym.
September 22, 2011
To: The Lovely and Mysterious Amber
Happy 5th Anniversary to my very good friend, non-platonic roommate, and (soon to be) mother of our child. The baby's room is ready; now we just need the baby!
September 21, 2011
To: Todd Wright
Happy 50th birthday to Todd Wright, who is at the show live this Saturday, sitting front and center.
Our family has enjoyed the show by radio on our front porch on our farm in Wisconsin so it is a real treat to be here for the live show.
September 20, 2011
To: George and Janet Tyrrell
Happy Harvest Time!! Thanks for growing all those mini pumpkins for us George - Corey will be down next week to get them!
—Jana, John and Corey Gaffer
To: Chuck Roach
Special greetings to Chuck, the white haired ophthalmologist from Saint Paul on this 80th birthday from his family in town to help him celebrate.
—Family from Colorado, Illinois, Arizona, Utah, Washington, and Minnesota
September 17, 2011
To: Theresa Berman
Happy Birthday, Mom! Your daughter sends her love and wishes you much peace and happiness in the year ahead.
To: Lona & Dave Bailey
Happy Anniversary to Lona and Dave Bailey who are celebrating 56 years of marriage this month. So glad we could enjoy the show together in Ithaca NY.
Pam and Mark
Happy 19th Birthday! You are one of my three most favorite children.
September 16, 2011
To: Roger and Judy Dumm
(for Oct. 15 show) 1961 was our “Summer of Love”. The Berlin Wall went up. The “Twist” came in as the new dance and we didn’t notice either one. Now 50 years later we celebrated with you first in Bend, Oregon and now we’re celebrating again at the Fitzgerald. Thanks for all the stories, laughs and music for the last 25 years or so. You will be missed by many.
To: Terry Schitoskey
Dad - Thank you for putting up with our crap, giving out great advice, and knowing when NOT to give advice. You're the best Dad and friend a person could hope for. Play your cards right, and you could be going to see GK in New York next year!!!
Love - your children.
September 14, 2011
To: Meg Barry and Alan Martinson
You're getting married SUNDAY! 5k Race to the Altar starts at Como Park around Saturday's showtime. Apparently love you more than I love Garrison Keillor.
—Jill (Mother of the Groom) Arnel
September 11, 2011
To: All the grandchildren of those first generation Americans Einer & Isabelle, Preben & Florence, and Thorger Jorgensen
Greetings to the entire Jorgensen clan, fron Christian, Janice's oldest, in the Seattle area. Einer and Isaabelle's ashes have been laid to rest in the Talmoon cemetary, in Itasca County.
September 10, 2011
To: Marty Wiseman
Daddy, can you believe we are here to sing about "Powder Milk Biscuits" in person after listening for over 25 years!?!?! You have been a great role model, and I look up to you and think of you when I need to make a tough decision. Thank you for teaching me how to be wise. I LOVE YOU!
September 9, 2011
To: Robin James
To Robin, age 10, Dad and I are so happy to be bringing you to your first Prairie Home Companion in Chattanoga! Love, Mom and Dad
To: Cale Smith
Sorry you couldn't make it tonight, Cale. You might not be as cultured as the rest of the family, but we still hope the baby inherits some of your genes, specifically your math skills and good looks.
Do you recall how we spent the evening of the second Saturday of September, 27 years ago? I remember it, and it sounded a lot like this. Thanks for raising four "above-average" children who appreciate sarcasm, folk music and good old-fashioned sound effects.
—Mary Catherine Barganier
I caught Callie drinking my cup of tea. It's decaf but she's only 2. Do I cut her off or offer her cream and sugar?
September 8, 2011
To: Greg Walker
To Dad. I know you are listening from somewhere. Here's to countless Saturdays spent together listening to Prairie Home Companion. We love and miss you.
To: Emmett Hall (DAD)
To my Beloved Dad! Your Daughter sends her love, wishes you were here at the Tuscaloosa show!
To: Brian Perlman
Happy 21st birthday! Keep soaring to new heights but stay sober when you do!
To: Sarah Bradley
6-7-8 …our wedding day.
9-10-11 …listening to what Garrison has to say.
Who knows what 12-13-14 has in store?
I just know …I’ll love you more!
To: Cathy Kott
HAPPY 50th BIRTHDAY, Mama! We love you so! And thanks for introducing us to this wonderful radio program!
September 7, 2011
I sure am sorry we drove around in circles last night in Austin after dinner @ the Ga Raj Mahal!
September 6, 2011
To: Elder Garrison Jones
For CHATTANOOGA show September 10th:
Thank you Elder Garrison Jones for taking me on the 12,000 mile first date road trip last summer to 11 National Parks. I guess we can't be away from each other, I am still by your side! Love you, Carol
—Carol Jensen Parsons
To my wife Shannon
Every time I want to wish you a happy anniversary, I count the numbers on my fingers.
It still fits on my two hands
So do you
At least this time I remembered!
—Jean Paul Peretz
To: AJ Gabrielski
Andy, I can't believe I missed the live reading of your greeting in 2008; the wine was fine and I had to use the restroom. You're mine of the millions and I love you!
September 5, 2011
To: Bret Golson
We finally made it to Prairie Home Companion!! I hope you have a fantastic time- you deserve it! (And maybe Garrison will enjoy T-town!)
Love you so much and am grateful you're mine!
To: Jennifer Hess
Today we start our lives together and I could not be more happy,I love you and hope you dont mind if I ice fish more this winter!
To: Nicholas Serre
Celebrating our 4th Anniversary and the 1st birthday of our Daughter Scarlett. Thank you for the tickets to my favorite show.
September 4, 2011
To: Katie & Kyle
Happy Wedding Day (9/10/11) to my sweet niece Katie, and her adorable husband Kyle. May your future be filled with love and laughter.
September 2, 2011
To: Steve and Grace
Our Presbyterian friends here in St Paul haven't kicked us out yet. While you're between joy rides in our red mustang convertible,
please remember to water the tomatoes (but don't pick the green ones!)
—Cindi Veldheer DeYoung
Hi, To to Mum (otherwise known as Rose). Here from New Zealand enjoying the ultimate Minnesotan experience.. The State Fair and Prairie Home Companion
To: Erin and Carter
Happy early 1st birthday to our dear son Carter, and congrats to Erin for being an awesome Mom and surviving the first year!
Celebrating 27 years of marriage to Lynn,my husband & best friend, by flying from Florida see to the Minnesota State Fair and A Prairie Home Companion.
September 1, 2011
To: Rick and Julie Jacobsen
Happy 30th Anniversary! I hope you enjoy the show... It was either these tickets or a luxury cruise. Love always, your devoted daughters and one great son-in-law.
To: Harold and Susan
Butter-queens, horses, and the show you brought us up on. Have a happy 25th annaversary Mom and Dad! Bring us back some aligator on a stick, and we will love you more!
—Gina and Claire Abbas
To: Scott White
Our children having you as their father and friend gives me the greatest peace possible. Can't wait to see the show with you on Tuesday.
To: George and Nancy Reimers
Happy 50th Anniversary Mom and Dad - love from us. And thanks for mailing all the rhubarb to NJ!
August 31, 2011
To: John McDonald
Hello to Poppy and Aunt LeeAnna in Knoxville, Tennessee!
I've discovered fried cheese curds and beer. See you next Spring!
PS Send bug spray!
To: Dick and Lucille Niederhiser
I wrote to you last week about my mom and dad (Dick and Lucille Neiderhiser (Nee-der-hi-ser) attending tonight's show in Kansas City. I think I forgot to mention they are celebrating their 60th anniversary. So,"The children of Dick and Lucille Neiderhiser wish them a happy 60th anniversary with lots of love, respect and appreciation." Thank you Garrison, et al. Can't wait until tonight's show! Break a leg!
August 30, 2011
Hello, love. Happy anniversary! Twenty years isn't enough: may I please have twenty more?
To: Ann & Paul Berendes
Happy 41st Anniversary to Paul and Ann Berendes (bur-EN-dess) from the kids in Minneapolis and Florida! It’s been 25 years since we started listening with Dad while Mom worked nights. All our love and thanks for the “spam surprise”!
August 29, 2011
To: Walt Blue
Happy 70th Birthday, Dad!
