Thursday, June 26, 2008
George Carlin died of heart failure on June 22, 2008. He was 71.
Anyone who worked in radio or television broadcasting during the 1970's probably remembers how the radical and very original George Carlin shocked and amused people in this country.
I remember my introduction to Carlin's humor during my first year in radio. As a new disk jockey I was expected to adhere closely to the "playlist" and not try to freelance it. I was a college student then and worked the 10:00 pm to 2:00 am shift on the air. Well, I thought I would be cool and play some George Carlin. I also made another major error by playing something "cold" that I hadn't first listened to. That's one of the reasons a music director creates the "playlist." Needless to say, I had to break into the album cut and apologize for what I allowed to go out on the air. George was "too cool" for the airwaves in Great Falls, Montana in 1970.
I always thought George Carlin was brillant. I fancied myself as a wordsmith even 30 years ago, but I've never approached Carlin's level. After all, he was the one who thought to ask: "IS THEIR ANOTHER WORD FOR SYNONYM?"
George once described his own religious belief as "frisbeetarianism," the belief that when you die your soul goes up and gets stuck on a roof and stays there forever.
Carlin was a free-thinker who never backed down. On June 13, he granted an interview to Psychology Today. Here is a link to The Last George Carlin Interview .
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