Jim Ed Poole

November 1, 2011 by staff 

Jim Ed Poole, There are a number of frauds in the media, possibly because there is a certain amount of acting involved. But Tom Keith was not one of them. Tom collapsed and died at home last night and could not be revived, according to a spokesman for A Prairie Home Companion. The cause is still undetermined.

If you were a fan of the show in the morning on Minnesota Public Radio during the decades he was in the air, you probably know the real Tom (as Jim Ed Poole), as well as any other. I also love the irony of the phrase.

Keith was an engineer for Garrison Keillor when he made his morning show in St. Paul in the 70′s. Keillor character created by Keith, Jim Ed Poole, and he followed when Keillor left the show and Dale Connelly took over.

In October 2008, the two made their farewell announcement today:

In an interview with Dale, the MPR noon, just before his retirement, Tom said he was finding in the final weeks of the exhibition – people sending letters – how big a part of life for people had become.

Hundreds of people showed up at the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul the day after the interview in the morning
I remember seeing Tom in the last minute, thinking, “man is a stone.” He showed no particular emotion as the years of work completed, except when it came time to recognize other people, as the producer Mike Pengra. Otherwise, it seemed like any other day at work for him.

I asked Mike to share a memory today. “I’m not sure where to start. Exception each ends with a laugh. And that’s a good thing, right?” said. “He was a professional. Give to write a script in the studio while the morning show was in the air, and give it to Tom. Tom in turn pre-reading … maybe in a low voice. Rara Once there was any doubt, even if Dale had a “new” character of mind. Tom assumes the role immediately. His face and body language changes to each function and their time on the nail.’s the best in the business. ”

I’ve only seen once a year since last show. Every year would be presented to the annual fundraiser for the National Alliance on Mental Illness in Minnesota.

But last week, Dale Keith Connelly and Tom were together one last time, as it turned out, at St. Olaf. You can find the video here.

This time, the program past Morning Show, has no equal in the MPR – at least for almost 20 years I’ve been here. It’s a way conducive to remember Tom Keith.

I wrote at the time:

Peter Ostroushko sang You Are My Sunshine, and a crowded theater in St. Paul, and – I guess – hundreds of people in cars and kitchens across the country joined in

It felt like people were comforting themselves and others, not only against the sadness of the passing away of an era of media, but against the constant barrage of bad news that we are forced to endure.

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