—The Blue Children
Garrison, because I was raised without electricity and my only entertainment was to listen to a 12 volt radio--I am still listening. Thanks.
To: Jeff Otterbacher
We made it to the Minnesota State Fair! Happy 50th Birthday, dear.
May the adventure continue!
Love, your travelling companion
August 28, 2011
To: Peggy Redford
Love to Peg in Durango from your two most favorite people in Alaska (Forest & Olivia). No more wishing we could be closer because we're moving to Durango!!
—Forest & Olivia Bommarito
August 27, 2011
Happy 15th Birthday Carly! You get to spend your day watching an English major who made it big. We love our above average child - love Mom and Dad.
To: Scott Chambley
Today we remember you, on this the 4th anniversary of your passing. We will be meet again. Missed by family, friends and me.
August 26, 2011
To: Blythe and Anne Ahlstrom
Happy Anniversary, we hope you spent this one sharing a dessert, not a hospital room like last time!
—Julio and Marissa Pineda
To: Todd Klements
I love you more and more each day; even when you kiss me with your giant mustache! The road we're on together is never boring! Here's to true love!
August 24, 2011
To: Maryanne Schallert
Our fiddle teacher in Alaska- We will be using rhubarb leaves as hats for our young fiddlers as they play "Boil them Cabbage Down." You have enriched our children's lives with fiddle music and we thank you!
August 22, 2011
To: David Healey
Haiku for Dave:
The Cape was magic,
A "glowing" weekend with you,
My love, Brotherman
August 21, 2011
To: Judge Allan Smith
The Honorable Judge Allan who is with his daughter in the Buffalo audience tonight, sends word that anyone traveling a bit too quickly to get to the show can produce their PHC ticket stub in court. With that and a few powedermilk biscuits, a favorable ruling is assured.
August 20, 2011
To: Ingrid & Jenica
Want to say hi during the road trip from Cupertino, CA. Hope home is beautiful; we haven't run out of food yet.
—Jonathan & Jim Wang
August 19, 2011
Happy Birthday! We missed the Prairie Home Companion tour stop in Saratoga last year due to our honeymoon, so going this year is extra special.
August 18, 2011
To: Gary and Helene
Mom & Dad, I don't know how you both are in better shape at 70 than I am at 34, but thanks for all the physical labor at the winery, Love, Erik
To: Peter Garrett
Happy Birthday Dad to the best geologist in the world! Now we know you really are as old as dirt!
August 17, 2011
To: Aubry Hall
Happy 1 year anniversary my love. I hope they put on a good show... It was either this or a giant diamond ring.
August 16, 2011
To: PC and KJ
V8 and JJ look forward to their first day of school tomorrow; starting in less than twelve hours; where they will learn about semi-colons. Period.
—Dave and Heidi Reynolds
To: Walter Eldridge Pierce IV
I can't wait to marry you in two months and start making Walter Eldridge Pierce V (the fifth) in two months and one day!!! I love you!!!
—Lila Eve Rose
August 15, 2011
To: Bill Pate
Happy 83rd Birthday Daddy from your kids! I'm glad you get to spend it enjoying a favorite Garrison Keillor show in person. We love you!
To: Amanda Box
Thanks for 7 years 142 days (and counting as of tonight's show here in Greensboro) full of love, adventure, and prosperity from your lucky husband. You are a joy to share in the wonders of this world!
To: Larry Oliver
Happy Birthday and Happy anniversary.
Life is great. All I needed was the love of a good man and a good dog. .
To: Anthony Dubitsky
Thank you again, my darling fellow Prairie Home Companion fan-addict for making my long-time dream to see Garrison Keillor in person become a reality this August 17th Wednesday evening in Portsmouth, VA. I am sure the show is better in person than from our bathroom radio!
Happy 40th anniversary to us!
To: Mom, Dad, Aly and Squid
Sending our love to family up north. It's been three years since you visited your favorite daughter, please make another trip soon. Give the squid a kiss from us.
—Winky and Patches Wilson
August 14, 2011
To: Penny Deatrick
This is a shout out to recognize you as Elementary Principal of the Year for your work at Chenoweth Elementary! Go Chargers!
To: Gillian (Mom)
Mom, can you believe the cost of your granddaughter Emma getting her ear's pierced this past week are the same as the cost of our seats here at the show? Both....priceless. Love, Heath
August 13, 2011
To: Mark Andrews
It's time we resume work on the guidebook. Look me up in Dallas.
To: Joe Hardesty
Happy Seventh Wedding Anniversary to my wonderful husband! Thank you for the incredible birthday party, and for the love you give me every day. Your loving wife
August 10, 2011
To: Paul Flynn
Congratulations, Paul, for completing your MBA! You've worked so hard for this accomplishment. We're all proud, Mary, Katie and Jimmy. :^)
August 9, 2011
Come back to Colorado soon, how about next week? We've got memories to make! Did you remember your bike headlamp? East Lansing gets dark after sundown. Love, Cowboy
August 8, 2011
To: Bill and Sandy Ellenstein
Happy 45th Anniversary to Bill and Sandy Ellenstein. Your children and grandchildren love you very much!
August 7, 2011
To: Rosita Chaquita Muy Bonita Vasina
Happy 3rd birthday to my Chiweenie, Rosita Chiquita Muy Bonita. It use to be my birthday too. I gave it to her figuring I had more than enough use of it.
July 27, 2011
Happy Birthday to Paul the Narwhal from all his friends out in Rochester, NY!
—Amy Van Hove
July 26, 2011
To: Mom and Dad
Happy 50th Anniversary!!! How did we get so lucky to have you as parents?? We are looking forward to spoiling you on your big day!!!
—The Enyart Children and grandchildren And furballs Moche, Oliver & Trigger
July 23, 2011
To: Bob Glynn
August 5th...Happy Birthday Mr. MOTO!!! (pronounced moe toe). Hope the day is as Wonderful as You!!!
July 21, 2011
To: Erik Gatz
Happy 13th Birthday, Erik. They say teenagers are embarrassed by their parents. Is it embarrassing enough to have us tell you we love you on public radio??? We do! Love, Mom and Dad
Happy 59th birthday to my husband in Brenham, Texas. Enjoy the Bob Dylan concert and may you always be "forever young."
To: Bill Smith
Happy Birthday and lots of love to the man who said with surprise some consternation "Oh my God! I never thought at my age I would be hooked on public radio. It used to be just weekends. Now its all the time all day.
Sorry I missed Father's Day. Can I borrow $25 dollars to get you a gift? $50 if you'd like something nicer. Love your thoughtful daughter.
—Emma Kate Amborn
July 18, 2011
To: Gavin & Juanita Matlock
I love you both with all my heart. As I grow older, I tend to forget how much I love both of you.
PS: Don't forget to feed the dog!
July 15, 2011
To: Rafe Sanger
Happy thirteenth birthday.Keep writing those jokes; one is sure to make it on the show. So much love from Mom, Dad,Grandma and Ruby.
July 14, 2011
To: Bill Smith
Happy Birthday to the man who said "Oh my God! I never thought at my age I would be hooked on public radio. It just used to be weekends. Now it's all the time all day."
Happy 60th birthday! Don't pay any attention to that calendar. You will always be a little rascal to me.
July 13, 2011
To: Francis A. Pagcaliwagan
I wish you're at home listening to Prairie Home Companion "Yo Mama" jokes with Ninong! You have school, I know, so in the meantime, I will just laughed alone! Ha! Ha! Ha!
—Aristides P. Caringal
To: Cathy and Roland Emery
Happy Fiftieth Anniversary, Mom and Dad, from your your kids and grandkids! Thanks for the lessons on what makes a great marriage and just think- only fifty more years to go!
July 9, 2011
To: Prairie Home Companion
From Fort Knox in Good Old Kentucky: The show is always a Saturday evening delight. Keep it up. Essayons! Engineers clear the way!
—1LT Sean Thorne Sullivan
July 8, 2011
It's been just about ten years since you welcomed me and my eight cats into your life and your home. I wandered away and walked strange paths. Can I come home now?
July 5, 2011
To: Bobbi, Abby, & Savvy
How can I say goodbye? You will live on in our hearts, not only in New Ulm, but across the country and around the world.
