Monday is Garrison Keillor's 75th birthday.
While many would take that milestone as a reason to ease off, he definitely isn't.
On Tuesday, Keillor leaves on his 28-city Love and Comedy Tour. A year after stepping down as host of A Prairie Home Companion, he recently sat for an interview to talk about life, the tour and why he's never listened to the shows with new host Chris Thile.
Keillor said he was offered the job of executive producer, but it sounded suspiciously like make-work to him. So, he stepped back — way back.
"I decided I wasn't going to listen to the show, in order to give the new people as much freedom as I had when I did the show, which was way too much freedom," he said. "And secondly because I missed doing the show so much that I really would find it unbearable to listen to it."
So, Keillor has no opinion on the new lineup. He said people come up to him and say Thile is doing a terrific job. Others say they miss hearing him on a Saturday evening.
"Or sometimes they say both, and I say 'Thank you very much,' and that is all I need to say."
After the tour, he has another screenplay in mind, a western this time. Maybe to be shot in black and white.