Monday, June 23, 2008

The "Original Radical" has left the building. . .

George Carlin may have just died at the age of 71, but he remained a hippie at heart til the end. His was a huge voice for my generation. He was also a brilliant philosopher, satirist, comedian, author and actor. He knew how to push the buttons of people who so desperately needed them pushed: conservatives. He went from being jailed for obscenity to narrating kiddie videos. I cannot think of one, other person who had a more diverse career and made such an important impact on censorship laws and freedom of speech than George C. Sometimes I wonder if his creative, active mind was just too much. That might explain why he tried to tame it with alcohol and drugs. This habit never seemed to dull his wit or wisdom, thank God. His work became more mellow as he aged, moving from outrageously obscene -- and FUNNY -- to deeply philosophical and still funny. His insights into human nature were always on target. He will be missed by millions. R.I.P. George