July 2, 2011
To: Mary A.
I love you mom and I'd be lost without you.
To: Philip and Caitlyn
Congratulations and love to our son and his finance Caitlyn who are in the land of lake wobegon tis 4th of July
Leslie, thanks for being the best friend I've ever had. Happy anniversary!
To: MANTIS FAMILY KIDS AND GRANDCHILDREN
GREETINGS FROM TAOS, NEW MEXICO. PLEASE DO A RAIN DANCE FOR US. WE WOULD BE FOREVER GRATEFUL. MISS YOU ALL. LOVE NANA AND PAPOU
To: mom & dad brown
We are here having a great time, wish you were here. We made it to one year of marriage.
Thank for everything!
To: Jane Condon
Happy 79th birthday, Mom. It's a beautiful day at Tanglewood - no rain like last time. Next year in Washington DC. Don't forget to save room for cupcakes! Love - Charly, Karin, Big G, Paula, and Gary.
To: Brad and Kate
Hey guys. I just wanted to say "hi". I hope you're having a good evening at such a fancy place with such fancy people. You deserve it.
Happy 25th anniversary to the best husband ever. Thanks for doing all that stuff you really didn't sign up for... Like driving mom back to the old homestead in Minnesota. At least now you get Garrison's jokes. Yah, ya betcha.
Happy 79th birthday Mom!! Are you still glad you left Redwood Falls, Minnesota??
To: Debbie Trumble
I'll leave the door open on my way out!
Dad, you inspire me in how you fight Parkinson's - thanks for calling every Saturday on your walk to remind me of the show! Esther
To: Mariner Mike
Your father is the only one here with a McDonalds bag. Fair winds and following seas for your last year at Maine Maritime Academy. Happy Independance Day, darlin boy. We love you.
—Ma Pyne Dunn
Air Force basic training honor grad, we love you and are VERY proud! We know you can hear us! Love, Mom, Dad, Mark, and Heather
To: Brendan Dieffenbach
Greetings from Tanglewood to you and Lucy, our favorite members of the Professional Organization of English Majors. Bubs and the Squeaker send their love, too!
—Mark and Marie Dieffenbach
To: Anna Louise
Welcome to Anna Louise, out on the lawn at her first Prairie Home Show!
Love, Nanna and Grampa
—Mary Jo Ramsey
To: All of Minnesota
Minnesota, I miss you! I'm based in Chicago, and miss the cities, the lakes, and the walleye more then you know. =)
O beleaguered costume mistress of Bay Street Players (Eustis, FL), hope the replacement clothes dryer arrives, soon.
July 1, 2011
To my sweetie pie, Kristen, celebrating our 1st anniversary of marriage, here in the audience at Tanglewood, July 4th weekend. Looking forward to many more years together on the farm.
To: Elizabeth Gary
Thank you for passing on your love for public radio and tv. I am a better person because of you. Much Love, Michael.
Linda from Berkshire Studio Photography says thank you, to her husband Peter (of 26 years) for the GREAT 4th row seats to tonight’s show.
Thanks for taking care of the house and animals while I went away to Veterinary Technician College. Made the Dean's List so, hopefully I'll get a job soon.
To: Harriet Schwartz
Happy 100th July 4th birthday, Bubba! The fireworks are all for you. With love from your many children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, sired and acquired.
To our Katie, studying abroad on the other side of the world in Japan. Here we are at Tanglewood with Prairie Home and sending you this message through the magic of radio and the internet. Much more fun than spying on you through Facebook. Love, Mom and Dad
To: John Liberatore
Happy Third anniversary John, you mean the world to me! Thanks for scoring tickets to this show tonight! Love, Jenni
To: Sarah Crane
Greetings to the Crane Family of East Kingston, New Hampshire with love from Colorado. Enjoy this well earned break from the burdens of last week. Take it a day at a time, keep your heads up, your hearts light and keep breathing.
thanks, honey, you're the best care taker ever! You make being a patient almost enjoyable. Thanks for taking me home from the hospital instead of Donna!
June 30, 2011
To: Linda Haas
Congratulations Linda on your New Photo Studio In North Adams - Berkshire Studio - I know you'll Do Great - Love Pete
Happy wedding anniversary. I'm so glad I gave you a second chance after you lost my phone number seven years ago. You're a fabulous husband.
Happy birthday, darling and happy 7 month anniversary. We are proof of two things; you are never too old to be completely and utterly in love or to find happiness even in the daily routine of life. I love you.
Happy 27th to my beautiful bride. No better way to spend an anniversary than to be at Tanglewood with a PHC!
When you asked me out in college, who knew one day we'd enjoy listening to a bunch of Minnesotans while sitting on the grass. Thanks for sticking by me during the "in sickness" part of our wedding vows, here's hoping we've hit the "in health" part of our married life.
To: Bob and Chryl
Happy 26th Anniversary! See you soon at the cottage. If you can have the lake temperature up to 68 degrees by then, we would appreciate it.
To: Harriet Brown
Happy to be going to Tangle-wood with HB!
Happy 35th birthday to my Daddy!
To: My wife Coralee
Happy 33rd Anniversary to my wife Coralee on July 8th, from her husband Norm
June 29, 2011
To: Dan and Tauria Catlin
Rodolfo and Lori Garcia welcome Dan and Tauria Catlin to our yearly celebration on the lawn under the most sacred palm of Tanglewood.
—Rodolfo and Lori Garcia
To: Judy Kasper
Rob says happy 40th wedding annivesary to Judy. There were only 99 people in your hometown, I think I picked the right one. If not it is too late now.
June 28, 2011
To: Michael Sutherland
Happy 4th to Popsie, Mumsie, and family across the country!
I wish I was there, but at least we can meet half-way at Lake Wobegon.
Happy 1st anniversary.
You are my sweetie pie!
To: JIM BAILEY
Finally here after all these years. Jim is most well known as the writer of these lyrics from the smash blues hit - "Weymouth Landing Lover" :
I'm a Weymouth Landing love for ya, baby.
I ain't no Quincy Square.
I ain't much for church goin', honey.
I sure, ain't no Holyoke.
I ain't all that good lookin,darlin'.
And I ain't no Braintree.
But if it's a beatdown that roamin' rooster would like,
Cuz I'm a Weymouth Landing lover.
I ain't no Quincy Square.
Hanover, Hanover, Hanover again.
June 27, 2011
To: John and Diane Clarkin
Greetings to John and Diane Clarkin of Anoka, Minnesota from your daughter Michelle--who is pleased to be able to see Anoka's famous native son at Tanglewood on Saturday night!
Congratulations you are a 3L
We are very proud of you good luck in your last year of Law school
Love Dad,Karen,Paul,Billy,Christen, and Rob.
We always wanted to sue the neighbors.
Happy 11th Birthday Jack! In the words of Hagrid himself.."it's not everyday your young man turns 11!" Love, Mom and Dad
To: Carla, Bill, and Nora
We had a great time visiting you last month! We will stay in the cottage during our winter visit, when the snakes are gone hibernation.
-Jane and Ronny
Happy 25th Anniversary to my lovely wife and best friend. No better way to celebrate than for us to be at Tanglewood.
To: Linda Brown
Wishing you the most special 30th birthday this 4th of July! Looking forward to hanging out by the river with you and our little Liam on your birthday. Love you babe! ~Cam
To: Maureen Cardarelli
To my dear wife, hope you're enjoying seeing the show live at Tanglewood on our "Mystery Independence day weekend" here in Lenox. Happy 15th Anniversary! I love you!
June 26, 2011
To: Jane McKinney
We couldn't get to Minnesota so I aggranged to have the show come to New England! Happy 34th anniversary to the love of my life!
We wish you a very Happy Birthday and congratulations on our 40th anniversary from your loved ones here across the USA and in Holland.
To: Art & Dort Waer
Happy 75th Anniversary Nana & Grandpa)! 75 years together of clean livin'& lovin' - can't wait to celebrate this wknd w/ you & the whole family & community @ Whittier Methodist in Whittier, California!
To: Peter Bachand
Hi to Peter, out on the lawn, from Mom in the second row.
(Tanglewood, July 2)
To: Annie Kirvin
To my favorite SIL, thank you for making me part of the Madden Sisters weekend. The kids are old enough now not to worry about them burning down the house cooking dinner!
