Keillor Gets Restraining Order Against Fan
October 23, 2007 at 10:48 AM (PT)
"A PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION" host GARRISON KEILLOR has obtained a restraining order against a woman who he says has been sending him strange "gifts" and explicit e-mails, and harassing him with telephone calls. KEILLOR told a RAMSEY COUNTY (MN) court that ANDREA CAMPBELL of HAWKINSVILLE, GA started sending things like mugs, t-shirts, rotten oranges, dead beetles and an alligator foot in perfume-soaked packages after she attended his live broadcast in COLUMBUS, GA on APRIL 28th, and showed up at his home in JULY.
KEILLOR described CAMPBELL as "odd and overly exuberant" when she met him after the COLUMBUS show. Despite several warnings from the show's marketing director DAVID O'NEILL to stay away from the show and the host, CAMPBELL tried to get into a BALTIMORE performance.
CAMPBELL told the ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS that she is "unclear as to what the problem is" and merely is a fan of KEILLOR's work. She added that the gifts were "just a joke" and said, "I believe that he's paranoid, or some woman, his wife, is upset and told him he has to do something about it."
She also claims that KEILLOR incorporated some ideas in her letters and e-mails into his weekly "News From LAKE WOBEGON" monologues. CAMPBELL, who says she is married with five children, says that her love for KEILLOR is "transcendental love, that's all. Between a writer and a reader."