Monday, June 23, 2008

Gee, he was just here a minute ago. That's the way I want to be remembered.

George Carlin, 1937 - 2008, quote from a 1997 radio interview

In this radio interview (that I can't get a link to, but it's a 1997 AP interview), he said "there's very little cringing" when listens to his old stuff because he thinks he did a good job. Man.

In my favorite bit where he explains where there are only three sports: football, basketball and baseball, he has a line: "Gynastics is not a sport because the Romanians are good at it! It took me a long time to come up with that rule, but goddammit, I did it."

George Carlin's "Seven Dirty Words" went all the way to the Supreme Court, and was tapped a week ago by the Kennedy Center to receive this year's Mark Twain Prize for American Humor...after folks like Neil Simon and Bob Newhart. The Kennedy Center calling is probably what made his heart finally give out.

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