June 25, 2011
To: Chris and Johnnie
Listening to the Ravinia program and thinking of you! Wish we were there to sit on the lawn and enjoy Garrison and the wonderful North Chicago weather! Please send our best to everyone in Great Lakes!
Cliff and Brenda
—Cliff and Brenda Sharpe
To: Matt Clark
Happy 50th Birthday, Matt! Thanks for coming to Chicago from Palm Desert with Maggie and Patirck to celebrate. Love from your 7 older Clark siblings. We promised Mom to stop picking on you in public,especially today at Ravinia!
To: Ash and Bing
To my wife Ash, I love you. To Bing, congratulations on catching your first mouse today.
Happy anniversary to my fabulous wife. Our first wedding and third Prairie Home Companion at Ravinia!
To: Dr. Frank Sorensen
Dad, I'm sending you my love from Lake Mohawk, NJ to Fort Collins, CO. I'm so glad I was able to spend this past month with you. I know that in the next few days you'll be called back home -- I just wanted to promise that I'll try to be as good a man as you have been. I love you, Poppa.
To: Charles and Mary Klute
Hello to Charles and Mary Klute who came in from Buchanan, Michigan, for tonight's show. See? It's not so hard to get off the farm.
Your son Dan
June 24, 2011
To: Bob D
Happy 80th Birthday Pops!
We hope you are having fun at Lake Wobegon today. We look forward to our time at Lake Owen this summer. We can hear the loons calling us
Scott & Christina
To: Joanie & Jerry Lucas
Happy 40th Anniversary to Joanie & Jerry, who made a pilgrimage all the way to Ravinia to visit Lake Wobegon, a place which has actually been the setting for their entire love story. We're glad for your love story, so we can be here. Love, Your Offspring
—Cecelia, Arun, Matt, & Kate
To: Rosemary and Walt
Happy 35th Anniversary, Mom and Dad! We hope you're enjoying the show and we all love you very much!
-The kids and grandkids
—Sarah, Claire, and Veronica Belback
To: David Montagano
Happy Birthday! Remember Lana's quote for your new year: "Life is a bowl of pasta" and baby, you sure do know how to make pasta. Love
To: Schneider Family
At Ravinia; thinking of you. Know the show will make you smile while recovering.
Happy first wedding anniversary, sweetheart. I'm glad we could celebrate it together at Ravinia! Love always.
To: Howard Strickler
Happy 70th Birthday to my husband, Howard. Keep up your 100 miles per week bicycling. It makes your gorgeous body and soul young!
Happy 18th anniversary to my wonderful husband! So happy to be celebrating it here with you and our great kids. Looking back is just as nice as looking foward! I'm enjoying every minute!
—Mary Ellen Stahl
To: Proff Tom, Practioner Carrie, Dr. Joe, & Dr. Emily
Thanks for a wonderful 35th surprise anniversary party in Tucson. We[re very proud of your accomplishments. You kids are the best a parent could hope for.
—Larry & Kathy Hunt
To: Catherine Callahan
To my Canadian sweetheart on our 25th anniversary. You are the love of my life: je vous aime beacoup!
June 23, 2011
Happy half birthday to thee Mr. Sud Savant, Joel! We may not be sipping summer beer by the pool, but at least I'm with my favorite companion!!
To: Mom & Dad Friday
We wouldn't be this good looking without you!! Happy 34th Anniversary. We love you.
—Mary, Jessica And Laura
When you poured a hot bath and a cold martini for me when I was sick, I was SO happy I decided to marry you! I love you immensely.
June 22, 2011
To: Layla Eileen
Happy Third Birthday to my sweet Layla Eileen. In the Blue Ridge Hills perhaps you've seen this darling girl with the curley hair and eyes of green.
June 21, 2011
To: Norm Sussman
Happy 83rd, Stormin’ Norman – from your girls and their boys
To: Charles Snyder
Happy Birthday Dad!
June 20, 2011
To: Mr Bo
Happy 63rd Birthday, darling beau. May Aracadia continue to bring you and the town much engagement and reflection this next year. xo, PWP
Happy 74th Birthday (8/12/11).
Try to cut down on the romantic comedies during chemo. Your crying is scaring the nurses.
Happy silver wedding anniversary my Minnesota Viking. As your dear Norwegian father used to say, "It's a good start." All my love and heart for the next 25 years, your wife
To: Erin and David Newlyweds
Congratulations to Erin and David, our loveliest of friends with the sweetest of songs, who finally got married! Your friends in Gainesville miss and love you!
—Brie von Hausch
June 19, 2011
To: David Reeder
Goodbye to David Reeder, retired Navy, as he makes his last voyage, and my thanks to the Navy for taking his ashes to sea.
June 18, 2011
To Robb..Thank you for helping me dog and cat sit
To: Phil & Joanne Richardson
Wishing you a very happy 33rd anniversary!
—Jeff and Kelly Richardson
To: Chris Marino
To Chris Marino, my Cherokee Wolf
On the morrow, you'll be over the hill,
so get some rest and take your pills
In my heart you will always be
number one, and not 50!
Happy Birthday my love
I'm so glad we moved to Michigan in time to see the show. Now I can cross it off of my bucket list. Making you my husband is the next item on the list. What do say?
To: Mom & Dad Vipond
Happy 50th anniversary to Mom and Dad Vipond with much love from Todd and Nadine. NOW can you put us back in the will? :)
To: Theresa Corcoran
Happy 50th Birthday Theresa Corcoran. You will always be my Cherry Queen! Mike
To: Kevin and Jenny
There is a growler of beer in the fridge. We wanted to share it with you but not as badly as we wanted to come to the show. See you on Sunday.
To: Nate and Courtney
We don't wish you were here. We prefer that you're at home digging perennials to plant in our yard. Maybe next year we'll invite you along if our landscaping is done.
To: Jim Henrickson
Happy Father's Day! I love you very much.
To: Eric Hendrixson
Congratulations to Eric on the publication of his first novel, Bucket of Face.
To: Connie Janssen
To my Mom on our fourth time attending the show -- your're my favorite Prairie Home "Companion".
To: our family at the tree nursery
we know you are busy on the farm with the trees and cows. Don't forget about us owl banders up here in Northern MI. We miss you Bill, Di and Bali.
—Nova & Chris Mackentley
To: Kate Waugh
Happy 3rd birthday Kate! You have the most gorgeous eyes on the planet. However, it's not nice to be able to beat Grandma and Grandpa playing "Angry Birds!" We love you!
June 17, 2011
To: Allen Engle
Making fun of you as youngsters we never imagined we'd grow up and find ourselves rolling down the car window yelling, "Fomites!"
Happy 51st Dad!
-Love Brian, Devon, and Lauren
To: Kate Waugh
Happy 3rd Birthday Kate! You have the most beautiful eyes on the planet and you're getting better than Grandma and Grandpa at "Angry Birds!"
To: Nathan Burnham
In loving memory of your father, Bruce Barkley Burnham. He was the best father-in-law a girl could ask for.
To: Ron Gormont
Who would have thought that meeting in Longport, New Jersey, in the summer of 1961 would be remembered so fondly 50 years later? Hugs and kisses on your 70th Birthday! You are a Golden Guy.
To: Nicole Kaufman
Nicole - Glad you got the last ticket for this week's show. I'll be waiting in the car. Love, Scott.
To: Bill Popp
Happy 70th birthday to the best dad on earth, Bill Popp!!
(My dad will be in the front row at your Interlochen show if you could read this to him -- he's been looking forward to seeing you live for decades).
June 16, 2011
Hello to Emily, recent graduate from Michigan State working at Old Faithful Inn at Yellowstone National Park. Watch out for geyser rushes, and GO SPARTANS!
June 15, 2011
To: June Kimmel
A very happy 78th birthday to June Kimmel from Karen, Glen, Morgane, Trevor, Kevin, Bev, Kylee, Graham, Helana, Matt, & Tyler.
Matthew B, in case you're listening this week, Happy 30th Birthday! You're loved very much. Love, Marina
June 14, 2011
To: Mark and Linda Robinson
Happy Birthday! We hope the view isn't obstructed...and if it is,don't worry-it's radio! Love, Edelweiss and Petunia
—Ben and Sara Robinson
June 13, 2011
To: George Bell
For the Interlochen performance on June 18th, please read, "Happy 87th Birthday to George Bell, a volunteer usher for today's performance, from all his family in Washington state."
