Lake Wobegon - where the women are strong, the men are good looking and all the children are above average. Garrison Keillor regularly ends his "Prairie Home Companion" radio program with those words.
Every week for the past 40-plus years Keillor has used his wit combined with his eccentric, quirky personality to uncannily tell us about ourselves and our world. Through his unique characters and compelling storytelling, we're transported to America's collective hometown, a place where we can all relate to the world and one another.
Lake Wobegon is always my favorite part of a "Prairie Home Companion." The way Keillor weaves the stories of the assorted characters in this fictional hometown transcends reality and somehow brings us into the fray of the spiritual, emotional, practical and funny lives of these people who only exist in our collective minds. He brings his audience along on a fascinating journey through Americana viewed through his unique mind's eye. Funny and touching, sometimes after listening to him … I want to visit Lake Wobegon and experience life there for myself.
American Masters followed Keillor and his motley crew across the country for a year on the trip of a lifetime … broadcasting, recording and weaving his stories of Lake Wobegon - where the women are strong, the men … well you know the rest.
The show airs on Friday, June 14 at 9p.m. on KSPS TV in Spokane.