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Ventura, Keillor End Feud

February 6, 1999

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) _ The war of words between Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura and Garrison Keillor over the humorist’s satirical book about a wrestler who becomes governor appears to be over.

``The governor wishes Garrison Keillor all the luck in the world and hopes he makes a bundle,″ said John Wodele, Ventura’s spokesman. ``Back-and-forth exchanges are not helpful.″

Ventura had said that Keillor ``is writing a book, based on me, without my permission, without anything of my involvement. ...To me, that’s cheating, because they are cheating me.″

He compared the novel _ ``Me _ by Jimmy (Big Boy) Valente as told to Garrison Keillor″ _ to the illegal T-shirts, unauthorized made-for-TV movie and other commercial ventures that trade on his image.

``It’s odd that Gov. Ventura thinks I need his permission to write a satire of him,″ Keillor, the host of public radio’s ``A Prairie Home Companion,″ said Friday.

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