Spicedogs (spicedogs) wrote,

Rest in Peace, Tom Keith

Tom Keith

This particular obituary will be meaningless to a lot of my f-list. But, as many of you know, I am a huge Garrison Keillor (GK) fan. Aside from loving his books, I love his radio show. GK has been welcome in my living room for the past 25+ years. Every night at exactly 6 pm till 8 pm, my radio dial is on one of my local NPR station that air the A Prairie Home Companion (APHC) show. Part of the charm of the show is the many comedy skits is the sound effects, which is part of almost every skit. (Actually, I can't remember ever hearing one skit that wouldn't use sound effects.)  Up until 11 years ago, the lone sound-effects person was Tom Keith (occasionally, Fred Newman would join in). After Tom got married, Tom would only do the local shows from St. Paul, MN, and Fred would do the away shows. Sadly, I have not seen Tom do his shticks, as I don't live in MN, for a long time now. But I'd hear him every time the show was broadcast from St. Paul.

Sadly, Tom died at age 64. Even though he died this past Sunday, I just now found out about it because lately, I'm oblivious to the world as I am extremely occupied with my passion of trying to save animals on death row. Today, however, I went to the APHC website to find out when the tickets to the Memorial Day show at Wolf Trap would be available. An there I saw Tom Keith's photo that showed his birth and death year. Very sad indeed. According to the many obituaries I have read, Tom was out of breath a few days before his death, chose not to go to the doctor, had a heart attack at home, and died in the ambulance on the way to the hospital. He will be missed.

For those of you who never have seen this man in action, here's a sample that, unfortunately, doesn't touch nearly what he was able to do:

These are videos of Tom Keith's last APHC show:

John Lithgow and GK:

Just GK

And from the previous week, "Zombies":

I hope you enjoyed this potporri of vignets of the show. If you'd like to see more, here's the channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/PrairieHomeVideos

Tags: a prairie home companion, garrison keillor, gk, tom keith, tom keith obituary
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