Carlin George, Peace in Rest!
Monday, June 23, 2008
George Carlin, who died of heart failure Sunday at 71, leaves behind not only a series of memorable routines, but a legal legacy: His most celebrated monologue, a frantic, informed riff on those infamous seven words, led to a Supreme Court decision on broadcasting offensive language.
The counterculture hero's jokes also targeted things such as misplaced shame, religious hypocrisy and linguistic quirks — why, he once asked, do we drive on a parkway and park on a driveway?
The TrekMedic is heartbroken:
My idol has passed away. Carlin's humor was the basis for much of my Star Yecch!-related material.
No matter what he said, it always struck a nerve or enlightened some kernel of the truth with everyone.
Some of his best works (NSFW) can be found here!