To: Rick Bandstra
"Happy early fathers day dad! Your children love you more than words can tell." (We will be attending the show 6.18.11)
June 12, 2011
To: Wayne Robertson
Happy Father's Day, Daddy! Hope to see you soon. Love ya'll.
June 11, 2011
To: Bob Imhof
Happy 61st birthday to Bob Imhof from Ferndale, WA! It's been an awesome 1st year together and we hope for many more.
Lori, Alex, Gregg & Eddy
Happy Father's Day from your favorite daughter, living in Kingman, Ariz. Dust off your blue suede shoes the wedding is May 29.
To: Will & Tim Bow
Happy Birthday to my best and only brother and father. So happy to be sharing the day with you!
To: Merle Gambrl
Happy Birthday! Thank you for letting me listen to the birthday edition of Prairie Home with you. I promise to keep the chatter to a minimum.
—Anna Lee O'Neil
Happy Birthday Ho! Looking forward to celebrating it and our heritage in Iceland in a couple of weeks.
To: Poopsie & cocoa pants
So glad to have friends like you to sit on a lawn with, listening to a corny radio show. Hope we're having fun and not getting wet.
To: Emerson & Ruth
Mom & Dad, Sorry you couldn't be here with me. Seems unfair because you were PHC fans first, but thanks for years of listening with me every saturday night. love, Katie
To: Curran Wright
congratulations for finally graduating...
The fifth grade! Be nice to your sister and her new puppy.
Mom & Dad
My darling husband John,
Thank you for surprising me with birthday tickets to A Prairie Home Companion Show today! My appreciation will go a lot further than when you 'surprised' me to a vacuum cleaner!
I love you! Your wife and best friend, Michelle
Our son will be attending the 6/11 show!
"Happy 21st to Josh! Hope you are enjoying the show! Back to your MN roots!
Love, Mom, Dad and Asa"
(Notes: He just saw Garrison in Columbia, MO in May and was born in Minneapolis. Very fun for him to finally see the whole show live. We enjoyed the show in the old days in St. Paul!! Thanks!)
To: Torey Grandt
Happy Birthday Torey! You make 39 look great! Your bride - Carolyn
Dad I hope you are enjoying the show and Happy Birthday!
—Kristian and Elizabeth Vielbig
To: Kelsey and Chris in Brookings, SD
HAPPY ENGAGEMENT! We miss sharing your favorite winery with you. Can't wait to see the updates on your new house!
—Mom, Dad, & Hunter Schurrer
To: Lisa Chambers
Happy Birthday, Lisa
The kids have torn the house apart but don't let that ruin your time there at the Winery. Love Gramma Liz and Gramma Janna
To: Lee Taubeneck
Happy birthday Lee!!
Marjean, Erik, Karli, Birk, and Chester.
To: norwegian male chorus of seattle
Have a good time at the 102nd annual sangerfest in Mt. Vernon. But don't end up in the pool in your tuxedo like Alf did. And gratuler med dagen , happy 100th birthday to Lars still singing a strong tenor. Ha det bra! Vi er sangere!; we are singers!
June 10, 2011
To: Dave and Rosemary
Happy birthday mom, and happy 34th anniversary to you both.
—Chris and Greg Saunders
To: Jim Carl
Thanks dad for my early birthday reservation at The Cafe Boeuf. Better set an extra plate for Father's Day next week.I'm banking on bringing your newest son-in-law. Now if only I can figure out how to get Guy Noir to accept my marriage proposal! love your daughter
Happy Anniversary. Thanks for 5 wonderful years and our beautiful Addie. I look forward to many more adventures ahead.
To: Carol Vick
Happy 82nd birthday to our generous Mom from all your kids, grandkids and tractors. May your new hip renew your appetite for life! "Bone" appetit!
Please open the window while you are painting. It will let out the fumes and let the neighbors know what is going on in Lake Wobegon.
I am going to be at the show this weekend in Washington! Please read this note to my wonderful wife: "Happy 5th wedding anniversary to my lovely wife Kristen who enjoys the powdered milk biscuits but not the rhubarb pie"
To: Dad & Barb, Joy & Bob, and Mom &Ron
Sending love to all our parental units in California, Washington, and North Carolina! We wish you could be here to enjoy the live show with us in Seattle on this fine Juneuary day!! Zoe's not here, but she says woof and bring bacon next time you visit!
—Shelly and Jamie Bosserman and Thompson
To: Elisa and John
Be strong. Be hopeful. Your friends and neighbors love you. We'll be here as long as you need us - forever even.
To: Daniel Woody
Happy 14th! and remember: "the skunk was astonished to see a man climb out of the rear end of a giant duck!"
June 9, 2011
To: Pat or troutgrrl
Says hello to all of her sisters on the WFS retreat in Allentown, PA. Give big at the auction!
June 6, 2011
To: Katy Bock
I will attend the performance on 6/11/2011. Please read this greeting live:
“A big love shout-out to Katy in the big PA from Mom and Dad in Sammamish.”
June 5, 2011
To: Bob & Leona Hoiser
Hope you are enjoying the show. We couldn't think of a better way to spend the afternoon than with great friends like you in a place like this.
—Skot and Shelli
Hope our vacation exceeds all your expectations. A couple of old groupies in Washington following Garrison Keillor and vampires, both good for our libido.
June 4, 2011
To: Della Yurcik
I am so proud to be your sister. I love you.
To: WFS sisters
Hello from troutgrrl55 to the WFS women at conference in Allentown,PA. Make a lot of money at the auction.
(This is for the June 11 show in Seattle).
Did you ever imagine we would be here?
27+ years of Love,
To: Steve Young
Baby Juliet can't wait to visit Grandpa Young in Battle Lake this summer, and to take her first pontoon ride across the lake and back. Please have the sunfish cleaned, battered, and fried when we get there.
To: Mom and Dad
Hope to make it back for Stiper fishing this season.
—Luke and emily Peterson
Happy 40th Birthday. I don't think you're over the hill, even if you are over the mesa. Love, Emily
To: Janine Clark
Sorry to miss your performance of the national anthem at today’s Diamondbacks game. Instead, we’ll be watching what we’ve been listening to since before you were born. Hope you understand.
Mom & Dad
To: gary cassidy
hello to Gary Cassidy and family. Even though you are a green beret; your biscuits and gravy are what make you special to me.
To: Tony Wesolowski
Happy Birthday Brother, last year you were at the Prarie Home Companion at Blosseum, this year you are stuck at home babysitting the Grandkids.
June 3, 2011
To: Colleen & Steve Gula
Hello and lots of love from Flagstaff to Mom & Dad, Colleen & Steve Gula (pronounced "Goo-la"), and to all the parents of happy, well-adjusted, and EMPLOYED English majors.
To: Dr Ron Pust
Happy 70th birthday year from Flagstaff, we will bring you back something with Garrison Keillor's name on it.
—Tracy Paul Diana
To: Eunice, Lance, Jenny, Chris & the rest of the family in Wyoming
Wish you guys could be here. See you soon. Gratualations Steven & Courtney on your big day!
Leanna, Happy 60th birthday and retirement both this month. Enjoy them well, from your working husband, John
To: Charlotte Lubawy
Congratulations on your well deserved retirement! Twenty years of teaching public high school! You are amazingly tough! We love you so much-your 3 daughters
To: Michael Umble
Happy 22nd anniversary to my beloved husband. We started out in Lake Wobegon the week we got married at the 3rd Annual Reunion show and you make life as fun as the Joke Show pretty much every day.
June 2, 2011
To: Doyle-Holeman families
Hi Everybody!! Wish you were here sitting on the lawn with us. We miss you all and will see you soon!! love Anne and James
Happy Birthday! It's a good thing you came into my life. You're the only person I would ever want to be engaged to. Love, Your fiance
To: Matt Kaplinski
To my husband: Can you believe our baby, Anya, is 10 months old today? Thanks for being my wonderfully hilarious partner in parenting.
To PHC: We will ba at the show on Saturday, June 3. Thanks!
