Tom Keith
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"Thomas Alan Keith" was a radio personality who worked for Minnesota Public Radio in St. Paul, Minnesota. He was the engineer for Garrison Keillor when he began his early morning radio show from the College of Saint Benedict/Saint John's University/St. John's University, Collegeville, Minnesota studio. Keillor wanted dialogue during the program and Keith was about the only other person around at that early hour. Keith was one of the primary sound effects performers for the A Prairie Home Companion/Prairie Home Companion radio show and was often an actor in sketches written by Keillor. Keillor created the persona of "Jim Ed Poole" for Keith on the old early morning show. Jim Ed was said to have grown up in West St. Paul, Minnesota and graduated from Henry Sibley High School.

After serving in the United States Marine Corps/Marine Corps, Keith earned a degree from the University of Minnesota. When production of the radio program moved to St. Paul, Tom Keith continued to play Jim Ed who lived in the Hotel Transom with his pet chicken, Curtis.

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