What an amazing life he lead! I was lucky enough to be among the Chicagoans who served as audience/extras for Altman's "The Company" a few years ago. It's not like I actually met the man or anything, but he did talk to the group for a bit. It's just nice to be able to say I was on the set of a Robert Altman film. I never did see "A Prairie Home Companion," but I might have to rent it now. It's bound to be important, if only for the fact that it was Altman's last film. The AMPAS sure gave him that Lifetime Achievemet Oscar just in time!
Thank you for fifty great years of movie making.