The only rapture going on here in Flagstaff has to do with you and me and rhapsody. Looking forward to our naked wedding!
To: The Historic Bass Lake Community Church
Happy 140th anniversary to Minnesota’s oldest country community church! A requiem to the majestic Red Oak tree that stood outside; sorry to see it go.
June 1, 2011
To: Jeffrey Bussanich
Happy Birthday dad! Hope it is amazing! Love you lots.
To: Dick and Claire
Greetings from Hong Kong! Knowing you guys are going to see the PHC on June 4th in Flagstaff, I would like say Hi. Thanks to you that PHC has become my favorite radio program since I was living in the U.S. some years ago. Have a great time!
To: Ron DenAdel
HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Ron in Glen Ellyn, IL....sitting on the deck right now....enjoying his favorite radio show on his least-favorite day!!!
May 31, 2011
To: Josiah Canto
May your Frazier Park days be full of whimsical, sassy summer camp songs since, again, you cannot be here with mom for Flagstaff's Prairie Home.
May 30, 2011
Happy anniversary, celebrating with A Prarie Home Companion in "Flag" where we married 20 yrs ago; hopefully today it's not snowing like it was then!
To: Johnny & Liz Brisby
Happy 50th Anniversary! We are so proud of the enduring love you demonstrated, even that meant grabbing mom's butt in front of us!
From all your kids: Allison, Mark, Josh, and Nathan
—Craig & Allison Roorda
May 29, 2011
To: Martin and Laine
Happy Wedding Day to Martin and Laine. After their high school romance 45 years ago, they have reconnected and today, June 4, they pledge never to part.
May 28, 2011
Mom, Happy Birthday in Rindal, MN. Love, Hil, Roman, & Halle
To: Jerzy and Theresa Serafin
Jerzy, Theresa (& Dan)-
Thanks for coming to DC this weekend and putting in some free labor around the house. I figure that the amount of work you did more than makes up for the goats and chickens that were promised as part of Renata's dowry!
Congratulations on catching your first little league fly-ball! Love, Mom and Dad
To: Dad and Beth
Thanks for watching the new grand baby for an the first over night so Rich and i could come to the show tonite. Even though youve raised children to adulthood, dont forget if you have trouble we've posted 30 YouTube videos on how to care for Lily! Love heather.
To: Northern VA synchronized ice skaters
Hello to all northern Virginia synchronized ice skaters, who know how to stay cool.
Celebrating the year, for you, the song "When I'm 64" stopped being a hypothetical. There's a weedy garden and a chilled box of wine waiting for you at home, but Mom's locking the door early.
To: Eddie Lueb
I betcha he would have read this if you had come. Tell everyone in Kansas " Hi". We love you
Beth AKA (Bizzet)
Beth (AKA Bizzet)
To: Jess Douglass
Happy 30th birthday Jess! I'm glad we're able to celebrate tonight with Garrison and the Prairie Home Companion Gang!!!
I still get excited when you text me, even though it's been over a month since we met. Hope you enjoy the show. Thanks for the cheese.
I hope you've been practicing your wolf howl! It's great that we laugh at the same things - you will always be my treasured friend!
HAPPY 36 BIRTHDAY
YOU IN ALASKA AND ME IN FLORIDA
YET WE ARE NEVER APART
I LOVE YOU
I PRAY FOR YOU
To: Ama and Apa
to Ama & Apa with their barn on the hill, over the river and through the woods, we gave our tickets to a friend because Zeb had a fever and we can't be there in person. See you soon for a summer of chores!
To: Megan Katra
I am nine years old, now.
We are going to Wolftrapp to see a Prairie Home Companion today!!
I am so excited!! I hope you like the show!!
Love from Silver Spring, Maryland!!
To Lieutenant Brochu, I am proud and happy to have you in my life! Will you marry me next April 28, 2012. I love you!
To: Sarah and Ryan
Thanks for the belated (and wonderful!) Mother's Day gift. Looking forward to enjoying the broadcast from Wolf Trap and to spending time with you.
The object of my affection is to change your complexion from white to rosy red!
May 27, 2011
Happy Birthday, Chris- here's to another year of making funny noises, adventures and trying to convince me to get a puppy! Love you!
To: Will, Maddie, & Tucker
numero ocho con los wolves! Tus amo!
Les, Thank you for marrying me four
years ago! Happy Anniversary! Aren't you glad I made you
go to the PHC show in Bemidji last winter? I love you! Terri
To: Dad and Mom Anglim
Dad and Mom, We're still coming...The Little Maryland Lovebirds are heading up to Minneapolis right after the show...Please put out the milk and cookies !!!
To: Megan Katra
Hello and Happy Summer!!
I hope that you are enjoying your days in Anchorage!! Have a great summer!!
Love from Gretchen, Chris, Jason, and Noah
Kiss all the dogs for us. Having a great time at the show. Kay & Janice
Happy First Wedding Anniversary! I didn't decide to let myself go, that's our baby growing in my tummy. We love you, baby Squiggles!
Happy 29th anniversary to the man who shows me each day what love really means.
To: Don & Lois
Happy 65th anniversary from all the kids. You have set the bar pretty high. (P.S. Happy 97th & 92nd Birthday later this year!)
To: McGhan and Tangedal Families
Love and blessings to my families listening back home on the prairie lands (Crosby and Westby ND) from the lone east coaster live at the show! Plus kisses and hugs for my wife, little ones and Robertson crew in Glen Allen, VA!
Congratulations! From Madison to William and Mary, Phi Beta Kappa, Magna Cum Laude, and English Major. We hope the Columbia gig works out.
To: Ben Celestino
Happy 12th birthday! Love our annual family tradition: Wolf Trap for PHC & celebrating your extraordinary self! Maybe, just maybe, Mr. Keillor will give you a shout out on the show this year...you deserve it!
To: My Favorite Librarian
Hoping to feel a little bit of Minnesota tonight, enough to carry me back to you. All the books in the Library of Congress are not nearly as exciting to me as those in your care in Forest Lake.
To: Lisa Strauss
What a great way to spend your birthday. Love Jennifer
To: Jennifer Strauss
A shout out to Jennifer Strauss. I hope you are enjoying the show. Love Mom
To: Stephen and Susan
Happy Anniversary, Mom and Dad!
We love you. Kate and Drew
To: Harry and Janet
After endless hours spent trapped in your car listening to this show, who’d have thought I’d be here willingly and without you, mom and dad?
To: Marge McKinney
Welcome Marge, Rachelle, & Rich. While you're listening to the show live we'll be listening, while rocking in our rocking chairs on our front porch in the mountains. Give GK a big kiss! Love, J&D
—Jody & David Kraft
To: Kate Stephens
To Kate from Bill. Happy 25th anniversary. Meeting you was the best thing that ever happened to me.
Ten years of dating, eight years of marriage, and forever my best friend--I love you!
May 26, 2011
To: Elise Hagenberger
You are my world! I can't wait to see A Prairie Home Companion with you. I love you!
To: Rick & Nancy
Who are enduring a live performance of a Prairie Home Companion instead of listening to the pod cast while riding their motorcycle through the Blue Ridge Mountains. Love Ya , Kass & Tim
Happy Birthday Mollie! Who leaves National Park Service DC friends for Western Washington University and North Cascades National Park. Love Mom, Dad & Anthony
To: Mom and Dad
Have a happy Memorial Weekend and I hope the puppy doesn't destroy the furniture!
To: ANNA NICOLE
Greetings from Wolf Trap. Haven't actually seen any wolves or traps but enjoying a great show. See you at the Lake soon.
To: Josh Adler
I'm so glad you proposed to me one year ago today in this very place. I love you very much. Forever's wonderful with you.
Welcome Home Todd; Glad you're safely back from another deployment to Afghanistan. We missed you. Enjoy the show on May 28. Thanks for serving our country. Oohrah! We love you, Jolene, Marilyn, and John
May 25, 2011
To: bebe & mimi
so glad you're here with me for the big picnic. thanks for keeping the wolves away.
To: Mom, Dad, Eli, Cody
Greetings from the lawn seats at Wolftrap! We wish you here to share this bottle of wine and we can't wait to see you in Chicago in July. Hopefully the mosquitos won't be too bad at the cottage.
