Ventura, Keillor End Feud
Feb. 06, 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.