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Name: Gary Edward Keillor                                                                 
Born: 7 August 1942 Anoka, Minnesota, United States                                       
Garrison Keillor (born Gary Edward Keillor on August 7, 1942 in Anoka, Minnesota)         
is an American author, storyteller, humorist, columnist, musician, satirist, and           
radio personality.                                                                         
He is best known as host of the Minnesota Public Radio show A Prairie Home                 
Companion (also known as Garrison Keillor's Radio Show on Britain's BBC 7, as             
well as on Australia's ABC and in Ireland).                                               
Keillor was born in Anoka, Minnesota, and raised in a family belonging to the             
Plymouth Brethren, a fundamentalist Christian denomination he has since left. He           
is six feet, three inches (1.9 m) tall and is of Scottish ancestry. Keillor               
is a member of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party. He is currently an                       
Episcopalian, but has been a Lutheran. He often uses his religious roots                   
in his material. He graduated from the University of Minnesota with a bachelor's           
degree in English in 1966. While there, he began his broadcasting career on the           
student-operated radio station known today as Radio K.                                     
Keillor has been married three times:                                                     
To Mary Guntzel, from 1965 to 1976. The couple has one son, Jason, born in 1969.           
To Ulla Skaerved (a former exchange student from Denmark whom he famously re-encountered   
at a high school reunion), from 1985 to 1990.                                             
His current wife, violinist Jenny Lind Nilsson (b. 1958), from his hometown of             
Anoka, whom he married in 1995. They have one daughter, Maia, born in 1998.               
The Keillors maintain homes on the Upper West Side of New York City and in Saint           
Paul, Minnesota.                                                                           
On Feb 3, 2008, Keillor endorsed Barack Obama in the 2008 Democratic Primary. In           
a letter to the Obama campaign, Keillor stated "I'm happy to support your                 
candidacy, which is so full of promise for our country." Minnesota Democrats               
picked Illinois Sen. Barack Obama over rival presidential candidate Sen. Hillary           
Clinton of New York by a 2-to-1 margin.