Love, Zoe and Mike
Happy 10th anniversary to the love of my life. Wake me up if he reads this.
To: Scott, Anne and Sofia
i'm so excited to be at this show at wolf trap with 3 really great friends. thanks for coming with me and in exchange i will go to the "sound of music" sing along. cheers to new and old friends.
To: Moms and Dads in Prattville Ala
Greetings from the girls on the "Girl's Trip" with Granny and Granddaddy--Mary Grace, Grace, Mary Lise, and Skylar. Granddaddy says don't forget to feed the birds breakfast while we are away!
—Richard & Peggy Allen
Dancing with you to this show is the highlight of my week. Will you marry me again?
May 24, 2011
Happy Birthday! Hope you enjoy the show! Love you!
While it certainly isn't cake and therefore not 'birthday-ish' by yuor usual standards, I hope our time spent together watching Prairie Home Companion has made for a most adventurous twenty-third birthday.
Here we are celebrating our anniversary at Wolftrap, just as we have for the last ten years. Nothing like commemorating our love with close friends and Garrison!
To: George Bibel
Here's to George, in celebration for his 2nd book. His friends thank God he does not tweet, for who wishes to receive hourly updates of his Amazon ratings?
May 23, 2011
To: Ken Mayo
Happy 38th Anniversary Ken. I'm listening to Prairie Home Companion in Tallahassee, Florida while you are listening in Horsleys Green, England. There are a lot of things I enjoy and spending Saturday evenings by the radio with you is one of my favorites.
Happy 4th (or is it 5th?) anniversary! Looking forward to 40 (or 50?) more.
-Your loving husband
To: Tom & Bizzet
Sorry I could not attend the show with you this year, but go ahead and get me tickets for next year.
Uncle Ed from Seneca, Ks
To: Nancy Gerhard
Hello to my wonderful family in the audience--Nancy, Alison,and William--wish I was there with you instead of here at Camp Eggers, Afghanistan.
May 22, 2011
To: Loren Crawford
Happy Birthday! Hope you're having a great time celebrating with your friends at Prairie Home Companion at Wolf Trap and not at an ice skating rink!
Happy birthday. I love you so much I sprung for good seats this year, after last year we could barely see from the lawn.
The piano down the avenue is the one you play, and you are my sweet someone coming through that door.
May 21, 2011
Hi Garrison, we celebrated "Grunnlovsdag" or "Syttende Mai" here in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle last week with a big parade and all the goodies! Concordia College from Moorhead was here! Where were you??
Hello to my new kitty Buttons. Today is her "gotcha day". Thanks to her human foster mother whose name ia aptly Kitty.
May 20, 2011
To: Mark Mattson
To my soulmate and husband, happy belated 3rd anniversary. If I had never met you, I would have never heard of PHC. May all of us have at least 40 more years of love and laughter.
A shout out to my twelve year old daughter Jennifer who was so excited to hear she was going to see a Prairie Home Companion. We start them young in my house!
Suz, I love and miss you so much! Hope to see you as soon as I can get from CO to MN again!
May 19, 2011
To: Dave & Maggie Mezera
Happy 50th Anniversary from their son and daughter. The kissing still grosses us out - stop it! It's been 50 Years!!!
May 18, 2011
Being here with you is my favorite way to start summer! Thanks for saying it was ok for me to retire!!! So long CRCS! loveyourwife
May 17, 2011
To: Janice and Patrick
Happy Anniversary Mom and Dad! Thank you for your love and patience over the years. I wish you many more blissful memories! Love, Colleen
May 14, 2011
To: Gena Mena & Jason
You are the ***Best*** daughter in the world!!! Love you so much!!! And to my quietly reserved Son In-Law... I am so lucky to have you in my life too!Love you both!!!
To: Cal Hardie
Happy 54th birthday. Andrew sends his love from Denver. Patrick gives a shout-out and BIG HUG from the seat beside you! Many more years, love P.S. Great Job. Perfect Seats!
To: Tim & Katherine
Congratulations. You survived your first Minnesota winter following your move in December from sunny California to Minneapolis. We know your California friends and family think you're crazy. We know the real reason was to be closer to God's country and see Prairie Home Companion live tonight. Love, Mom& Don
To: Kendal, Bekcy, & Joe
Mom & Dad, glad you got to leave Eastern Montana for the big city. Joe, stay safe overseas. Wish we were there. Love, Kendra & Jake
Congratulations on receiving your Masters Degree in Human Resources from the University of Minnesota. Now it's time to become "Human" and get into the working world. We are so very proud of you. Love mom and Dad
To: Dave Ziesel
Happy Birthday Yappa, from Luna and Tooley,and the new baby on the way we love you. We are so excited to visit.
Nancy and Don in Springfield, Massachusetts, wish Carolyn in Milton, Pennsylvania, a happy 75th birthday.
—Nancy & Don Evans
May 13, 2011
To: Debra Weaver
Happy Anniversary Sweetheart, you are God's sweetest gift to me. After 29 years of marriage I still do!
To: Don & Inez
Mom and Dad, Hey you crazy octogenarians! Stop kissing and listen to the program. Love, your daughter
To: David and Bernice Jacobson
Happy 50th Wedding Anniversary!!
Congratulations on getting your PhD. Proud of all you've accomplished.
Cleveland or bust!
Happy birthday, can't beleive your already 16. Where do the years go? Hope you enjoyed your day. And remember, your my Favorite little brother, and I love you.
To: Kendal and Becky Kallevig
Welcome to Minnisota on your trip from Eastern Montana. I hope you can escape the cold sometime this year.
Honey lamb. Thank you so much for creating the wonderful time to see the ol' National Treasure! Next stop, WSS. I love you.
To: Diane, John, Laura and Carole
Sending our love to you all. We still love Mel,too, but we know he's not listening to the show.
—Deb and Rick Burns
Bev, Congratulations on your retirement and as we say at the casino, enjoy this bonus round!
May 12, 2011
To: Asianna Grace Davis
HAPPY BIRTHDAY GRAND DAUGHTER
YOU ARE SO VERY LOVED
NO MATTER NEAR OR FAR
AND ON THIS DAY YOUR VERY SPECIAL DAY
YOU ARE THE SHINNING STAR
GOD BLESS YOU SWEET HEART
LOVE SAN FRANCISCO GRANDMA & GRANDPA
May 11, 2011
To: Irene Valdivia (née Score)
Happy 80th birthday, in Lima, Peru, where hot is 85 and cold 55. You left North Dakota over 55 years ago and you stayed down there, wonder why? Daughters Corinne and Shirley flew from the States to be with you in this grand day. Kisses from your busy grandchildren Lucía and Sebastián.
Jean, We know you're listening tonight, and wanted to send our love your way as you struggle with your illness. Terry, Dan, Emily, Mo and Brad
May 9, 2011
To: Miss Lindsay Brown
Congratulations! This weekend you graduate from the University of Miami. It began in Findlay, Ohio thru Skagway,Dunedin, New Zealand,Rockport, Maine.Four years later South Beach. Grandpa and Grancy
May 8, 2011
To: Charlotte B McMillan
To my Mother who during WWII had a personal tour of of the royal bedrooms in Windsor Castle: they were a mess. Royalty and dignity are not always united, except in my Mom and Prairie Home.
May 7, 2011
To: Ken Noble (in Port Townsend, WA)
Welcome back from three months of cod fishing in the Bering Sea. We are so, so happy to have you home.
—Lauren, Clara and Jasper
Happy Mother's Day. Can't tell you much about Garrison, too far away. Maybe we will see him better in June. Love Eric & Caitlin
To Becca and all the great women at CFC in Orem Utah.You are all way above average!
See you soon Becca.
Love Mom and Dad
To: Ninny Face
Ninny Face I am so happy that I am going to be your partner in life. I love you soooo much! Thanks for taking me to Prairie Home Companion!!!
To: Our Moms
Happy Mother's Day! If there is anything you need tomorrow just let us know. We'll make sure dad takes care of it. With Love, Craig and Laura
—Craig and Laura Kueffner
Last time we came to the Fox we saw Sesame Street Live – 15 years later we’re back for my 19th birthday. All of my love!
