For all of that, Mrs. Lovelace and her books were not my reason for traveling to the North Star State. No, that would be because I won a much-sought-after ticket to see and hear one of the last times Garrison Keillor and a stage full of other performers would do their live radio show out of St. It was in February 1987 that G. K. announced he was shutting his radio show down - "not to leave you, but to rejoin you listeners out there..." He'd gotten prettydamned publicly besotted with a lady. You'd better know I cried genuine tears. I was still working for Current then, designing greeting cards, wrapping paper - all kinds of paper hoohah and trying to break into children's books. Many a painting I'd done while listening to the radio, particularly on Saturday evenings when Prairie Home Companion was on. http://prairiehome.publicradio.org/
Mr. Keillor probably wishes he knew then how badly he was going to get his heart busted and end up bringing back his radio show, but then it was the big fat end of a chapter. Me, I was healing up from a huge bust-up myself. It cheered me up considerable when I won or a ticket for one of the last shows. It would be Saturday evening, of course, May 23, 1987, which happened to be within a couple of days of the 60th anniversary of the time when Charles Lindbergh, the Lone Eagle of Minnesota navigated the Spirit of St. Louis clear across the Atlantic Ocean in 33 and 1/2 hours. 83 years it's been now. My younger, thinner self, the 1987 version, walked past a swell statue of the "Lone Eagle" in front of the State Capitol and admired both it and the building, there in St. Paul. A happy time.