Gary Edward "Garrison" Keillor is an American author, humorist, voice actor, radio personality. He is best known as the creator of the Minnesota Public Radio show A Prairie Home Companion, which he hosted from 1974 to 2016. Keillor created the fictional Minnesota town Lake Wobegon, the setting of many of his books, including Lake Wobegon Days and Leaving Home: A Collection of Lake Wobegon Stories. Other creations include Guy Noir, a detective voiced by Keillor who appeared in A Prairie Home Companion comic skits. Keillor is the creator of the five-minute daily radio/podcast program The Writer's Almanac, which pairs one or two poems of his choice with a script about important literary and scientific events that coincided with that date in history. In November 2017, Minnesota Public Radio cut all business ties with Keillor after an allegation of inappropriate behavior with a freelance writer for A Prairie Home Companion. On April 13, 2018, MPR and Keillor announced a settlement that allows archives of A Prairie Home Companion and The Writer's Almanac to be publicly available again, soon thereafter, Keillor began publishing new episodes of The Writer's Almanac on his website.
Keillor was born in Anoka, the son of Grace Ruth and John Philip Keillor. His father was a carpenter and postal worker, half-Canadian with English ancestry, his maternal grandparents were Scottish emigrants from Glasgow. Keillor's family belonged to the Plymouth Brethren, an Evangelical Christian movement that he has since left. In 2006, he told Christianity Today that he was attending the St. John the Evangelist Episcopal church in Saint Paul, after attending a Lutheran church in New York. Keillor graduated from Anoka High School in 1960 and from the University of Minnesota with a bachelor's degree in English in 1966. During college, he began his broadcasting career on the student-operated radio station known today as Radio K. In his 2004 book Homegrown Democrat: A Few Plain Thoughts from the Heart of America, Keillor mentions some of his noteworthy ancestors, including Joseph Crandall, an associate of Roger Williams, who founded Rhode Island and the first American Baptist church. Garrison Keillor started his professional radio career in November 1969 with Minnesota Educational Radio Minnesota Public Radio, which today distributes programs under the American Public Media brand.
He hosted a weekday drive-time broadcast called A Prairie Home Entertainment, on KSJR FM at St. John's University in Collegeville; the show's eclectic music was a major divergence from the station's usual classical fare. During this time he submitted fiction to The New Yorker magazine, where his first story for that publication, "Local Family Keeps Son Happy," appeared in September 1970. Keillor resigned from The Morning Program in February 1971 in protest of what he considered interference with his musical programming; when he returned to the station in October, the show was dubbed A Prairie Home Companion. Keillor has attributed the idea for the live Saturday night radio program to his 1973 assignment to write about the Grand Ole Opry for The New Yorker, but he had begun showcasing local musicians on the morning show, despite limited studio space. In August 1973, MER announced plans to broadcast a Saturday night version of A Prairie Home Companion with live musicians. A Prairie Home Companion debuted as an old-style variety show before a live audience on July 6, 1974.
The show is punctuated by spoof commercial spots for PHC fictitious sponsors such as Powdermilk Biscuits, the Ketchup Advisory Board, the Professional Organization of English Majors. Keillor voices Noir, the cowboy Lefty, other recurring characters, provides lead or backup vocals for some of the show's musical numbers; the show airs from the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul. After the show's intermission, Keillor reads clever and humorous greetings to friends and family at home submitted by members of the theater audience in exchange for an honorarium. In the second half of the show, Keillor delivers a monologue called The News from Lake Wobegon, a fictitious town based in part on Keillor's own hometown of Anoka, on Freeport and other small towns in Stearns County, where he lived in the early 1970s. Lake Wobegon is a quintessentially Minnesota small town characterized by the narrator as a place "... where all the women are strong, all the men are good-looking, all the children are above average."
The original PHC ran until 1987. In 1989, he launched a new live radio program from New York City, The American Radio Company of the Air, which had the same format as PHC. In 1992, he moved ARC back to St. Paul, a year changed the name back to A Prairie Home Companion. On a typical broadcast of A Prairie Home Companion, Keillor's name is not mentioned unless a guest addresses him by name, although some sketches feature Keillor as his alter ego, Carson Wyler. In the closing credits, which Keillor reads, he gives himself no billing or credit except "written by Sarah Bellum,"
Abul Kalam Faezul Huq was a Bangladeshi politician and columnist. Huq served as a member of parliament on three occasions, held various ministerial portfolios including Public Works, Urban Development and Textiles since the independence of Bangladesh, he was first elected member of Pakistan National Assembly from Banaripara Upazila-Swarupkathi-Nazirpur Upazila constituency on Awami League nomination in 1970. Born at Calcutta, Faezul was the only son of A. K. Fazlul Huq Prime Minister of undivided Bengal, he attended St. Gregory's High School, Dhaka Notre Dame College, obtained his BA and MA degrees from Dhaka University in 1966 and 1967 respectively. Faezul completed his Law from Dhaka University, Central Law College. In August 1969, Faezul Huq joined the Department of Political Science at the Notre Dame College, Dhaka as a lecturer on invitation. Huq left the teaching profession and joined full-time politics in March 1970, he was elected as one of the youngest MNA in the Pakistan National Assembly.