To: BIll & Jeanne Clancy
CElebrating their 42nd wedding anniversary. Love from your three beautiful daughters.
To: Kim, Eric, Kevin, & Molly
We are thankful for our grandsons - Corbin, Cullen, & Liam - emphasis on the "GRAND"!
—John & Ketha Knuth
It's great to be in Detroit celebrating our 29th weddng anniversary! Love you sweety!
A very happy birthday to Hosley who is attending today's show in Detroit from your friends in San Mateo, California.
To: Mark Stephenson
In Memory of my best friend Mark Stephenson. You introduced me to this program and left me with these wise words “never alienate your bartender”! We grew up city boys and became Prairie Home Companions.
To: Denny and Sherry McGrath
We love you and promise we won't burn the house down while you're gone. Enjoy the show!
Your favorite kids,
Mary, Dan, and Will
To: Hosley Werner
Wishing you a very Happy Birthday and a fun day at the PHC show in Detroit!! Lots of love and missing you from Scotland, Auntie
To: Donna Gregory
Wishing you a wonderful Mother's Day as wonderful as you are! Hope you enjoy the show. P.S. Shouldn't you be home crocheting my blanket?
Happy 29th wedding anniverary! Remember when we used to come to the Fox Theatre to see Iggy Stooge?
Congrats Steve! Here's to your wanderlust and embracing our new adventure! Love, Suz
May 6, 2011
You sure do have some big eyes. But boy are they pretty. They get more blue each and every day. Happy anniversary.
Happy birthday Dad, and too Jeff and Grant. Dad I love you, Jeff and Grant you guys are okay too.
Great Mothers Day Dinner Nic & Karli! Grandma,Papa Mcauliffe & Mom consumed enough calories to last a month.
To: Rita Hermann
From Merrill, Barb, & Eileen
Happy 70th Birthday! This is your birthday gift so don't expect a party or anything else. We did that when you were 50.
Happy Anniversary my darling husband. I've loved listening to Prairie Home Companion with you for the last 20 years and it's wonderful to be with you at the Fox tonight. Looking forward to many more years (as long as you and Mr. Keillor can hold out)!
For our youngest daughter Tess. Thanks so much for going to see PHC with us at the Fox this weekend. We know how lame we are but please remember how Mr. Keillor simply saying "TOMATO BUTT" would crack you up.
To: Judy Mousel
Mom came all the way from sunny florida to spend mother's day weekend back in Detroit with A Prairie Home Companion, oh and her son of course.
Happy Anniversary Honey! It's been quite a journey over the past seven years and I can't wait to see where the next seven take us. Love you lots! Nate
To: Nathan Kidwell
Happy 7th Anniversary my love! Here's to all that we have accomplished and all that is yet to come. I love you!
To: William S. Davidek
Happy 87th birthday William S.Davidek. You are an artistic genius and you have proved it many times. From your daughter Denise.
May 5, 2011
To: Maxine Thompson
We miss you Momma Maxine, Pappa Gary and Sister Kathy in Tampa. Tiger Town is GGGGGGGGreat! Love-the girls
To: Ma down in Chapel Hill, Ma in Garrison, Ma in Boise
Three Tufts' kids making rhubarb pie, listening to Prairie Home, and wishing our Ma's a sweet mother's day! We surely are thankful!
—Julia, Max, and Carolyn
To: Ma down in Chapel Hill, Ma in Garrison, Ma in Boise
Three Tufts' kids making rhubarb pie, listening to Prairie Home, and wishing our Ma's a sweet mother's day! We surely are thankful you!
—Julia, Max, and Carolyn
To: Sarah Bakken
Happy Birthday and congratulations on your acceptance into the nursing program at the University in Hilo. You have brought such joy to our lives and Grandpa and I are so proud of you!
To: Joan Hall
We finally got you to the show!..Enjoy the view from the FOX.
Wendy & Bradley
May 4, 2011
To: Debbie Kangas
Who would have thought two small-town kids from South Carolina would one day be watching APHC together in Detroit? Thanks for the great seats!
To: Jerri Kelly
Here is your greeting
That I missed in St. Louis
That has had me bugged
For from me, Steven, and Carmel
Consider thyself hugged!
To: Chelsea in Denver, Lydia in Athens, and Tess in the seat next to me:
Our lives have been more interesting because I am not like the other mothers.
P.S. I think Mr. Keillor is making eye contact with me!
May 2, 2011
To: Jake Barnett
CONGRATULATIONS FROM KODIAK ALASKA ON YOUR MOST AWESOME ACHIEVEMENT OF COMPLETING THE NAVY CEREMONIAL GUARD BOOT CAMP-HOOYA. WE LOVE YOU & MISS YOU/Mom & Dad
To my beloved brudder on your 70th birthday. You have been an inspiration all my life. Long and happy life to you!
To: Cindy Crohan
Happy Birthday to a terrific sister!
April 30, 2011
To: Cherie Worth
To Mom in the audience from your loving kids in Colorado and New York - we're so proud that you've dedicated more than 40 years to educating the kids who need it most, and happy that this is your last semester before retirement. You're still the best teacher we've ever had.
—Chris & Jennifer Worth
To: Rachel Boeglin
(Please read at your St. Louis show, as Rachel will be in the audience.)
Rachel, I was thinking of flunking you, so that EHOC could keep you as an intern, but instead I'll wish you the best as a JVC volunteer in the Big Apple. Ciao!
To: My son, Jacob
Well son, at the tender age of 20, you finally landed yourself a summer job. Not sure who's happier about this - me or my wallet.
To: Larry Kuhl
Your 50 years old this week, so I've been praying that we both live to at least a ripe old age of 100 - that way we can still just be middle aged a little whole longer.
To: Samuel Cooper
Well son, we know tonight is your big prom night, but you see Garrison Keillor has come to town. So, take some pictures for us and let us know how it all goes. Love, your utterly exhausted parents,
To: Joe & Marilynn Wilson
How on earth after 50+ years can you be so completely enamored with one another? Happy Golden Anniversary to Joe & Marilyn Wilson from their finally grateful children.
To Louis, my 10-year-old son, who just got a trumpet yesterday. I wish you many happy toots.
To: Nancy Sturm
Happy 60th Birthday to Nonna Nancy in Ormond Beach, FL. Sorry we are not there to celebrate. You should be HERE at the show!
To: Pat Coy
Thanks for introducing me to this show 25 yrs ago on that 12 hr van ride on our Spring Break Service Trip.
To: Nana Thacker
Happy Birthday to Nana whose birthday was this past Easter Sunday. The last time your birthday fell on Easter was 1859! We love you, Nana!
To: Grandma and Grandpa 'S' and 'Z'
We are planning to visit you the weekend between winter and road construction – is that in May or June this year?
—Matt and Julie Sadler
To: Michelle and Jonny
Looking forward to the "George Straight" wedding in June of my twin sister's daughter, Michelle George, to Jonny Straight in Manitou Springs, Colorado! Hurray!
April 29, 2011
To: Dale Menke, Principal Rockwood Summit High School
Happy retirement, I'll drive you to your last high school prom after the show. From your loving wife.
To: Various family members in Oklahoma, Iowa, Texas, Tennessee, New York and Washington state.
Melanie and Christopher wish you all could just make a Missouri Compromise and move to St. Louis.....
April 28, 2011
To: Bill Fraser
Happy Birthday to the best Billf in the midwest!
After 28 years of your very persistent suggestions, here we are with tickets. I hope you're as excited as I am. I love you.
To: Mike Berenc
I could not have made it through the past 6 months without you, thank you. Life begins anew!
To: Margery Plotkin
Happy Belated Birthday and thank you for finding me a wonderful rescue dog!
April 27, 2011
To: Janice, Carolyn, James
Kids, Thanks for the tickets for your Dad's 50th. He didn't quite need a walker and we didn't need a baby-sitter Mom and Dad
To: joshua groft
happy 8th anniversary butch! love always, sundance.
To: Margaret Meyer
Happy 50th Birthday to my darling wife of 17 years.. If I had to do it all over again, I wouldn't change a thing. (I'd have just done it a lot sooner!)
To: Emily Saville
We're over a week late, but we'd still like to wish Emi a happy 2nd birthday in Seattle from her grandparents in St. Louis. You go girl, especially on that plasma car!