Public radio host plugs Columbus in 'Prairie Home Companion' monologue

Humorist Garrison Keillor, host of National Public Radio's popular Saturday evening show "A Prairie Home Companion," gave Columbus a plug in his weekend monologue.

Keillor, who has visited Columbus three times in recent years and broadcast his live radio show from the RiverCenter for the Performing Arts on April 28, 2007, was enchanted with the city in spring and has since mentioned it not only on his show but in his book "Pontoon," which includes a detailed description of a shotgun house much like one in which he stayed here at the Rothschild-Pound House Bed & Breakfast.

On his show Saturday, Keillor was talking collecting good memories before you die, and delved into a description of dying and being embalmed, and after the funeral, being hauled in a casket to a hearse. It's your last road trip, he said, though you wanted to have many more:

"You wanted to go back to the Rockies again. You wanted to go back out West again. You wanted to go drive across the South, and see Memphis and see Tupelo again, and see Columbus, Georgia, again, but you're not going to do it now."

Digital recordings of the broadcast are available online at http://prairiehome.publicradio.org.