Faezul was kept in confinement, along with his wife Rukhsana Huq, in July 1971 during the Bangladesh Liberation War, at Faisalabad former Lyallpur, at gunpoint and threat to his wife, forced to sign on a blank piece of paper by the Pakistani occupation forces which would be used against him for allegations of pro-the West Pakistan statements he never made. He, along with his wife, Rukhsana Huq, pregnant at the time, were released shortly afterwards. In the years, Faezul tried but failed to clear his name from the fabricated statements he never made in the blank piece of paper used under his forced signature, all which would be repeatedly mentioned by his Bangladeshi political rivals slandering and controversial textbooks libelling him which would adversely affect his political career throughout his years in life. Thereafter, post Liberation War, he was again falsely implicated for having close ties with the West Pakistan on the mere basis of having Pakistani relatives from his maternal side and the written statement on the aforementioned blank piece of paper he was forced to sign, was subsequently once again picked up, only this time by the Mukti Bahini on 17 December, 1971, from the gates of 27, K. M. Das Lane, Tikatuly and imprisoned until September, 1972 under the Collaborators Act, 1972.
Faezul would be released on the basis of an appeal in the form of an application from his wife Rukhsana Huq with the assistance of Rafiqullah Chaudhury, a Civil Service of Pakistan officer and Secretary to the Prime Minister Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and under the authority of the Prime Minister Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. As a result of Huq's unending ordeal from July 1971 till September 1972, he shunned away from politics till 1978, when he rejoined politics and was elected MP in 1979, he was made a member of the envoy's pool in 1980, Director of Bangladesh Krishi Bank in 1981. He was appointed a Minister of State in charge of Public Works in early 1982, remained in office till Martial Law was declared in March 1982. Between 1982 and 1994 he worked in the area of social work and sports. In 1994, he joined politics again, was elected in 1996 June election, he was appointed Minister of State in charge of Ministry of Textiles. He was an active member of the Lions Club in Bangladesh for 30 years, had served District Governor 315 in various capacities till his death.
In his final years, Faezul Huq appeared on numerous television programs. Faezul worked as a freelance journalist, writing for newspapers and periodicals including New Age, Dhaka Courier, Financial Express, Prothom Alo, he was associated with a number of social and sports organizations, including Red Crescent Society, Asiatic Society of Bangladesh, Cancer Society, Gregorian Association, Bangladesh - China Friendship Society, Bangladesh Shooting Federation, Lions Club of Bangladesh, Dhaka Club, Anjuman Mufidul Islam and Brothers Union Club. St. Gregory's High School has started to award an A. K. Faezul Huq Scholarship since 2007. On July 19, 2007, A. K. Faezul Huq died of heart attack at his residence in Dhaka, his body was buried at Banani graveyard, Dhaka on July 20, 2007. He left behind his spouse, Rukhsana Huq, five children: A. K. Ferzul Huq, Fersamin Huq Iqbal, Fahsina Huq, Fahmina Huq, barrister A. K. Fazlul Huq Jr.. His wife, Rukhsana Huq, passed away on Friday, 24 January 2020 in Dhaka and was buried at Banani graveyard sharing the same grave of her late husband, A. K. Faezul Huq
Courage the Cowardly Dog is an American animated television series created and directed by John R. Dilworth; the pilot episode, "The Chicken from Outer Space" aired on as part of What a Cartoon! on February 18, 1996. The series premiered on Cartoon Network on November 12, 1999 and ended on November 22, 2002, with a total of 52 episodes over the course of four seasons. A CGI special was released on October 31, 2014; the series is about an anthropomorphic dog named Courage, who lives with an elderly couple in Nowhere, Kansas. In each episode, the trio are thrown into bizarre and disturbing misadventures involving the paranormal or supernatural. In 2014, a special CGI animated episode was produced as a pilot for a potential CGI revival of the series, it was aired on Cartoon Network for Halloween 2014. It can be viewed by residents of the USA on YouTube. Courage the Cowardly Dog – list of episodes on IMDb List of Courage the Cowardly Dog episodes at TV.com