Ball point pen on the morning newsprint

George Carlin was a rare comedian that made his audience think as well as laugh. His seven words you can never say routine, put him in the center of a legal battle that went all the way to the supreme court. Although the ruling went against Carlin, he never abandoned the material and would be arrested a number of times for performing the controversial routine. Funny how one person can be perceived as dangerous, hip, and finally, affable by succeeding generations. My kids will remember him as the genial narrator of the PBS children's program Thomas The Tank Engine. George was 71.

  1. June 23, 2008 -

    I always loved him--he was so irreverent but hilarious. I remember seeing him on a few programs my son watched growing up, too, so I'm sure you're right about that. Wonderful portrait of him--I was sad to hear of his death. The older I get, 71 seems pretty darned young to me!